CDs from Welch, Springsteen, Petty among top albums of 2010

Here is my top 10 CDs list for 2010 ... as of today and as always subject to change, of course.

Kevin Welch, “Patch of Blue Sky” — Welch is great singer/songwriter who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. I consider Welch to be on the dean’s list of Texas singer/songwriters.

Welch can write songs that will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck as well as songs that will bring tears to your eyes and everything between.

Raul Malo, “Sinners & Saints” — There always has been something infectious about Malo’s music that makes you want to frequently listen.

“Sinners & Saints” is a feel-good record and a treat to listen to. There also is a great message in the lyrics if you want to hear it.

Los Lobos, “Tin Can Trust” — Los Lobos’ recordings span the globe in influences and presentation. I don’t know of a modern day group that is as musically talented as these friends from East L.A.

This is the band’s first collection of new music in four years and features powerful rock ‘n’ roll, blistering blues, two Spanish language tracks and a stunning Grateful Dead cover.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Mojo” — When this disc first came out I said it wasn’t one of my favorite Tom Petty CDs, yet. Well, it certainly is now.

With a total lack of disregard for a top 40 hit, Petty and band are doing what they love and the results are their most rootsy and bluesy recording to date.

Bruce Springsteen, “The Promise” — This collection of songs that were written in 1976 and ‘78 between “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” is so strong that it makes me wonder why “Darkness” wasn’t a double album.

These 21 songs offer proof that Springsteen was, and still is, one of the greatest songwriters in rock history.

Mavis Staples, “You Are Not Alone” — Staples is one of the greatest singers I have ever heard and one of my favorites. I don’t care who you are, if you really listen to her music you will be moved.

For this CD she has teamed up with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who produced the CD, played guitar, bass and drums and wrote the first track.

Darden Smith, “Marathon” — Ten years in the making, this CD is made up of songs Smith said didn’t fit on any of his other recordings, including instrumental music written for a symphony.

It all comes together here, and the result is a beautiful recording that is as open and spacious as the desert we live in.

John Hiatt, “Open Road” — This is Hiatt’s 20th studio recording and one of his very best. Hiatt’s music is always full of soul and has never failed to move me.

A favorite among people my age, Hiatt is still one of the finest singer/songwriters out there.

Doobie Brothers, “World Gone Crazy” — In my opinion, this is the best Doobie Brothers album since “Stampede” in 1975. It’s their first new release in 10 years.

Original members Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, John McFee and Michael Hossack re-created the original “Doobies” sound with the help of former producer Ted Templeman and turn out a excellent album.

Peter Wolf, “Midnight Souvenirs” — This CD’s 14 songs run the range from soulful ballads to good old barroom rock to a little funk with some R&B and a little soul. The former lead singer of the J Geils band has one of the year’s best CDs.

I didn’t get to mention all my favorites and I know I left some of yours off, so expect a part two early next year.

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Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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