Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums December 19, 2008
1. Neil Young, “Sugar Mountain — Live at the Canterbury House 1968.” An amazing and insightful look inside the mind of one of rock ’n’ roll music’s great singer/songwriters at a very early stage in his career. It may be 40 years old but it is as powerful as any of his work.
2. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, “Jingle All the Way.” In typical Bela Fleck fashion, this CD is full of original covers of some of your favorite Christmas songs.
3. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” This CD is all about the fairer sex and the role they have played in Crowell’s life. This is one of Crowell’s finest recordings. This superb CD can be described as strong, bold, sensitive and thought provoking.
4. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “The Christmas Album.” One of Colorado’s favorite bands with a warm album of Christmas tunes new and old and containing the extremely popular song “A Colorado Christmas.”
5. Bob Dylan, “The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006.” If you need any further proof that Dylan is the world’s greatest songwriter, pick this set up. Dylan’s outtakes are better than most other artists’ best material.
6. Grateful Dead, “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978.” These two CDs feature the best from the Dead’s historic shows from Egypt’s Great Pyramid. Included is a DVD of extremely rare concert footage plus home movies from the Grateful Dead.
7. Lucinda Williams, “Little Honey.” In love again and happy most of the time, Williams has one of her most positive and uplifting CDs to date. But don’t worry, there are still some classic Williams’ style folk/blues tracks full of heartache.
8. Vince Guaraldi Trio, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This timeless classic is the all-time favorite Christmas recording in our family. Guaraldi expertly captures the holidays through the eyes of the Peanuts characters in all their innocence and in the true spirit of the season.
9. Todd Snider, “Peace Queer.” Snider is a cross between Jimmy Buffett and John Prine, but he is ornerier than both of them. This eight-song EP is full of clever socially significant songs.
10. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Bob Seger, Craig Fuller and Jimmy Buffett are just a few “friends” who join Little Feat on this fun celebration of some of the Feat’s best songs as well as a few other great and recognizable tunes.