Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums November 07, 2008

1. Lindsey Buckingham, “Gift of Screws.” An introspective rock ’n’ roll record from this former and I guess future member of Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham has never sounded better on the guitar. That and a great batch of tunes make it one of the year’s best releases.

2. Jimmy Herring, “Lifeboat.” This is the solo debut CD from the current guitarist of Widespread Panic and former member of Phil Lesh and Friends. Derek Trucks and Greg Osby are guests on the disc.

3. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” Just like its title says, it is Little Feat with some friends covering a batch of great “Feat” tunes as well as some other great songs.

4. 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. Strong, bold, sensitive and thought provoking describe this superb CD.

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 out-takes are better than most other artists best material.

6. Grateful Dead, “Rocking the Cradle Egypt 1976.” Two CDs featuring the best from the Dead’s historic shows from Egypt’s Great Pyramid. Included is a DVD of extremely rare concert footage and 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 CD to date. But don’t worry, there are still some classic Williams style folk/blues tracks full of heartache.

8. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, “Cardinology.” Adams and band mates have their best release since their first two CDs. This time the focus is on the band and the results are a terrific mix of music performed superbly by an excellent group of musicians backing a focused Adams.

9. Jackson Browne, “Time the Conqueror.” Browne’s 13th studio album and first in six years since “Naked Ride Home” is a mix of classic Browne with his ’80s political side showing some. Highlights include the title track and “Going Down to Cuba.”

10. Michael Franti and Spearhead, “Rebel Rockers.” Always outspoken, political and controversial and unafraid to speak his mind, Franti and band recorded this CD in Jamaica with the help of legendary producers Sly and Robbie.


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