Monday, May 22, 2017

RIP Jimmy LaFave

Jimmy LaFave, the Texas singer-songwriter who died of cancer today is definitely one of those "ripe for rediscovery" musicians that I love to champion.  But I've been aware of his music since his first album in 1992.  He is a mainstay on the great Americana radio station, KPIG (based in Freedom, California).  It was there that I've heard LaFave's music grow from album to album.  LaFave is also one of those regional acts that never quite broke nationally.  If you follow the Americana genre, then you know him.  If not, chances are you missed him.  What drew me to him was his soulful voice.   There is a world-weary ruggedness to it.  You'll be drawn in to his stories.

The deaths of musicians often brings new light to someone who never quite go their due.  LaFave was one of them.  Now we all have a chance to get to know him.

All of LaFave's albums are worth checking out.  I happen to love 1995's Buffalo Returns To The Plains and 2007's Cimarron Manifesto.  He is also due for an updated Anthology.  If you can get your hands on 2010's out-of-print Favorites 1992-2001, scoop it up as it's his only compilation.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

RIP Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell's vocals always steered closer to the Classic Rock of the 70's, which Soundgarden's music touched on, and that's what set him apart from his 90's contemporaries.

1994's Superunknown is the must-own in their brief (6 albums) catalog.  Listen and you'll see what I mean about their debt to 70's AOR.  After that, the one before,  1991's Badmotorfinger is the perfect set up for what was to come.  And don't forget 1990's Temple of the Dog, a one-off tribute to the late Mother Love Bone's Andrew Wood.  Featuring Pearl Jam, it also set the template for Superunkown.

After Soundgarden too a hiatus in the late 90's, Cornell put out some okay solo albums and hooked up with Rage Against the Machine, minus Zack de la Rocha, for three decent albums as Audioslave. But eventually Cornell got back together with Soundgarden and put out a pretty good album in 2012.  

Cornell will be remembered as one of the Grunge era's greatest vocalists.  Make sure Superunknown is in your collection.  1997's A-Sides is their best compilation,  It has most of their essential sides up to that point.  2010's Telephantasm is the other one. Eight of its 12 songs are on the A-Sides (which has 17 songs).   A 2CD/DVD version of Telephantasm digs deeper into their pre-Badmotorfinger years.

My favorite Cornell solo song appeared on the Grunge-themed Singles soundtrack from 1992, It's a track called "Seasons" and it sounds like a lost gem from a 70's classic rock album.

BTW- If you are looking for a definitive cover of a Soundgarden song, check out Johnny Cash's Rick Rubin produced "Rusty Cage" from 1996.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Playlist for 5/17

Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds (Documentary)
Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul (Documentary)
Johnny's Cash & Charley's Pride -  Peter Cooper (Book)
Charley Pride - In Person 1969
Charlie Worsham - Beginning of Things
Bobby "Blue" Bland - Dreamer
Little River Band - Sleeper Catcher

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great Mother's Day Songs

When most people think of Mother's Day songs, sentimentality usually wins out.  I've got a few of those listed below, but also some that avoid the teardrops.

If I had to pick a favorite it would be "I'll Always Love My Mama" by the Intruders.  Written by Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff and McFadden & Whitehead (of "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" fame), and released on the Philadelphia International label in 1973, it was a minor Top 40 hit (#36) and Top 10 R&B one (#6).  I remember first hearing it when I lived in Germany in the early 70's.  It's got that uptempo Philly Soul that I've always loved, and the lyrics aren't overly soggy.

Check it out:  "I'll Always Love My Mama" (Video)

                                                                                                                                                              2017 is the first year that I've posted this. Will be adding to it.  Suggestions welcome.

Anthony Hamilton - Mama Knew Love
Beatles - Julia
Bill Anderson - Mama Sang A Song
Boyz II Men - Song For Mama
Carrie Underwood - Mama's Song
Dolly Parton - Coat Of Many Colors
Electric Light Orchestra - Mama
Elvis Presley - Mama Liked The Roses
Gerry Rafferty - Mary Skeffington
Gregory Porter - Mother's Song
Intruders - I'll Always Love My Mama
Jamie O'Neal - Somebody's Hero
Judds - Mama He's Crazy
John Lennon - Mother
Junior - Mama Used To Say
Lefty Frizzell - Mom and Dad's Waltz
Lenny Kravitz - Thinking Of You
Linda Ronstadt - Sweetest Gift
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
Merle Haggard - Mama Tried
Miracles - Shop Around
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
Outkast - She's Alive
Paul Simon - Loves Me Like A Rock
Pink Floyd - Mother
Ruth Brown - Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Shirelles - Mama Said
Sizzla - Thank You Mama
2Pac - Dear Mama
Spinners - Sadie
Sufjan Stevens - Fourth Of July
Taylor Swift - Best Day

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Playlist for 5/9

Impressions - s/t
Impressions - People Get Ready
Impressions - Keep On Pushing
Impressions - We're A Winner
Impressions - This Is My Country
Impressions - Young Mods' Forgotten Story
Impressions - Check Out Your Mind
Gorillaz - Humanz
Trombone Shorty - Parking Lot Symphony

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Top 1980's R&B Tracks (Poll)

Another Poll I voted in, along the lines of the Top 70's R&B/Disco/Funk Tracks and Top 70's Soul/Disco/Funk Albums Polls that I participated in.   Rules were still the same.  Vote for up to 100 R&B tracks.  As with the other polls, there was a set list of songs that I had to choose from.

1.  Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
2.  Prince - When Doves Cry
3.  Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
4.  Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
5.  Teddy Pendergrass - Love T.K.O.
6.  Cameo - Word Up
7.  Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
8.  Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down
9.  Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
10. Gap Band - Burn Rubber
11. Kool & The Gang - Too Hot
12. Janet Jackson - When I Think Of You
13. Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
14. Rick James - Super Freak
15. Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce
16. Whispers - And The Beat Goes On
17. George Benson - Give Me The Night
18. Brothers Johnson - Stomp
19. S.O.S. Band - Just Be Good To Me
20. Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
21. Terence Trent D'Arby - Wishing Well
22. Lionel Richie - Hello
23. Mtume - Juicy Fruit
24. Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets
25. Herbie Hancock - Rockit
26. Junior - Mama Used To Say
27. Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
28. Prince - Kiss
29. Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love
30. Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen
31. Hall & Oates - I Can't Go For That
32. Diana Ross - Upside Down
33. Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
34. Rene & Angela - Your Smile
35. Loose Ends - Hangin' On A String
36. DeBarge - I Like It
37. Aretha Franklin - Freeway of Love
38. Irene Cara - Flashdance
39. Gap Band - Outstanding
40. Michael McDonald - I Keep Forgettin'
41. Grover Washington Jr./Bill Withers - Just The Two Of Us
42. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster
43. Raydio - Woman Needs Love
44. Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove
45. Pointer Sisters - He's So Shy
46. Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
47. Taana Gardner - Heartbeat
48. Commodores - Nightshift
49. ZZ Hill - Cheating In The Next Room
50. Soul II Soul - Back To Life
51. Guy - I Like
52. George Michael - Father Figure
53. Timex Social Club - Rumors
54. Oran "Juice" Jones - Rain
55. Bobby Brown - My Prerogative
56. Stephanie Mills - Never Knew Love Like This Before
57. Keith Sweat - I Want Her
58. Maze feat. Frankie Beverly - Joy and Pain
59. Pasadenas - Tribute
60. Ready For The World - Oh Sheila
61. Time - Jungle Love
62. Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy
63. Prince - Little Red Corvette
64. Dazz Band - Let It Whip
65. Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
66. Whispers - Rock Steady
67. Shalamar - Night To Remember
68. Luther Vandross - Give Me The Reason
69. Manhattans - Shining Star
70. Donna Summer - She Works Hard For The Money
71. Sheila E. - Glamorous Life
72. Lakeside - Fantastic Voyage
73. Jennifer Holliday - And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going
74. Quincy Jones - Secret Garden
75. Inner City - Good Life
76. Patti Austin & James Ingram - Baby Come To Me
77. Bobby Womack - If You Think You're Lonely Now
78. Evelyn "Champagne" King - Love Come Down
79. Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
80. Shannon - Let The Music Play
81. George Clinton - Atomic Dog
82. Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin'
83. Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
84. Freddie Jackson - You Are My Lady
85. D-Train - You're The One For Me
86. Lisa Stansfield - All Around The World
87. Womack & Womack - Baby I'm Scared Of You
88. Smokey Robinson - Being With You
89. Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love
90. Sade - Smooth Operator
91. Ashford & Simpson - Solid
92. New Edition - Mr. Telephone Man
93. Anita Baker - Caught Up In The Rapture
94. Deele - Two Occasions
95. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - I Wonder If I Take You Home
96. Simply Red - Holding Back The Years
97. Shirley Murdock - As We Lay
98. Klymaxx - I Miss You
99. Whitney Houston - You Give Good Love
100. Gavin Christopher - One Step Closer To You



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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Playlist for 5/2

Sam Outlaw - Tenderheart
Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child
Brad Paisley - Love and War
Lillie Mae - Forever and Then Some
Sheryl Crow - Be Myself
Angaleena Presley - Wrangled
Thin Lizzy - Vagabonds of the Western World
Kyuss - Welcome To Sky Valley
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