First and foremost, thanks for the links, Igor.
And now, on with the show...Sandy Denny
-- I'm a big fan of her work with Fairport Convention, but all I have filed under her own name is this career-spanning 3CD set
which covers everything from her pre-Fairport colloborations with the Strawbs through her last solo LP from 1977 before her untimely death. Her preferred style isn't usually my thing, but man oh man could that lady sing (and write: "Who Knows Where The Time Goes"
, represented here by a 1974 live version, may well be the most beautiful song in the English language.*) Based on the handful of tracks included, I might need to track down the complete Strawbs CD, although I also know I can do without The Bunch. I'm willing to bet there are more gems on her solo LPs not included on this set, but I listen to this so rarely, I bet they'd just gather dust if I picked them up.Derek and the Dominos
-- suck it, Clapton haters (and, if there is such a thing, Duane haters.) Layla
is a 5-star LP (except, of course, for Bobby Whitlock's execrable "Thorn Tree In The Garden", which is surely playing right now somewhere in Hell.) But because I used to work at a used-CD store and got it dirt cheap, I own The Layla Sessions
box set. Unfortunately, beyond the album proper, there is little, if anything, to recommend. A trio of songs from the aborted 2nd LP are unmemorable and the alternate takes and outtakes are of interest only to... well... I can't imagine who they're of interest to. The 3rd disc -- ominously entitled The Jams
-- is just garbage. Why anyone would want to listen to such endless wankery (the shortest track clocks in at 12:21) is a question I probably don't want answered. Even just as background music, it was a real slog getting through it.Sugar Pie DeSanto
-- Now we're cookin'!
A fantastic soul singer, Ms. DeSanto cranked out a string of excellent sides for Chess in the early-to-mid-60s. Great, great stuff, mostly unknown except to fellow aficianados of Chicago r&b and Northern Soul (a term I've really come to despise, btw.)
Some faves: "Soulful Dress"
, "With For A Night"
, and here she is rockin' out with Etta James
on a track I have used to kick-off numerous party mixes over the years. Finally, check out this sizzlin' James Brown production from 1962
-- Y'all already know and love the Descendents, right? Easily one of my favorite '80s punk bands, and their 1996 comeback Everything Sucks
is pretty fucking fantastic too.Detroit Cobras
-- Pandora jammed me this fantastic song
which prompted me to pick one of their albums -- Baby
-- when I found it used for cheap. Unfortunately, nothing therein really turns me on that much. Not unpleasant, to be sure, but nothing too special. If anyone else is a fan, please please post some cool songs as my lukewarm response to Baby
killed any further exploration on my part. I did see them live once and enjoyed the show, but I bought a cool t-shirt instead of another CD, which is never a good sign.The Deviants
-- Heavy(ish) UK hippie weirdness. Their first LP, Ptoof!
, has little to recommend it beyond the awesome title, but I really dig about half of Disposable
, their second, especially the album-opening "Somewhere To Go"
. Main songwriter Mick Farren went on to lead The Pink Fairies, who I should be getting to in about 3 years...
Next up... DEVO!
*This is usually what I cite as the most gorgeous song I've ever heard that's not in English.
(Don't ask for a translation. It's much less beautiful if you know what they're singing. Trust me.)