When deciding what to post today I knew this new Mark Lanegan album covers record would start it but all bets came off as soon as his new version of the classic Brecht/Weill song "Mack The Knife" was placed. A timeless classic that has been recorded by so many that I simply had to post a few others. Enjoy!
We all know the great Bobby Darin version, how about two unreleased alternate takes?
Who could resist Ernie's take?
I love this version, an early Psychedelic Furs B side.
Can't leave out Mr. Sinatra and it has to be a live performance and it has to be from Las Vegas, right? Here's a show closing rendition from The Golden Nugget in 1987.
I call him "The Source"... Everything begins with Louis Armstrong. He is as important to the history of music as Beethoven, Bach or Jimi Hendrix. This is "Pops" recorded live in Chicago in 1956.
Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
Can't believe we lost J.J. Cale. Without question one of the finest songwriters of my generation but also one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever had the privilege to meet.
Black Joe is back with another collection of tender love ballads... yeah, right!
This will be our next best kept secret to cross over to mass adulation, or at least they should based on this terrific new album!
One of my absolute favorite pop rockers is getting ready to release his first ever covers album.
The new album isn't due until November but Brendan sent me a few tunes to tide me over until it arrives. This one should be a hit, whatever the hell that means!
I am completely in love with this record... here's the title track.
Not only is Jason Isbell one of the finest young songwriters on the scene. He just married Amanda Shires, who is pretty damn terrific as well! Great new record.
They're back!!!!!!!! The rock album we all need right now, pushed forward by one of the best pure rock drummers on the planet, Jon Wurster.
Believe it or not this marks the first time the legendary PHJB have recorded an album containing all original material. Produced by Ben Jaffe and Jim James.
I've been waiting for this one... a bit different but I like it.
Here's a few mandatory tunes to start the weekend. Have fun, be safe and DON'T DRINK & DRIVE!!!!!
More to come over the weekend... Requests??????
I've been doing some stuff around the house (removing wallpaper) and engrossed in the start of the Baseball season so I've taken a bit of a blogging break but I'm back. Whenever I attempt any sort of "home improvement" project (which is extremely rare to begin with) the soundtrack is always Jazz. With that in mind, here's a small sample of the tracks that have been pumping through the home system for the past few days.
Not much time tonight but I was listening to this on the way home and realized that these two artists are without question the Beethoven and Mozart of America. Hundreds of years from now people will still be studying, playing and loving their work.
'In A Mellowtone'