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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Ella and Louis, 1956 on Verve

As though Ella and Louis weren’t enough, the backing band is Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown – (aka the Oscar Peterson Trio) – and Buddy Rich. There’s…

Coma Culture, Camouflage, 2021 self-released

Coma Culture features Eric Cannata and Francois Comtois (both of Young the Giant) and Jon O’Brien – this was their debut full length record. The opening track is…

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Buddy and Jim, 2012 on New West

Great duet album from 2012 and what Rolling Stone called “Alt-Country’s Dream Team.” Mostly songs written by the paid together, some separately, and a few others: Jimmy McCracklin’s…

Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights, 2002 on Matador Records

Originally released in 2002, this was Interpol’s debut album (they had an EP out before this). My copy is the 2022 Vinyl Me, Please reissue on red vinyl….

Beastie Boys, Check Your Head, 1992 on Capitol / Grand Royal

My copy is the 2022 Vinyl Me, Please reissue 30th Anniversary Edition on Red Vinyl. Amazing to me that this is 30 years old but still sounds very…

Herbie Hancock, Quartet, 1982 on Columbia

Hancock with Ron Carter on Bass, Tony Williams on Drums, and Wynton Marsalis on Trumpet – recorded in 1981 at CBS Sony Studios in Tokyo. Great versions of…

Stevie Wonder, Stevie Wonder’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2

1971 Tamla compilation – mine’s a mid-70s era reissue. There was a first “Greatest Hits” in 1968, and many many more to follow. I acquired this as part…

Bob Dylan, Nashville Skyline, 1969 on Columbia

Produced by Bob Johnston, liner notes by Johnny Cash – Dylan plays here with Nashville musicians including Bob Wilson, Charlie Daniels, Charlie McCoy, Kenny Buttrey, Norman Blake, and…

The Suburbs at First Avenue

Not listed at First Avenue yet – notification came from the Suburbs. Apparently tickets will go on sale Friday

Sunrise over Marblehead, Swans

Sunrise over Marblehead this morning – view from Forest River Park in Salem, with some Swans in Salem Harbor

Blossom Dearie, Blossom Dearie. 1957 on Verve.

The inimitable Blossom Dearie’s debut album. My copy is the 2022 reissue from Vinyl Me, Please, which includes listening notes by Natalie Weiner. Ray Brown, Jo Jones, and…

Ry Cooder, Bop Till You Drop, 1979 on Warner Bros.

Ry Cooder, Bop Till You Drop, 1979 on Warner Bros. Said to have been the first digitally recorded major label album in popular music – 3M 33 track…

Ike & Tina Turner and The Ikettes, Come Together, 1970 on Liberty.

Ike & Tina Turner and The Ikettes, Come Together, 1970 on Liberty. Great time capsule release from a great year in music. The title tune but also covers…

John Mayall, The Blues Alone, 1967 on London Records.

John Mayall, The Blues Alone, 1967 on London Records. Drums on some tracks from Kerf Hartley otherwise all Mayall.

Ornette Coleman, The Shape Of Jazz To Come, 1959 on Atlantic.

Ornette Coleman, The Shape Of Jazz To Come, 1959 on Atlantic. Coleman’s debut on Atlantic and his third LP. With Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. My…

Tom Petty, Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions), 2021 on Warner Records.

Tom Petty, Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions), 2021 on Warner Records. Standalone 2x LP of tracks that were previously in the 9 LP super deluxe Wildflowers & All the…

The National, I Am Easy To Find, 2019 on 4AD.

The National, I Am Easy To Find, 2019 on 4AD. An album and a film. The movie was directed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and stars Alicia Vikander. Guest…

Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, 2002 on Nonesuch.

Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, 2002 on Nonesuch. Spent the weekend deep into the 2022 box set reissue of YHF, complete with multiple LPs worth of demos and alternate…

The Silencers, A Letter From St. Paul, 1987 on RCA Victor (US).

The Silencers, A Letter From St. Paul, 1987 on RCA Victor (US). That’s St. Paul as in Minneapolis, not the Apostle. Loved the local Minnesota reference from a…

The Jam, Beat Surrender, 1982 on Polydor.

The Jam, Beat Surrender, 1982 on Polydor. The final Jam single, here the 12″ US EP version, with covers of thr Chi-Lites “Stoned out of My Mind”, Curtis…