“Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 4/18/70” by Grateful Dead BONUS PICK:
“RCA Albums Collection” by Harry Nilsson
Ry Cooder- live at Great American Music Hall
Gloria Darlings- Come home to me
Bob Dylan-Another Self-Portrait
Volbeat- Outlaws,Gentlemen and Shady Ladies
Mothers Of Invention- Freak Out
John Fogerty- Wrote a song For Everyone
Valerie June- Pushing against the Stone
Kevin Russell- (forget, can't find it)
Noam Pikelney-Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
All of these tied for fifth place.
As you can tell,not all are new releases,
but I listened to them a lot over the year.
The Head and the HeartLet's Be Still
Ghost and Galeselt-titled (EP)
Alice Smith She
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers self-titled
The Milk Carton Kids The Ash & Clay
I don't really know what my top five are, but these are the first ones to come to mind….in no particular order:
James Cotton-Cotton Mouth Man
World Boogie Is Coming – North Mississippi Allstars
Bull Goose Rooster – Watermelon Slim
Magic Sam – Live at The Avant Garde Coffee House
The Sun Blues Box
Of course, there were many, many good/great albums released...if you are in the market for music, go local and get it from your local record store.
Pearl Jam - Lighting Bolt
PJ lives! This is destined to become one their classic albums. Great songs and great performances. Back to basics, pulling no punches. Some explicit language.
Charlie Musselwhite - Juke Joint Chapel
Live blues at its best! Great performances with Charlie's current lineup (except Sonoma County's very own Steve Froberg played bass at that amazing KRSH party).
Grateful Dead - Family Dog at The Great Highway, SF, CA 4/18/70
An undiscovered gem of an acoustic show that Mountain Girl has offered up. Not billed as the Grateful Dead that night, but Mickey Hart and His Heartbeats and, Bobby Ace and His Cards From The Bottom Of The Deck. GD had just recorded Working Man's Dead 2 months before (not released until June '70) and went into the studio later in August '70 and recorded American Beauty. You can hear a couple of songs being fine-tuned. A real snapshot in time. Also notable, on that night's bill was Charlie Musselwhite and NRPS (I'd like to get my hands on those sets too!). Pigpen rocks!
Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart (explicit)
I could see myself being in a packed pub in the UK and hearing Frank (and being blown away). He has a real gift to turn a phrase with those dry/wry English sensibilities. Well produced. F-bombs all over, adult subject matter. Not for the kids.
Jason Isbell - South Eastern
Excellent songwriting, present Americana sound. Really well done.
The Mother Hips - Behind Beyond
No doubt here about Tim's songwriting prowess and TMH's execution. They tap into that family tree of Jerry, NRPS, Ryan Adams, Jackie Greene. TMH put together a solid album drawing on that vibrant fire. Go see 'em live if 'n you get the opportunity.
Mark Knopfler - Privatering
Double album of new songs. Some in the mellower style that Mr. Knopfler OBE, has gotten into, but also some of that fire he had when he was at the helm of Dire Straits. Good stuff if you're into MK.
Gov't Mule - Shout!
Kick butt! Shades of ZZ Top, Johnny Winter, Randy Bachman...done Warren's way. Very live/organic sounding recording.
Grateful Dead - Sunshine Day Dream (DVD/CDs)
Wow! August 27, 1972 concert at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds in Veneta, Oregon...a benefit for the Springfield Creamery (Ken & Pranksters running the show). A Rock/Doc that had sometimes been shown around, but now; digitally remastered audio & visual brings this into the 21st Century, released in theaters this past summer. This show is amazing! Fresh off Europe '72, Keith and Donna, blazin' in the sunshine (it was really hot), GD kicked it! Audio CDs and 1 DVD come with the set...I'd have taken the audio only because it is a GREAT show. They did leave a couple of tunes from the DVD off the audio CDs, but no complaints here. Some nudity on the DVD.
Favorite classic albums to update
The WHO - Tommy
Remastered studio album, plus a bonus CD of a live concert performance of this epic rock-opera
Wings Over America
This classic live album remastered.