Some stuff I’ve been listening to recently.
Dr. John - In The Right Place (1973). New Orleans funk or Bayeau funk is what it’s been described as. The Meters played as the backing band so that’s all you need to know. Fun album to listen to, most will know Right Place Wrong Time as it’s been used in numerous movies and tv shows.
Dire Straits - Communique (1979). This is my current early morning, drinking coffee, checking websites album (The Black Keys-Turn Blue fits here also). The consistent mellow(ish) vibe suits my ears at that time of day and I don’t need to pay full attention for an enjoyable listen. The music is good/interesting enough to make me perk up numerous times throughout, great guitar work.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Imperial Bedroom (2012 Mofi), Get Happy (2011 Mofi). IB is simply awesome from start to finish! The music is varied enough to pick new things up on subsequent listens. If you’re in the mood for lyrics, it’s Elvis Costello so plenty to get into there. Standouts are Tears Before Bedtime, Shabby Doll, And In Every Home, The Loved Ones, and Human Hands. Get Happy has 20 tracks at 2-3 minutes each, the music being upbeat. The tracks flow nicely from one to another which makes me think of the album as a whole instead of individual songs. The bass guitar on this album is out front and outstanding, a treat to hear!
Tommy James & The Shondells - Best Of compilation (1987). I’m not big into greatest hits but this is really good. Hits like Mony Mony, Crimson And Clover, I Think We’re Alone Now (Travis, your girl covered this), and Crystal Blue Persuasion make this worth owning. Crimson And Clover is the full version with an extended instrumental in the middle as compared to the radio friendly version I’ve heard forever, it’s groovy!