Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. Each week, I add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

Fall – Chris Mills (Kiss It Goodbye) (1)
All I Need – 5 Chinese Brothers (Singer Songwriter…) (2)
Walkin’ and Talkin’ – Marshall Tucker Band (Searchin’ for a Rainbow) (3)
Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me – The Tams (The Best of) (4)
Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed) (5)
Bring the Monster Inside – Willard Grant Conspiracy (Flying Low) 6)
Blue From Death – Nicolai Dunger (Soul Rush) (7)
Devil in Disguise – Emmylou Harris (Last Date) (8)
Spoonful – Cream (Fresh Cream) (9)
Sugar Babe – Jonathan Edwards (Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboy (10)

(1) I love Chris Mills. He does rocking, rootsy music that really speaks to me. Fall is about as good as a song can be. Period. In fact, this may be, at the moment, the best alt. country song ever.

(2) Nice Woody Guthrie tribute off of one of my Top 50.

(3) Nice swing number from some guys I knew growing up back in SC. Tommy Caldwell was a mighty good golfer as well as a fine bass player. This record was probably their best- anchored by an awesome live version of Can’t You See.

(4) I saw the Tams a million times at and around Ocean Drive back in the day. I still cherish the images of drinking a cold beer at Zack’s while listening to beach music. Good stuff.

(5) Nothing needs to be said about this song, but I’ll say it anyway. One of the best songs off one of the best records ever.

(6) They’ve been around for a while, but I only discovered them a year or so ago. Sort of roots meets haunting lo-fi. Quiet, yet chock full of music.

(7) I bought this record because of the comparisons to Astral Weeks. Not that good, but good. I can hear some early Van in this song for sure.

(8) Emmylou doing Gram live. Wonderful stuff.

(9) Willie Dixon blues classic from very first Cream record. The best song on the record.

(10) This is one of those records I’ve had all my life. First on LP, now on CD. Great hippie/country sound with some excellent playing. This is one of a small rotation of records that played in both my children’s rooms at bedtime when they were babies. It is one of my building blocks of great music. I can’t recommend this record highly enough.

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