1: Shirley Horn – Travelling Light – Zalamanda
Back in the ‘90s, I found this on a covermount CD, and the idea of it – if not the tune – had stayed with me since then. Revisiting it now, I still think it’s lovely.
2: Alvin Lee – Motel Blues (Loudon Wainwright III cover) ~ Tincanman
Like a comic’s airplane travel jokes, songs about songwriting are usually a sign the well has run dry. Not so with Motel Blues, which Mr Lee enlivens ten* years after Loudon’s somewhat sleepy original. (*ish)
3: Chris Wood – One In A Million ~ Zalamanda
Wood’s apearances with The Imagined Village got me interested enough to buy his anthology, and this song stood out for the quality of its story-telling (and the intriguing location of a fish and chip shop). Wood himself doesn’t rate it; I can’t understand why.
4: Jumpin’ The Gunn – Turtle Blues ~ DarceysDad
I’ve been gorging myself recently on the musical equivalent of comfort food. Bluesy female singer, blinding guitar solo, gospel-style backing singers/vocal, crescendo/climax format. Yummy. Now, time for a nap … [You can't have one. Put your black leather jacket on, comb back you're pomaded hair and start smouldering instead. Ed.]
5: Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Restless ~ RockingMitch
This was Johnny’s follow-up to “Shakin’ All Over”. Not as successful sales-wise as “Shakin’”, it still made the top 20. Lead guitar on this is the late Joe Moretti and the rest of the Pirates became The Tornadoes (of “Telstar” fame) minus Joe.
6: Luke & The Apostles – You Make Me High ~ SweetHomeAlabama
An amazing gospel-styled stoner soul blues rocker from straight outta Yorkville. I can’t get enough of this song and the Robert Plant-style vocals.
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