James Taylor – Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon 1971 (2012)

James Taylor’s commercial breakthrough in 1970 was predicated on the relationship between the private concerns expressed in his songs and the larger philosophical mood of his audience. He was going through depression, heartbreak, and addiction; they were recovering from the political and cultural storms of the ’60s. On his follow-up to the landmark Sweet Baby James, Taylor brought his listeners up to date, wisely trying to step beyond the cultural, if not the personal, markers he had established. Despite affirming romance in songs like “Love Has Brought Me Around” and the moving “You Can Close Your Eyes” as well as companionship in “You’ve Got a Friend,” the record still came as a defense against the world, not an embrace of it; Taylor was unable to forget the past or trust the present. The songs were full of references to the road and the highway, and he was uncomfortable with his new role as spokesman.

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Various Artists – Q Magazine Presents–Back to Back to Black (2012)

01 The Time And Space Machine –  Rehab
02 Hollie Cook – You Know I’m No Good
03 Dry The River – Me & Mr Jones
04 Saint Etienne – Just Friends
05 The Cribs –  Back To Black
06 The Temper Trap –  Love Is A Losing Game
07 Karima Francis –  Tears Dry On Their Own
08 Manic Street Preachers – Wake Up Alone
09 Swindle Feat Baby Sol – Some Unholy War
10 The Balearic Folk Orchestra – He Can Only Hold Her
11 The View – Addicted
12 Zed Bias Feat. Trigga and Trevor Roots – Monkey Man
13 Jabru Feat. Maz Totterdell –  Valerie

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Various Artists – Have Mercy! The Songs Of Don Covay (2012)

01. Wilson Pickett Three Time Loser
02. Aretha Franklin Chain Of Fools
03. Solomon Burke You’re Good For Me
04. The Staple Singers This Old Town (People In This Town)
05. Little Richard I Don’t Know What You’ve Got But It’s Got Me
06. The Graham Bond Organization Long Tall Shorty
07. Wanda Jackson There’s A Party Goin’ On
08. Chubby Checker Pony Time
09. The Wailers Mercy Mercy
10. Connie Francis Mr Twister
11. Lena Horne Love Bug
12. Ben E King Don’t Drive Me Away
13. Mary Ann Fisher Give
14. Billy Fury Letter Full Of Tears
15. Jerry Butler You Can Run (But You Can’t Hide)
16. Gladys Knight & The Pips Come See About Me
17. Brook Benton With The Dixie Flyers Shoes
18. Tina Britt Sookie Sookie
19. Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers See Saw
20. Dee Clark Kangaroo Hop
21. Gene Vincent A Big Fat Saturday Night
22. Arlene Smith Mon Cherie Au Revoir
23. The Rollers The Continental Walk
24. Etta James I’m Gonna Take What He’s Got
25. Joe Tex She Said Yeah
26. Millie Jackson Watch The One Who Brings You The News

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Lonesome River Band – Chronology 1 (2012)

It’s hard to believe that this influential band has been at it for 30 years now.  There have been many changes in personnel since the days of Dan Tyminski, Tim Austin and Ronnie Bowman and the landmark “Carrying The Tradition” album , with the one constant being the driving, award-winning banjo work of  band leader Sammy Shelor.  To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the current band has re-worked a few of their early songs and added a few new ones for this 8-song “mini-CD” (it’s priced accordingly).  Evidently there will be further releases in this series.

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