Top Ranking Albums of May 2014

RebelutionCount Me In [Easy Star 2014]

Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds in Country Music [High Top Mountain Records 2014]

JoMersa – Comfortable [Ghetto Youths International 2014]

Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain [Nonesuch Records 2014]

SeeedSeeed [Seeed Records 2014]

SOJAI Believe [ATO Records 2014]

Dub Thompson9 Songs [Dead Oceans 2014]

Tune-Yards Nikki Nack [4AD 2014]

Kelly Willis and Bruce Willis Our Year [Premium Records 2014]

EelsThe Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett [PIAS America 2014]

Thievery CorporationSaudade [ESL Music 2014]

BugleAnointed [Zojack World Wide 2014]

Various ArtistsPeace and Love Riddim [TJ Records 2014]

DubmatixIn Dub [Echo Beach 2014]

Various ArtistsKing Size Dub Dub Visionist Special [Echo Beach 2014]

Ziggi Recado Therapeutic [Zion High 2014]

Anthony Cruz Inna Di Dance [Shan Shan Music 2014]

Ivan and the ParazolMode Bizarre [Gold Record Music 2014]

Ana TijouxVengo [Nacional Records 2014]

Rodney CrowellTarpaper Sky [New West 2014]

PressureThe Sound [I Grade Records 2014]

SizzlaRadical [VP Records 2014]

SizzlaNuh Worry Unu Self [John John Records 2014]

SizzlaBorn A King [Muti Music 2014]

FutureHonest [Epic 2014]

The Secret SistersPut Your Needle Down [Universal Records 2014]

G. Love and Special SauceSugar [Brushfire Records 2014]

Johnny CashOut Among the Stars [Columbia 2014]

KelisFood [Ninja Tune 2014]

The Roots…and then you shoot your cousin [Def Jam 2014]

CunninlynguistsStrange Journey Volume Three [Bad Taste Records 2014]

Various ArtistsA Tribute to Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume 1 [ATO Records 2014]

Ernest RanglinBless up [Avilla Street Records 2014]

Danilo PerezPanama 500 [Mack Avenue Records 2014]

Duck SauceQuack [Fool’s Gold 2014]

Chris Robinson BrotherhoodPhosphorescent Harvest [Silver Arrow Records 2014]

Young MoneyRise of an Empire [Cash Money Records 2014]

Mikey SpiceI Am I Said [Joe Fraser Records 2014]

Joan OsborneLove and Hate [eOne Music 2014]

Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2014 [VP Records 2014]

Eliza GilkinsonNocturne Diaries [Red House Records 2014]

Mykal RoseCrucial World [John John Records 2014]

Top Ranking Albums of May 2014

Storytellers – The Greatest Storytelling Songs

Storytellers: The Greatest Storytelling Songs 

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant

Woody Guthrie – 1913 Massacre

Bob Dylan – Motorpsycho Nitemare

Marty Robbins – El Paso

Gordon Lightfoot – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue

Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

Jimmy Buffett –God’s Own Drunk

Ice T – 6 N Tha Morning

Townes Van Zandt – Fraternity Blues

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Conversation with the Devil

Flatt & Scruggs – The Ballad of Jed Clampett

Bob Dylan – Hurricane

Johnny Horton – The Battle of New Orleans

Steve Earle – Copperhead Road

Arlo Guthrie – The Motorcycle Song

Lloyd Parks – Cold Blooded

Eminem – Stan

Chris Ledoux – This Cowboy’s Hat

David Allan Coe – The Ride

Jeannie C. Riley – Harper Valley P.T.A.

Charlie Daniels Band – Uneasy Rider

Eminem & Dr. Dre – Guilty Conscience

Claude King – Wolverton Mountain

Johnny Horton – North to Alaska

Slick Rick – Children’s Story

Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John

Lefty Frizzell – Saginaw, Michigan

Marty Robbins – Big Iron

Johnny Cash – Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

C.W. McCall – Convoy

Johnny Cash – One Piece at a Time

Storytellers – The Greatest Storytelling Songs

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

Top Ranking Singles of 1956

Fats DominoBlueberry Hill

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog

Shirley & LeeLet The Good Times Roll

Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line

Ivory Joe Hunter – Since I Met You Baby

Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes

Little RichardLong Tall Sally

Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps – Be-Bop-A-Lula

Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So 

Johnny Cash – There You Go

Chuck BerryBrown Eyed Handsome Man

Eddie Cochran – Sweetie Pie

Howlin’ WolfSmokestack Lightnin’

Johnny Horton – Honky-Tonk Man

Ray Charles – Lonely Avenue

Johnny Burnette Trio – The Train Kept A Rollin

Fats DominoI’m Walkin’

Clarence “Frogman” HenryAin’t Got No Home

Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven

Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel

Mickey & Sylvia – Love Is Strange

Bill Haley & His Comets – See You Later, Alligator  

The Five Satins – In The Still of the Night  

Wanda Jackson – Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

Ray Price – Crazy Arms

James Brown – Please Please Please

Ray Charles – Mary Ann

Frank SinatraI’ve Got You Under My Skin

Fats DominoMy Blue Heaven

Webb Pierce – Why Baby Why

Harry Belafonte – Day-O (Banana Boat)

Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender

Fats Domino – Blue Monday

Paul AnkaDiana

Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love?

Elvis Presley – Blue Moon

Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business

Marty Robbins – Singing The Blues

Little Richard Rip It Up 

Faron Young – Sweet Dreams

Harry Belafonte – Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

Patsy Cline – I Love You, Honey

Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me

Little Willie John – Fever

Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes

The Drifters – I Gotta Get Myself A Woman

Buck Owens – After the Dance

Fats Domino – When My Dreamboat Comes Home

Dean Martin – Memories Are Made Of This

The DellsOh, What A Night

George Jones – Just One More

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – The ABC’s of Love

Elvis Presley – I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

The Drifters – Ruby Baby

Buck Owens – Down on the Corner of Love

Little Richard – Ready Teddy

Johnnie RayJust Walking In The Rain

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – These Foolish Things

Roy Orbison – Ooby Dooby

The Platters – My Prayer

Wanda Jackson – I Gotta Know

Bo Diddley – Diddy Wah Diddy

Guy Mitchell – Singing The Blues

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent

Patsy Cline – I’ve Loved and Lost Again

The Valentines – The Woo Woo Train

Elvis PresleyOld Shep

Young Jessie – Don’t Happen No More

Johnny Burnette Trio – Tear It Up

Junior GordonBlow Wind Blow

John Lee Hooker – Dimples

Huey “Piano” Smith – Little Liza Jane

Warren Smith – Ubangi Stomp

Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk

Carl Perkins – Dixie Fried

LaVern Baker – Jim Dandy

Johnny Burnette Trio – Honey Hush

Ray Charles – What Would I Do Without You?

Dean Martin – Innamorata (Sweetheart)

The Drifters – Steamboat

Eddie Cochran – Skinny Jim

Bo Diddley –  Cops and Robbers

Bing Crosby & Grace KellyTrue Love [from High Society]

Little Willie John – Need Your Love So Bad

Let The Good Times Roll

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

Top Ranking Albums of March 2011

Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis To Hollywood

March 2011

    1. Johnny CashBootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis To Hollywood [Legacy/Columbia 2011]
    2. Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What [Hear Music/Concord Music Group 2011]
    3. Richie SpiceBook Of Job [VP Records 2011]
    4. Radiohead The King Of Limbs [thekingoflimbs.com 2011]
    5. R.E.M.Collapse Into Now [Warner Brothers 2011]
    6. Diplo and Various Artists –Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves [Greensleeves 2011]
    7. TigerMost Wanted [VP Records 2011]
    8. AssassinMost Wanted [VP Records 2011]
    9. Robbie Robertson How To Become Clairvoyant[429 2011]
    10. Bob Marley & the WailersLive Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980[Axiom/Zion Records 2011]
    11. The Low Anthem Smart Flesh [Nonesuch 2011]
    12. TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light [Interscope 2011]
    13. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More [Glassnote 2011]
    14. Peter Bjorn & John Gimme Some [Startime International 2011]
    15. Grupo Fantasma – El Existential [Nat Geo 2011]
    16. Adele 21 [XL/Columbia 2011]
    17. Smith Westerns Dye It Blond [Fat Possum 2011]
    18. Yuck Yuck [Fat Possum 2011]
    19. Nicole Atkins Mondo Amore [Razor & Tie 2011]
    20. Wye Oak Civilian [Merge 2011]
    21. Drive-By TruckersGo Go Boots [ATO 2011]
    22. Cowboy Junkies Demons [Latent 2011]
    23. Los Lonely Boys Rockpango [Lonely Tone 2011]
    24. Alexander Ebert Alexander [Community 2011]
    25. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers [Atlantic 2011]

The King Of Limbs

Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves

Most Wanted

Most Wanted

Top Ranking Albums of March 2011

The Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955

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Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955

Nappy Brown – Don’t Be Angry

Chuck Miller – The House of Blue Lights

Smiley Lewis – I Hear You Knocking

Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

Chuck Berry – Maybellene

Bill Haley & the Comets – (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock

Little Richard – Tutti Frutti

Buddy Holly – Down the Line

Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame

Carl Perkins – Honey Don’t

The Penguins – Earth Angel

Eddy Arnold – Cattle Call

Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

Bobby Darin – Splish Splash

The Turbans – When You Dance

Hank Thompson – Don’t Take It Out On Me

The Robins – Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Frank Sinatra – Love and Marriage

Chuck Berry – No Money Down

Elvis Presley – Baby, Let’s Play House

Nappy Brown – Piddily Patter Patter

Webb Pierce – In the Jailhouse Now

Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy

Johnny Cash – Get Rhythm

Big Joe Turner – Flip, Flop, & Fly

Bill Haley & the Comets – Shake Rattle & Roll

The Platters – Only You

Young Jessie – Mary Lou

Little Walter – My Babe

Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons

Chuck Berry – Thirty Days

Elvis Presley – Mystery Train

Smiley Lewis – One Night

Faron Young – Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

Johnston Brothers – Hernando’s Hideaway

Johnny Cash – Cry Cry Cry

LaVern Baker – Tweedle Dee

Porter Wagoner – A Satisfied Mind

Ray Charles – Blackjack

Patsy Cline – Hdin’ Out

Fats Domino – Poor Me

Ferlin Husky – I Feel Better All Over

The Platters – The Great Pretender

Jim Reeves – Drinking Tequila

Georgia Gibbs – Dance with me Henry

Freddie Bell and the Bellboys – Hound Dog

Ray Charles – Greenbacks

Billy Lee Riley – Red Hot

Webb Pierce – I Don’t Care

The Clovers – Blue Velvet

Johnny Cash Trail to Mexico 

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – The Blues Walk

Merle Travis & Hank Thompson – Wildwood Flower

The Spiders – Witchcraft

Webb Pierce – Love, Love, Love

The Cadillacs – Speedoo

Johnny Cash – So Doggone Lonesome

Nat ‘King’ Cole – Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

Elvis Presley – I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone

The Drifters – Adorable

George Jones – Why Baby Why

Sarah Vaughan – How High the Moon

Mitch Miller – Yellow Rose of Texas

Bo Diddley – Diddley Daddy

Lefty Frizzell – I Love You Mostly

Clifford Brown & Max Roach – What Am I Here For?

Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Ray Charles – This Little Girl of Mine

Jim Reeves – Penny Candy

Sammy Davis, Jr. – That Old Black Magic

Elvis Presley – Milk Cow Blues Boogie

The Drifters – What’cha Gonna Do

Patti Page – How Much is that Doggie in the Window

Nat King Cole – A Blossom Fell

Jim Reeves – Yonder Comes A Sucker

Ray Charles – Come Back Baby

Elvis Presley – I Forgot To Remember

Bo Diddley – Pretty Thing

Ray Charles – A Fool For You

NEED:

The Valentines – I Love You Baby

Rosco Gordon – The Chicken

Bill Haley & the Comets – Real Rock Drive

The Clovers – Love Bug

Ernest Tubb – The Yellow Rose of Texas

The Moonglows – Lover, Love Me

Dinah Shore – Whatever Lola Wants

Hank Snow – Mainliner

The Clovers – In the Morning Time

The Moonglows – She’s Gone

The Valentines – Lily Maebelle

Bill Haley & the Comets – Birth of the Boogie

The Moonglows – Sincerely

Chuck Miller – Hawk-Eye

The Spaniels – You Painted Pictures

Pete Seeger – Deila’s Go

B.B. King – Everyday I Have the Blues

The Moonglows – Most of All

Bill Haley & the Comets – Razzle Dazzle

The Spiders – Is It True

Ray Price – Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes

Rosco Gordon – Love For You Baby

The Ink Spots – Melody of Love

Bill Haley & the Comets – Dim Dim the Lights

Etta James – Good Rockin’ Daddy

Slim Whitman – Roll Along Silvery Moon

Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie – April in Paris

Kitty Wells – There’s Poison in Your Heart

Etta James – The Wallflower

Ferlin Husky – I’ll Baby Sit With You

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – Cherokee

Slim Whitman – Rose Marie

Eddie Snow – Ain’t That Right

Hank Thompson – Most of All

Etta James – Number One

Frank Sinatra – Learnin’ the Blues

The Clovers – Nip Sip

Perez Prado – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

The Moonglows – In My Diary

Lonnie Donegan – Rock Island Line

Al Hibbler – Unchained Melody

Smokey Joe Baugh – Signifying Monkey

Sarah Vaughan – Whatever Lola Wants

The Miller Sisters – There’s No Right Way To Do Me Wrong

Georgia Gibbs – 24 Hours a Day

The Penguins – Don’t Do It

The Five Tinos – Don’t Do That

Clifford Brown & Max Roach – Take the A-Train

The Penguins – Baby Let’s Make Some Love

Georgia Gibbs – Goodbye to Rome

The Turbans – Let Me Show You Around My Heart

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The Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955

Graham Wilkinson & Kimya Dawson jam at the Mean Eyed Cat in Austin

This weekend I caught some music in Austin. I got in to the live music capital of the world at the tail end of the South By Southwest (SXSW) festivities, which features official and unofficial showcases that bring together bands from across the globe. I went to an unofficial show at the Mean Eyed Cat. This old saw sharpening workshop turned club and living tribute to Johnny Cash rocked Friday night as Kimya Dawsonand Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township played some great tunes.

Graham played some of my favorites including “Boys & Girls,” “Let It Go,” and “Polvo’s Martinis.” Christopher Denny joined Graham for a rollicking Bob Dylan cover with shredding guitar solos and wailing harmonica. “The Man in Black” himself would have loved this night of music. The sounds were as eclectic as Johnny’s tastes. From Dylan folk ballads to protest songs to country and reggae to rock and roll, Kimya and Graham kept Austin weird for another night!

Graham Wilkinson & Kimya Dawson jam at the Mean Eyed Cat in Austin

Top Albums of February 2010

February 2010

Escape From Babylon To The Kingdom Of Zion

  1. AlborosieEscape From Babylon To The Kingdom Of Zion [Greensleeves 2010]
  2. The GorillazPlastic Beach [Virgin 2010]
  3. Adam Carroll Adam Carroll Live At Flipnotics [Adam Carroll 2009]
  4. Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyAs We Enter [Explicit] [Universal Republic 2010]
  5. Carolina Chocolate DropsGenuine Negro Jig [Nonesuch Records 2010]
  6. Jimi HendrixValleys Of Neptune [Sony 2010]
  7. Busy Signal One More Night [VP Records 2010]
  8. Overproof Soundsystem King Step E.P. [Elephant House 2010]
  9. Various Artists Reggae Anthology: Henry “Junjo” Lawes – Volcano Eruption [VP Records 2010]
  10. Broken BellsBroken Bells [Sony 2010]
  11. Various Artists Dancehall Vol. 2: The Rise of Jamaica Dancehall Culture [Soul Jazz Records 2010]
  12. Guitar Shorty Bare Knuckle [Alligator 2010]
  13. YeasayerOdd Blood [Secretly Canadian 2010]
  14. MidlakeThe Courage Of Others [Bella Union 2010]
  15. Johnny CashAmerican VI: Ain’t No Grave [American Recordings/Lost Highway 2010]
  16. SadeSoldier Of Love [Epic 2010]
  17. ShearwaterThe Golden Archipelago [Matador Records 2010]
  18. Tommy Tornado Sunrise [Rude Rich Holland 2010]
  19. Massive AttackHeligoland [EMI/Virgin 2010]
  20. Ólöf ArnaldsVið og við. [One Little Indian 2010]
  21. Various ArtistsHope For Haiti Now [MTV Networks 2010]
  22. NnekaConcrete Jungle [Decon/Epic 2010]
  23. Gucci ManeThe State Vs. Radric Davis [Explicit] [Asylum/Warner Brothers 2010]
  24. The Magnetic FieldsRealism [Nonesuch 2010]
  25. Charlotte GainsbourgIRM [Because Muse/Elektra 2010]
  26. Patty GriffinDowntown Church [EMI/Credential 2010]
  27. Hot ChipOne Life Stand [EMI 2010]
  28. Lil’ Wayne Rebirth [Explicit] [Cash Money 2010]

Top Albums of February 2010

The World of Reggae Music Collection — Reggae inna Folk-Country Version

World of Reggae Music

Reggae ina Folk Country Version

Beenie Man and Willie Nelson have more in common than you think. They both play country music. And they both play reggae music. Country and Reggae collide on this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection. From Steve Earle, Jimmy Buffett, and Johnny Cash to Delroy Wilson, Dennis Brown, and John Holt this is Reggae inna Folk and Country stylee.

The Survivors  Rawhide

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire>

The Ethiopians – Free Man

Willie Nelson – I’ll Still Be Thinking of You

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Charlie Pride – You’re My Jamaica

Josh Heinrichs – Cryin’ Time

Peter Rowan – No Woman No Cry

LUST – Flowers on the Will

Tony Joe White – Rainy Night In Georgia [Bozzo Bajou’s Georgia Dub]

Sanchez – El Paso

Robert Earl Keen – Waves on the Ocean

Delroy Wilson – I Shall Be Released

Willie Nelson – The Harder They Come

Freddie McGregor – The King of the Road

Beenie Man –Ain’t Gonna Figure It Yet

Slightly Stoopid – I’m On Fire

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

Willie Nelson – I’ve Just Destroyed The World

Toots & the Maytals – Take Me Home, Country Roads

Ziggy Marley & The Meloday Makers – Everyone Want To Be

Sinead O’Connor – Untold Stories

The SkatalitesOccupation

Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

John Holt – Before The Next Teardrop Falls

J.J Cale – Crying

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

The Sensations – Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast

Bonnie Raitt, Toots & The Maytals – True Love Is Hard To Find

The Mighty Diamonds – Lay Lady Lay

The Mighty Diamonds – Lay Lady Lay Dub

Willie Nelson – Sitting In Limbo

Tenor Saw – Lone Ranger and tonto

Hopeton Lewis Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

Steve Earle – Rivers Of Babylon

Etana – Crazy

Nicky Thomas – If I Had A Hammer/ Hammering Version

Delbert McClinton – Stir It Up

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Willie Nelson & Toots & the Maytals – Still Is Still Moving To Me

Denzil Dennis – South of the Border

Jerry Jeff Walker – Sangria Wine (Live 1973 Luckenbach, Texas)

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Ken Parker – Kiss An Angel Good Morning

Taj Mahal – Never Let You Go

Richie Stephens – Wolverton Mountain

Killer Bees – El Paso

J Rod Records – Bad Cowboy Riddim Version

Ninja Man – Badman Law

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Willie Nelson – One In A Row

Sinead O’Connor – Marcus Garvey

Christopher Martin – If I Were A Carpenter

J.C. Lodge – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

J.C. Lodge – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright Dub

Gary P. Nunn – London Homesick Blues (Home of the Reggae Armadillo)

Lloyd Charmers – Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)

Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Mistaica

Aswad – Best Of My Love

Dennis Brown – The Last Thing On My Mind

Kymani Marley – Rude Boy

Willie Nelson – You Left Me A Long, Long Time Ago

Ras Abijah – One Too Many Mornings

Ras Abijah – One Too Many Mornings Dub

Duane Stephenson – Suspicions

Roman Stewart – Wolverton Mountain

Tessanne Chin – Don’t It Make It My Brown Eyes Blues

Delroy WilsonGreen Green Grass Of Home

Willie Nelson & Toots & the Maytals – I’m A Worried Man

John Holt Help Me Make It Through the Night

Steve Earle & the V-Roys – Johnny Too Bad

The Pioneers – Sweet Dreams

Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, and Rudy Costa – Black Man, Brown Man

Hazel WrightPlease Help Me I’m Falling (In Love With You)

Willie Nelson & Wyclef Jean – To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before

Michael Rose – Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll

Michael Rose – Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll Dub

John HoltWasted Days And Wasted Nights

Sinead O’Connor – Jah Nuh Dead

Mariene WebberStand By Your Man

Willie Nelson – How Long Is Forever

The Inventors Bye Bye Love

Noel “Bunny” BrownFor the Good Times

Hopeton Lewis – Drift Away

Johnny Cash & Willie NelsonWorried Man

Dennis Brown – Little Green Apples

Taj MahalJohnny Too Bad

Wyclef Jean & Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

Willie Nelson Undo The Right

Bob AndyWalk A Mile In My Shoes

Sanchez & Beenie Man – Refugee

Doreen Sheaffer Walk Through This World With Me

Count Prince Miller Mule Train

Max RomeoBlowin’ In The Wind

Gary P. Nunn – Corona Con Lima

Ken Parker – Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Willie Nelson – Something To Think About

Bob Andy – The Games People Play

The Heptones – Guman Coming To Town

Wayne Wade – Lady

Bob Dylan – I And I

Bob Dylan – I And I Dub

John HoltIf I Were a Carpenter

Taj Mahal – African Herbsman

Willie NelsonI Guess I’ve Come To Live Here

Boris Gardiner – I Want To Wake Up With You

Mishka – Shadow in the Shade

Jackie EdwardsSomeone Loves You Honey

Willie Nelson – Sitting In Limbo (Live at Farm Aid)

Jimmy Riley Statue Of A Fool

The Aggrolites – Countryman Fiddle

Cornell Campbell She Wears My Ring

Abijah – One Too Many Mornings

Abijah – One Too Many Mornings Dub

Max RomeoMissing You

Ziggy Marley & Paul SimonWalk Tall

John Holt – Mr. Bojangles

Slightly Stoopid – Know You Rider

Ken Parker – Guilty

Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train

John Holt – Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

Brother Nolan – Coconut Girl

Michael Chung – For The Good Times

Jerry Garcia Band – The Harder They Come

Pat Kelly – Sunshine On My Shoulders

Harry Nlsson – Many Rivers To Cross

Eric Donaldson – Sylvia’s Mother

The Bellamy Brothers – I Love Her Mind

Max Romeo – Is It Really Over

Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ In The Wind

Nicky Thomas – Don’t Touch Me

Manu Chao – La Vacaloca

John Holt – Working Kind (Chokin’ Kind)

Ken Boothe – Mona Lisa

Ewan, Jerry, & the Caribbeats – Tennessee Waltz

Gloria Crawford – Sad Movies Make Me Cry

Hortense Ellis – Stand By Your Man

The Bleechers – Send Me The Pillow

Hortonese Ellis – My Last Date

Anonymously Yours – Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You

Willie Francis – I’m Going To Change Everything (aka Burn Them)

Ernest Wilson – My Elusive Dreams

Raphael Stewart & Hot Tops – He’ll Have To Go (aka Put Your Sweet Lips)

Hopeton Lewis – City of New Orleans (Good Morning Jamaica)

Ed Robinson – Knocking On Heavens Door

Ziggy Marley, Paula Fuga, & Jack Johnson – Cry, Cry, Cry

Nicky Thomas – Love Of The Common People

Ken Parker – Help Me Make It Through The Night

Bob Andy – Lay Lady Lay

Denzil Dennis – Zip a Dee Doo Dah

Dennis Walks – Snowbird

The Bellamy Brothers – If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

Pat Kelly – Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings

Rip & Lan – In The Ghetto

David Isaacs – Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On)

Hopeton Lewis – Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me

Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Farewell

Pluto Shervington – Jambalaya

Joya Landis – Angel of the Morning

Mikey Chung – Crying In The Chapel

The Clash – The Man In Me

Ernie Smith – Sunday Morning Coming Down

The Abyssinians – Blowin’ In The Wind

NEED

Willie NelsonDo You Mind Too Much If I Don’t Understand

Lloyd Charmers – Mr. Bojangles

The Skatalites – Ring of Fire

The Bellamy Brothers – Get Into Reggae Cowboy

Johnny CashI’m A Worried Man

J.C. Lodge & Junior Kelly – Someone Loves You Honey

Robert Palmer & UB40 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

The World of Reggae Music Collection — Reggae inna Folk-Country Version

The Top Albums of October 2009

Never Give Up” with Screw Driverand Inner Circle is one of those uplifting songs that inspires and makes you want to take on all comers. It has the punch and message of the Jimmy Cliff classic “The Harder They Come.” This song is my new motto: “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.” Inner Circle’s State Of Da World deserves the attention of the world. This new album includes collaborations with reggae megastars Junior ReidGramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Bushman and Luciano.  Slightly Stoopid appears on “Mary Collie Weed” and Damian Marley and  Stephen Marley make guest appearances on “Smoke Gets In My Eyes.”

Texas musicians James McMurtryLyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen all released new albums this month. McMurty’s Live In Europe features rocking versions of “Ruby And Carlos” and “Just Us Kids.” Lyle Lovett‘s Natural Forces has a beautiful cover of Townes Van Zandt‘sLoretta.” And Robert Earl Keen has a Townes Van Zandt tune “Flyin’ Shoes” on his new album The Rose Hotel. The single “The Rose Hotel” is free and loose and classic Robert Earl.

On the rap/hip-hop scene Wu-Tang Clan Alumni Raekwon and Ghostface Killah released new albums. The sequel to Raekwon’s classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been released. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Part II features killer solo tracks like “Ason Jones.” Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah guest on “House Of Flying Daggers” and on “The New Wu.” Old School maestro Slick Rick joins Raekwon, GZA, and Masta Killa onWe Will Rob You.”  And new school rapper Lyfe Jennings appears on the track “Catalina.” Ghostface Killah’s album Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City includes the notable tracks “Baby,” “Back Like That (Remix),” and “Do Over.” Also on the rap scene A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip released Kamaal The Abstract with the jazzy single “Even If It Is So.”

Greensleeves released two solid reggae compilations this month: The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 and The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009. Great songs on this year’s one drop anthems include Beres Hammond’s Can’t Say I Never Tried” and Marcia Griffith and Busy Signal’s Automatic (Keeping It Real). The outstanding track is Romain Virgo’s tribute to the legendary Alton Ellis entitledAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree.” Also Peetah and Assassin’sHot A Road,” Mr. Williamz’s No Cigarette” and Ziggi’sGonna Leave You” make this easy-going reggae collection worth the listen.

On the dancehall side of things with The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 Black Ryno’sBend Over” and Vybz Kartel and Gaza Indu’sVirginity” induce the booty shaking while the catchy “Never Change (From Mawning)” by Chino will have you singing along. This newest addition to the dancehall anthems collection stocks up on heavy hitting dancehall singjays like Busy Signal, Demarco, Mavado, Jah Vinci, Laden, and Konshens.

  1. Inner CircleState Of Da World [Shanachie 2009]
  2. James McMurtry Live In Europe [Lightning Rod 2009]
  3. Lyle LovettNatural Forces [Curb/Lost Highway 2009]
  4. Monsters of FolkMonsters Of Folk [Shangri-La 2009]
  5. Various Artists The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  6. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 [EMI 2009]
  7. Robert Earl KeenThe Rose Hotel [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsJah Live Riddim [Joe Frasier 2009]
  9. International Observer Felt [Dubmission 2009]
  10. Roseanne CashThe List [Manhattan 2009]
  11. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 4 [Penthouse 2009]
  12. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcae Volume 5 [Penthouse 2009]
  13. Kiddus IGreen Fa Life [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  14. Breakestra Dusk Till’ Dawn [Strut Records 2009]
  15. Danny MaloneCuddlebug [Township Records 2009]
  16. Kid CudiMan On The Moon: The End Of Day [Dream On/G.O.O.D./Universal Motown 2009]
  17. The XX xx [Young Turks 2009]
  18. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  19. MuseThe Resistance [Warner Brothers 2009]
  20. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  21. Various Artists5: Five Years of Hyperdub [Hyperdub 2009]
  22. Gossip Music For Men [Columbia 2009]
  23. The Avett Brothers I And Love And You [Columbia 2009]
  24. Chuck FendaFulfillment [VP Records 2009]
  25. Omar Perry –  Can’t Stop Us [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  26. Tribal SeedsThe Harvest [Tribal Seeds 2009]
  27. Toddla TSkanky Skanky [1965 2009]
  28. Masta Ace & Edo GArts & Entertainment [Traffic 2009]
  29. Mark Stuart and the Bastard SonsBend In The Road [Dualtone 2009]
  30. Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract [Jive 2009]
  31. Doveman –  The Conformist [Brassland Records 2009]
  32. DawesNorth Hills [ATO 2009]
  33. Kris KristoffersonCloser To The Bone [New West 2009]
  34. Mark KnopflerGet Lucky [Rerprise 2009]
  35. Takana ZionRappel à l’ordre [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
The Top Albums of October 2009