Lovely Recordings Hosted by Richard Crimi (Part 4)

This is a list of albums in my collection that I like to listen in their entirety. I call it 'Whole Albums Worth Listening To”. There's not a clinker in the bunch of songs of each. When I first discovered each of these I played them over and over for months, and after years and years I still go back and listen. So sit back, queue 'em up and enjoy over 8 hours of good tunes.

Cowboy Junkies: Lay It Down (Geffen, 1996)
The opening deep, deep bass lines, an understated but not underestimated guitar, Margo Timmins' voice, dark dramatic melancholy, sad-tinged, questioning and hopeful. Some will take Trinity Sessions for the acoustic adventure. For a whole album worth of supperlative incredible bare bones playing and artistry, i>Lay It Down does it all and more. For further adventure, Cowboy Junkies are still producing fine, astute, and articulate works of this caliber.

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Chris Isaak: Baja Sessions (Reprise, 1996)
Chris Isaak is a great live, fun entertainer. He echoes the excitement and showmanship of Elvis, the soaring falsetto of Roy Orbison, and the good 'ol American boy, soft-sex ladies tease, and humor all of his own. Baja Sessions does nothing to dissaude that notion. The music glides up and down, laid back, unhurried, tinged with Mexicali flavorings. Just as one of the showstoppers for his concert shows, 'I Feel Like Dancin'.

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Sarah McLaughlin: Fumbling Toward Ecstasy (Arista, 1994)
With a solid group of musicians behind her Sarah McLaughlin sings her heart out. What pipes! I like to listen to this at night woth the nights down low.

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Wilco: Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch, 2007)
Wilco hits one outta' the park on SBS. Nels' guitar work is transfixing. He talks about it some in a Fresh Air interview. Top that with Jeff Tweedy's somewhat forlorn and unadorned voice and mysterious, yet relatable lyrics, good stuff. For a different perspective, the deluxe CD has a video disc of the band playing the entire album in their hometown loft. Transfixed comes to mind of how easy they make it appear.

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Rosanne Cash: Black Cadillac (Capitol, 2006)
Rosanne Cash delivers a solid performance on Black Cadillac . She sure did pick up her daddy's patened chug-a-lug rhythm, but gives so much more of her own. Beautiful. She pays homage to her mother and her father. A good lesson. I haven't seen her (yet) in concert, my mistake.

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Emmylou Harris: All I Intended To Be (Nonesuch, 2008)
Time stands still for me when I listen to this album. My mind gets drawn in from the opening track, 'Shores of White Sand', right through to the ending, 'Beyond The Great Divide'. This is an artist in her maturity in every conceivable way; the songwriting, the singing, collaboration, the delivery.

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Dire Straits: On Every Street (Warner, 1991)
Dark, spooky, etheral. By the time On Every Street came out I had converted to that "perfect forever" media, my vinyl playing machine sadly having bitten the dust a few years before. Years later my megabucks CD deck turned into a boat anchor, ha, so much forever. Then I turned to audio streaming, thanks in no small measure to this website, though I still keep a nice analog setup, forever for sure. But the music still comes through no matter what.

A friend once said to me of this album that Mark Knopfler sounds like he's coming off a drunk with his resplendent boozy voice. Not a critics favorite either, though this one rocked enough for me, still does.

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Nick Lowe:At My Age (Yep Roc Records, 2007)
From one bluesy, boozy voice to another. A review I read on At My Age mentions how clever Nick Lowe is to work "feckless" into the lyrics. His bluesy voice is the real feature.

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Abbey Lincoln: Devil's Got Your Tongue (Verve, 1992)
It's said that Sinatra had perfect phrasing. For me Abbie Lincoln has that with soul and emotion. Devil's Got Your Tongue should be a disturbing album but she instills confidence and hope that, people, we can all get along.

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Nina Simone: After Hours (Verve, 1995)
Speaking of dark, After Hours from Nina Simone is where I go when I don't want to think about anything except the singing and the lyrics.

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My other Lovely Recordings:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


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