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The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream (1966): On Second Thought

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream (1966): On Second Thought

The Lovin’ Spoonful really sounded like nobody except themselves, and their 1966 sophomore release ‘Daydream’ consistently underscored that individuality.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017  (Part 2 of 4, Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Chris Potter, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 2 of 4, Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Chris Potter, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh

It was easy to find jazz records that deserved a year-end salute; maybe ‘too’ easy. The heavy lifting came from figuring out which stood above the rest for this Best of 2017 list.

The Beatles, “Anna (Go to Him)” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Anna (Go to Him)” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

“Anna (Go to Him)” impacted the Beatles’ songwriting, and Arthur Alexander’s heartfelt vocal style influenced John Lennon’s intensely personal performances.

Foghat – Boogie Motel (1979): Shadows in Stereo

Foghat – Boogie Motel (1979): Shadows in Stereo

The short story is that Foghat had two platinum-selling albums back in the ’70s, of which ‘Boogie Motel’ was not one of them.

Chicago, “Long Time No See” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Long Time No See” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Not traditionally Chicago in any way, “Long Time No See” proves that Robert Lamm could still come up with something unique when he was motivated.

Motorhead, February 16, 2011: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Motorhead, February 16, 2011: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I saw body surfing up close at this Motorhead show, almost became an unwilling member in a mosh pit, and escaped unscathed. Who could ask for more?

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017  (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’, Blackfield, Arto Lindsay

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’, Blackfield, Arto Lindsay

Even in my jazz-centric world, I can come upon enough standout non-jazz records to put together a decent-sized Best of 2017 list.

Projekt Gemineye – A Brand New Day (2017)

Projekt Gemineye – A Brand New Day (2017)

Projekt Gemineye’s ‘A Brand New Day’ is a great continuation of 2017’s ‘An Ordinary Day,’ with a more guitar-centered progressive hard-rock core.

Left Lane Cruiser’s Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table amped up North Mississippi blues

Left Lane Cruiser’s Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table amped up North Mississippi blues

Released 10 years ago this week, Left Lane Cruiser’s ‘Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table’ lunges straight for your soul and puts a stranglehold on it.

The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee / Pretty Ballerina (1967): Forgotten Series

The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee / Pretty Ballerina (1967): Forgotten Series

The groundbreaking Left Banke boldly expanded on the classical rock concept, paving the way for bands like Procol Harum and the Moody Blues.

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