Recycled Goods:
Column Index - 2010

#80: December 2010

  1. Badfinger: Magic Christian Music (1969, Capitol) [B+(*)]
  2. The Blasting Concept (2001-07, Smalltown Superjazz) [A-]
  3. Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records (1968-73, Capitol) [B-]
  4. James Taylor: James Taylor (1968, Capitol) [B-]
  5. Badfinger: No Dice (1970, Capitol) [B]
  6. Badfinger: Straight Up (1971, Capitol) [B-]
  7. Badfinger: Ass (1972-73, Capitol) [C+]
  8. Mary Hopkin: Post Card (1969, Capitol) [B]
  9. Mary Hopkin: Earth Song/Ocean Song (1971, Capitol) [B+(*)]
  10. Jackie Lomax: Is This What You Want? (1969, Capitol) [C]
  11. The Modern Jazz Quartet: Under the Jasmin Tree/Space (1967-69, Capitol) [B]
  12. Billy Preston: That's the Way God Planned It (1969, Capitol) [B+(*)]
  13. Billy Preston: Encouraging Words (1970, Capitol) [B]
  14. Keith Richards: Vintage Vinos (1988-92, Mindless) [B-]
  15. Elliott Smith: An Introduction to Elliott Smith (1994-2003, Kill Rock Stars) [B]
  16. John Tavener: The Whale/Celtic Requiem (1970-71, Capitol) [C-]
  17. Doris Troy: Doris Troy (1970, Capitol) [B+(**)]
  18. Doris Troy: Just One Look: The Best of Doris Troy (1963-65, Ichiban/Soul Classics) [B+(**)]
  19. Yes We Can: Songs About Leaving Africa (2010, Out Here) [A-]

#79: November 2010

  1. African Pearls: Congo: Pont Sur le Congo (1967-76, Syllart, 2CD) [A]
  2. Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster (2004, Emergent) [B+(***)]
  3. Walter Gibbons: Jungle Music (1976-86, Strut, 2CD) [B+(***)]
  4. Lars Gullin: 1953-55 Vol. 8: Danny's Dream (1953-55, Dragon) [A-]
  5. Bobby Jackson: The Café Extra-Ordinaire Story (1970, Jazzman) [B+(**)]
  6. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (1970, Capitol) [A-]
  7. John Lennon: Imagine (1971, Capitol) [A+]
  8. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Some Time in New York City (1972, Capitol, 2CD) [B-]
  9. John Lennon: Mind Games (1973, Capitol) [C+]
  10. John Lennon: Walls and Bridges (1974, Capitol) [C]
  11. John Lennon: Rock 'n' Roll (1975, Capitol) [B]
  12. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy: Stripped Down (1980, Capitol, 2CD) [B+(*)]
  13. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Milk and Honey (1980-83, Capitol) [A-]
  14. John Lennon: Power to the People: The Hits (1970-80, Capitol) [B]
  15. African Pearls: Sénégal: Echo Musical (1970s, Syllart, 2CD) [A-]
  16. Barbara Dane: Anthology of American Folk Songs (1959, Empire Music Group) [A-]
  17. Gamelan Madu Sari: Hive (2005-07, Songlines) [B+(*)]
  18. Grupo Fantasma: Sonidos Gold (2008, High Wire Music) [B+(*)]
  19. Grupo Fantasma: El Existential (2010, Nat Geo) [B]
  20. Dave Holland/Pepe Habicheula: Hands (2009, Dare2) [B+(**)]

#78: September 2010

  1. Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939 (1924-39, Tompkins Square) [A-]
  2. Catalyst: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1972, Porter) [B+(***)]
  3. Catalyst: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1974-75, Porter) [B]
  4. Tin Huey: Before Obscurity: Bushflow Tapes (1974-79, Smog Veil) [B+(**)]
  5. Amabutho: Sikelela (2010, Alma) [B+(**)]
  6. Leo Cipelli/Paolo Fresu/Philippe Garcia/Gianmaria Testa/Attilio Zanchi: F. à Léo (2007, Justin Time) [B+(**)]
  7. Ted Daniel Quintet: Tapestry (1974, Porter) [B+(**)]
  8. Pierre de Gaillande: Bad Reputation: Pierre de Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens (2010, Barbès) [B+(***)]
  9. Dr. John, the Night Tripper: Gris-Gris (1968, Collectors' Choice) [B]
  10. Blaze Foley: The Dawg Years (1975-78, Fat Possum) [B+(**)]
  11. Gaida: Levantine Indulgence (2009, Palmyra) [B+(***)]
  12. Serge Gainsbourg: Histoire de Melody Nelson (1970-71, Light in the Attic) [B+(***)]
  13. The Method Actors: This Is Still It (1980-81, Acute) [B+(*)]

#77: August 2010

  1. Etoile de Dakar: Once Upon a Time in Senegal: The Birth of Mbalax, 1979-1981 (1979-81, Sterns Africa, 2CD) [A]
  2. New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff (1965, Cuneiform) [A-]
  3. Otis Redding & His Orchestra: Live on the Sunset Strip (1966, Stax, 2CD) [B+(***)]
  4. Rachid Taha: Rock El Casbah: The Best Of (1986-2004, Wrasse) [B+(***)]
  5. Cedar Chest: The Cedar Walton Songbook [The Composer Collection Volume 6] (2000-08, High Note) [B]
  6. Johnny Griffin: Live at Ronnie Scott's (2008, In+Out) [B+(**)]
  7. Michael Hurley: First Songs (1964, Folkways) [B]
  8. Issa Juma & Super Wanyika Stars: World Defeats the Grandfathers (1982-86, Sterns) [B+(***)]
  9. King Khan: Songs From the Films of Shakrukh Khan (1992-2002, Times Square) [B+(**)]
  10. Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca: Isabella (2007, Mopiato Music) [A-]
  11. Music of the Sphere: Thelonious Monk Songbook [The Composer Collection Volume 5] (1977-2009, High Note) [B-]
  12. Next Stop . . . Soweto, Vol. 1 (1969-75, Strut) [B+(***)]
  13. Placebo: Covers (1997-2005, Virgin) [B+(*)]
  14. Loudon Wainwright III: Album I (1970, Collectors' Choice Music) [B+(*)]
  15. Loudon Wainwright III: Album II (1971, Collectors' Choice Music) [B]

#76: July 2010

  1. Fred Anderson: On the Run: Live at the Velvet Lounge (2000, Delmark) [B+(***)]
  2. Lena Horne: Sings: The M-G-M Singles (1946-48, Verve/Hip-O Select) [B+(***)]
  3. Al Jarreau: An Excellent Adventure: The Very Best of Al Jarreau (1975-2009, Rhino) [B-]
  4. Roling Stones: Exile on Main St. [Deluxe Edition] (1972, Universal Republic, 2CD) [A-]
  5. African Pearls: Senegal 70: Musical Effervescence (1971-82, Syllart/Discograph, 2CD) [A-]
  6. Avishai Cohen: Aurora (2008, Blue Note/EMI Music) [B+(**)]
  7. Billy Eckstine: Jukebox Hits 1943-1953 (1943-53, Acrobat) [B]
  8. Billy Eckstine: Basie and Eckstine, Inc. (1959, Roulette) [B+(*)]
  9. Helen Humes: Sneakin' Around [The Definitive Black & Blues Sessions] (1974, Black & Blue) [B+(**)]
  10. Byard Lancaster: It's Not Up to Us (1968, Water) [B+(**)]
  11. Byard Lancaster: Personal Testimony (1979, Porter) [B+(*)]
  12. Jerry Leake: Cubist (2009, Rhombus Publishing) [B+(**)]
  13. Luisa Maita: Lero-Lero (2010, Cumbancha) [B+(*)]
  14. Archie Shepp: The New York Contemporary Five (1963, Delmark) [B+(***)]
  15. Sierra Maestra: Sonido Ya (2009, World Village) [B]
  16. Sounds of Liberation: Sounds of Liberation (1972, Porter) [A-]
  17. Phil Wilson/Makoto Ozone: Live!! At the Berklee Performance Center (1982, Capri) [B+(*)]

#75: June 2010

  1. Tony Allen: Secret Agent (2009, World Circuit/Nonesuch) [B+(***)]
  2. Arild Andersen: Green in Blue: Early Quartets (1975-78, ECM, 3CD) [B+(***)]
  3. The Apples in Stereo: #1 Hits Explosion (1995-2007, Yep Roc) [A-]
  4. Chick Corea: Solo Piano: Improvisations/Children's Songs (1971-83, ECM, 3CD) [B+(*)]
  5. Art Pepper: Unreleased Art, Vol. V: Stuttgart May 25, 1981 (1981, Widow's Taste, 2CD) [A-]
  6. Gabor Szabo: Jazz Raga (1966, Light in the Attic) [B+(**)]
  7. The Apples in Stereo: Electronic Projects for Musicians (Yep Roc) [B+(***)]
  8. Larry Coryell: Prime Picks: The Virtuoso Guitar of Larry Coryell (1998-2003, High Note) [B+(*)]
  9. Richard Bona: The Ten Shades of Blues (2009, Decca) [B+(**)]
  10. Benton Flippen: Old Time, New Times (1970s-93, Rounder) [B+(***)]
  11. Mick Goodrick: In Pas(s)ing (1978, ECM) [A-]
  12. Kinito Méndez: Exitos de Kinito Méndez (1995-2005, J&N) [A-]
  13. Carmen Souza: Protegid (2010, Galileo Music) [B+(*)]
  14. Gabor Szabo: Gypsy '66 (1965, Impulse) [B-]

#74: May 2010

  1. Beatles Beginnings: Quarrymen One: Skiffle - Country - Western (1926-59, Rhythm and Blues) [A-]
  2. Beatles Beginnings: Quarrymen Two: Rock 'n' Roll (1952-59, Rhythm and Blues) [A-]
  3. Kleenex/Liliput: Live Recordings, TV-Clips & Roadmovie (1979-83, Kill Rock Stars, CD+DVD) [B+(*)]
  4. Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love (2008, Nonesuch) [A-]
  5. Rail Band: 2: Mansa (1970-83, Syllart/Sterns, 2CD) [A-]
  6. Black Tambourine (1989-92, Slumberland) [B+(**)]
  7. Cachao's Mambo All Stars: Como Siempre (2009, Sony/Eventus) [B+(**)]
  8. Bob Greene: St. Peter Street Strutters (1964, Delmark) [B+(***)]
  9. Roy Haynes: Out of the Afternoon (1962, Impulse) [A-]
  10. The Jeff Healey Band: See the Light (1988, Arista) [B+(*)]
  11. Quiet Sun: Mainstream (1975, Expression) [B+(*)]
  12. Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings (1967, Concord) [B-]

#73: April 2010

  1. Fats Domino: The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest Hits the Way You Originally Heard Them (1949-61, Capitol) [A]
  2. Drive-By Truckers: The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities (2003-08, New West) [A-]
  3. Madonna: Like a Virgin (1984, Warner Brothers) [B+(**)]
  4. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars: Rise & Shine (2006, Cumbancha) [A-]
  5. Dave Alvin: Live From Austin TX (1999, New West) [B+(**)]
  6. Asleep at the Wheel: Live From Austin TX (1992, New West) [B+(*)]
  7. David Byrne: Live From Austin TX (2001, New West) [B+(***)]
  8. Neko Case: Live From Austin TX (2003, New West) [B-]
  9. Johnny Cash: Live From Austin TX (1987, New West) [B+(**)]
  10. Guy Clark: Live From Austin TX (1989, New West) [B+(**)]
  11. Fats Domino: Live From Austin TX (1986, New West) [B+(***)]
  12. Steve Earle: Live From Austin TX (1986, New West) [A-]
  13. Steve Earle: Live From Austin TX: November 12, 2000 (2000, New West) [B+(***)]
  14. Kinky Friedman: Live From Austin TX (1975, New West) [B]
  15. Eliza Gilkyson: Live From Austin TX (2001, New West) [B+(***)]
  16. Guided by Voices: Live From Austin TX (2004, New West, 2CD) [B]
  17. Merle Haggard: Live From Austin TX '78 (1978, New West) [B+(**)]
  18. John Hiatt: Live From Austin TX (1993, New West) [B+(*)]
  19. Waylon Jennings: Live From Austin TX (1989, New West) [B+(***)]
  20. Waylon Jennings: Live From Austin TX '84 (1984, New West) [B+(**)]
  21. Eric Johnson: Live From Austin TX (1988, New West) [B+(*)]
  22. Robert Earl Keen: Live From Austin TX (2001, New West) [B+(*)]
  23. Kris Kristofferson: Live From Austin TX (1981, New West) [B]
  24. Jerry Lee Lewis: Live From Austin TX (1983, New West) [A-]
  25. John Mayall: Live From Austin TX (1993, New West) [B+(*)]
  26. Delbert McClinton: Live From Austin TX (1982, New West) [B]
  27. Cory Morrow: Live From Austin TX (2002, New West) [B+(**)]
  28. Buck Owens: Live From Austin TX (1988, New West) [B+(*)]
  29. The Polyphonic Spree: Live From Austin TX (2004, New West) [B]
  30. Doug Sahm: Live From Austin TX (1975, New West) [A-]
  31. Susan Tedeschi: Live From Austin TX (2003, New West) [B+(*)]
  32. Richard Thompson: Live From Austin TX (2001, New West) [B+(***)]
  33. Tony Joe White: Live From Austin TX (1980, New West) [B+(**)]
  34. Dwight Yoakam: Live From Austin TX (1988, New West) [B+(**)]
  35. Asleep at the Wheel: 20 Greatest Hits (1972-2003, Capitol) [B+(**)]
  36. Jim Guttmann: Bessarabian Breakdown (2009, Kleztone) [B+(**)]
  37. Klezmer Conservatory Band: Old World Beat (1992, Rounder) [B+(*)]
  38. Madonna: Celebration [Deluxe Edition] (1982-2009, Warner Brothers, 2CD) [A-]
  39. Tift Merritt: Home Is Loud (2005, Blue Rose) [B+(**)]
  40. S.E. Rogie: Palm Wine Guitar Music: The 60s Sound (1960-69, Cooking Vinyl) [B+(*)]
  41. Doug Sahm: San Antonio Rock: The Harlem Recordings 1957-1961 (1957-61, Norton) [B+(*)]
  42. Tony Joe White: The Best of Tony Joe White (1969-73, Warner Archives) [B+(*)]
  43. Dwight Yoakam: The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam (1986-2000, Rhino/Reprise) [A-]
  44. Dwight Yoakam: Dwight Live (1994, Rhino Flashback) [B+(**)]

#72: March 2010

  1. Burkina Electric: Paspanga (2009, Cantaloupe) [A-]
  2. Johnny Cash: American VI: Ain't No Grave (2002-03, Lost Highway) [B+(**)]
  3. Mississippi John Hurt: D.C. Blues: The Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1 (1963, Fuel 2000) [A-]
  4. Ravi Shankar: Rare and Glorious (1962-88, Times Square, 2CD) [A-]
  5. Pete Lockett: One (1999, Summerfold) [B+(*)]
  6. Elvis Presley: Elvis (1956, RCA) [A-]
  7. Elvis Presley: Loving You (1957, RCA) [A-]
  8. Ravi Shankar: Three Ragas (Angel) [A-]
  9. Ravi Shankar: India's Most Distinguished Musician in Concert (1961, Angel) [B+(**)]
  10. Ravi Shankar: Improvisations (1962, Angel) [B+(*)]
  11. Ravi Shankar: India's Master Musician (1963, Angel) [A-]
  12. Ravi Shankar: Ragas & Talas (1964, Angel) [B+(***)]
  13. Ravi Shankar: Portrait of Genius (1964, Angel) [B+(**)]
  14. Ravi Shankar: Sound of the Sitar (1964, Angel) [B+(**)]
  15. Ravi Shankar: Live: At the Monterey International Pop Festival (1964, Angel) [B+(**)]
  16. Ravi Shankar: In San Francisco (1964, Angel) [B]
  17. Ravi Shankar: In New York (1968, Angel) [B+(***)]
  18. Ravi Shankar: The Sounds of India (1968, Columbia) [B+(**)]
  19. Ravi Shankar/Yehudi Menuhin: West Meets East: The Historic Shankar/Menuhin Sessions (1967-76, Angel) [B+(*)]
  20. Ravi Shankar/Ali Akbar Khan: Ragas (1973, Fantasy) [B+(***)]
  21. Ravi Shankar: Homage to Mahatma Gandhi (1978-80, Deutsche Grammophon) [B+(**)]
  22. Ravi Shankar: Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000 (2000, Angel) [B+(***)]
  23. The Units: History of the Units: The Early Years (1977-83, Community Library) [B]
  24. John Vanore: Curiosity (1991, Acoustical Concepts) [B+(**)]

#71: February 2010

  1. Afghan Star (2009, Silva Screen) [B+(**)]
  2. Goran Bregovic: Welcome to Goran Bregovic (Best Of) (1974-2008, Wrasse) [B+(*)]
  3. Betty Davis: Betty Davis (1973, Light in the Attic) [B+(***)]
  4. Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar: Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven (2009, Piranha) [A-]
  5. Tinariwen: Imidiwan: Companions (2009, World Village) [A-]
  6. Ali Farka Touré/Toumani Diabaté: Ali and Toumani (2005, World Circuit/Nonesuch) [B+(***)]
  7. Albert Ammons/Henry Brown/Meade Lux Lewis/"Cripple" Clarence Lofton/Pete Johnson/Speckled Red: Boogie Woogie Kings (1938-71, Delmark) [B+(**)]
  8. Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 (1965-75, Strut) [A-]
  9. Anouar Brahem: The Astounding Eyes of Rita (2008, ECM) [B+(***)]
  10. Goran Bregovic: Alkohol (2008, Wrasse) [A-]
  11. Betty Davis: They Say I'm Different (1974, Light in the Attic) [B+(**)]
  12. Betty Davis: Is It Love or Desire (1976, Light in the Attic) [B+(*)]
  13. Scott LaFaro: Pieces of Jade (1961-85, Resonance) [B]
  14. Memphis Nighthawks: Jazz Lips (1976-77, Delmark) [B+(***)]
  15. Nneka: Concrete Jungle (2005-08, Decon) [B+(*)]
  16. Tierra Negra/Muriel Anderson: New World Flamenco (2009, Tierra Negra) [B+(**)]

#70: January 2010

  1. The Coasters: The Very Best of the Coasters (1954-60, Rhino Flashback) [A+]
  2. Franco & Le TPOK Jazz: Francophonic, Vol. 2 (1980-89, Sterns Africa, 2CD) [A+]
  3. Nirvana: Live at Reading (1992, DGC) [B]
  4. Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride (1954-2007, Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) [A]
  5. Willie Nelson: Legends of the Grand Ole Opry (1964-67, Time/Life) [B]
  6. Willie Nelson: Naked Willie (1966-70, RCA Nashville/Legacy) [B+(**)]
  7. Willie Nelson: The Party's Over and Other Great Willie Nelson Songs (1967, RCA) [B]
  8. Willie Nelson: Texas in My Soul (1968, RCA) [B-]
  9. Willie Nelson: Good Times (1969, RCA) [B]
  10. Willie Nelson: My Own Peculiar Way (1969, RCA) [B+(*)]
  11. Willie Nelson: Both Sides Now (1970, RCA) [B+(**)]
  12. Willie Nelson: Laying My Burdens Down (1970, RCA) [B]
  13. Willie Nelson: Willie Nelson & Family (1971, RCA) [C+]
  14. Willie Nelson: Yesterday's Wine (1971, RCA) [A-]
  15. Willie Nelson: The Words Don't Fit the Picture (1972, RCA) [B]
  16. Willie Nelson: The Willie Way (1972, RCA) [B+(**)]
  17. Willie Nelson: Stardust (Legacy Edition) (1976-90, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD) [A-]
  18. Willie Nelson: Pretty Paper (1979, Columbia) [B]
  19. Willie Nelson: Tougher Than Leather (1983, Columbia) [B+(***)]
  20. Willie Nelson: Without a Song (1983, Coumbia) [B]
  21. Willie Nelson: City of New Orleans (1984, Columbia) [B-]
  22. Willie Nelson: A Horse Called Music (1989, Columbia) [B]
  23. Willie Nelson: Healing Hands of Time (1994, Liberty) [B]
  24. Willie Nelson: Just One Love (1995, Justice) [B+(**)]
  25. Willie Nelson: Nacogdoches (1997, Pedernales) [A-]
  26. Willie Nelson: It Always Will Be (2004, Lost Highway) [B+(***)]
  27. Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels (2004, Lost Highway) [B+(**)]
  28. Willie Nelson: Countryman (1995-2004, Lost Highway) [B]
  29. Willie Nelson: You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker (2006, Lost Highway) [A-]
  30. Willie Nelson: Songbird (2006, Lost Highway) [B]
  31. Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard/Ray Price: Last of the Breed (2007, Lost Highway, 2CD) [A-]
  32. Willie Nelson: Moment of Forever (2008, Lost Highway) [B+(*)]
  33. Willie Nelson: Lost Highway (2002-08, Lost Highway) [B]
  34. Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis: Two Men With the Blues (2007, Blue Note) [B+(***)]
  35. Willie Nelson: American Classic (2009, Blue Note) [B+(**)]
  36. William Basinski: 92982 (1982, 2062) [B+(**)]
  37. Sun Ra: Interplanetary Melodies: Doo Wop From Saturn and Beyond, Vol. One (1950s, Norton) [B]
  38. Sun Ra: The Second Stop Is Jupiter: Doo Wop From Saturn and Beyond, Vol. Two (1950s, Norton) [B-]
  39. Sun Ra: Nidhamu/Dark Myth Equation Visitation (1971, Art Yard) [B+(*)]
  40. Sun Ra: The Antique Blacks (1974, Art Yard) [B+(**)]
  41. Manfred Schoof: European Echoes (1969, Atavistic) [B+(***)]
  42. Tom Waits: Glitter and Doom Live (2008, Anti-) [B+(**)]
  43. Neil Young: Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 (1968, Reprise) [B]
  44. Neil Young: Dreamin' Man Live '92 (1992, Reprise) [B+(***)]