Otis Redding: Otis Blue

Otis Redding: Otis Blue

Album #13

Episode date - November 26, 2014

During his lifetime, Otis Redding set the benchmark for soul music. He still defines the genre, and to this day, his music remains as fresh and vital as it was in the mid-sixties.“



Album #12

Episode date - October 29, 2014

Chances are you’ll only be able to find the British edition, but if you’re into collecting moldy old vinyl, I’d recommend the U.S. edition of Them’s first LP.

B.B. King – Live at the Regal

B.B. King: Live at the Regal

Album #9

Episode date - October 10, 2014

Imagine a time when black blues artists actually played to a black audience.

Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night

The West Coast Sound

October 1974

Episode date - October 1, 2014

For better or worse, the west coast pretty much ran the music industry in the mid-seventies.

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

Album #10

Episode date - September 10, 2014

By design, there are precious few jazz albums on my list of ‘alternative albums’ (see my long preamble/rant at the introduction of the book for the specific reasons).

The Ventures - Walk Don't Run

Classic Hit Singles

August 1964

Episode date - August 27, 2014

It’s been a while since we did a show based on hit singles, and since the summer of ’64 was a classic era for pop music, we figured it’d be nice to play a few oldies that have rea

Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes

The Ronettes: Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes

Album #7

Episode date - August 20, 2014

What??? This record topped out at # 96? What sort of alternate universe/ twisted history of the world have I been living in? I simply cannot believe that this wasn’t a huge hit album.

Solomon Burke: Rock ‘n Soul

Album #8

Episode date - August 13, 2014

Solomon Burke’s early years are the stuff of legend, and TV documentaries. He was a preacher at age 7 (!) and became pastor for his ministry by age 12.

Weezer - Say It Ain’t So

Alternative Choices

Summer 1994

Episode date - August 6, 2014

1994 was the year that ‘alternative’ music took off with a vengeance.

Bob Dylan: Another Side

Bob Dylan: Another Side

Album #4

Episode date - July 30, 2014

It may seem odd to include a classic Bob Dylan album on any list of the best ‘alternative’ albums, but technically, this record fits the criteria, because the record never reached the B