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10. Spent Poets, Spent Poets (Geffen). Great album to smoke pot to.
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Miles Davis, Doo Bop (Columbia). This album is grooooovin' in my book. Miles, the man with the horn whom I miss so dearly. This album is the soul of the streets. It's today's beat that puts you in that head-boppin' groove that will make a long day short, once you surrender to the feel! "High Speed Chase," the cut that just smacks you in the face, is one that Easy Mo Bee, Miles and Larry Mizell had to be cruising urban streets when they wrote it.
Arrested Development, 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of . . . , (Chrysalis). This band is really smooth. It's also one of the few hip-hop groups I can truly understand and relate to at the age of 33. A.D. is saying something positive, the groove is hip and the lyrics are real and innovative. If you like the truth told in a pleasant way, check it out! Al DiMeola Project, Kiss My Axe (Tomato). One of my musical fantasies come true. Since I'm a forever fan of Return to Forever. Seeing this man live at Chuy's twice in my lifetime has been so satisfying, I'm speechless!
Michael Jackson, Dangerous (Sony). The Man has got his musical trip together. I don't care what anybody says, his songwriting is definitely today's high standard. This album hits home for everyone, be he racist, black, white, Oriental, sensual, young, old, historian or even a ballplayer.
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In no particular order:
Afghan Whigs, Congregation (Sub Pop)
Peter Case, Six Pack of Love (Geffen)
Television, Television (Capitol)
Flop, Fall of the Mopsqueezer (Frontier)
Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted (Matador)
Los Lobos, Kiko (Slash/Warner Bros.)
Beats the Hell Out of Me, S/T (local CD)
Giant Sand, Ramp (Restless)
Leesa Wright, Tales of the Northwest (Sub Pop)
Jayhawks, Hollywood Townhall (Def American)
John Prine, The Missing Years (Oh Boy)
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1. George Strait, Pure Country (MCA). Although this CD has only been out a few months, it has some of George's best stuff yet, including "King of Broken Hearts." Now if that ain't "Pure Country," I'll . . .
2. Wynonna Judd, Wynonna (MCA). She could be country music's strongest female artist. This woman's's got soul. What a production, too!
3. Marty Stuart, This One's Gonna Hurt You (MCA). Marty seems to boldly go where most artists only dream of. I like that approach.
4. Brooks and Dunn, Brand New Man (Arista). This album was released in 1991, but it's certainly lasted well through 92. A lot of great songs and a nice mixture of tempos.
5. Travis Tritt, It's All About to Change (Warner Bros.). Another favorite of mine well through 1992. This guy's got some seriously tough vocal cords. I love that Southern-rock thang.
6. Hal Ketchum, Past the Point of Rescue (Curb). There's something about this album that makes it easy to listen to; maybe it's Hal's voice. He's a great writer, though he didn't write all of his hits. Great choice of material for this CD.
7. McBride and the Ride, Sacred Ground (MCA). Favorite cut is probably "Sacred Ground." You're probably thinking I'm being partial, so . . . you're right! I am.
8. Lyle Lovett, Joshua Judges Ruth (MCA). I love Lyle's songwriting, also Matt Rollings once again shows his grace on the keys. Check out "I've Been to Memphis." It'll make you smile.
9. James Taylor, New Moon Shine (Columbia). I simply love anything James puts on album. (I've worn the others out.)
10. Little Feat, Let It Roll (Warner Bros.). Probably the CD I've listened to most over the last five to six years. Every song is excellent. I wish they could find or write more material like this.
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1. John Prine, The Missing Years (Oh Boy). Grammy winner, my favorite guy to be on the road with, a totally wonderful, great-to-be-alive album. Get it!
2. ELP, Black Moon (Victory/PolyGram). Overlooked by radio completely. Great ballads, should've been played on AOR and AC. Greg Lake still has one of the great voices in rock.
3. Pearl Jam, Ten (Epic). Song for song, the best new rock band since Jane's Addiction.
4. Alice in Chains, Dirt (Columbia/Sony). Ditto number three. Great follow-up to its dynamite debut.
5. Eric Clapton, Unplugged (Duck/Reprise). Just because he is.
6. Bon Jovi, Keep the Faith (Mercury). He's grown admirably. This album is light-years ahead musically.
7. k.d. lang, Ingānue (Sire). The Voice is the choice.
8. Izzy Stradlin, Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds (Geffen). Great swagger; I can see him moving when I listen to it. Can't wait to see his new band.
9. Roger Waters, Amused to Death (Columbia/Sony). Dynamite album from one of my all-time heroes.
10. Litl' Willie, Babani (Crybaby). The band to watch in 1993. A dad and his sons make the established group look like kids.
1992 was one great year for music:
1. "Don't Care for Air," The Lincolnettes
2. "Dawn and Breakfast," Jim D. Pilsbury and the Boys
3. "The Monkey's Butt" film soundtrack by Richard "The Iceman" Kukling
4. "Why Do You Think They Call It Po-Po?" The Morgans
5. "Picking at the Moon," McNugget Band
6. "Comeback 92," Stevenson and Cassidy
7. "Dick You Around!!" The Around Dickers
8. "Baloney," Farters
9. "Too Steep for Chet," Mickey Dickle
10. "Xllnzptg," Hate-Roids
11. "The Laughing Cockroach," Ape-Fancy
12. "Detune My Balloon," Winston America