Tag: soul

Various Artists

Keep Your Soul:
A Tribute to Doug Sahm

Vanguard

It’ll be 10 years ago in November that Sahm, 58, went to sleep at a New Mexico motel and never woke up. Since then, there have been enough releases to keep fans happy while preserving his legacy: “The Return of Wayne Douglas” (his final sessions, 2000); “The Songs of Sahm” (the Bottle Rockets’ covers disc, 2002); two limited-edition reissues — “The Genuine Texas Groover” (“Doug Sahm & Band” and “Texas Tornado” with more than an album’s worth of outtakes, 2003) and “The Complete Mercury Masters” (the Sir Douglas Quintet’s six original Mercury/Smash albums plus bonus material, 2005); and “Live From Austin, Texas” (a 1981 “Austin City Limits” performance, 2006).

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The Nighthawks

American Landscape

Powerhouse

A white-boy-blues album as delicately balanced as “American Landscape” would be hard to find. Ten well-chosen covers and two originals, running the gamut from R&B to rock to jazz to soul to country, are tied together so neatly that one wishes it were Friday night at the local no-cover-charge watering hole in perpetuity.

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The Derek Trucks Band

Already Free

Victor

With each album, the Derek Trucks Band just keeps on truckin’ — not only in terms of evolution but also each disc’s uniqueness: the improvisational jazz/blues of their self-titled debut; the Southern folk/blues bent of “Out of the Madness”; the Latin and fusion forays and expanded Indian influence on “Joyful Noise”; the mostly jazz leaning of “Soul Serenade”; and the melting-pot maturity of “Songlines.”

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Dennis Wilson

Pacific Ocean Blue (Legacy Edition)

Caribou/Epic/Legacy

When it comes down to it, Wilson had more soul in his little finger than an army of Joss Stones, Amy Winehouses and Duffys. The small but concentrated body of work he left behind is so potent, one can feel the emotion gushing from the speakers. It really is, as Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins says, “straight from the gut, just like blood on tape.”

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Susan Tedeschi

Hope and Desire

Verve Forecast

Blues rocker Tedeschi opted to go a different route for her fourth album: a collection of soulful covers.

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