Saturday, January 07, 2006

And the winner is...

Okay, so it’s the end of another year and that means the lists roll out. Who am I to break with tradition? There’s been a plethora of music tumbling through the doors of the funhouse – some old, some new, some just plain bad nostalgic wanderings… but these are the 2005 releases that caught my ear the most.

By far the best release for 2005 was (drum roll) The Yearlings – Wind Already Blown. (Check the review for the full details but I love these two – music for the soul)
Honorable mentions - in no particular order other than whatever CD is on top of the pile.

Stuart Busby – Drift only recently came to me otherwise it would have been a strong contender for the top title but hell you need to own it anyway!
Billy Eckstine – Jukebox hits 1943-1953. This series purports to give you the best of the R&B/race charts from the 40s and 50s. With some classic Billy this 21 track comp is a good place to start.
Jon Dale – Son D’Or. Charlemagne meets Frehley? Lush drone’n’wash from a much under appreciated local muso/man about town. (Heck, jon himself doesn’t realise how good he is)
Richard Hell – Spurts. OK, best of’s shouldn’t count I know but shit, Hell still whips all the young punkers asses and this does have a couple of bonus tracks so there!
Laughing Clowns – Cruel But Fair. 3CD set of the complete Laughing Clowns recordings. Despite their insistence that they weren’t a jazz band I beg to differ. Awesome.
GG Alan Bindig – Pirate Lullabies. Acoustic travails of pirates young and old and some interesting choices for covers make this the sleeper of the year. Let it creep up on you.
Fast’n’Bulbous – Pork Chop Blue Around The Rind. Captain Beefheart tribute, all instrumental. Who knew the Captain could swing so hard?
Sir Richard Bishop – Improvika. Sole Sun City Girl shows just what he can do with one string on a wooden guitar. Sublime. (and I’m still kicking myself for not going to Melbourne last year to see him play.)

So there you have it. Too many compilations for my liking but that's what i was buying/finding. There were some other great finds - Irr. Apt. Ext. Caroliner Sun City Girls etc but they weren't technically new releases just found in 2005. If you're really concerned bland out with the wire - i'm sure they'll have it all covered.


Blogger michael said...

yeah the Yearlings album would have to be amongst my top 3 for the year (2005) as well.

and as an added bonus the wife likes it too so yay a CD i can listen to without having to wait for her to be out the house like 90% of the rest of my collection.

4:18 AM  
Blogger kami said...

Yeah i know where you're comin' from. I have to say that Diane quite likes the Sir Richard Bishop CD which surprised me but at least i can play that one in the house instead of out in the shed!

6:55 PM  

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