TRY GIVING THESE ALBUMS A SPIN
What is the attraction of Record Store Day? For this music hound, it isn’t acquiring vinyl issues of the readily available or collectibles, but the chance for musical treats, whether new, reissued, or old but never before heard. Here are a few such choices from this year’s edition.
“The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend,” Baby Huey Who knows what might have been had the life of Chicago psychedelic soul man Baby Huey (born James Ramey) not come to an end during the recording of this debut album in 1970? We do know that the album became crate digger’s gold, and a recurrent sampling source. This reissue includes a new-to-vinyl disc of instrumentals.
“Chicano Batman,” Chicano Batman Latin rock and soul band Chicano Batman made a splash with last year’s “Freedom Is Free” album, but good luck if you were interested in finding a copy of the 2010 self-titled debut. ATO Records rectifies that with a straight-up reissue.
“61 Days in Church — Covers,” Eric Church If the 15-LP “61 Days in Church” set of live tracks from Church’s 2017 tour is a little too observant for you, this single disc of covers from those recordings offers a good sample, not least in the range of its preaching, from Dave Dudley’s “Six Days on the Road” to Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage.”
“How We Found Ourselves . . . Everywhere!,” The Dream Syndicate Steve Wynn rebooted his legendary ’80s paisley underground outfit with new album “How Did I Find Myself Here?” last year, and this EP supplements that release with one outtake from the album sessions and five live takes on songs old and new.
“Journey to the Beginning,” Lloyd Green and Jay Dee Maness Fifty years after they played pedal steel on the Big Bang of country-rock, Maness and Green join for an instrumental reprise of the Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo.” A fine tribute that also offers the rare treat of two steel guitars playing together.
“Live at the BBC,” Bobbie Gentry Surprisingly, these are the first live recordings of the country-soul and pop singer ever officially released. The 11 tracks (including, of course, “Ode to Billie Joe”) are drawn from her TV series on the BBC in the late 1960s, some prefaced by her introductory comments.
“Broken Man”/“Singin’ a New Song,” Joshua Hedley Another contributor to the recent burgeoning of unalloyed country music, Hedley releases his debut album, “Mr. Jukebox,” the day before Record Store Day, and these bonus tracks of self-described “crooner country” the day of. All of it is classic hurtin’, cheatin’ fare.
“Postales,” Los Sospechos Los Sospechos bring together members of Daptone instrumental soul outfits Menahan Street Band and Budos Band, which should give you a good idea of what you’ll hear on this reissue of the soundtrack they provided for the 2010 independent film “Postales” — cinematic soul, with or without filmic accompaniment.
“Mowtown,” Gary Stewart The cult of Stewart (of which this writer counts himself a member) has something new to chew on with these recently discovered demo recordings of the country singer applying his singular vocal talents to a pair of Motown classics, “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday.”
“Way Out West — Desert Suite (Trip One),” Marty Stuart Stuart continues to explore the psychedelic desert twang he essayed on last year’s “Way Out West” album with a swirling, shimmering triptych of hillbilly boogie, western swing, and Jimmie Rodgers’s “TB Blues” (featuring Merle Haggard on vocals), followed by a new tune from the album sessions.
“Speak Out,” various artists This LP captures a conscious return of the Newport Folk Festioval to its roots last year, when a host of festival performers congregated to deliver a roster of protest songs, capped by a smoking, horn-fueled take on Creedence’s “Fortunate Son.”
Stuart Munro can be reached at email@example.com.