Thursday, June 29, 2017

More Wondrous Willie Ways


    I know 4th of July (and, of course, Willie's annual 4th of July show in Austin) isn't til Tuesday, but I'm pretty sure this weekend is still considered the 4th of July weekend.  And what's better weekend evening music than Volume 3 of my Willie Nelson compilation?


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Darkness On The Face Of The Earth
That's Me Without You
Look What Thoughts Will Do
Shame On You
Who Put All My Ex's In Texas
Bonaparte's Retreat
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Till the End of the World
Ocean Of Diamonds
Everybody's Talkin'
Lonely Little Mansion
The Words Don't Fit The Picture
Philadelphia Lawyer
Lady Be Good
The Way You See Me
I Drank All Of Our Precious Love Away
Farther Along

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Wondrous Ways of Willie Nelson

   It's the first weekend of the summer and what better way to spend a summer than listening to Willie Nelson?!  Not that you don't listen to Willie in all seasons, but there's just something about his music that makes it a perfect fit for late summer afternoons or very late summer nights.  And though I suspect he's going to live another 10-20 years (or more), it's always good to pay tribute to a true legend they are alive.   Therefore, I've prepared a three volume set of Willie's finest (I'll put the third volume up next month.)  As is my usual habit, I've tried to stay away from most of the big hits.  I did, however, include one from his dandy recent release, God's Problem Child.  Enjoy!

   Late Update: I've also reupped the Willie Nelson covers compilations I put together several years back.

Volume One and Volume Two

Volume One
Just One Love
Hero
Outskirts Of Town
My Life's Been A Pleasure
If I Were A Carpenter
Home In San Antone
Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon
Honeysuckle Rose
Little House on the Hill
Me And The Drummer
Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
Always Seem To Get Things Wrong
I Feel Sorry for Him
Georgia on My Mind
If I Were The Man You Wanted
I Walk Alone
Sad Songs And Waltzes
Volume Two
Great Divide
Ashamed
Love Me Like a Song
Tougher Than Leather
Something to Brag About
Good Hearted Woman
Make Way for a Better Man
Why Are You Picking On Me
A Moment Isn't Very Long
This Cold War With You
Pride Wins Again
Reasons To Quit
December Day
Half a Man
Help Me Make It Through the Night
Family Bible

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cocktail Mix - Volumes 1-4



   I forget the exact reason why I looked it up, but I realized a few weeks ago that the movie Swingers came out more than 20 years ago.  In addition to launching the careers of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, it also helped launch the, however short-lived, early 60s nostalgia craze (okay, I wouldn't exactly call it a craze, but you get my point.).  I fully realize it's a bit absurd to indulge in nostalgia for nostalgia (there must be a cultural studies term for that), but four Cocktail Mix cds below were put out by Rhino a year before Swingers came out.  They're also long out of print and quite dandy - especially Volume II.




Cocktail Mix - Volume I

Will You Still Be Mine? Dean Elliot And His Swinging Big Big Band!!
Fever The Three Suns
I Get A Kick Out Of You Felix Slatkin
Star Fire Bob Thompson
Hansel And Pretzel Henri Rene & His Orchestra
Mood Tattooed Les Baxter's Drums
Danny's Inferno The Three Suns
The Penguin Dave Harris & The Powerhouse Five
China Boy (Go Sleep) Lenny Dee
War Dance For Wooden Indians Russ Case & His Orchestra
Hell's Bells David Carroll
Early-Bird Whirly-Bird Bob Thompson
Accidental Slip On An Oriental Rug Robert Maxwell, His Harp & His Orchestra
Rock Gently Alvino Rey
Che Si Dice Ferrante & Teicher
Inch Worm (From The Garden Of Eden Ballet) Jack Costanzo
Blue Rumba Rolley Polley
Powerhouse Bobby Hammack Quartet
Cocktail Mix - Volume II

Thirteen Men
Miss Ann-Margret
Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro) Cal Tjader
The Girl From Ipanema Walter Wanderley
Call Me Nancy Wilson
Sorry 'Bout That-Part I Harold Johnson Sextet
Comin' Home Baby Mel Torme
Baby Elephant Walk Rene Touzet
Soul Bossa Nova Quincy Jones
Bossa Nova Hand Dance (Deixa Isso Pra La) Connie Francis
Frenesi - Twist Les Elgart And His Orchestra
Why Wait Perez Prado
House Of Bamboo Earl Grant
Cantaloupe Island Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
Hot Barbecue Brother Jack McDuff
Mas Que Nada Sergio Mendes &; Brasil '66
Washington Square Dick Hyman &; His Orchestra
Take Five Trudy Pitts
I'm Not Talking Mose Allison

Cocktail Mix - Volume III
The Lady Is A Tramp Della Reese
Not Me Robert Mitchum
Tequila Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
Heart Peggy Lee
One Mint Julep Sarah Vaughan
Be-Bop The Beguine Sammy Davis Jr.
Come On-A My House Rosemary Clooney
Come By Sunday Diana Dors
Something For Cat Henry Mancini
Forty Second Street Mel Torme
A Fine Romance Ella Fitzgerald
That Old Black Magic Louis Prima & Keely Smith
Fascinating Rhythm Don Ralke And His Orchestra
Ain't That A Kick In The Head Dean Martin
Guys And Dolls Bobby Darin
Are You Havin' Any Fun Count Basie & Tony Bennett
La Dolce Vita Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
Mademoiselle Kitt Eartha Kitt
Cocktail Mix - Volume IV

A Man and a Woman (Un Homme et une Femme)
Francis Lai
Stripping Really Isn't Sexy, Is It? Burt Bacharach
Bring Down the Birds Herbie Hancock
Happy Feet Quincy Jones
Come Live With Me Johnny Williams (Vocal By Toni Scotti)
Susan Henry Mancini
Way Out Calypso George Duning
At the Namkok George Duning
Barney Does It All Lalo Schifrin
Lolita Ya Ya Nelson Riddle
Ad Ogni Costo (At Any Cost) Ennio Morricone
The Boston Wrangler Michel Legrand
Send Me Nicky George Duning
Misfits Theme Alex North
The Knack (Main Theme) John Barry

Saturday, April 1, 2017

She Don't Care About Time: The Byrds, The Three O'Clock, and Army/Navy

   The weather in the Northeast has been kinda crappy the last week or so, but it's finally April, and some nice springtime weather has to be on the way, so I thought everyone could use some guitar rock/pop. And since it's been a while since I did an LA-centric mix, I thought I'd go with three Los Angeles based bands from three different eras: The Byrds (1960's), The Three O'Clock (1980s), and Army/Navy (2010's). (Befour Three O'Clock and The Salvation Army were early band names for The Three O'Clock, btw.)  I've also re-upped the Los Angeles 60's music scenes comps.

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Jetfighter The Three O'Clock
So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star The Byrds
Pacific Army Navy
Prouve Army Navy
Sorry The Three O'Clock
Dolphin's Smile The Byrds
Summer Morning Army Navy
She Turns To Flowers Salvation Army
I See You The Byrds
She Don't Care About Time The Byrds
The Girl With The Guitar (Says Oh Yeah) The Three O'Clock
I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better Byrds
Ignite Army Navy
The Seventeen Forever Befour Three O'Clock
The Long Goodbye Army Navy

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thoroughly Hitched: A Robyn Hitchcock Collection

      Ever since I got his 1984 release I Often Dream of Trains a couple of years back (I'm not sure why I waited so long), I've been on a Robyn Hitchcock binge.  Given how prolific (he has a new album out in April and is currently touring the northeast U.S) he's been, it's taken me a while to do justice to his catalog.   I hope the collection does justice to a legend who's remained remarkably vital for 36 years.  It's also his birthday tomorrow (March 3)!


Disc One

Raymond Chandler Evening
Old Man Weather
Keep Finding Me
Eight Miles High
Viva! Sea-Tac
So You Think You're in Love
Hurry for the Sky
Mamie Dunn, Employee of the Month / Good Times Rock & Roll
Evil Guy
Cynthia Mask
Globe of Frogs
Brenda's Iron Sledge
Sam's Gone Away
Have a Heart Betty (Mark 1) [Bonus Track]
Madonna of the Wasps

Disc Two


Parasite
I Often Dream Of Trains
No Way Out of Time
Daisy Bomb
Underwater Moonlight
Strawberries Dress
Heliotrope
Sickie Boy
Vegetable Friend
Dark Globe
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Comme Toujours
Ivy Alone
(A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs
Heaven

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gram Parsons and Phosphorescent

  I've been meaning to make this mix of Gram Parsons and Phosphorescent for a long time - they're both charismatic native Southerners who, after dabbling in folk and indie rock, respectively, hit their musical heights when playing country/alternative country/cosmic American/whatever you want to call it.  And though neither was blessed with a great voice, they both really know how to deliver a song. Oh, and if you're wondering why there's a Byrds song on here, it's because the Byrds initially made the album Sweetheart of the Rodeo with Gram on lead vocals on several of the tracks. But there were some legal issues with Gram so they re-recorded some of the songs with Roger McGuinn on vocals.  And if you want more of either, I suggest starting with Phosphorescent's Willie Nelson tribute To Willie and with Gram's GP/Grievous Angel       


A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise Phosphorescent
Do You Know How It Feels The Flying Burrito Brothers
I Want You Phosphorescent
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) The Flying Burrito Brothers
Blue Eyes The International Submarine Band
Terror in the Canyons (The Wounded Master) Phosphorescent
The New Soft Shoe Gram Parsons
Tomorrow Is A Long Time Phosphorescent
Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels
Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye Phosphorescent
You Can Make Me Feel Bad Phosphorescent
To Love Somebody The Flying Burrito Brothers
It's Not Supposed To Be That Way Phosphorescent
You Don't Miss Your Water The Byrds
Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough) Phosphorescent
In My Hour Of Darkness Gram Parsons

Thursday, December 29, 2016

On the Right Side of 2016

   I'd rather not focus on the non-musical events of 2016 for this post since, strictly judging the year based on the musical releases, 2016 was a pretty good year.  With the exceptions of the dearly departed Leonard Cohen and Sharon Jones, I only included acts who hadn't appeared on my best of 2014 and 2015 compilations.  This was kinda tough as I had to leave out Angel Olsen's My Woman, but one must abide by some rules.  In the spirit of honoring those who died during the year, I've also re-upped the Bowie tributes, the Leonard Cohen-Patsy Cline-Cat Power compilations, and the Sharon Jones-Detroit Cobras compilation.

   Update: So only 24 hours after posting this, I found out that Bap Kennedy died in early November.  I'll just say he was an underappreciated singer-songwriter from Dublin and let my post on him from five years ago provide a little more depth about him.  RIP Bap.


Disc One

You Want It Darker Leonard Cohen
Thousand Mile Night Jonah Tolchin
The Soul Of A Man Tom Waits
Fast Fuse Blues Paul Burch
Two Kids Laura Gibson
Snowflake Carl Broemel
Days Spent Floating (In The Halfbetween) Okkervil River
Dusty Trails (Demo) Lucius
Faint Mystery Trixie Whitley
Red Moon Whitney
Royalty Capes De La Soul
Trouble in Here The Frightnrs
Put Me Thru  Anderson .Paak
Chicken Picken Circuit Des Yeux
O Mistress Mine (Clown's Song From Twelfth Night) Paul Kelly
Stanley Park Aoife O'Donovan
Desperate and Depressed Margo Price
Fickle Sun (iii) I'm Set Free Brian Eno







Disc Two

22 Bon Iver
Dyin' Bed Maker Kacy & Clayton
Light in the House The Cave Singers
Temptation M. Ward
Okoroba Family Atlantica
Firmeza (feat. Rodrigo Campos) Elza Soares
I'm Still Here Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Roadside Memorial Allah-Las
My Darling, Blue Skies John Doe
Georgia Stars case/lang/veirs
Lullaby Dori Freeman
Number One with a Bullet Freakwater
Let Me Get There Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions
Squash Squash Blood Orange
Clementine Jam Orchestra Baobab
Good to Be Back Home Charles Bradley
One Way to Pray Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
Tea, Milk & Honey Oh Pep!



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

On the Right Side of Christmas 2016

          I might be a day or two early, but with the cold spell we've had the last 4 days in the Northeast, it definitely feels like the holiday season so here's my annual compilation of Christmas music.  I've also uploaded all the previous Xmas comps for any newcomers to the blog.

   Late update: I fixed the problem with Al Green's Silent Night.  You do have to download the whole thing to get the working version of the file.

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Christmas Rappin' Kurtis Blow
Must Be Santa Bob Dylan
Christmas With Bazooka Joe Fleshtones
Carol Cleaners From Venus
On Chrismas Eve Field Report
Silent Night Al Green
Blue Snowfall Kelly Hogan
He's Stuck in the Chimney Again Rachel Flotard & Jon Rauhouse Orchestra
White Christmas Esquivel
Christmas Will be Just Another Day Brenda Lee
Honky Tonk Christmas Dale Watson
Christmas Date Boogie Big Joe Turner
Shouldn't Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas Wall Of Voodoo
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer The Ventures
Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy Buck Owens & the Buckaroos
Christmas Eve With You Lindi Ortega
The Blizzard Camera Obscura
Christmas Eve Can Kill You The Everly Brothers
It's Christmas And You're Boring Me Slow Club
We Three Kings The Gaylads
Christmas Ain't Christmas The O'Jays
Skating Hot Club of Detroit
Presents For Christmas Solomon Burke
Auld Lang Syne Aretha Franklin & Billy Preston

Saturday, October 29, 2016

With His Hands: An Alejandro Escovedo Retrospective


Back in the early 90's, I was a bit confounded by all the rock critic love for Alejandro Escovedo.  The strength of his late 1990s releases - Bourbinitis Blues, the live More Miles Than Money, and especially, A Man Under the Influence (still my favorite) converted me.  Still, I hadn't really listened that much to him the past couple of years, so it was a real pleasure to go back and listen to his old stuff and dive into his last 2-3 releases.   Hope folks enjoy the career retrospective.


(Like last month's post on the Drive-By Truckers, I was completely unaware that Alejandro was coming out with a new album, Burn Something Beautiful til yesterday.  Haven't heard anything about it and haven't listened to it yet, but will definitely do so this weekend.) 

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Broken Bottle Alejandro Escovedo
Slip Away Alejandro Escovedo
Notes On Air Alejandro Escovedo
With These Hands Alejandro Escovedo
The Rain Won't Help You When It's Over The True Believers
Bottom Of The World Alejandro Escovedo
1968 Alejandro Escovedo
The Best Alejandro Escovedo
About This Love Alejandro Escovedo
Amsterdam Alejandro Escovedo
Baby's Got New Plans Alejandro Escovedo
Sister Lost Soul Alejandro Escovedo
Country Honey Buick MacKane
Anchor Alejandro Escovedo
The End Alejandro Escovedo

Thursday, September 29, 2016

All in the Drive-By Truckers Family

           I only found out a couple of weeks ago that the Drive-By Truckers have a new cd coming out Sept 30 (i.e. in a few hours).  I'd pretty much finished making the two cd comp so let this serve  as a little reminder to go out and get their new album and to go see them when they come to your town.  I presume most DBT fans have heard Jason Isbell's solo stuff, but  I would also encourage folks to get Shonna Tucker's (the former bassist) solo cd (I wasn't aware of it until a few months ago.)

Disc One

The Southern Thing Drive-By Truckers
Fifteen Days (Leaving Time Again) Patterson Hood
24 Frames Jason Isbell
Made Up English Oceans Drive-By Truckers
Daddy's Little Pumpkin Drive-By Truckers
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love Drive-By Truckers
Pound It Out Booker T.
Heavy and Hanging Patterson Hood
Goddamn Lonely Love Drive-By Truckers
The Devil Is My Running Mate Jason Isbell
Everywhere with Helicopter Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Cottonseed Mike Cooley
Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus) Drive-By Truckers
Burning Hell (Live) Patterson Hood
(It's Gonna Be) / I Told You So Drive-By Truckers

Disc Two

Alabama Pines Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Gravity's Gone Drive-By Truckers
My Sweet Annette Drive-By Truckers
People Who Died Drive-By Truckers
Hate This Town Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers
The Home Front Drive-By Truckers
Lonely People Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy
Elephant Jason Isbell
Adam Raised A Cain Patterson Hood
Moonlight Mile Drive-By Truckers
Fire Patterson Hood
Sunstroke Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Cartoon Gold Drive-By Truckers
George Jones Talkin' Cell Phone Blues Drive-By Truckers
The Living Bubba Drive-By Truckers

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Saluting the 70's Singer Songwriters - Volume 3

     It's been a long day and I think I've kind of exhausted talking about the wonders of the music of the 1970's anyway.  But I will note that all of the "Sucking in the 1970s" comps have been re-upped along with the two previous "Saluting the 70's Singer Songwriters" comps.  Hope folks like this one as well.

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Biloxi Jesse Winchester
Defying Gravity Jesse Winchester
Dedication Mary Perrin
Commencement Chuck and Mary Perrin
Running Away (London Version) Bob Marley
Waiting In Vain (Advert Mix) Bob Marley
Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying Labi Siffre
A Little More Line Labi Siffre
Louisiana 1927 Randy Newman
God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind) Randy Newman
Shadow Of Her Mind Kris Kristofferson
From The Bottle To The Bottom Kris Kristofferson
I Miss A Lot Of Trains Tom T. Hall
I Hope It Rains At My Funeral Tom T. Hall
Buckets Of Rain Bob Dylan
Oh Sister Bob Dylan
The Future's Not What it Used to Be Mickey Newbury
San Francisco Mabel Joy Mickey Newbury

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Those Irresistible Red Hots

    I confess to feeling a little bit ambivalent about posting a compilation of songs from the Red Hot collection since all the money from sales of the cds/mp3s/vinyl goes to fight AIDS.  I would, however, like to think that some folks will go and seek out some of the releases that the songs come from (I would especially recommend Dark Was the Night, Red Hot & Rio, and Red Hot & Riot.) Plus, I didn't include any cuts from the most recent Day of the Dead.  I'm not a deadhead so there's a fair amount of stuff which holds little appeal for me.  But there's a bunch of interesting stuff that I really like and I think most deadheads would appreciate the variety of ways that the Dead tunes are interpreted. So enjoy the comp below and then go buy one of the Red Hot releases that you don't already have.

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The Hustle  De La Soul And Da Beatminerz
The Giant Of Illinois Andrew Bird
This Is How We Walk On The Moon Jose Gonzalez
Effigy Uncle Tupelo
Looking For The Jackalope Laika
Sem Você Arto Lindsay/Arnaldo Antunes/Davi Moraes
Baby Alice Smith
Jardim do Amor Mia Doi Todd
Love For Sale Fine Young Cannibals
Mainland China Juicy
When I Reach The Place I'm Going Patty Loveless
Lady tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo +Akua Naru
Creole Love Call Art Baron
Pepe & Irene Los Lobos & Money Mark
Embraceable You Duncan Sheik
Dancing Milton Nascimento
Water No Get Enemy D'Angelo, Femi Kuti + Macy Gray
Time Is Moving On Donald Byrd With Guru And Ronny Jordon

Friday, July 1, 2016

Tributes to Bruce Springsteen and Fred Eaglesmith

         With July 4th soon upon us, I thought it appropriate to put together a compilation of Bruce Springsteen covers.  After all, for folks of a certain age, he embodies a certain kind of ragged, authentic Americana.  In the spirit of comity with our neighbors to the North, I thought it only fair to also put together a compilation of Fred Eaglesmith covers as he seems to embody a similar version of Canadiana, if you will.  In doing so, I owe a debt of gratitude to blog reader KevinPat who sent me a great bunch of Fred Eaglesmith covers that make up the majority of the compilation.


Some Boss Covers

Dancing In The Dark Tegan and Sara
Open All Night Son Volt
Highway Patrolman Johnny Cash
State Trooper Deanna Carter
Badlands Patterson Hood
Downbound Train Kurt Vile
Atlantic City Hank III
Tiger Rose Sonny Burgess
Pink Cadillac Graham Parker
The Price You Pay Emmylou Harris
Wreck On The Highway Nils Lofgren
Tougher Than The Rest Everything But The Girl
I'm On Fire Bat For Lashes
Brilliant Disguise Elvis Costello
Valentine's Day Hem

Wish I Was a Freight Train

He's a Good Dog Audrey Auld
White Rose Slaid Cleaves
Harold Wilson John D. Hale Band
Freight Train Heather Waters
Thirty Years of Farming James King
Bell Teddy Morgan
Pontiac Rod Picott
Carmelita Cowboy Junkies
A Pretty Good Guy Chris Knight
Time to Get a Gun Miranda Lambert
Gettin' to Me Rod Picott
Spookin' the Horses Tamara Williamson
Cigarette Machine Mary Gauthier
Carter Bill & Kasey Chambers
Flowers in the Dell Robbie Fulks

Thursday, May 26, 2016

We're All Fans of Uncle Walt's Band (and Walter Hyatt)


   It was 20 years ago this month (May 11, 1996) that Walter Hyatt died in a plane crash.  Hyatt was the founding member of Uncle Walt's Band in the 70s and 80s, then went on to a solo career in the 1990s. All three of his solo albums, including the posthumously released Some Unfinished Business, are still available, but both of his Uncle Walt's Band cd releases are out of print, so I thought I'd right that wrong and post them here tonight.  I should also mention just how sublime his first solo release King Tears is - still one of my top ten albums from the 90s.


An American in Texas Revisited

As The Crow Flies
Don't You Know, Can't You See
Walking Angel
Deeper Than Love
An America In Texas
Bluebird
Sad As It Seems
Too Far To Fall
The Last One To Know
Green Tree
Motor City Man
Love Has Laid Me Down
If I Don't Stop Crying
The More I See You
Desiree
Outside Looking Out
Mock, Mock, Mockingbird

The Girl on the Sunny Shore

Seat Of Logic
Don't You Think I Feel It Too
High Hill
Dish Wiped Clean
Playing The Fool
So Long Baby
Aloha
Stay With The One Who Loves You
Open Up Your Heart
For The First Time
Lean On Your Mind
At Least Two Ways
Shine On
You Keep Me Holding On
Hard To Bear
All I Need Is You
To Make You Believe

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Riding in My Car With NRBQ


        While I always winced a little bit at those who would call NRBQ the greatest bar band ever as it seemed like damning them with faint praise, there's no denying they were a great live band, especially when Al Anderson was playing guitar. For those who need documentation of this, look no further than their official 1987 live release God Bless Us All.  But, hopefully, this two disc set does also does justice to their songwriting chops.  (And if you need any further demonstration of this, look no further than their 1989 release Wild Weekend.)



Disc One

It's A Wild Weekend
Don't She Look Good
Get That Gasoline Blues
It Comes to Me Naturally
Mule in the Corn
Java
Music, Music, Music 
Tennessee 
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
Next Stop Brattleboro
All That's Left To Say Is Goodbye
I Don't Think of...
Ain't It Alright
Ain't No Horse
She Got the House
Disc Two
Over Your Head
Don't Talk About My Music
Music Goes 'Round And Around
Deep In The Heart Of Texas
Rats in My Room
You Were The One
Tina
Ain't Nice to Talk Like That
Batman
Daddy-"O"
Green Lights
Little Rootie Tootie
Whistle While You Work
Captain Lou
Ridin' In My Car