Thursday, May 6, 2010

Summoning John Doe

It took him a long time, but John Doe finally put out a full length country album with The Sadies last year. Even though I love The Sadies, I confess to being a tad skeptic about the pairing for reasons I don't quite remember now that it's my favorite solo album of his (with Forever Hasn't Happened Yet a close second). I put a couple of his early solo albums on my Rooting Around in the 80s comps last year, but this week's mixtape covers his solo albums, soundtrack cuts, live tracks, and other non-album releases (as well as one cut from the 2005 Knitters album) from the last 15-20 years. And yes, I included Take #52 again - I just couldn't help myself. :)

7 Holes
Let's Be Mad (Acoustic)
Hwy 5 with Neko Case
There She Goes Again
Hot Burrito No. 2
Someday / No Day
Long Chain On
The Unhappy Song
A Little More Time
Speed Of Love
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
It Just Dawned On Me
The Cold Hard Facts of Life
Baby's In Black
Quiet Desperation
Meanest Man In The World (Live)
Big Moon
I Will Always Love You
I Can't Hold Myself in Line
I'm in Love With a Girl
Take # 52


Maestro said...

I was the exact opposite in my feelings about the Doe/Sadies pairing in that I had high-hopes for it. Alas, it left me cold. I think they were too faithful in their interpretations. It's okay, just not what I was hoping for.
That said, I love John Doe's voice, always have. (He's a nice guy to, at least from a fan POV).
Thanks for this round-up.
I have many of your mixes (the 70's stuff is a blast) and I really appreciate your taste.

bob said...

long live doe

Ishkabibliophile said...


See, and I think I might have been afraid they wouldn't be faithful enough. Just call me a new traditionalist. :) On a non-music note, I also like seeing Doe in films - especially when he plays the uptight, straightlaced dad.

Anonymous said...

A good guy really who remained true & faithful to his ethics since he began with X.

I'm not certain he's as important as,say, Lou Reed or Roky Erickson(one of my heroes!) but he always walked the straight line!

L said...

Thanks for all the time and effort to assemble these tunes.

Ishkabibliophile said...


Labor of love when it comes to John Doe. :)