#90 The Be Good Tanyas – Blue Horse

I fell in love with this album when I first heard it on its UK release in 2002, and played it incessantly, loving the vocal harmonies, pure and earthy like a breath of fresh country air, and the jaunty folky melodic arrangements with banjo and mandolin. It arrived at a time of peak Americana (or … Continue reading #90 The Be Good Tanyas – Blue Horse

#970 Dolly Parton – Greatest Hits

Oh this is a breath of fresh air right now! Gotta love a bit of Dolly. Not my usual listening fare of course (prog rock, Krautrock, weirdy electronic noise), but you can’t fault her as a consummate performer and professional. Not to mention philanthropist. One of the true musical legends we have left. This compilation … Continue reading #970 Dolly Parton – Greatest Hits

#340 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

Ah, the Creedies – as no one calls them ever. The quintessential American rock band. A Bayou blend of blues, rockabilly, country and slightly swampy rock. White men play the blues, and when they do, they sound like this. This 2003 CD comp is a 22-track ‘best of’ of songs released between 1968 and 1976, … Continue reading #340 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

#288 Johnny Cash – American IV : The Man Comes Around

This ‘American Recordings’ series of albums, masterminded by producer Rick Rubin, explores a wide range of covers and classics during Johnny Cash’s autumnal years, and was hugely successful, both critically and commercially. I was a bit late to the party and bought this one on its release solely on the strengths of his incredible and … Continue reading #288 Johnny Cash – American IV : The Man Comes Around