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271: Laura Nyro, ‘Walk on By’ (Bootleg Collection)

A Rosh HaShana gift – 14 bootleg covers that never appeared on Laura’s official albums.

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270: Laura Nyro, ‘Stoney End’ (Seattle Bootleg, 1971)

What her first album should have sounded like–
The unique, divine Laura Nyro.

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095: Derek & The Dominos, ‘Little Wing’ (Jimi Hendrix)

One doesn’t usually go to Hendrix for his songs, rather for his disassembly of world order. However, ‘Little Wing’, is on jelly bread of a song, inspiring oodles of admirable covers, most notably Derek & The Dominos’ rapturous amalgam of 1967 Haight-Ashbury, ephemeral bliss with the very corporeal guitars of Eric Clapton and Duane Allman.

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269: Brian Wilson, ‘Sandy’/’Sherri She Needs Me’/’She Says That She Needs Me’

When dinosaurs roamed the earth…
Three versions of an obscure Brian Wilson gem–impossibly brilliant, impossibly stupid, indelibly engraved in my heart and soul.

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267: Boz Scaggs, ‘Lowdown’ (“Fade Into Light”)

It’s been almost 50 years since I’ve listened to Boz Scaggs, and now I can’t stop.
What a singer. What a musician. What a cool guy.
Intelligent entertainment–a rarity.

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265: Dion DiMucci, ‘Abraham, Martin and John’

Dion, from doo Wop to Dylanizer.
More swagger than Jagger.

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098: John Sebastian, ‘Younger Generation’

When I’m “trying to tell a stranger about rock and roll”, trying to explain just how wise and sophisticated it can be, I often refer to ‘Younger Generation’, an expectant father’s apprehensions about the daunting task awaiting him.
One of the best songs to come out of the world of rock.

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263: Lovin’ Spoonful (John Sebastian), ‘Summer in the City’

In which John Sebastian confesses how The Spoonful’s urban heat hit was influenced by a pastoral Israeli folk song. I kid ye not. Back o’ my neck gettin’ dirt and gritty.

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