Dave's Faves 1999

1. Over Africa – The Neville Brothers / Valence Street

This cut opens their new CD, and when I heard it I knew that it was the opener for Dave’s Faves 99. There’s an interesting (and good) version of “If I Had a Hammer” that Aaron Neville sings. And of course the funky New Orleans stuff. Saw them at the Cabooze this year.

2. One Chance – Eric Clapton / Pilgrim

I didn’t expect much from this CD when I bought it, but it’s got a number of great tunes. It’s also one of a number of cuts that I heard this year with fake LP scratches. What’s up with that? I made some CDs myself with REAL LP scratches.

3. High Places – Los Lobos / This Time

Another excellent CD from Los Lobos – best since Kiko. I caught them live at the Basilica Block party.

4. Migra – Santana / Supernatural

I’m sure most of you already have this recording. It deserves all of the praise and sales that its been getting.

5. Baby Knows – Prince / RAVE un2 the JOy fantastic

This includes Sheryl Crow on harmonica and vocals. He also does her "Every Day is a Winding Road". Sheryl’s is better. This is his best recording since "The Gold Experience".

6. Next Lifetime – Erykah Badu / Baduizm

Erykah just missed Dave’s Faves ’98. She had a different cut on the first version of the B-side of the tape, but it just didn’t fit. I hadn’t had the CD long enough to really get to know it, but now I love it. She sounds like Billy Holiday at times, Ella Fitzgerald at others. I bought it based on her Grammy award and appearance.

7. Lost Ones – Lauryn Hill / The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Another CD bought based on the Grammys. For those of you who think that hip-hop / rap music is just negative, gangsta, misogynist and violent should check out this recording. Parts of it are damn near religious and all of it is very positive. This cut has the true indicator of a fave – it caused me to crank up the volume!

8. There's Your Trouble – Dixie Chicks / Wide Open Spaces

What’s this? COUNTRY? What’s next, opera? Yeah, well, I saw the Chicks at Lillith Fair, and they were hot! I thought they were just some sweet vocal group, but it turns out they are a smoking band with some very fun music.

9. Struck – Cesar Rosas / Soul Disguise

A very fun CD full of the rocking tunes he’s known for with Los Lobos. This got heavy airplay early this year. This song starts out with that classic phrase from Rock and Roll history, “Baby, Baby, Baby”.

10. Psychotic Reaction – Count Five / Nuggets

Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968. This started as an LP released in the 70s and has now expanded into a 4 CD set. Filled with the original punk, garage, grunge music. The Electric Prunes, the Seeds, the Amboy Dukes, the Castaways, even the Litter. Music from the Formative Years.

11. Soul Fixin' Man – Luther Allison / Live in Chicago

I just picked this one up. Excellent cuts of Luther live. The 2nd CD includes recordings from his last tour, which we caught at the Zoo. This cut is from the Chicago Blues Fest after his return from Europe.

12. B Movie Boxcar Blues – Delbert McClinton / Live in Austin

Delbert put on a good show at the Medina Ballroom this year. It’s kind of a fun place to catch bands – very wide open and loose.

13. La Playa – Los Lobos / This Time

Another of the many Spanish tunes I’ve listened to this year. I also recommend the Buena Vista Social Club (old Cuban artists recorded by Ry Cooder) and Los Super Seven (David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas and others with more traditional music). We had planned to see Los Lobos at the Cabooze in November, but they canceled due to Cesar Rosas’ wife’s disappearance.

14. Thank U – Alanis Morissette / Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

This CD kind of got lost in the shuffle earlier this year, but has since come back into heavier airplay. She did a great job playing God in the movie Dogma.

15. The Sun, the Moon and Stars – Prince / RAVE un2 the JOy fantastic

Prince has some nice ballads on this CD, along with the usual funk.

16. Black & White – Sarah McLachlan / Surfacing

I almost sold this CD to Cheapo Records because I wasn’t quite connecting with it. But on Cathy M’s recommendation I listened to it again and I started to like it. After Sarah’s performance at Lillith Fair, I was sold. Lillith Fair was the best concert experience this year by far. 9 bands at about $5 a band, it was quite the deal. And all of the acts were very good. The Indigo Girls played “Galileo”, which is worth the price of admission by itself. Look for their new CD on Dave’s Faves next year.

17. Let 'Er Rip – Dixie Chicks / Wide Open Spaces

This gives a hint of the great hoedown music these guys put out. You know, after 2 divorces, country music starts to make sense … If I only had a dog that died, I could go to We Fest.

18. She's Gone – Eric Clapton / Pilgrim

I thought this might be a new version of the 70s Clapton song of the same name, but its not. Much better actually. This CD wins the sub-woofer award for 1999.

19. (De Le) Yaleo – Santana / Supernatural

If Carlos Santana doesn’t win a boatload of Grammys for this recording there is no justice in the world.

20. Just Like Me – Paul Revere and the Raiders / Nuggets

Paul Revere and the Raiders were the “other” band with the Monkees that turned me on to rock and roll and pop music. I have this single from when it was first released.