Another great edition of Reverberation Radio. The list starts with Irma Thomas-- The Soul Queen of New Orleans. We reviewed the reissue of her classic album In Between the Tears here. The rest of the playlist includes 50's rockabilly from one hit wonder Sanford Clark, New York punk protoype and post-punk rocker from David Johansen, and the godfather of modern jangle power pop Alex Chilton.
Teen idol era star Dion (also Bruce Springsteen's rock 'n roll hero) turns his hand to 60's folk and it works. My favorite misanthrope Warren Zevon is followed by political empath and angry young popster Kevin Coyne (imagine a Brit Roky Erickson with Grand Funkster Mark Farner's voice).
Song for Paula is from a forgotten and under appreciated member of Derek and the dominoes, Rolling Stone session player and blue-eyed soul master Bobby Whitlock. Some critics have dsescribed Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs as more of a Bobby Whitlock album than a Eric Clapton album.
The list closes with 60's British invasion blue-eyed soulster Thane Russal, piano session player extraordinaire Nicky Hopkins (Stones, Who, Kinks, Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane) and former folk outsider and current folk discovery Bob Desper.
Irma Thomas- Wish Someone Would Care
Sanford Clark - It’s Nothing To Me
David Johansen - Donna
Alex Chilton - All We Ever Got from Them Was Pain
Dion - Knowing I Won’t Go Back There
Warren Zevon - Carmelita
Kevin Coyne - Eastbourne Ladies
Bobby Whitlock - Song for Paula
Thane Russal & Three - Security
Nicky Hopkins - The Dreamer
Bob Desper - Dry Up Those Tears