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Merle Haggard “I Am What I Am”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#154 in the Series) is Merle Haggard, I Am What I Am.

I was REAL late coming to the Merle Haggard appreciation society.  I’ve loved traditional country for many years.  But for some reason Merle slid though the cracks for me.

That changed due to his classic song, Sing Me Back Home.  About five years ago I started noticing all these artist I really respected had covered it. The Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers, Heartfield, Gram Parsons and Keith Richards together, The Everly Brothers, etc etc. I had to look in on it.  Then I started checking out all these old albums and wow.  I sure missed quite a bit.

Instead of featuring one of those classics albums, I’m going to go right to the end of the list. His most current. I Am What I Am was one of my favorite albums of 2009.

There are absolutely some wonderful songs on this album.  I’m going to attach two videos.  I challenge you to listen to them and tell me they are not a couple of great songs.  Merle fans know this already.  The challenge is more aimed at those that are thinking, What the hell is he doing!

This also gives me a chance to bitch at country radio. They didn’t touch this work. But they continue to pollute the airways to lazy pop music that they pawn off as country just because as an afterthought a fiddle or pedal steel was added.

Merle hasn’t won a country award since 1982.  He hasn’t had a #1 hit since 1987.  Thanks country radio.

Give these two a listen. I’ve Seen It Go Away and Pretty When It’s New.

Keith Richards “Talk is Cheap”

Today’s Cool Album of the Week is Keith Richards, ‘Talk is Cheap.”

I think I listen to this album more than any Stones album.

Great songs, great arrangements, great musicians, great performances. But talk is cheap. So give a listen to ‘Struggle, Take It So Hard, You Don’t Move Me’ and ‘I Could Have Stood You Up.’

Word has it that this 1988 recording was during a period when Keith and Mick weren’t getting along to well. Hence the song, ‘You Don’t Move Me.’

The thing that most impressed me during these sessions was the band that Keith assembled. Later to be dubbed ‘The X-pensive Winos.’

He had Waddy Wachtel on guitar, Steve Jordan on drums, Ivan Neville on keys. Guest appearances by NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato, Bobby Keys, Bootsy Collins!, Chuck Leavell and even some guy named Mick Taylor.

Talk is Cheap was produced by Keith Richards and Steve Jordan and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Top 200.

Here’s a live version of ‘Struggle’ followed by ‘You Don’t Move Me Anymore.’

The Rolling Stones “Exile On Main Street”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is….Could there be any other choice for today? ……. The Rolling Stones,’ “Exile On Main Street.”

Not a bad album huh? I’m sure we know about the reissue today. I don’t have it yet. I’m sure I’ll get it. I’ve heard mixed things about the new tracks. I’ll make up my mind for myself, thank you.

This album contains possibly my favorite Stones track. One of the Stones most complex tunes, ‘Rocks Off.’ Completely under-rated and under appreciated.

Some better known Stones classics also appeared here. You know them. ‘Tumbling Dice, Happy, All Down the Line,’ and ‘Let it Loose.’

Besides Mick, Keith, Bill, Mick and Charlie, were also treated to some great guest musicians here. Nicky Hopkins, Lisa Fischer and Bobby Keys (of course), but also Al Perkins, Billy Preston and Dr. John, etc etc.