It was a shitty year for sure. We lost some great artists in 2016 but there was some great music released as well. As usual I try to avoid descriptors like best or greatest but I did pick out some of my favorite releases from last year.
Signs of Light – The Head and the Heart
I don’t love it as much as the first two but it’s still outstanding.
Let Me Get By – Tedeschi Trucks Band
It’s Derek and Susan and Mike and the rest of this great crew. One would expect excellence and you’d get it.
The Tel-Star Sessions – Gov’t Mule
An older recording but a new release of their first sessions. Interesting to hear initial runs of these songs.
Patch The Sky – Bob Mould
Duh – It’s Bob Mould.
Rainbow Ends – Emitt Rhodes
Never expected a new release from Emitt but not at all surprised at the quality of it.
Blackstar – David Bowie
Man this one hurts. Interesting how my pre and post loss listens differed so much. A goodbye album even if we didn’t know it when it was released.
Soul Eyes – Kandace Springs
More straight on jazzy than her initial e.p. but her voice still gives me chills. What an amazing talent.
Complete Third – Big Star
A full on deluxe revisiting with tons of demos and all the fun stuff you would expect. I never go far without a little Big Star…
What were your faves?