Everyday Music is now open at 1521 10th Ave, right next to Oddfellows, and what will soon be Elliott Bay Book Company.
Ray Charles, Modern Sounds in in Country and Western Music, 1962: Obviously, this was a huge crossover hit for the late Ray Charles. His covers of "Born to Lose," and "Bye Bye Love" are sublime. Charles took it up a notch on his follow-up, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. II. His take on "Your Cheating Heart" makes all contemporary covers just seem sad.
The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux, 1977: I've written about this record before. But I've never seen it out in the wild. The other copy I've got at home was procured through eBay. This is an all-star cast--Michael Brecker, Herbie Mann, David "Fathead" Newman, and many more--backed up by the Average White Band. Their 21-minute take on "Pike Up The Pieces" is life affirming. You need to take a day off to soak it up.
Neil Diamond, Hot August Night, 1972: "Holly Holy" alone is worth the 50 cents I paid for this. As a former record store employee, I never thought I'd be responsible for taking a Neil Diamond record OUT of a record store (they just keep coming in by the truck load), but I feel like I've done my part now to help thin the ranks.