MARIANNE FAITHFULL Kissin Time (Virgin) The husky-voiced ’60s legend makes a buss stop with a younger generation of dudes, including Beck, Billy Corgan, Blur’s Damon Albarn, and Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker.
BRAD MEHLDAU Largo (Warner Bros.) The piano man, with the help of producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple), adds horns, strings, and sonic effects to his jazz mix.
JAMES TAYLOR October Road (Columbia) Taylor releases his first studio album since 1997’s Grammy-winning Hourglass. Daughter Sally sings backup on two cuts.
VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Crush soundtrack (Virgin) With Lenny Kravitz, Beenie Man, Beth Orton, and Nikka Costa providing the tunes, this soundtrack’s a shore thing.
IF YOU LIKE…
THE WHO’s maximum R&B, check out THE ACTION’s Rolled Gold, demos for an unreleased 1968 album by this Who-like mod squad.
Sweet acoustic pop a la THE EVERLY BROTHERS, snatch up Association associate CURT BOETCHER’s just-reissued There’s an Innocent Face, a lost gem from 1973.
NO DOUBT’s Gwen-powered Rock Steady, try Can’t Stand the Rezillos: The (Almost) Complete Rezillos. The Scottish band features irrepressible frontwoman Fay Fife.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’s The Rising, follow your Bruce juice with a helping of the beefy guitar workouts on E Streeter LITTLE STEVEN’s last CD, Born Again Savage.
The thudding comic-book boogie of FU MANCHU, wrap your head around the roots of that sound on BLUE CHEER’s 1968 opus, Vincebus Eruptum.