Pearl – Nutbush City Limits (Starters for Ten #133) 3/10 (14)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #133: Top Ten Rock numbers: 190513

Pearl – Nutbush City Limits (2010)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 14th – featuring my top ten rock numbers, and running between 11 and 20 May – here’s Nutbush City Limits, originally by Ike & Tina Turner but raucously covered here by Pearl from her 2010 album ‘Little Immaculate White Fox’


The Rolling Stones – Blue and lonesome (The 59) #353

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The Rolling Stones – Blue and lonesome (2016)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 58 – 2016.

Blue & Lonesome is a covers album by the Rolling Stones—their 23rd British and 25th American studio album—released on 2 December 2016.

It’s the band’s first album to feature only cover songs (all blues numbers), and their first studio release since 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang’, with the 11-year gap being the longest between two Rolling Stones albums.

It won the album won Album of the Year at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards. 


Johnny Cash – American IV (The ’59) #270

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Johnny Cash – American IV (2002)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 44 – 2002.

American IV: The Man Comes Around is the 87th studio album by Johnny Cash. Released in 2002, it is the fourth in Cash’s “American” series of albums.

The majority of songs are covers which Cash performs in his own sparse style, with help from producer Rick Rubin. For the Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” cover, Rubin asked then-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore’s song, which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style. He receives backing vocal assistance from various artists, including Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, and Don Henley.

American IV was the final album Johnny Cash released during his lifetime. It was also his first non-compilation album to go gold (selling over 500,000 copies) in thirty years. Additionally, the album won “Album of the Year” award at the 2003 CMA Awards. It was certified gold on March 24, 2003 and platinum on November 21, 2003 by the R.I.A.A.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Epic #328)

The Epic 2017 Project #328: 171124

George Thorogood & The Destroyers (1977)

George Thorogood’s self-titled debut was released in 1977. Comprising mostly covers of blues classics, it included a medley of John Lee Hooker’s “House Rent Boogie” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, the latter a song written by Rudy Toombs for Amos Milburn, and later covered by Hooker.

In 2015 Rounder released George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, a new remix of the album featuring the three-piece band as originally recorded and mixed. It omits the bass overdubs by Billy Blough which were added after the original recording sessions. It also adds the previously unreleased Elmore James track “Goodbye Baby.

Son of Dave – Explosive Hits (Epic #298)

The Epic 2017 Project #298: 171025

Son of Dave – Explosive Hits (2016)

Benjamin Darvill (born January 4, 1967), known by his stage name Son of Dave, is a Canadian musician and singer–songwriter, based in the United Kingdom. He was a member of Grammy award-winning folk rock band Crash Test Dummies in which he played harmonica, mandolin, guitar and percussion before returning to his blues, Beat-Box and harmonica driven solo work in 2000.

Darvill moved to London in 1998 and has remained there since. He’s recorded six albums to date and performed over eight hundred shows across Europe, as well as performing in Canada, the United States, Australia, South Africa, Uganda, Japan, Russia, and Cuba. Explosive Hits was released in 2016.

The Rolling Stones – Out of our heads (Epic #267)

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The Rolling Stones – Out of our heads (1965)

Continuing the Jemtunes’ Epic series foray into the Stones’ back catalogue, here’s the second 1965 release – Out of Our Heads. This was the third British album and fourth in the United States.

The UK version – with a different cover – added songs that would surface later in the US on December’s Children (And Everybody’s) and others that had not been released in the UK thus far (such as “Heart of Stone”) instead of the already-released live track and recent hit singles (as singles rarely featured on albums in the UK in those times). Issued later that September, Out of Our Heads reached No. 2 in the UK charts behind the Beatles’ Help!. It was The Rolling Stones’ last UK album to rely upon R&B covers; the forthcoming Aftermath (Epic #268) was entirely composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Pearl – Little Immaculate White Fox (Epic #220)

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Pearl – Little Immaculate White Fox (2010)

Little Immaculate White Fox is the debut album of American rock singer Pearl Aday, released in January 2010 on Megaforce Records. The album deviates from the style of Pearl’s father Meat Loaf’s operatic rock, and leans more towards classic rock sound with a strong resemblance to the music of Janis Joplin. The opening track, “Rock Child”, is an autobiographical piece where Pearl sings of how she used to nap in a guitar case as a child while her father was recording in the studio.

It’s the cover of ‘Nutbush’ from the ubiquitous Tina Turner though that Pearl carries to particular aplomb; a stomping chop guitar backing from husband Scott Ian and her growly vocals carrying the song admirably towards its origins. Stunning stuff.