Last-minute music gifts for Father's Day

Posted: June 14, 2013

STILL HAVEN'T bought the old man something special for Father's Day this Sunday? Lucky for you, most dads are still into compact discs for their home and car sound rigs. And the music biz keeps courting this clientele with new CD releases by "catalog artists" boasting a long history and heritage. Herewith some primo examples, affordably available at a store near you.

* Eric Clapton flaunts his own senior status with "Old Sock" (Surfdog), cool and comfortable countrypolitan renderings of pop standards like "All of Me," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" and "Our Love is Here to Stay."

* LL Cool J keeps his (and your dad's) credibility "Authentic" (429 Records). While ripe for blasting in pop's ride, this hip-hop/rock/soul mashup is as musical as it's muscular. And chock-full of "I know that voice" guest performers, from Snoop Dogg, Chuck D and Bootsy Collins to Seal, Charlie Wilson and Fitz and the Tantrums.

* Darius Rucker will make "True Believers" (Capitol) of his former Hootie and the Blowfish fans, with stomping-good country-rock originals like the nostalgic "Radio" and "Take Me Home," one of several evoking the Bayou groove of Little Feat.

* On "Wrote a Song for Everyone" (Vanguard), John Fogerty revisits his Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo hits in bristling new, collaborative treatments. We're talking "Fortunate Son" with Foo Fighters, "Who'll Stop the Rain" with Bob Seger, "Hot Rod Heart" with Brad Paisley, "Proud Mary" with Jennifer Hudson and "Someday Never Comes" with Dawes, whose new sophomore set, "Stories Don't End" (Hub), is also highly recommended if dad's a fan of Southern Cali folk-rock.

* Old-soul devotees will be intrigued and surprised by the two-disc, then-and-now collection by John Ellison, "Up From Funk," on the Philly-based Jamie/Guyden label. Also former lead singer of Soul Brothers Six (remember "Some Kind of Wonderful"?), the guy holds up as a terrific singer and tunesmith, though you may predict his rhyme most every . . . time.

* "David Uosikkinen's In the Pocket Live" (songsinthepocket.org) celebrates "back in the day" Philly rock and soul hits, oft-performed by original artists like the Soul Survivors, Hooters, Tommy Conwell and the A's Richard Bush. Recorded well at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.

* Dave Koz and Friends' "Summer Horns" (Concord) is a smooth jazz session with something dad can chew on - sax-massed (Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot) treatments of good-time ditties like Sly Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)."

* "Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center" (Legacy) will surely please your old-line, rabble-rousing folkster father. Boasts CD (and DVD video) performances of Guthrie gems by talents like John Mellencamp ("Do Re Mi,") Old Crow Medicine Show ("Union Maid") and Rosanne Cash ("Pretty Boy Floyd").


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