This one popped up on the iPod — from one of my favorite groups, the deserving of more attention than they ever got New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, otherwise known as NRBQ. It’s the pinnacle of guitarist Big Al Anderson’s 22-year stretch with the band. From All Hopped Up, it’s the sublime “Ridin’ In My Car”.
The gorgeous, final 40-second fade out is worth the price of admission by itself.
Bonus track: from Big Al’s earlier group, the Wildweeds, comes this delicious slab of mid-to-late ’60s white boy soul, “No Good To Cry”. It was a big regional hit in the Northeast that I think briefly cracked the national 100 back in the day.
By the way, the Allman brothers dug “No Good To Cry”.