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2008's Best CDs

This is a listing of the best albums I’ve heard from December 1, 2007 to November 30, 2008. I like to get mine online a little early so that I’m not influenced by any of the countless “Best Of” lists that will be out in the coming weeks. Nothing is more soothing during troubled times than great music, and I’d recommend any of the following CD’s for anyone you might be buying a gift for this holiday season.

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Michigan Garage Band Compilations

Many of the nominated artists on the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends ballot come from the state’s vibrant garage band/teen club scene of the 1960’s. Most of these bands recorded and released just a few singles on small independent labels. Finding and listening to these recordings over forty years later can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are some excellent compilations out there that have made some of these hard-to-find 45's available to those of us who do not have the original singles but love this important genre of Michigan rock and roll.

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Destination Lucky's (A Memory)

My hands were sweating on the handle grips of my trusty red and tan colored Royal as we pulled to a stop in front of St. Laurent’s Nut House. The slightly fishy smell of the Saginaw River was strong as we put down our kick stands.

 

There was nothing like a little chocolate candy to steel the nerves for my first bike crossing of the Third Street Bridge. “Nuts since 1904” was painted in large letters on the distinctive yellow brick building and it never failed to draw laughs from the three boys from St. Joseph Grade School who piled into the shop.

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