"Magic Time"On sale at All That Jazz for $7.99
Happy Father's Day to the fathers of adult children.
This CD is for the fathers who used to listen to their music loud but haven't for years. For the fathers who were hip in the '60s and remember Van Morrison when he was in a band called Them.
For the fathers who have been traumatized by most of the music released since 1990.
For the fathers who like to be lulled into a trance by the familiar voice of Van Morrison, this is your album.
I won't lie to you. This isn't the best Van Morrison album ever released. He let some pretty bad easy-listening cliches slip out of his backup band, especially in his first two tracks. But overall, this is a good album for slow dancing in the living room with your wife, now that the children are out of the house.
Rated: A few years away from being those perfectly broken-in jeans or being so worn out you can only wear them in the garage.
"In Your Honor"On sale at All That Jazz for $16.98
Happy Father's Day to new daddies.
For daddies who are tempted to write off a band if it gets too much airplay on MTV but are old enough to realize that something can be accepted by the mainstream and still be good.
Here's an album for daddies who like to play the guitar in the garage when the baby is napping because these are simple songs that can be played alone.
This two-disc release just arrived in stores and also is available as a four LP box set for those deejay daddies.
The first record is a hard-rocking cat-and-mouse game between Taylor Hawkins in the back seat on drums and David Grohl in the lead on guitar.
This is a good gift for the daddies who like to drive with the windows rolled down and the stereo turned up.
This is also a good gift for the daddies who came of age during the brief flash of Nirvana. There are a few songs, such as "Free Me," that you have to turn up just to make sure you aren't hearing something straight out of the first time we heard the name Grohl.
Rated: What rockin' guitar sounds like when it gets a stylist.
Available at All That Jazz for $16.98
Happy Father's Day to all daddies. This is a generation-bridging album. It's a compilation of great tunes including Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On" and Diana Ross' "My World is Empty Without You," updated with beats and samples.
Imagine the old war anthem "War (what is it good for)" given a little face lift by King Britt or Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" remixed by DJ Smash Essential Funk.
Your daddy will know the words and the tunes, which will oil the door to introduce him to a kind of music he would never listen to any other way.
If you already bought something for your dad, it might be a fun buy for yourself.
Rated: The best of the '70s, better.
-- Autumn Phillips