1. Jazz: Vault Favorites 2012: Jazz Tracks Jazz Vault Favorites 2012: Jazz Tracks Here's a comprehensive listing of all the best jazz tracks posted on the CV.org pages for 2012.
  2. Rock: Video: Ministry Unplugged, '94 Rock Video: Ministry Unplugged, '94 Oct 2, 1994 The industrial metal band performs acoustic versions of the Dead's "Friend of the Devil" and Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" in this acoustic set.
  3. Rock: Jane's Addiction Sizzles in Philly, '89 Rock Jane's Addiction Sizzles in Philly, '89 Feb 20, 1989 Singer Perry Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro lead the band through edgy material from their studio debut Nothing's Shocking.
  4. Rock: The Hooters in Philly, 1985 Rock The Hooters in Philly, 1985 Oct 20, 1985 Hometown heroes perform their hits "And We Danced," "Day By Day," "All You Zombies" and other tunes from their album Nervous Night.
  5. Indie: AA Bondy at Slim's in San Francisco Indie AA Bondy at Slim's in San Francisco Feb 26, 2009 The Louisiana troubadour and Fat Possum artist performs an edgy "John the Revelator" and the title track from 2009's When the Devil's Loose.
  6. Interviews: Bowie on His Chamelonic Image Interviews Bowie on His Chamelonic Image Jan 23, 1978 In this revealing 1978 interview, the artist talks about the characters he invented, the emergence of punk music and the merits of shock value.
  7. Video: Spirit Family Reunion Finds The Way Video Spirit Family Reunion Finds The Way Jul 29, 2012 Watch as Spirit Family Reunion stomps, plucks, bows & harmonizes their timeless American music at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival.
  8. Comedy: Monty Python Live at City Center Comedy Monty Python Live at City Center Apr 23, 1976 The zany and innovative British comedy troupe performs classic bits like "Nudge, Nudge" and "Pet Shop" in this 1976 NYC show.
  9. Rock: The Talented Tommy Bolin Rock The Talented Tommy Bolin Oct 16, 1976 Tommy Bolin was on track to be the next big guitar hero in the world of rock had it not been for his death less than 2 months after this set was recorded.
  10. Rock: 103rd Anniv.: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Rock 103rd Anniv.: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Take this race-inspired playlist for a spin to commemorate the first speed contest at The Brickyard held August 19, 1909.
  11. Rock: Steve Miller's Late Success Rock Steve Miller's Late Success Jan 5, 1974 Steve Miller's song "The Joker" didn't reach #1 in the UK until 16 years after it was first released. Hear him play it the year after it came out in 1974.
  12. Rock: Motorhead Invades Brooklyn Rock Motorhead Invades Brooklyn Aug 10, 1983 The British metal stalwarts were in a transitional phase during this 1983 concert, but no less punishing in their volume and intensity.
  13. Indie: The Elected's Daytrotter Session Indie The Elected's Daytrotter Session Jan 29, 2007 Singer-songwriter Blake Sennett leads the Los Angeles-based band on tunes from their second Sub Pop album Sun, Sun, Sun in this 2007 set.
  14. Folk & Bluegrass: Mahalia Jackson in New Orleans Folk & Bluegrass Mahalia Jackson in New Orleans Apr 25, 1970 The Queen of Gospel sings spirituals "Down By the Riverside," "How I Got Over" and "I Have a Friend Above All Others" in this 1970 set.
  15. Jazz: Count Basie Records 'Jumpin'' Anthem Jazz Count Basie Records 'Jumpin'' Anthem May 25, 1974 This week marked the 73rd anniversary of the Count Basie Orchestra's first recording of 'Jumpin' at the Woodside.'
  16. Video: Railroad Earth Chugging Along Video Railroad Earth Chugging Along Jan 29, 2011 As the guys from Stillwater, NJ move relentlessly across the USA (look for them in Philly this week), watch this friendly session from inside Wolfgang's Vault.
  17. Jazz: Brand X at the Bottom Line, '78 Jazz Brand X at the Bottom Line, '78 Oct 31, 1978 Former Headhunters drummer Mike Clark adds some spark to this Brit fusion band on material from their Masques album.
  18. Rock: Uncut: Kid Creole & the Coconuts at Tramps Rock Uncut: Kid Creole & the Coconuts at Tramps Jul 15, 1995 August Darnell, Coati Mundi and the Coconuts perform infectious calypso flavored ditties like "(No More) Casual Sex" in this 1995 set.
  19. Rock: Elton John's Greatest Hits Live Rock Elton John's Greatest Hits Live Sep 16, 1988 This phenomenal 1988 show provides a career-spanning overview of some of Sir Elton's most popular songs.
  20. Jazz: Video: Spyro Gyra's 'Point of View' Jazz Video: Spyro Gyra's 'Point of View' The versatile crew, led by saxman Jay Beckenstein, shifts from swing to funk to smooth jazz in premiering their new album at Newport '89.
  21. Rock: Wilson Pickett's Soul-Stirring R&B Rock Wilson Pickett's Soul-Stirring R&B Oct 28, 1994 The Wicked Pickett sings "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally," "Funky Broadway" and "Land of 1,000 Dances" in this '94 Tramps set.
  22. Country: Randy Travis Starting Out Country Randy Travis Starting Out Jul 16, 1986 Although he had been performing in Nashville for years, it wasn't until the release of Storms of Life that the singer began receiving attention.
  23. Indie: Barnstormin' with Justin Townes Earle Indie Barnstormin' with Justin Townes Earle Jul 4, 2010 The retro-folk troubadour seemed right at home during the 2008 Barn on the 4th of July show.
  24. Rock: The Vapors Ride the New Wave Rock The Vapors Ride the New Wave Sep 11, 1980 The Brit one-hit wonders play their chart-topping "Turning Japanese" and other tunes from their debut album New Clear Days in 1980.
  25. Blues: Steve Miller's Got the Blues Blues Steve Miller's Got the Blues Mar 17, 1973 This show from Winterland in '73 has Miller playing the first seven songs solo on an acoustic 12-string before the band comes on to kick it into high gear.
  26. Interviews: Mickey Hart & Jerry Garcia Speak Interviews Mickey Hart & Jerry Garcia Speak From scoring Apocalypse Now to their songwriting process, Hart and Garcia discuss all things Dead.
  27. Blues: B.B. King's Got His Mojo Working Blues B.B. King's Got His Mojo Working Jun 21, 1978 The blues legend takes the stage in New York for this killer show. Be sure to listen to "Big" Joe Turner's awesome bass solo during the instrumental track.
  28. Rock: Traffic at Winterland, '73 Rock Traffic at Winterland, '73 Jan 26, 1973 Steve Winwood leads the Brit group on the classic "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and tunes from their new album Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory.
  29. Rock: The Doobie Brothers Spark Up San Fran Rock The Doobie Brothers Spark Up San Fran Jun 14, 1971 The Doobies were still an up-and-coming band with one album under their belt when they played this show in 1971 at San Francisco's Fillmore West.
  30. Rock: Diana Ross in Central Park, 1983 Rock Diana Ross in Central Park, 1983 Jul 22, 1983 The regal pop diva performs her Supremes classic "You Can't Hurry Love" and solo hits "Upside Down," "It's My House" and "Endless Love."
  31. Folk & Bluegrass: Joan Baez's Ageless Folk Folk & Bluegrass Joan Baez's Ageless Folk Sep 3, 1972 Joan Baez encourages nonviolence and soulful singing with a concert that receives a standing ovation for an unprepared number.
  32. Country: Kenny Rogers in Concert, 1980 Country Kenny Rogers in Concert, 1980 Aug 4, 1980 The crossover singer ("The Gambler," "She Believes in Me," "Coward of the County") is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame tonight.
  33. Rock: McGuinn, Clark & Hillman in '78 Rock McGuinn, Clark & Hillman in '78 Feb 9, 1978 The three Byrds teamed up again late in '77. They're captured here in San Francisco in early '78, accompanied for half of the set by David Crosby.
  34. Comedy: Jackie Mason on Broadway, 1991 Comedy Jackie Mason on Broadway, 1991 Jun 11, 1991 The voice of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski on "The Simpsons" riffs on Trump, John Gotti, Jewish-Gentile differences, newscasters and marriage.
  35. Blues: Clifton Chenier's Bayou Boogie Woogie Blues Clifton Chenier's Bayou Boogie Woogie Apr 23, 1970 Here's a lively set from the king of zydeco at the inaugural New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970.
  36. Rock: Uncut: Bob Seger Rock Uncut: Bob Seger Oct 5, 1980 Enjoy this uncut concert of the wonderfully raspy Bob Seger playing Boston Garden in 1980.
  37. Interviews: The Neville Brothers' True Stories Interviews The Neville Brothers' True Stories Apr 22, 1994 Aaron Neville released My True Story this week, featuring production by Keith Richards. Now, hear all the Nevilles tell their stories in these '94 interviews.
  38. Blues: John Lee Hooker at Shoreline Amphitheatre Blues John Lee Hooker at Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct 10, 1992 The Boogie Man is joined by guitarist Ry Cooder on "Serves Me Right to Suffer," "Hobo Blues" and "Crawlin' King Snake" in this 1992 set.
  39. Comedy: Cheech & Chong's Stoner Humor Comedy Cheech & Chong's Stoner Humor Apr 8, 1977 The hippy-dippy duo smokes up and recreates their Sister Mary Elephant routine before a rowdy Daytona Beach crowd in 1977.
  40. Indie: Video: The Civil Wars at SXSW, 2011 Indie Video: The Civil Wars at SXSW, 2011 Mar 16, 2011 The duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White blend enchanting vocals on "Tip of My Tongue," "Forget Me Not" and tunes from Barton Hollow.
  41. Jazz: Video: Stanley Jordan Jazz Video: Stanley Jordan Watch guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan's unique take on "The Sounds of Silence" and "Eleanor Rigby" at Giants Stadium.
  42. Country: Mel Tillis In His Prime Country Mel Tillis In His Prime Aug 28, 1980 This crystal clear mix captures stuttering Mel at a sustained high point in a career full of 'em, having topped the charts with "Coca Cola Cowboy" a year prior.
  43. Folk & Bluegrass: Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center Folk & Bluegrass Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center Nov 19, 2001 The folk singer-songwriter performs symphonic versions of "This Land Is Your Land," "Goodnight Irene" and others in this 2001 concert.
  44. Blues: Robin Trower Rolling Stoned in Chi-Town Blues Robin Trower Rolling Stoned in Chi-Town Dec 5, 1976 Hear Robin Trower veer away from his blues roots and embrace a more progressive, "dream-like" guitar style in this scorching show from '76.
  45. Rock: Long Tall Marcia Ball at Tramps, '97 Rock Long Tall Marcia Ball at Tramps, '97 Oct 17, 1997 The two-fisted boogie woogie piano queen and singer blends Texas blues and swamp rock on "Red Beans," "Big Shot" and "Crawfishin'."
  46. Rock: Billy Paul's Gospel-Tinged Soul Rock Billy Paul's Gospel-Tinged Soul Dec 19, 1977 The legendary singer performs his hit "Me and Mrs. Jones" and funkifies The Doobie Brothers' "Taking It To The Streets" in this '77 set.
  47. Rock:  Johnny 'Guitar' Watson Gets Nasty Rock Johnny 'Guitar' Watson Gets Nasty Feb 17, 1995 The Gangster of Love performs his funk classics "Ain't That a Bitch," "Bow Wow" and "A Real Mother For Ya" in the 1995 Tramps set.
  48. Blues: Luke "Long Gone" Miles at the Ash Grove Blues Luke "Long Gone" Miles at the Ash Grove Jan 16, 1966 Miles collaborates here with lifelong blues devotee Bernie Pearl, brother of Ash Grove owner Ed Pearl, with both men taking cues from Lightinin' Hopkins.
  49. Jazz: Charles Lloyd's Song of Protest Jazz Charles Lloyd's Song of Protest Nov 24, 1974 Blue Note Records just released a single of the saxophonist's version of Dylan's "Masters of War" with vocalist Lucinda Williams. Hear him in '74.
  50. Video: Jethro Tull  at Tanglewood Video Jethro Tull at Tanglewood Jul 7, 1970 Still breaking down barriers between musical genres almost 45 years into their career, the band was just starting out during this supporting set in 1970.
  51. Rock: The Wallflowers Unplugged, 1998 Rock The Wallflowers Unplugged, 1998 Oct 17, 1998 Jakob Dylan leads the L.A. band on acoustic versions of their hit single "One Headlight" and other tunes from Bringing Down the Horse.
  52. Rock: Video: R.E.M. in 1984 Rock Video: R.E.M. in 1984 Witness perhaps the most important indie band of the '80s, captured at an early but exciting stage in their career.

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