Last month, in a piece about what little regard the record industry seems to have for rock-music fans 40 years old and beyond, I mentioned I’d developed a list of top-shelf albums issued in 2003 that should please any seasoned lover of rock and pop. I’ve received a number of requests for the list, so here are 10 albums I think are the best of my sampling, in alphabetical order by the artist’s name. You can find the rest, including my favorite jazz disks, on my web site, www.jimfusillibooks.com.
The Soul of John Black, “The Soul Of John Black” (No Mayo): John Bigham, formerly of Fishbone played guitar with Miles Davis, Dr. Dre and Eminem. This debut is a crisp, confident collection of soul, hip-hop and rock that’s defined by Mr. Bigham’s right-between-the-eyes vocals and acoustic guitar as well as, no surprise here, his superb musicianship.