Happy Birthday Don Was: His Five Best Production Jobs
4. Iggy Pop, Brick By Brick, 1990: OK, let's be honest: this only made our list because it includes "Butt Town" and the immortal line "When you live in Butt Town/ You gotta get down..." which was superbly delivered to us with wry commentary from Messrs Beavis and Butt-Head in the mid-'90s. Oh, and "Candy" was on this album too.
3. Willie Nelson, Across The Borderline, 1993: Was teamed with Paul Simon and Roy Halee to track this Willie LP of of Peter Gabriel, John Hiatt, Stephen Bruton and Dylan covers (among others), and revisiting his own "She's Not For You" from 1973's Shotgun Willie. Willie's take on Simon's "Graceland" is aces. Later in 2005, Was helmed Willie's Countryman, which saw the Red-Headed Stranger communing with reggae.
2. Todd Snider, The Excitement Plan, 2009: Snider got help from Loretta Lynn on this album's "Don't Tempt Me," a track that was turned into a great Conway & Loretta single that time forgot. The characters on Robert Earl Keen's "Corpus Christi Bay" do for Corpus what Springsteen did for Jersey.
1. Rolling Stones, A Bigger Bang, 2005: Suck it, haters. This is a great Stones album, mixed loud and stupid, the way we like our Stones albums. When the band was being collaborative, it cooks. When you hear what sounds like tepid Jagger solo album cast-offs, just fast forward. Our standout is "Oh No, Not You Again," which proved that the boys remembered to save some marching powder from Nellcôte.
Rolling Stones, Exile On Main St. (Rarities Edition), 2010: Was spiffed up ten tracks that were left on the slaughterhouse floor from the Exile sessions to create a bonus disc of rarities from the band's French expedition. Only a true superfan and confidante such as Was could do this material justice, and he very much did. Hopefully in some studio, Was and the guys are concocting new music for us, but until then be sure to revisit his work with the band. Yes, even Bridges To Babylon, which saw him nearly become the sixth Stone.
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