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J.D. Souther: Natural History

Two years ago, when JD Souther resurfaced after 25 years of recording silence with If the World Was You, it seemed the dean of Southern California folk-rock was poised for late-breaking, Boz Scaggs-esque reinvention as a jazz singer. That album featured 11 new Souther compositions, thematically akin to the platinum hits he penned back in the day for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and himself. Now, with the aptly titled Natural History, he fully reverts to his roots, with 10 covers of tunes-all written or co-written by Souther-made famous by, um, the Eagles, Ronstadt and himself.

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