Don Covay “Take This Hurt Off Me” from Mercy/See-Saw (Koch 2000) —Alright, let's get this thing going. This reissue of two Atlantic releases from 1965 & 1966 is highly recommended. Written by Don Covay & Ronald Miller & recorded in 1965. The Skeletons did a wonderful version of this song last Saturday at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Clarence Carter “Soul Deep” from Snatching It Back: The Best of Clarence Carter (Atlantic 1992) —Written by Wayne Carson Thompson & recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1969. Another song covered by The Skeletons last Saturday.Buy it!
Art Freeman “Slippin' Around With You” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Produced by Rick Hall and recorded for the Fame label in 1966. Found on this highly recommended 2011 compilation of various artists performing songs written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham.Buy it!
The Memphis Horns “Soul Bowl” from What It Is! (Rhino 2006) —Music bed. 1970 instrumental written by Wayne Jackson & Andrew Love.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Cement Slippers” from Cannibal Courtship (Concord 2011) N —Dengue Fever has a new release out this week which means life is good. Featuring the vocals of Chhom Nimol & Zac Holtzman.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records 1974) —Written by Earl Randle & produced by Willie Mitchell. Originally released on Hi in 1974. The feel of this entire album is so great.Buy it!
Cat Power “New York” from Jukebox (Matador 2008) —Written by Fred Ebb & John Kander and assisted mightily by Spooner Oldham & Teenie Hodges. Cat Power will be appearing at Loufest in August.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Percolatin'” from Poppa Willie - The Hi Years / 1962-74 (Hi Records/ Demon 2001) —Music bed. Instrumental released as a single on Hi in 1963.Buy it!
Jerry Butler “Motherless Child” from Further Adventures of Mod Jazz (Kent 2008) —Really terrific vocal on this 1963 Vee-Jay recording.Buy it!
Earl Gaines “Best of Luck to You” from Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm & Blues Revue (Cherry Red Records 2010) —Written by Larry Lee (Ozark Mountain Daredevils) and recorded live in 1966 on Hoss Allen's show "The !!! Beat" which was the first syndicated black music TV program in history.Buy it!
The Beat Boys “Shootout at the KO Corral” from Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm & Blues Revue (Cherry Red Records 2010) —Music bed. Live 1966 instrumental featuring Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown on guitar.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Inspiration Information” from Dark Was the Night: Red Hot Compilation (4AD 2009) —2009 Shuggie Otis cover.Buy it!
The Dixie Nightingales “I Don't Know” from Memphis 60 (BGP url 2009) —1965 song written by Ollie Hoskins & recorded for the gospel Chalice label -- a sub-label of Stax. They later recorded secular songs and became better known as Ollie & The Nightingales.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Strange Things” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) —Cover version of a Sister Rosetta Tharpe song featuring background vocals by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and piano by Booker T. Jones.Buy it!
Grassella Oliphant “Get Out Of My Life Woman” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental version of the Allen Toussaint song.Buy it!
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Deacon Jones” from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Recorded in 1943 & found on this highly recommended (and incredibly-priced) 5-CD box set.Buy it!
Cliffie Stone & His Hometown Hepcats “The Bunny Hop” (CAPITOL) —From a 1954 (or around there) 4-song 45 featuring tracks by Ray Anthony, Duke Ellington & Cliffie Stone. Designed for people who like to do a dance called The Bunny Hop. Complete with diagrams on how to do the dance. Oh,and completely cool cover artwork.Buy it!
Jimmy Hughes “It Ain't What You Got” from The Best Of Jimmy Hughes (Fame Records / EMI 1964) —Recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1967 for the Atlantic label.Buy it!
Booker T. and The MGs “Boot-Leg” from The Best of Booker T. & The MGs (Atlantic 1984) —Music bed. Stax instrumental from 1965.Buy it!
War “Why Can't We Be Friends?” from Anthology (Avenue Records 1994) —!975 feel-good soul song out of East LA.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Memoir” from Set The Tigers Free / Memoir split 45 single (Domino 2011) N —This split single between Villagers & Charlotte Gainsbourg was made available at Record Store Day. Written by Conor J. O' Brien (of Villagers) and from her forthcomimg release.Buy it!
The Unthanks “No One Knows I'm Gone” from Last (Rough Trade 2011) N —Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan & found on their new release which just came out this week. Beautiful arrangements throughout this album.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “I Think It's Going To Rain Today” from On Vine Street: The Early Songs of Randy Newman (Ace 2008) —Randy Newman cover originally released in 1968 on the Philips label.Buy it!
The Phoenix Foundation “Flock of Hearts” from Buffalo (EMI New Zealand 2011) N —New release from this band out of Wellington, New Zealand. Can't wait to hear this in its entirety.Buy it!
The Jans Project “Torn Between” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) N L —Written by Nick Rudd & found on this recommended debut 4-song EP by the St. Louis-based band.Buy it!
The Bobby Fuller Four “Baby My Heart” from Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets (1965-1968) (Rhino 2009) —Written by Sonny Curtis & recorded in 1966.Buy it!
The Chantays “Monsoon” from The Birth of Surf - Vol. 2 (Ace 2010) —Music bed. Recorded in 1963 when all the band members were just 17 years old.Buy it!
The Feelies “Time is Right” from Here Before (Bar/None Records 2011) N —Written by Glenn Mercer & found on their new release.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Honey In the Sun” from My Maudlin Career MP3/FILE ALBUM (4AD 2009) —Terrific pop song written & sung by Tracyanne Campbell.Buy it!
Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends “I'll Be Back” from Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends (Universal/Polygram 1968) —About as good a Beatles cover as I've heard.Buy it!
Alison Krauss and Union Station “Dimming of the Day” from Paper Airplane (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —Sublime Richard Thompson cover from their new release. Alison Krauss and Union Station (with Jerry Douglas) will be at the Fox Theatre in September (9/22). Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 AM.Buy it!
Richard & Linda Thompson “Down Where The Drunkards Roll” from I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (Remastered) (UMC 2004) —Written by Richard Thompson & released in 1974.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” from Every Picture Tells A Story (Mercury 1971) —Written by Bob Dylan. Don't forget that we will be celebrating Bob Dylan's birthday & having a KDHX benefit in May (5/27) at Off Broadway. 12 bands - 37 Dylan songs!Buy it!
Coulson, Dean, McGuinness & Flint “Eternal Circle” from Lo and Behold (Airmail Archives 1972) —Found on this 1972 release featuring all Bob Dylan covers -- many learned off bootlegs and largely unheard of at that time.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “The Knife-Edge” from Strict Tempo! (Hannibal 1981) —Music bed. 1981 Richard Thompson instrumental.Buy it!
Susan Cowsill “Galveston” from Lighthouse CD ALBUM (Threadhead Records 2010) —Written by Jimmy Webb.Buy it!
Jill Sobule & John Doe “Shaky Hands” from A Day At The Pass (self 2011) N —Written by Jill Sobule & off their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Tift Merritt “Live Till You Die” from See You On the Moon (Universal Music Group International 2010) —Written by Emmit Rhodes. Tift Merritt will be appearing at the Old Rock House along with Stephen Kellog next Thursday (4/28).Buy it!
Neil Young “The Emperor of Wyoming” from Neil Young (Reprise 1968) —Instrumental off his 1969 debut release.Buy it!
Chip Taylor “Words (Between the Lines of Age)” from Harvest Revisited (Mojo 2011) N —Written by Neil Young.Buy it!
Nadine “End Of The Night” from Lit Up From The Inside (Undertow 2001) L —Written by Adam Reichmann & released in 2000.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show “The Lonely Bull” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —2002 version of the Herb Alpert song with background oohs by Kelly Hogan. Composed by Sol Lake.Buy it!
Calexico “Roka” from Garden Ruin CD ALBUM (Quarterstick 2006) —2006 song written by Joey Burns and featuring vocals by the Barcelona-based singer, Amparo Sanchez.Buy it!
The National “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” from High Violet CD ALBUM (4AD) —Appearing tonight (4/21) with Arcade Fire at the Scottrade Center.Buy it!
Doug Sahm and Band “Poison Love” from Genuine Texas Groover: Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino Handmade 2004) —Written by Elmer Laird & released in 1973. All kinds of great musicians on this Jerry Wexler-produced album including Dr. John, Bob Dylan, David "Fathead" Newman, Flaco Jimenez & Augie Meyers.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You” from Live 1975 (Columbia 2002) —Recorded with the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975.Buy it!
The Liverbirds “He's About a Mover” from Destroy That Boy! (Ace 2009) —1965 Doug Sahm cover.Buy it!
Thee Midniters “Empty Heart” from Thee Complete Midniters (MicroWerks 2009) —Rolling Stones cover from 1965.Buy it!
Reparta & The Delrons “Tommy” from Wild Thing: The Songs of Chip Taylor (Ace 2009) —Written by Chip Taylor & released in 1965 on the World Artists label.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Lord , Mr. Ford” from The Essential Jerry Reed (RCA 1995) —Written by Dick Feller & recorded in 1973.Buy it!
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