The Merced Blue Notes “Mama Rufus” from Mod Jazz (Kent 1996) —1966 R&B instrumental from the California-based band recorded for the Galaxy label.Buy it!
Sugar Pie DeSanto “Soulful Dress” from The Chess Story 1957-64 (MCA 2001) —Recorded in 1964 for the Checker label. Sugar Pie DeSanto is still performing and will be at the Ponderosa Stomp taking place in New Orleans this September.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “You Can't Buy My Love” from The Jamie Singles Collection 1962-1965 (Jamie 1965) —Written by Billy & Bobby Babineaux & recorded in 1965. Barbara Lynn will also be at the Ponderosa Stomp in September.Buy it!
Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto “Do I Make Myself Clear” from Chess Club Rhythm & Soul (Kent 1996) —Recorded for the Cadet label in 1965.Buy it!
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Bettye LaVette “What's Happening Brother (Featuring Bettye LaVette)” from What's Going On (Shout! Factory 2006) —Co-written by Marvin Gaye & James Nyx, Jr. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall early next year (02/26/11). And Bettye LaVette will be at the Old Rock House this Friday (8/6).Buy it!
Dr. John & The Lower 911 “Big Gap” from Tribal COMP (429 2010) N —Co-written by Dr. John & Allen Toussaint and found on this new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Various Artists “Back Water Blues” from Our New Orleans (Nonesuch 2005) —This Bessie Smith cover (originally from 1927) was produced by Joe Henry & recorded in 2005.Buy it!
Allen Toussaint “Blue Drag” from The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch 2009) —Music bed. 2009 instrumental written by Django Reinhardt.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Jupiter Or The Moon” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —Co-written by David Hidalgo & Louie Perez and found on this new release which just came out on Tuesday.Buy it!
Steve Wynn “Strange New World” from Here Come the Miracles (Blue Rose 2001) —Written by Steve Wynn and released in 2001.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Baby Don't You Do It” from The Best of Marvin Gaye (Motown 1995) —Written by Holland, Dozier & Holland and recorded in 1964.Buy it!
Patrice Holloway “Those DJ Shows” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal 2005) —Written by Smokey Robinson and recorded in 1965 but not released until this compilation came out in 2005. Hard to believe since it is such a strong track.Buy it!
The Supremes “L' Amore Verra'” from Motown Around The World (The Supremes 2010) N —1966 Italian version of You Can't Hurry Love.Buy it!
The Packers “Hole In the Wall” from Kent's Cellar of Soul (Kent 2003) —Music bed. 1965 soul instrumental out of Memphis.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “Berry Please” from Beat of Our Own Drum SINGLE (Vampisoul 2009) —2009 shout-out to Berry Gordy by the Chicago-based band.Buy it!
Eli "Paperboy" Reed “Just Like Me” from Come And Get It CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 2010) N —From his new album slated for release next week (8/10).Buy it!
Al Green “Stop and Check Myself” from Back Up Train (Remastered) (Arista/Legacy 2005) —Real early Al Green recorded in 1967 with a band called the Soul Mates -- long before Hi Records & Willie Mitchell came into the picture.Buy it!
Percy Mayfield “Hit the Road Jack” from Specialty Profiles: Percy Mayfield (Specialty Records 2006) —Written by Percy Mayfield. This track came from an undated demo, circa 1960.Buy it!
Julie London “'Tain't What You Do” from Ultra-Lounge Artist Series: Wild / Cool / Swingin' Vol. 5 (CAPITOL 1999) —Recorded in 1960.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Think About Your Troubles (alternate version)” from The Point! (RCA Victor 1972) —Alternate version recorded in 1971. George Tipton is responsible for the wonderful arrangements on this album.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “One” from Magnolia soundtrack (Reprise 1999) —Written by Harry Nilsson and found on this highly recommended 1999 film soundtrack.Buy it!
Fountains of Wayne “Trains and Boats and Planes” from Out-Of-State Plates (Virgin 2005) —Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David and recorded in 2003.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “Fountains of Wayne Hotline” from Fountains of Wayne Hotline - Single (Yep Roc 2005) —2005 single that never fails to make me laugh. I doubt that Fountains of Wayne really dig it, though. "Employ the radical dynamic shift and slather the holy hell out of the thing with a semi-ironic Beach Boys vocal pad."Buy it!
Best Coast “Crazy for You” CD ALBUM (Mexican Summer 2010) N —New release featuring the vocals of Bethany Cosentino.Buy it!
Betty & The Werewolves “Paper Thin” from Teatime Favourites (Damaged Goods 2010) N —Extremely catchy (hey, that's not an insult) indie pop-punk out of London. This sounds like it would be a fun band to see live.Buy it!
Dean and Britta “Silver Factory Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) N —Music bed. Snippet from this five-minute instrumental that kicks off their album which is a new soundtrack written for 13 different short black-and-white silent films made by Andy Warhol between 1964 and 1966.Buy it!
The Broken Heartbreakers “A, B and C” from Wintersun (self released 2010) N —New release from the band based out of Auckland, NZ. Highly recommended - Not real easy to obtain, though.Buy it!
Dean and Britta “I'll Keep It With Mine” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) N —Beautiful Bob Dylan cover from their new release. Britta Phillips takes on the Nico vocal on this track.Buy it!
The Love Experts “Cuba Street” EP (Undertow 2005) L —Appearing at Off Broadway this Saturday (8/7) with Educated Guess, Uncle Sam & The Minutemen. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Richard & Linda Thompson “Wall of Death” from Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal 1982) —The last song put me in a 12-string guitar state of mind. From their 1982 rock masterpiece.Buy it!
Flamin' Groovies “Feel a Whole Lot Better” from Grease (Jungle Records 1998) —Written by Gene Clark and found on this 1998 collection of Flamin' Groovies singlesBuy it!
Tom Jones “What Good Am I?” from Praise and Blame (Lost Highway 2010) N —Wonderful take on this Bob Dylan song found on his new release of all gospel & spiritual songs.Buy it!
Barb Jungr “I Want You” from Every Grain of Sand (Linn Records 2004) —One of the best collection of Dylan covers I've heard.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Most of the Time” from Tell Tale Signs (Columbia 2008) —1989 alternate take recorded during the Oh Mercy sessions.Buy it!
Mountain Man “Soft Skin” from Made the Harbor CD ALBUM (Partisan 2010) N —Indie folk out of Vermont featuring the harmony vocals of Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath from their debut release.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Aloha Oe” from American VI: Ain't No Grave (American 2010) —Johnny Cash died just three months after these recordings were wrapped up. This affecting vocal is a fitting way to sign off the final collection of songs resulting from the Johnny Cash & Rick Rubin collaboration.Buy it!
Fattback “22 Swamps” from Canary (self 2009) —In memory of Dave Hagerty of Fattback. Tragic & senseless ending for somebody who left this world way too soon.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Come On Up to the House” from Mule Variations ALBUM (Anti 1999) —Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan. "There's no light in the tunnel / No irons in the fire / Come on up to the house / And your singing lead soprano In a junkman's choir / You gotta come on up to the house."Buy it!
The Rockhouse Ramblers “Bubbles in the Glass” from Lies and Damn Lies CD ALBUM (self 2010) N L —Written by Liz Anderson and featuring the vocals of Dade Farrar. These songs were recorded in 2004 and are being released now for the first time. They are having their CD release party at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room next Friday (8/13).Buy it!
Charlie Walker “Who Will Buy the Wine” from Greatest Honky Tonk Hits (Audium 2003) —Honky-tonk classic from 1960 written by Billy Mize. "Not so long ago you held our baby's bottle / But the one you're holding now's a different kind / And you'd never know whose lips you'll soon be kissin' / Cause it all depends on who will buy the wine."Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)” from The Jerry Lee Lewis Anthology (Rhino 1993) —Yet another cautionary drinking tale. Recorded in 1968.Buy it!
The Sadies “Another Day Again” from Darker Circles (Yep Roc 2010) N —From their new release.Buy it!
The Lovin' Spoonful “Nashville Cats” from Greatest Hits (BMG 2002) —Written by John Sebastian & released in 1966. Per John Sebastian -- "We thought our version would cross over to the country market. It never did. So we're always kind, gee, well I guess that tells us what we are and what we aren't."Buy it!
Gene Clark “Echoes” from Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers (Sundazed 2000) —Written by Gene Clark and found on his 1967 solo debut release.Buy it!
Holly Golightly “Walk a Mile” from Truly She Is None Other (Damaged Goods 2003) —Written by Holly Golightly and released in 2003.Buy it!
Fabienne Delsol “I'm Gonna Catch Me a Rat” from Between You and Me (Damaged Goods 2007) —2007 release by the ex-Bristols lead singer.Buy it!
The Union Electric “Thylacine” from Thylacine/Bugs single (self 2010) N L —New 2-song multi-colored vinyl single. This track features words by Stefene Russell - from KDHX's Literature for the Halibut - (from "The Extinction of The Species" -- a series of poems by Stefene Russell) & vocals by Tim Rakel (of KDHX's Mystery Train).Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Down in the Bowery” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —Written by Alejandro Escovedo & Chuck Prophet and also featuring additional vocals by Ian Hunter.Buy it!
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