Frederick Knight “I've Been Lonely For So Long” from Stax Groove Masters - Vol. 1 (Warner Music France 1972) —I feel compelled to play this on M2M every six months or so. So much to like about this 1972 recording - Great falsetto vocal, guitar that sounds reminiscent of Buffalo Springfield, down-low bass background vocals & a terrific spoken word monologue.Buy it!
Z.Z. Hill “The Chokin' Kind” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) N —I've played the Joe Simon version of this Harlan Howard song but this is the first time I've played this 1971 version by Z.Z. Hill. I really like it. Produced by Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg). Originally recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1968.Buy it!
Doris Duke “I Don't Care Anymore” from I'm A Loser (Alive Natural Sound 2014) —Reissue of her 1974 album produced by Swamp Dogg. Written by Gary U.S. Bonds, Jerry Williams, Jr., & Maurice Gimball. Doris Duke is not very well known but she is a soul singer par excellence. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “No Easy Way Down” from Dusty In Memphis (Deluxe Edition) (Rhino Atlantic 1999) —Reissue of her 1969 masterpiece with 14 bonus tracks - none of which could be considered filler. Written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin and produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal 2011) —Written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin. Recorded at Daptone Records' House of Soul with backing by the Dap-Kings. Produced & arranged by Mark Ronson.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Heads or Tails” from Stax Profiles (Stax/Concord 2006) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental recorded for Stax.Buy it!
The Emotions “My Honey And Me” from Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-74 (Light In The Attic 2012) —This Luther Ingram cover was originally released as a single for Volt in 1972. Produced by Jim Stewart & Al Jackson, Jr. byBuy it!
Betty Moorer “It's My Thing” from Dynamic Grooves (BGP url 2011) —Isley Brothers cover recorded in 1969 for the Wand label by the Chicago-based artist.Buy it!
Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators “If This Aint Love” from Keep Reachin' Up (Light In The Attic 2007) —2007 release featuring the vocals of Brooklynite Nicole Willis backed by the Finnish funk & soul band The Soul Investigators. The bass line gets this moving.Buy it!
The Budos Band “My Girl” from The Budos Band II (Daptone 2007) —Music bed. Completely re-worked instrumental version of the Smokey Robinson composition.Buy it!
Johnny Daye “Stay Baby Stay” from Nobody Wins: Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 (Kent 2012) N —One of the greatest Stax songs you've never heard. Written by Steve Cropper, Johnny Daye & Joe Rock. Backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations & string arrangements by Booker T. just add to the greatness.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Sunny” from Hip Hug-Her (Stax Records url 1967) —1967 instrumental version of the Bobby Hebb-penned song.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Sleeper Awake” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot 2012) N —My quest to make this album a nationwide hit continues. Written by John Wesley Harding. They probably should have spelled his name correctly on the album.Buy it!
Roy Budd “Get Carter” from TV Sound and Image (Soul Jazz 2012) N —Music bed. Roy Budd composition written for the 1971 film Get Carter.Buy it!
Mose Allison “I'm Alright” from The Way of the World (Anti 2010) —Written by Loudon Wainwright III & produced by Joe Henry.Buy it!
Melody Gardot “Amalia” from The Absence (Decca Records 2012) N —Alright, I guess my hopes of seeing her at Jazz At The Bistro have been dashed since all of a sudden she's gotten big. From her world music-influenced new release. I'm not as enamored by this new direction but her talent is immense.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Under African Skies” from Graceland (Warner 1986) —Written by Paul Simon & featuring the harmony vocals of Linda Ronstadt.Buy it!
Mulatu Astatke “Kasalèfkut Hulu (From All the Time I Have Passed)” from Éthiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale (1969-1974) (Buda Musique 2004) —Music bed. Ethiopian jazz instrumental from 1969.Buy it!
Oscar Brown, Jr. “Hum Drum Blues” from Sin & Soul (Columbia 1960) —Written by Oscar Brown, Jr. & recorded in NYC in 1960.Buy it!
Johnny "Hammond" Smith “The In Crowd” from Mod Jazz Forever (Kent 2012) —Music bed. Hammond organ-fueled 1967 instrumental version of the Billy Page composition.Buy it!
Anita O'Day “I Get a Kick Out of You” from Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter With Billy May (Verve 1959) —Written by Cole Porter & recorded in 1959.Buy it!
Ray Charles “I'm Movin' On” from The Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959-1986 (Rhino 1998) —Written by Hank Snow and released as an Atlantic single in 1959.Buy it!
Gordon Jenkins “The Conductor” from Gordon Jenkins' Seven Dreams (Decca 1954) —This is an excerpt from Gordon Jenkins' second dream for those of you keeping track. Recorded in 1954 & more than vaguely reminiscent of Folsom Prison Blues. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdCtc1WE3E0 is highly recommended.Buy it!
Gus Jenkins “Tricky Too” from Mod Jazz Forever (Kent 2012) —Music bed. He is no relation to Gordon Jenkins from the previous track. 60s instrumental written by Gus Jenkins.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “Train of Life” from Trains and Boats and Planes (Diesel Only Records 2008) —Written by Roger Miller.Buy it!
Spectator “We've Been Through This Before” from In The Brick (self-released 2012) N L —Really fine new 6-song debut EP by the St. Louis band. Written by Jeffrey Albert & Megan Rooney (who also sings lead on this particular track).Buy it!
Norah Jones “Happy Pills” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note url 2012) —Written by Norah Jones & Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse).Buy it!
Sébastien Tellier “Fantino” from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Ryko/WEA 2003) —Music bed. 2003 instrumental from the soundtrack to the Sofia Coppola film.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” from Let England Shake (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2011) —I didn't hear this one in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Probably just an oversight or they're saving it for the closing ceremonies.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “That's How Every Empire Falls” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —Written by R.B. Morris & produced by Hal Willner.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Herringbone Tweed” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Half Knots “Here In the Car” from Half Knots (Genuine Recordings 2004) L —Half Knots & the High Dives will be appearing this Saturday (8/4) at the Focal Point in Maplewood. The show begins at 8 PM.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “These Days” from Meet Glen Campbell (Capitol Records 2008) —Gorgeous version of the Jackson Browne song.Buy it!
The Byrds “Goin' Back” from The Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia 1968) —Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole KIng. This version is sublime but I can't really thing of a bad version of this song. I'm sure it's out there, though.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Puerto Vallarta” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental written by Jack Nitzsche & Marty Cooper.Buy it!
Susanna Hoffs “November Rain” from Someday (Baroque Folk 2012) N —Her vocals sound terrific on this new release & the production and arrangements by Mitchell Froom add so much.Buy it!
Dum Dum Girls “Teardrops On My Pillow” from Only in Dreams (Sub Pop 2011) —Appearing at Off Broadway this Monday (8/6). The Yowl is opening.Buy it!
Susan Cowsill “Galveston” from Lighthouse CD ALBUM (Threadhead Records 2010) —Appearing at Off Broadway on Wed (8/22). Brian Henneman is opening.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show “Agent Burns (Theme)” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show (Bloodshot 2002) —Music bed.Buy it!
Beaver Nelson “Funerals” from Macro / Micro (Beaver Nelson 2012) N —Coming to Off Broadway on Monday (8/13). A rare St. Louis appearance by the Austin-based artist and they will be screening a film - how exactly it will be presented I'm not sure but it should be interesting.Buy it!
Delicate Cutters “You Want Her” from Ring (Skybucket 2012) N —From the Alabama band's forthcoming release.Buy it!
Faces “Borstal Boys” from The Best of Faces: Good Boys... When They're Asleep (Rhino 1999) —Written by Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart & Ron Wood and first released as a Warner Bros. single in 1973.Buy it!
Beaver Nelson “Sunday Morning” from Macro / Micro (Beaver Nelson 2012) N —Music bed. Instrumental from his new release.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “Anyone Can Do It” from The Man That Time Forgot (Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum 2011) —Fri 8/17 John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, Yankee Racers and Brother Father – Duck RoomBuy it!
The Bobby Fuller Four “Never To Be Forgotten” from The Best of The Bobby Fuller Four (Rhino 1990) —1965 Mustang single written by Bobby Fuller & Randy Fuller (his brother & bassist).Buy it!
Jon Langford & Sally Timms “Broken Bottle” from Por Vida (Or Music 2004) R —I received a request for this 2004 cover version version of an Alejandro Escovedo song.Buy it!
The Byrds “Bound to Fall (Instrumental)” from The Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia 1968) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Russian Blue” from V12LP (Tower Groove Records 2-LP Compilation) (Tower Groove 2012) L —From this 2012 double-LP compilation featuring a wide array of St. Louis local talent.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “I Need Love” from Martinis & Bikinis (Expanded Version) (Omnivore 2012) N —New 2-LP (on white vinyl) reissue of her 1994 album with three previously unreleased recordings including this version recorded with backing by the Section Quartet.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “Shut It Tight” from Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 2006) —Written by T-Bone Burnett & recorded in 1983. I stumble like a drunk along this crazy path I walk." Don't we all?Buy it!
Peter Case “Travellin' Light” from The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2004) —"You got a hole in your soul where the wind blows through."Buy it!
The Duke And The King “Shaky” from Long Live the Duke and the King (Silva Screen 2010) —This one goes out to Roy Kasten from Feel Like Going Home which you can hear every Wednesday from 7-10 AM right here on 88.1 KDHX.Buy it!
James Burton “Love Lost” from The Early Years 1956-1969 (Ace 2011) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental written by James Burton.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Political World” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (UMGI - Fontana International 2012) —Fri 11/16 Carolina Chocolate Drops – SheldonBuy it!
Woody Guthrie “The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done (The Great Historical Bum)” from Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection (Smithsonian Folkways 2012) N —Recorded in 1944.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Outlaw Blues” from Bringing It All Back Home (Columbia 1965) —In a perfect world I would have played 'Bob Dylan's 115th Dream' but time got the best of me.Buy it!
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