Frank Wilson “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) [Single Version]” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 5 (1965) (Hip-O SELECT/MOTOWN 2006) —Only two genuine original copies of this single are known to exist and are worth thousands of dollars. This 1965 song was written by Frank Wilson who wrote or co-wrote many other Motown songs, as well. Guaranteed dance-floor filler.Buy it!
Chris Clark “Love's Gone Bad” from Soul Sounds (Motown 1967) —Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, Jr. Originally released as a single in 1966.Buy it!
The Flirtations “Need Your Loving” from Sounds Like the Flirtations (RPM 1968) —Really fine reissue of their 1969 album along with five bonus tracks - one of which is a fantastic Christmas song. This was written by Wayne Bickerton & Tony Waddington. They sound like a Motown band but they started in South Carolina and relocated toBuy it!
The Funk Brothers “All For You” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental written by William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter, and Henry Cosby.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Touch 'Em With Love” from Delta Swamp Rock: More Sounds From Tbe South 1968-75. (Soul Jazz Records 2012) N —1969 song written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins and found on this new and second volume of country, soul and rock emanating from the South.Buy it!
G.G. Shinn “Certain Kind of Something” from The Oxford American Southern Music CD 2012 (Oxford American 2012) N —G.G. Shinn is from Franklin, LA and started his first band in 1956. After all these years, he is still a great live performer. Written by G.G. Shinn and released in 2000.Buy it!
Al Green “Funny How Time Slips Away” from Call Me (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1973) —Written by Willie Nelson and produced by Willie Mitchell. Country meets soul and the results are stunning.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Since I Met You Baby” from Poppa Willie: The Hi Years / 192-74 (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 2001) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental version of the Ivory Joe Hunter song.Buy it!
Jackie DeShannon “Trust Me” from Keep Me In Mind: The Complete Imperial and Liberty Singles - Vol. 3 (Ace 2012) N —1969 Imperial single a-side written and produced by Bobby Womack.Buy it!
Bill Withers “Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?” from Still Bill (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 1972) —Written by Bill Withers. "You're too much for one man / But not enough for two." This will not end well.Buy it!
Neko Case “Runnin' Out Of Fools” from Blacklisted (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —Written by Richard Ahlert and Kay Rogers. I really like this version of the song which has also been covered by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, and Marlena Shaw.Buy it!
The San Remo Golden Strings “Festival Time” from Double Cookin' (Kent 2010) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental recorded for the Ric Tic label.Buy it!
Roy Hamilton “It's Only Make Believe” from Dark End Of The Street 1963-69: The Operatic Soul of Roy Hamilton (Raven 2009) —Amazing vocals on this 1969 version of the Conway Twitty song.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” from Elvis 75 (RCA 2010) —Recorded in 1969 at American studio in Memphis and produced by Chips Moman. Written by Mark James who also wrote "Hooked on a Feeling."Buy it!
Ann Peebles “(You Keep Me) Hangin' On” from I Can't Stand the Rain (HI 1974) —Cover version of the Joe Simon hit written by Ira Allen and Buddy Mize. Produced by Willie Mitchell .Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Hideaway” from Poppa Willie - The Hi Years / 1962-74 (Hi Records/ Demon 2001) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental written by Freddie King and Sonny Thompson.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Age of Miracles” (New West 2004) —Chuck Prophet has had a long musical career and, in my estimation, he has never made a bad album. Written by Chuck Prophet and klipschutz. Chuck rocks the organ, lap steel, and glockenspiel on this track.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” from Used Songs: 1973-1980 (Elektra 2001) —Written by Tom Waits and recorded in 1978. Kind of tugs on the old heartstrings this time of year.Buy it!
Rickie Lee Jones “Catch The Wind” from The Devil You Know (Concord 2012) N —Beautiful and sparse version of the Donovan song. Roy Kasten's review of her recent show at the Wildey Theatre adds to the anguish of missing this show. Read it at http://tinyurl.com/auycrqjBuy it!
David Kitay “Theme from Ghost World” from Ghost World soundtrack (Shanachie 2001) —Music bed.Buy it!
Tracey Thorn “Like a Snowman” from Tinsel and Lights (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2012) N —Written by Stephin Merritt and found on the best Christmas album release of 2012.Buy it!
The Hazey Janes “The Darkness Ends” from The Winter That Was (Armellodie 2011) —Absolutely gorgeous song from the band out of Dundee, Scotland.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Snow” from Nilsson Sings Newman (expanded) (Buddha Records 2000) —This Randy Newman composition was recorded in 1969 but was unissued until this expanded reissue came out.Buy it!
Ramsey Lewis “Merry Christmas Baby” from Sound of Christmas (Argo 1961) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Charles Brown-penned Christmas classic.Buy it!
Rabbi James Stone Goodman with Brothers Lazaroff “Fourth Night” from Eight Nights (self-released 2012) N L —Mark your calendars for the Brothers Lazaroff 2nd Annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo taking place at Off Broadway on Saturday (12/8). For details of this action-packed evening, go to http://tinyurl.com/ads6mxeBuy it!
Jump Starts “Don't Need Much” from What Hides Inside (Loud Label www.stlloud.org 2013) N L —Debut album by the St. Louis band made up of Justin Johnson and Sarah Ross. Well worth seeking out.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “The Blizzard” from The Blizzard - Single (4AD 2009) —Beautiful version of a Jim Reeves song with Traceyanne Campbell on lead vocals.Buy it!
The Ventures “Blue Moon” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2:1961 (Hasmick 2012) —Music bed.Buy it!
Eleanor Roosevelt “James Brown Boulevard” from Water Bread and Beer (self released 2012) N —Written about a real street (OK, a boulevard) in James Brown's hometown, Augusta, Ga, and found on their forthcoming album. For details about the record and shows in the St. Louis area, go to http://tinyurl.com/aqywuceBuy it!
Allah-Las “Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)” from Allah-Las (Innovative Leisure 2012) N —Sounds like an unearthed sixties classic with vocals that fit the song perfectly by Miles Michaud.Buy it!
The Blues Magoos “Pipe Dream” from Electric Comic Book (Island Mercury 1967) —Written by bassist Ronnie Gilbert and keyboardist Ralph Scala (who also sings lead on this track).Buy it!
The Cliffters “DJango” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Music bed.Buy it!
Susanna Hoffs “Picture Me” from Someday (Baroque Folk 2012) —One of my favorite releases of 2012. Written by Susanna Hoffs and Andrew Brassell with production and orchestration by Mitchell Froom.Buy it!
The Monkees “Pleasant Valley Sunday (Single Version)” from Monkeemania - The Very Best of the Monkees (Rhino 1967) —1967 single written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King with lead vocals by Mickey Dolenz.Buy it!
The Wondermints “Porpoise Song” from Wonderful World of the Wondermints (Essential Records 1996) —Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.Buy it!
Ben Kweller “Things I Like To Do” from Live At KDHX Volume X (KDHX kdhx.org 2012) N L —Live recording made at KDHX on 2/27/11.Buy it!
Nero & The Gladiators “Boots” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Music bed.Buy it!
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros “Willesden To Cricklewood” from Rock Art And The X-Ray Style (Hellcat Records 1999) —Written by Joe Strummer and Anthony Genn.Buy it!
The Hold Steady “Constructive Summer” from Stay Positive (Shock Records 2008) —"Raise a toast to Saint Joe Strummer / I think he might have been our only decent teacher"Buy it!
Joe Strummer “Omotepe” from The Future Is Unwritten (Music from the Film) (Sony Legacy Recordings 2007) —Music bed. 1987 instrumental composition written by Joe Strummer for the "Walker" movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Gene Clark “Life's Greatest Fool” from No Other (Elektra 1974) R —I had an e-mail request for a Gene Clark song last week but didn't see it until after the show. Hopefully, they are listening. Written by Gene Clark.Buy it!
The Staves “Wisely & Slow” from Dead & Born & Grown (Atlantic Records UK www.atlanticrecords.com 2012) N —Gorgeous harmonies by this band out of Watford, England.Buy it!
Sally Timms “In Bristol Town One Bright Day” from Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments... for Lost Buckaroos (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 1999) —Written by Robbie Fulks and sung beautifully by Sally Timms.Buy it!
Yo La Tengo “Fourth Time Around” from I'm Not There (Music from the Motion Picture) (Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrack 2007) —Yo La Tengo and Calexico will be at the Pageant at the end of January (Thursday 1/31). Not to be missed.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Isis” from Desire VINYL ALBUM (Columbia 1976) —I loved the song when I first heard it in 1975 and I still love it now. "It ain't necessary!"Buy it!
The Volcanos “Polaris” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle) —Music bed.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “There's a Whole Lotta Heaven” from Sing the Delta (Flariella 2012) N —Another one of my favorite releases of 2012.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Gloryland” (Crowville Collective 2012) —Written by Kevin Gordon with Joe McMahan adding guitar and Hammond organ.Buy it!
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale “The Train That Carried My Gal From Town” from Buddy & Jim (New West 2012) N —New release featuring collaborations between Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale.Buy it!
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson “Adam & Eve” from Wreck & Ruin (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson. Country music out of Australia.Buy it!
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