The Honey Cone “One Monkey Don't Stop No Show” from Invictus Chatbusters (Invictus/Hot Wax 1972) —General Johnson passed away late week. Besides being in The Showmen & Chairmen Of The Board, he also wrote many hits for other artists including this 1971 recording for the Hot Wax label.Buy it!
Chairmen of the Board “Let Me Down Easy” from Finder's Keepers: The Invictus Anthology (Sanctuary 2002) —Written by General Johnson, Greg Perry & Reggie Dunbar and recorded in 1972 for the Invictus label. Featuring the vocals of General Johnson.Buy it!
Laura Lee “Wedlock Is a Padlock” from Women's Love Rights: The Hot Wax Anthology (Sanctuary 2002) —Written by General Johnson & Angelo Bond and recorded in 1971 for the Hot Wax label.Buy it!
The Backyard Heavies “Soul Junction” from Sample My Funky Groove Volume 1 (Great American Music Company/F2K 2007) —Music bed. 1971 soul instrumental recorded in North Carolina for the Sansu label.Buy it!
Syl Johson “Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology” SINGLE (The Numero Group 2010) N —Written by Syl Johnson & Carl Smith and found on this superb new 81-track 4-CD, 6-LP compilation of Syl Johnson's earier recordings. This 1968 track was recorded in Memphis at Royal Studio.Buy it!
Lady Margo “This Is My Prayer” from Light: On The South Side (The Numero Group 2009) —1974 Chicago soul and blues track recorded for the MTH label.Buy it!
The Golden Echoes “Packing a Grip” from Good God! Born Again Funk (The Numero Group 2009) —1985 gospel & funk song from the Georgia-based gospel band recorded in 1985 and sung & co-written (along with Brenda Carswell) by Caroline Smith.Buy it!
The Mar-Keys “Plantation Inn” from Stay In School: Don't Be a Drop Out (Stax Records url 1967) —Music bed. 1967 Stax instrumental written by Isaac Hayes, Al Jackson, Jr. & Steve Cropper.Buy it!
The Fleshtones “Play With Fire” from Up-Front (IRS 1980) —Rolling Stones cover found on this 1980 5-song EP. The Fleshtones will be appearing at Off Broadway on Saturday (11/6) as part of the Beat 'N' Soul festival. Also on the bill are The Nevermores, Mondo Topless, The Sights & JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “MoneyGrabber” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird 2010) N —New release from the LA-based Motown-influenced soul & pop band featuring the vocals of Michael Fitzpatrick & Noelle Scaggs.Buy it!
Billy Preston “That's the Way God Planned It (Pts. 1 & 2)” from That's the Way God Planned It (Apple 2010) N —New reissue of the 1969 album. Written by Billy Preston and produced by George Harrison.Buy it!
Elton John and Leon Russell “Gone to Shiloh” from The Union (Decca 2010) N —Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin and featuring the vocals of Leon Russell, Neil Young & Elton John. It works for me.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Harps and Angels” (Nonesuch 2008) —Written by Randy Newman and recorded in 2008. "So actually the main thing about this story is for me / There really is an afterlife / And I hope to see all of you there / Let's go get a drink."Buy it!
June Gardner “It's Gonna Rain” from 99 Plus One (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. Mid-60s instrumental version of a Sonny & Cher song.Buy it!
Slim Harpo “Strange Love” from The Best of Slim Harpo (Excello 1968) —Written by Jerry West and recorded in 1957 for the Excello label.Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Ventilator Blues” from Exile On Main Street Expanded Edition (UMe 2010) —Expanded version of the 1972 release. This track was written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Mick Taylor.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “It's Raining” from Time Is On My Side SINGLE (Unknown 1996) —Written by Naomi Neville aka Allen Toussaint and recorded in 1962 for the Minit label.Buy it!
O V Wright & The Keys “That's How Strong My Love Is” from The Goldwax Story, Vol. 1 (Ace Records 2001) —This set goes out to my fantastic wife, Marie. Today is our 4th wedding anniversary & this song was sung at our wedding. Written by Roosevelt Jamison & recorded in 1964 for the Goldwax label. Don't take things for granted. Time is fleeting & precious.Buy it!
Bobby Darin “Irresistible You” from The Beat Goes On.... (Kent 2000) —Recorded in 1961 for Atlantic. From the liner notes: Jerry Wexler - "It was the Bobby Darin hits that paid for the R & B recordings." He had 21 Top 40 hits from 1958-67.Buy it!
Queen “You're My Best Friend” from A Night at the Opera CD ALBUM (EMI Records 1975) —I think this marks the first Queen airplay on M2M. Written by Bassist John Deacon for his wife. This song was also sung at our wedding by Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden. Happy Anniversary, Marie!Buy it!
Queen “God Save the Queen” from A Night at the Opera CD ALBUM (EMI Records 1975) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1974.Buy it!
Duane Eddy & The Rebelettes “My Baby Plays the Same Old Song On His Guitar All Night Long” from Califia: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood (Ace 2010) N —Written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded for RCA in 1963. The female vocal on this track was Merry Clayton. Duane Eddy's wife, Miriam sang on some tracks before they divorced. Not soon after, she married Waylon Jennings and changed her name to Jessi ColterBuy it!
Hal Blaine & the Young Cougars “(Dance With The ) Surfin' Band” from Hey, Beach Girls! (Ace 2010) N —Written by Hal Blaine, produced by Lee Hazlewood & featuring the lead vocals of then-Blossoms singer, Darlene Love. Recorded for RCA in 1963.Buy it!
Ann-Margret “Thirteen Men” from Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2005) —You might have heard the Bill Haley version of this song. This version of the Dickie Thompson-penned song was recorded for RCA in 1962.Buy it!
The Fireballs “Torquette” from That's Swift (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Previously unissued 60s instrumental out of Norman Petty's Clovis, NM studio.Buy it!
The School “Valentine” from Loveless Unbeliever (Elefant 2010) N —Written & sung by Liz Hunt and found on the Welsh band's new release. If there's a bad track on here, I sure haven't heard it. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Belle and Sebastian “I Didn't See It Coming” from Write About Love (Matador 2010) N —Yet another fine release from the Scottish band. This one is highly recommended, as well.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “The Lottery Song” from Son of Schmilsson (RCA 1972) —Written by Harry Nilsson and released in 1972. I will never get tired of this song.Buy it!
The Fibonaccis “Psycho” from The Fibonaccis (Enigma 1982) —Written by Bernard Hermann for Alfred Hitchcock's movie soundtrack. The St. Louis Symphony will be performing this score live while the film, Psycho, is screened on Friday (10/29) & Saturday (10/30).Buy it!
Nina Simone “I Put a Spell On You” from To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (RCA 2008) —Written by Screamin' Joe Joe Hawkins and recorded in 1965 for the Philips label.Buy it!
The Five Jones Boys “Mr Ghost Goes to Town” from The Ultimate Rockin' Halloween Party (American Horror Songs 1930s - 1950s) (The Viper Label 2009) —This is about as good as Halloween songs get. Recorded in 1936.Buy it!
Suicidal Tendencies “Institutionalized” from Repo Man ST (MCA 1984) —Appearing this Tuesday (11/2) at Pop's in Sauget, IL. "All I wanted was a Pepsi and she wouldn't give it to me!"Buy it!
Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads “Goo Goo Muck” SINGLE (Norton) —Recorded in 1962 and later covered by the Cramps.Buy it!
The Frantics “Werewolf” from Stomp! Northwest Killers 1960-64 (Norton 2001) —Music bed. Early 60s instrumental (with eerie spoken werewolf lore intro) from the Seattle-based band.Buy it!
The Sonics “Strychnine” from Here Are the Sonics (Norton 1999) —Written by Gerry Rosalie and recorded in 1965.Buy it!
The Revels “Midnight Stroll” from These Ghoulish Things (Ace 2005) —Great doo-wop spooky song originally recorded in 1959 for the Norgolde label.Buy it!
Deer Tick “Twenty Miles” from Black Dirt Sessions CD ALBUM (Partisan 2010) N —Appearing this Sunday (10/31 Halloween) at Off Broadway along with Band of Heathens.Buy it!
Secret Sisters “Why Baby Why” from Secret Sisters (Universal Records 2010) N —George Jones cover from this new release by the sister duo based out of Muscle Shoals. Produced by T-Bone Burnett.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Run With the Horses” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) N L —Brothers Lazaroff are having their CD release party at Lola on November 12 (Friday). All kinds of bands on this bill.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Mendocino” from Songs of Sahm (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —From their 2001 album made up, entirely, of Doug Sahm songs.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Oxford Town” from The Witmark Demos: 1962-64 (Columbia 2010) N —Demo version of a song written in 1962 about U-Miss student, James Meredith.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Reason to Believe” from Nebraska VINYL ALBUM (Columbia 1982) —"Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe."Buy it!
Mavis Staples “You Are Not Alone” (Anti 2010) N —Track from her new release written and produced by Jeff Tweedy.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Joy” from For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters 1995) —1995 cover version of a Harry Nilsson song. "Joy, to the world, was a beautiful girl but to me Joy meant only sorrow.""Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Cold Grey Light of Dawn” from Dig My Mood (Rounder 1998) —1998 cover version of an Ivory Joe Hunter song.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Time” from Rain Dogs (Island 1985) —Written by Tom Waits & recorded in 1985. "Well, the smart money's on Harlow/And the moon is in the street/The shadow boys are breaking all the laws/And you're east of East St. Louis/And the wind is making speeches/And the rain sounds like a round of applaBuy it!
Susan Cowsill “Galveston” from Lighthouse CD ALBUM (Threadhead Records 2010) N —Beautiful Jimmy Webb cover from her 2010 release.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “People In Love” from History (Virgin 1992) —Appearing November (11/22 - Monday) at the Old Rock House. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “Rain Roll In” from Live at KDHX - Vol. 8 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2010) N —From this new release featuring recent live recordings made at our KDHX Magnolia studio by various artists.Buy it!
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