James Carr “I'm a Fool for You” from A Man Needs a Woman (Goldwax 1968) —This duet with New Orleans artist, Betty Harris, was recorded in 1967 for the Memphis-based Goldwax label.Buy it!
Toots Hibbert “I've Got Dreams To Remember” from Toots in Memphis (Mango 1988) —This Otis Redding cover was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis in 1988 & features the reggae rhythm section of Shakespeare & Dunbar along with Memphis musicians including Teenie Hodges, Eddie Hinton, Andrew Love & Jim Dickinson.Buy it!
Patti Drew “Hard To Handle” from Workin' On a Groovy Thing....The Best Of (Capitol Records 2007) —Written by Otis Redding, Al Bell & Allen Jones and recorded for Capitol in 1967.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Hold It” from Hold It! Here's Willie Mitchell (HI 1964) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental written by Billy Butler & Clifford Scott. Thanks to Tom Huber for making this available to me.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “S'Caliente” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) L —Written by drummer & percussionist, John Kosla. The Civil Tones are having a CD Listening Party this Saturday (11/12) at Schlafly Tap Room. Also appearing will be Ransom Note and Peck of Dirt. The festivities begin at 8:00 PM.Buy it!
Adrian Younge “It's Me” from Something About April (wax poetics 2011) N —New release of psychedelic soul & cinematic instrumentals which just came out this week. This track features the vocals of Rebecca Jordan. Adrian Younge is a law professor who also happens to be a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & a film editor.Buy it!
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi “Black” from Rome (EMI 2011) —Written by Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) & Daniele Luppi and featuring the vocals of Norah Jones.Buy it!
Adrian Younge “Dusts of Gold” from Something About April (wax poetics 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental also featuring Calibro 35 & Shawn Lee.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “I'll Hold Your Head” from Revelation Road (Everso Records 2011) N —New release produced, written & performed by Shelby LynneBuy it!
Etta James “Cigarettes & Coffee” from The Dreamer (Verve Forecast 2011) N —Sublime Otis Redding cover from what she has announced is going to be her final album. Just hit the stores this week. This will mark her final release of new material from a recording career that has lasted 50 years.Buy it!
Jimmy Conwell “Cigarette Ashes” from Double Cookin': Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals (Kent 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1967 recorded for the Mirwood label.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “Nobody's Fault But Mine” from The Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair 1955-84 (Kent 2004) N —1973 traditional gospel song arranged by Pop Staples.Buy it!
Prophet G.Lusk “The Devil's Trying To Steal My Joy” from This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982 (Tompkins Square 2011) N —1965 gospel recording from the Memphis-based Saviour label. Found on this new 3-CD collection of rare gospel originally issued on independent label 45s.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Bad As Me” (Anti- 2011) N —Written & produced by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan and found on this recommended new release.Buy it!
David Lynch “Sparkle Lounge Blues” from Crazy Clown Time (PIAS 2011) N —Music bed. From the film director's new and first solo album. Written by David Lynch & Dean Hurley.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Prodigal Son” from Beggars Banquet (Universal unk 2002) —1968 Mississippi blues cover written by Robert Wilkins.Buy it!
Don Covay “You've Got Me On The Critical List” from Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don Covay (Razor & Tie 1994) —1967 song written by Don Covay who was one of the vocal influences for Mick Jagger.Buy it!
Janis Joplin “Move Over” from The Essential Janis Joplin - 3.0 (Legacy/Columbia 2008) —Written by Janis Joplin & recorded in 1970.Buy it!
The Pastel Six “Horny aka Hot Dogger” from It Came From The Suburbs (Ace 2006) —Music bed. 1962 Southern California surf & garage instrumental.Buy it!
The Dirtbombs “Underdog” from Ulltraglide In Black (In The Red 2001) —One of the best Sly & The Family Stone covers, ever. Featuring the vocals of Mick Collins.Buy it!
A Band of Bees “Go Where You Wanna Go” from Every Step's a Yes (Fiction Records UK 2011) N —The Mamas & The Papas cover found on this UK band's new release.Buy it!
The Mamas & The Papas “Creeque Alley” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Mamas and The Papas (Geffen unk 1999) —Autobiographical song written in 1967 by John Phillips and Michelle Gilliam (later to become Michelle Phillips). Dig that crazy flute solo.Buy it!
Paul Burch “Well All Right” from Words of Love: Songs Of Buddy Holly (Perfect Sound Recordings 2011) —From the Nashville singer-songwriter's new release made up of all Buddy Holly covers. Some really terrific singing by Paul Burch on this album.Buy it!
Bill Black's Combo “Smokie (Part 2)” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1 1960 (Hasmick Records 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental from 1960.Buy it!
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter “Ceiling's High” from Marble Son (Station Grey / Thirty Tigers 2011) N —Appearing at the Old Rock House on Tuesday (11/22). Also on the bill is The Otto Modest.Buy it!
Marti Jones & Don Dixon “You Remind Me” from Living Stereo (Dixon Archival 2011) N —From their new release of all duets. Written by Dave Matheson.Buy it!
Linda Thompson “Go Home” from Versatile Heart (Rounder www.rounder.com 2007) —Beautiful & fairly brutal song written by Linda Thompson. This song was recorded with just Linda Thompson on vocals & Larry Campbell on acoustic guitar.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “The Knife-Edge” from Strict Tempo! (Hannibal 1981) —Music bed. 1981 instrumental written by Richard Thompson.Buy it!
Maria McKee “Has He Got A Friend For Me?” from You Gotta Sin to Get Saved (Geffen unk 1993) —Written by Richard Thompson & produced by Mitchell Froom. Richard Thompson has a way with a devastating song.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Jimmy Hoffa Jokes” from Say Anything (imago 1993) —Promotional single written by Aimee Mann. "He's infinitely wise but he infinitely lies / We're no longer just plain folks / Now we're old and sad and bored and we're not funny anymore / We're like Jimmy Hoffa Jokes"Buy it!
The Beach Boys “Surf's Up” from The Smile Sessions (CAPITOL 2011) N —Music by Brian Wilson & lyrics by Van Dyke Parks. "Columnated ruins domino!", indeed.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Think About Your Troubles” from The Point! (RCA 1971) —Written by Harry Nilsson & recorded in 1970. Arranged & conducted by George Tipton. Highly recommended. There will be a tribute to Harry Nilsson at Off Broadway on 11/26. "You been goofin' with the bees?"Buy it!
The Monkees “Circle Sky” from Head (Colgems 1968) —New vinyl reissue of their 1968 movie soundtrack release. Written by Michael Nesmith.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Ann Buchanan Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Ximena Sariñana “Ximena Sariñana” SINGLE (Warner Bros. 2011) N —Written by Ximena Sariñana & found on the new release by the Mexican singer/actress. She will be appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room next Friday (11/18). Avalanche City is opening.Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “Days” from Kite (Virgin 1989) —Written by Ray Davies.Buy it!
The Kinks “Death Of A Clown” from Something Else By The Kinks (Bonus Track Edition) (Sanctuary 1998) —Written by Dave Davies & Ray Davies and found on this reissue of their album recorded in 1966-1967.Buy it!
Bill Lloyd & Tommy Womack “Picture Book” from This Is Where I Belong - The Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks (Rykodisc 2002) —From this compilation of various artists covering Kinks songs.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “All the Pretty Little Horses” from Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children (Raven Marching Band Records www.ravenmarchingband.com 2011) N —Traditional folk song with additional lyrics by Laura Veirs.Buy it!
Jessica Lea Mayfield “Blue Skies Again” from Tell Me (Nonesuch 2011) —Written by David Mayfield & Josh Joplin. Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.Buy it!
The Long Winters “Cinnamon” from When I Pretend to Fall CD ALBUM (Barsuk 2003) —Written by John Roderick. If you ever have a chance to see them play live, be ready for some of the most entertaining in-between song stage banter you'll ever hear.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Trapeze” from Children Running Through (ATO Records/Red 2007) —2007 song written by Patty Griffin & featuring harmony vocals by Emmylou Harris.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Up To The Mountain” from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) —Produced by Buddy Miller & written by Patty Griffin who also sings harmony vocals on this track.Buy it!
Buddy & Julie Miller “Long Time” from Written In Chalk (New Word Music 2008) —Written & sung by Julie Miller.Buy it!
Syd Straw “Think Too Hard” from Surprise (Virgin 1989) —Written by Peter Holsapple.Buy it!
The Continental Drifters “Drifters” from Vermilion (Blue Rose 1998) —1999 song written by Peter Holsapple & Susan Cowsill.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “When I'm At Your House” from History (Virgin 1992) —Loudon Wainwright III-penned song also featuring additional vocals by Syd Straw.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “Scarlet Town” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) N —Written by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Miss Me” from Miracle of Five (Zedtone 2007) —Written by Eleni Mandell & featuring backup by artists such as Nels Cline, Rick Holstrom & DJ Bonebrake.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Sensitive Man” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —Written by Nick Lowe & found on his new release.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Ode To Billie Joe” from An American Quilt 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —1967 song written by Bobbie Gentry & recorded for Capitol.Buy it!
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