Frederick Knight “I've Been Lonely For So Long” from Stax Groove Masters - Vol. 1 (Warner Music France 1972) —I love this soul song so much. Written by Frederick Knight & guitarist Jerry Weaver and recorded for Stax in 1972. Buffalo Springfield-sounding guitar, great falsetto vocal, killer spoken monologue - what's not to like?Buy it!
Shirley Brown “I've Got to Go On Without You” from Woman to Woman SINGLE (stax 1974) —Written by George Jackson & Larry R. Mcintosh and recorded in 1974. Shirley Brown will be appearing at the 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival at Chaifetz Arena on Sat (2/25) along with Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Millie Jackson (!) & Bobby Rush.Buy it!
Wendy Rene “I Wish I Were That Girl” from After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles & Rarities 1964-65 (Light In The Attic 2012) N —Years ago in a M2M playlist I was bemoaning the fact that no Wendy Rene compilation existed. This has just been remedied by Light In The Attic (this label is just bringing it). Previously unreleased song written by Mary Cross (aka Wendy Rene).Buy it!
The Martinis “Key Chain” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) —Music bed. Memphis instrumental recorded with Packy Axton on sax and band members later to become the Hi Rhythm Section. Recorded circa 1965-67.Buy it!
Jamo Thomas & His Party Orchestra “I Spy (For The FBI)” from The Curtom Sory (Charly 2001) —Jamo Thomas was from Nassau in the Bahamas and recorded this in 1966 for the Curtom label (founded by Curtis Mayfield & Eddie Thomas).Buy it!
The Impressions “The Young Mods' Forgotten Story” (Curtom 1969) —Reissue of the 1972 Curtom Records release. All ten songs on this were written by Curtis Mayfield.Buy it!
Baby Huey “Running” from The Baby Huey Story - The Living Legend (Water rhino.com 2004) —Produced & written by Curtis Mayfield and recorded in 1970. This sole LP from Baby Huey was released posthumously. He died at the age of 26.Buy it!
Young-Holt Unlimited “Light My Fire” from The Best of Young-Holt Unlimited (EMI 2002) —Music bed. Instrumental soul version of the Doors song.Buy it!
The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)” from Electric Ladyland (Reprise 1968) —Soulful ballad with his added falsetto harmonies. Hey, this would have worked for Andy Coco's "Rhythm Section" show on Valentines Day.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Long Time Gone” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Written by David Crosby & also featuring the vocals of The Blind Boys of Alabama. Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn will be at the Old Rock House in March (Thursday, March 29).Buy it!
The Fireballs “Dock of The Bay” from Exotic Guitars From the Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Otis Redding song.Buy it!
Funky Butt Brass Band “South Broadway Stumble” from You Can Trust The Funky Butt Brass Band (Funky Butt Brass Band 2011) L —The Funky Butt Brass Band & Gumbohead will be at the Old Rock House this Saturday (2/18) from 5-8 PM on Mardi Gras Parade Day.Buy it!
Huey “Piano” Smith “Don't You Just Know It” from New Orleans Funk Experience (Nascent 2009) —Written by Huey "Piano" Smith & Johnny Vincent and recorded in 1958.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Yes We Can Can” from Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul Jazz 2001) —Put this compilation on and let the party begin. Written by Allen Toussaint, backed by The Meters & released in 1970.Buy it!
June Gardner “Hot Seat” from 99 Plus One (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Wardell Quezergue & recorded in the late 60s.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Wild Horses” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —Compilation of various artists performing soul versions of songs off the Rolling Stones' 1971 "Sticky Fingers" album.Buy it!
K'naan “With God On Our Side” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Universal 2012) N —Found on this 4-CD compilation of a wide array of artists covering Bob Dylan songs for Amnesty International. This Somalian artist recently told a Republican candidate to quit using one of his songs for his campaign.Buy it!
Funkadelic “Can You Get to That” from Maggot Brain CD ALBUM (westbound 1971) —Written by George Clinton & Ernest Harris. So great.Buy it!
The Budos Band “King Cobra” from The Budos Band II (Daptone 2007) —Music bed. 2007 instrumental out of NYC.Buy it!
Jill Sobule “Where is Bobbie Gentry” from California Years (MRI 2009) —Appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room this Saturday (Feb 18). Always an entertaining live show.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Dory Previn” from Let's Get Out of This Country CD ALBUM (Merge) R —A listener wanted to hear this in tribute to singer-composer Dory Previn who just passed away on Tuesday at age 86. Written & sung by Tracyanne Campbell.Buy it!
Dory Previn “The Lady with the Braid” from The Trip (Family/Universal 2006) —Pulled from this eclectic 2-CD collection compiled by Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey. Written by Dory Previn and recorded in 1971.Buy it!
Les Champions “Colorado” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Music bed. Early 60s guitar instrumental out of France.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Drifter's Escape” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —Previously unreleased cover found on this 4-CD collection of various artists covering songs written by Bob Dylan.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Museum of Broken Hearts” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2011) N —OK, I'll say it - it's only February but a candidate for best record of 2012. Appearing at Off Broadway in March (3/22) with The Jans Project opening. Miss at your own peril.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Simple Twist Of Fate” from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue (Columbia 2002) —1975 live version with some lyrics different than those on "Blood On The Tracks."Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Paris, Texas” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental from the soundtrack for the 1985 Wim Wenders film.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Come Healing” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2012) N —Written by Leonard Cohen & Patrick Leonard and featuring gorgeous vocals arranged and sung by Dana Glover.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Back In the Crowd” from Bad As Me (Anti 2011) —Really memorable melody and nicely arranged with guitar playing by Marc Ribot & David Hidalgo.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Tony y Maria” from Good Morning Aztlán CD ALBUM (Mammoth/Fontana Mammoth 2002) —Coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall on Sunday (2/26). Recommended very highly.Buy it!
David Lindley & Hani Naser “Rag Bag” from Official Bootleg (Pleemhead) —Music bed. Instrumental excerpt from a live recording.Buy it!
John Cale “Buffalo Ballet” from Fear (Island 1974) —Strikingly beautiful song written by John Cale.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Choices” from The Scene of the Crime (Anti 2007) —Cover version of the George Jones song written by Billy Yates & Mike Curtis. Recorded at Muscle Shoals.Buy it!
Eddie Hinton “Concept World” from A Mighty Field of Vision: The Anthology 1969-1993 (Raven 2006) —Written by Eddie Hinton & Alvin Howard and recorded in 1977 at Muscle Shoals.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Willie's Mood” from Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On (Hi Records / Fat Possum Records 1967) —F 6 Music bed. Instrumental written by Willie Mitchell & Teenie Hodges.Buy it!
Bobby Hebb “Sunny” from Beg Scream & Shout! (Rhino 1997) —Written by Bobby Hebb and recorded for the Philips label in 1966.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “I Think It's Going To Rain Today” from On Vine Street: The Early Songs of Randy Newman (Ace 2008) —Written by Randy Newman & recorded for the Philips label in 1968.Buy it!
Jon Dee Graham “Tie A Knot” from Full (Freedom 2006) —Appearing at Off Broadway this Friday (2/17). Take note - this is an early 7pm show.Buy it!
Heartless Bastards “Parted Ways” from Arrow (Partisan Records LLC/MapleMusic Recordings 2012) N —From their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Craig Finn “Terrified Eyes” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) N —Craig Finn put on an excellent show at Off Broadway last Friday night. He played no Hold Steady songs and didn't need to.Buy it!
Lydia Loveless “Steve Earle” from Indestructible Machine (Bloodshot 2011) —Ode to Steve (and to some extent, Justin Townes) Earle from the artist out of Columbus, OH.Buy it!
Imelda May “Pulling the Rug” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) —Written by Imelda May. Pretty incredible voice.Buy it!
The Pretenders “Boots of Chinese Plastic” from Break Up the Concrete (Shangri-La 2008) —One of my favorite songs from the last several years.Buy it!
Darrell Scott “Every Road Leads Back to You” from Long Ride Home (Full Light www.darrellscott.com 2011) N —Written by Darrell Scott who will be appearing this Friday (2/17) at the Old Rock House.Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Black T-Shirt” from Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away... (Music Road 2009) —Written by Slaid Cleaves and frequent writing partner Rod Picott & featuring Charles Arthur & Gurf Morlix on guitar.Buy it!
Karen Poston & the Crystal Pistols “Flowered Dresses w/ Slaid Cleaves” from Real Bad (Music Room Austin 2002) —Written by Karen Poston & featuring harmony vocals by Slaid Cleaves.Buy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “Flippin' The Lid” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —Written by Speedy West and recorded for Capitol in 1954.Buy it!
Bobby Bare “Dropkick Me, Jesus” from All American Boy - 21 Greatest Hits (Country Stars 2003) —Written by Paul Craft & released in 1976.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “People In Love” from History (Virgin 1992) —Written by Loudon Wainwright III and featuring David Mansfield on electric guitar.Buy it!
Tammy Wynette “Don't Come Home A Drinkin'” from Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad (Epic 1967)Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Stand By Your Man” from Best of Lyle Lovett (Curb 1994) —Written by Tammy Wynette & Billy Sherrill and recorded in 1988.Buy it!
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