Willis Jackson “Pool Shark” from Mod Jazz (Kent 1996) —Instrumental written by tenor saxophonist Willis Jackson and recorded for the Prestige label in 1963.Buy it!
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross “Twisted” from The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Columbia 1959) —Written by Wardell Gray & Annie Ross and released in 1960 on Columbia. Your basic bebop song about insanity.Buy it!
Slim Gaillard Quartette “Atomic Cocktail” from Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2005) —Written by Slim Gaillard & recorded for the Atomic label in 1945. Found on this 4-CD, 1-DVD collection of songs from the Atomic-era. Pretty great.Buy it!
Massive Attack “Paradise Circus” from Heligoland (Virgin 2010) —Featuring the vocals of Hope Sandoval (formerly of Mazzy Star). I came across this song while watching a BBC mini-series called Luther. This is the track that runs over the opening credits.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'” from Together Through Life (Columbia 2009) —2009 song featuring David Hidalgo on accordion.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Dark End of the Street” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —Music bed. 1972 instrumental version of the soul classic written by Dan Penn & Chips Moman.Buy it!
Sophie Zelmani “Most of the Time” from Masked and Anonymous (Music from the Motion Picture) (Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrack 2003) —Written by Bob Dylan and sung by Swedish singer/songwriter, Sophie Zelmani, and included on this 2003 movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “You Gotta Move” from Belly of the Sun (Blue Note 2002) —Written by Mississippi Fred McDowell & released in 2002.Buy it!
Sam Dees “The World Don't Owe You Nothing” from Oxford American Music Sampler: Alabama (Oxford American 2010) N —1973 recording found on this CD which accompanies the highly-recommended Oxford American Southern Music edition available in fine bookstores near you. Roy Kasten from Feel Like Going Home writes about this song and artist in this issue.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Stealing In the Name of the Lord” from Warner Brothers Groove Masters - Vol. 1 (Warner Bros. 2000) —Written by Paul Kelly & recorded in 1970. This one caused some concern in conservative circles when it first came out.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Total Destruction to Your Mind” SINGLE (unk unk 1970) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg and originally released in 1970 on the Canyon label.Buy it!
King Curtis “What'd I Say, Pt. 1” from Soul Time (Great American Music 2010) —1962 version of the Ray Charles song featuring King Curtis on guitar and lead vocals. He put down the sax for this one.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “How I Got Over (Live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, los Angeles, January 13, 1972)” from Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings (Rhino 1999) —Landmark live gospel recording made in 1972. This Clara Ward song was performed live on 1/13/72.Buy it!
The John Edwards Singers “It's Alright” from Como Now: The Voices of Panola County, MS (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2008) —Live a cappella recording made in 2006 at the Mt. Mariah Church in Panaola County, Mississippi.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Sunday Sermon” from Stax Profiles (Stax/Concord 2006) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Art Jerry Miller & released as a Stax single in 1970.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Come On Up to the House” from Mule Variations ALBUM (Anti 1999) —Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan. I stll think this is my favorite Tom Waits album. "All your cryin don't do no good / Come on up to the house / Come down off the cross / We can use the wood / Come on up to the house"Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Burn Thru” from City of Refuge (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2011) N —Truly impressive song off her new release which just came out this week. Written by Kai Welch & Abigail Washburn. Can't wait to hear the entire album.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. I still think Bruce Springsteen should cover this song. He never asks my opinion, though.Buy it!
The Goodees “Condition Red” from Condition Red! The Complete Goodees (Ace 2010) N —Written by Don Davis & Freddie Briggs & recorded in 1969 for the Hip label which was an imprint label for Stax.Buy it!
The Shangri-Las “Past, Present and Future” from Myrmidons Of Melodrama (RPM 1995) —Suffice it to say, you won't hear many tracks like this one. Featuring Mary Weiss's spoken vocals & the melody of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Recorded in 1966 for the Red Bird label.Buy it!
Reparta & The Delrons “Saturday Night Didn't Happen” from Girl Group Sounds: Lost and Found: One Kiss Can Lead to Another (Rhino 2005) —Recorded in 1968 for the Mala label. Alright, you want melodrama? This set had melodrama.Buy it!
Chip Taylor “Words (Between the Lines of Age)” from Harvest Revisited (Mojo 2011) N —Found on this new compilation of various artists performing songs off Neil Young's "Harvest" album. This CD accompanies the latest issue of Mojo magazine (Feb, 2011 issue).Buy it!
Neil Young “Harvest” CD ALBUM (Reprise 1972) —I'd say this album has stood the test of time.Buy it!
The Mosquitos “Um Homem Precisa de Uma Empregada (A Man Needs A Maid)” from Mosquitos III (bar none 2006) —Written by Neil Young & sung beautifully (in Portuguese) by Juju Stulbach.Buy it!
Trashcan Sinatras “Should I Pray?” from In the Music (Lo-Five UK 2009) —Coming to the Firebird in March (Thursday 3/24) & performing an acoustic set. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Kate Rusby “Village Green Preservation Society” from An Autumn Almanac (Uncut 2010) —Kinks cover originally recorded in 2007.Buy it!
Lulu “Here Comes the Night” from The Bert Berns Story: Vol. 1 1960-64 (Ace 2008) —This original version of the song came out in 1964 on the Decca label. Produced & written by Bert Berns.Buy it!
Georgie Fame “It's Got The Whole World Shakin'” from Mod Classics: 1964-66 (Ace 2009) —Sam Cooke cover from 1966 found on this terrific 2010 compilation.Buy it!
Alan Price “I Put A Spell On You” from The Best of Alan Price (Music Club 1993) —1968 Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover.Buy it!
Randy Newman “You Can Leave Your Hat On” from Sail Away (Remastered) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2005) —Coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall on February 25.Buy it!
Lorraine Ellison “I'll Be Home” from On Vine Street: The Early Songs of Randy Newman (Ace 2008) —Randy Newman cover from 1970.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Let's Burn down the Cornfield” from The Best of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions (Blue Note 2006) —Written by Randy Newman and recorded in 1970 for Capitol.Buy it!
Jon Hardy and The Public “Cassius Clay” from Working In Love (Jon Hardy and the Public kdhx.org 2007) L —Appearing at the Sheldon Concert Hall on January 21. Maid Rite is opening.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Gotta Get That Feeling” from The Promise (Columbia 2010) N —Previously unreleased track found on this 2-CD set of songs recorded during the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions in 1977-78.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Common One” from Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Listen to the Lion 2009) —Sublime live recording from 2008.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “To Lay Down Beside You” from From a Whisper to a Scream (CBS 1972) —Reissue of her 1971 recording for the King label. Written by bassist Tim Drummond.Buy it!
Joe Tex “It Ain't Sanitary” from Buying a Book (RPM 2002) —Found on this reissue of his 1969 Atlantic album. Written by Joe Tex.Buy it!
The Mar-Keys “Pop-Eye Stroll” from Last Night!/Do The Pop-Eye (stax url 2002) —1962 Stax instrumental.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Shoot 'Em All Down” from Get It While You Can (Verve 1967) —1967 Verve single written by Jerry Ragovoy & Mort Shuman.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Failed Christian” from Dig My Mood (Upstart 1998) —1998 song written Henry McCullough.Buy it!
Calexico “Sunken Waltz” from Feast of Wire (Quarterstick 2003) —2003 song written by Joey Burns & John Convertino.Buy it!
Doug Sahm and Band “Dealer's Blues” from Genuine Texas Groover: Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino Handmade 2004) —2-CD, 42-track collection of songs recorded for Atlantic from 1971-73 including 19 unreleased tracks plus his two album releases.Buy it!
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