The Civil Tones “Junior's Back” from Vodka & Peroxide (Pravda) —These first four songs come to you courtesy of Rich Reese because I was 15 minutes late. All I'm going to say is some St. Louis drivers can't (or shouldn't) drive in the snow and I'll leave it at that.Buy it!
Doris Troy “Ain't That Cute” from Come and Get It - The Best of Apple Records (Remastered) (EMI UK 2010) —1970 song written by Doris Troy & George Harrison (who also produced this record).Buy it!
The Knickerbockers “Can You Help Me” from Knickerbockerism! (Sundazed Music 1997) —Released in 1966 on the Challenge label.Buy it!
Etta James “Try A Little Tenderness” from Matriarch of the Blues (Private Music 2000) —And an impeccable selection of songs played by Rich Reese, it was. Want to hear more great songs by Rich Reese? Listen to his 'Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst' show which immediately precedes this show every Thursday from 5-7 AM.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Hide Nor Hair” from Singular Genius - The Complete ABC Singles (Concord 2011) N —1962 b-side written by Percy Mayfield (who also wrote 'Hit The Road Jack') & found on this essential 2011 compilation. The tenor sax solo on this track is by David Newman.Buy it!
Amos Milburn “Down The Road a Piece” from The Chicken Shack Boogie Man (Proper 2002) —Written by Don Raye (who has had an amazing collection of artists record his songs) & recorded for the Aladdin label in 1946. The Rolling Stones released a cover of this song in 1965.Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Jim Dandy” from Soul On Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker (Rhino Atlantic 1991) —1955 Atlantic recording written by Lincoln Chase & featuring background vocals by The Gliders. Worth noting because the background vocals add a whole lot to this song.Buy it!
Wild Jimmy Spruill “Hard Grind” from Great R & B Instrumentals (Ace 2001) —Music bed. 1959 R & B instrumental recorded in 1959 for the Fire label.Buy it!
Lee Fields “Moonlight Mile” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —Rolling Stones cover from his forthcoming album 'Faithful Man' slated for release on March 13 by the Truth & Soul label .Buy it!
The Budos Band “Reppirt Yad” from The Budos Band III (Daptone 2010) —2010 reworked instrumental version of the Beatles 'Day Tripper.' Afro-beat meets soul-jazz.Buy it!
Los Nombres “Todos” from Los Nombres (The Numero Group 2012) —Puerto Rican soul out of Lorain, OH recorded in 1972. This was their first recorded track sung in Spanish (all other tracks on this release are in English) and is found on this new compilation of early singles recorded by the band.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “The Traitor” from Make the Road By Walking (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2008) —Music bed. 2008 instrumental out of NYC.Buy it!
James Brown “I Don't Mind” from Live at the Apollo (Remastered 1962) (Polydor 2004) —1962 intense live recording of a song written by James Brown. You know you want to sing along with this one.Buy it!
Etta James “Something's Got A Hold Of Me” from Etta James Rocks The House (Chess 1964) —Live recording made at the New Era Club in Nashville in 1963. It was not a sedate affair.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Cry To Me” from Soul Alive! (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 1988) —Written by Bert Berns and recorded live at the Phoenix 1 Club in Washington, D.C. in 1981.Buy it!
Booker T. &The MGs “Soul Twist” from Stax Revue: Live at the 5/4 Ballroom (stax url 1991) —Music bed. Live 1965 instrumental recording written by King CurtisBuy it!
Dionne Warwick “I'm Your Puppet” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) —Not-often heard version of the Dan Penn-Spooner Oldham composition Recorded in 1968 for the Scepter label. Produced by Burt Bacharach & Hal David.Buy it!
Lyn Collins “Don't Make Me Over” from Mama Feelgood - The Best of Lyn Collins (Spectrum 2005) —Wonderful 1974 version of a song written by Burt Bacharach, Hal David & Dave Matthews. Who ever put this compilation together did a great service by editing out the disembodied spoken male voice that comes out of nowhere and detracts from the song.Buy it!
The Meters “The Look of Love” from What the World Needs Now Is Burt (Warner Jazz 2006) —1969 instrumental version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David-penned song recorded for the Josie label.Buy it!
Henry Mancini “The Pink Panther Theme (Main Title)” from The Revenge of the Pink Panther (MGM 1978) —More of a rock and roll version of the familiar theme. This one goes out to Rich - a listener who suggested this in an e-mail many moons ago which I just stumbled across, recently.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “The Kitty Cat Song” from Ride Your Pony CD ALBUM (Sundazed 1965) —Written by Jimmy Roach & Joe Spendel and released in 1966. Produced & arranged by Allen Toussaint.Buy it!
Eddie & Ernie “The Cat” from Feline Groovy (Ace 2008) —Written by Eddie & Ernie and recorded for the Eastern label in 1965.Buy it!
Jimmy Smith “The Cat (from Joy House)” from The Cat - The Incredible Jimmy Smith (Verve Records 1964) —Music bed. Hammond B3-fueled instrumental written by Lalo Schifrin and recorded in 1964.Buy it!
Dave Davies “Groovy Movies” from Hidden Treasures (Sanctuary 2011) N —1969 recording made at Pye Studios written by Ray Davies with lead vocals by Dave Davies.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Every Ounce of Strength” from Complete A and B Sides (1963-1970) (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)JAD 2006) —1966 cover version of a Carla Thomas song written by Steve Cropper, Isaac Hayes & David Porter.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Why Can't You Be?” from I Am Shelby Lynne (Island Def Jam 2000) —Appearing tonight (Thurs 1/12) at the Old Rock House. Highly recommended but sold out, I believe.Buy it!
The Pac-Keys “Dig In” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic At The Firebird on 2/1 W/ Roky Erickson! 2011) —Memphis soul instrumental circa 1965-67.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait (Live)” from Stage Whisper (Elektra 2011) N —Written by Beck & recorded live in 2010. This is off her new release made up of half previously unreleased tracks and half live recordings.Buy it!
Beck “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” from War Child - Heroes, Vol. 1 (EMI 2009) —One of the best Bob Dylan covers, ever. Complete with seagull noises and everything.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “As I Went Out One Morning” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) N —From her new release made up of all cover versions of songs off Bob Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' album. This album features Robbie McIntosh (Average White Band, The Pretenders) on a plethora of different instruments.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Highway 23” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Ry Cooder and originally from the 1982 'The Border' movie soundtrack.Buy it!
The Hazey Janes “Girl In the Night” from The Winter That Was (Armellodie 2011) N —New release from this band based out of Dundee, Scotland. Featuring the lead vocals of Andrew Mitchell. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Velvet Crush “Time Wraps Around You” from Teenage Symphonies to God (Epic 1994) —Written by Jeffrey Borchardt, Paul Chastain & Ric Menck and found on this release of pop gems - mostly originals along with choice covers of Gene Clark & Matthew Sweet.Buy it!
The Byrds “You Showed Me” from Preflyte (Sundazed Music 2006) —One of the earliest Byrds songs. Written by Gene Clark & Roger McGuinn.Buy it!
Les Champions “Colorado” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Music bed. Early 60s guitar instrumental out of France.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Brain-Tag” from Palomine (Matador 1992) —One of my first memories of hearing KDHX when I moved here in 1993 was that of Tony Renner playing this song. Out of Amsterdam and one of my favorite albums of the 90s. Still holds up great now. Vocals by Carol van Dijk.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Stephanie Says” from The Best of the Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed (Verve 1989) —Written by Lou Reed & recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Puerto Vallarta” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental written by Marty Cooper & Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
La Sera “Please Be My Third Eye” from Sees the Light (Hardly Art 2012) N —From their forthcoming album slated for release on March 24. Vocals by Katy Goodman.Buy it!
The School “Let It Slip” from Loveless Unbeliever (Elefant 2010) —Perfect pop song out of Cardiff, Wales written & sung by Liz Hunt.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Let's Get Out of This Country” CD ALBUM (Merge www.mergerecords.om 2006) —Written by Traceyanne Campbell and found on the Scottish band's 2006 release. So many great pop songs on this one.Buy it!
Jason & The Scorchers “Mother Of Greed” from Halcyon Times (Jerkin' Crocus 2010) —Appearing this Friday (1/13) at Off Broadway. Opening is Brian Henneman. Sounds like a really good show to me.Buy it!
Caleb Travers “Paris, 2nd Best” from Ain't No Jukebox (self released 2011) N L —I was just made aware of this 2011 release a couple of weeks ago. Some really fine vocals on this along with impressive string arrangements by Charlie Brumley.Buy it!
Jakob Dylan “Holy Rollers for Love” from Women + Country (Columbia 2010) —Work with me here -this song (and this song, only) sounds like a cross between something off 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon' & 'Street Legal.'Buy it!
Billy Joe Shaver “Freightliner Blues” from Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt (TVZ) —Making a rare St. Louis appearance at the Old Rock House next Tuesday (1/17).Buy it!
The Blasters “I'm Shakin'” from Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985) (Rhino 2002) R —Little Willie John cover recorded in 1981. Written by Rudy Toombs.Buy it!
The Little Willies “Fist City” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2012) N —Loretta Lynn song sung by Norah Jones and found on their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “Heroin Addict Sister” from Welder CD ALBUM (31 Tigers 2010) —I wonder she if she's sung this one at the Opry.Buy it!
Danko/Fjeld/Andersen “Driftin' Away” SINGLE (Rykodisc 1993) —Words and music by Eric Andersen & Rick Danko. The vocals kill on this one.Buy it!
Villagers “Old Man” from Harvest Revisited (Mojo 2011) —Neil Young cover sung beautifully by Conor J. O’Brien. Imaginative interpretation.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Barely Exist” from ¡Let Freedom Ring! (Yep Roc Records www.yeproc.com 2009) —Coming to Off Broadway in March (Thursday 3/22). I put this one in the "you would be crazy to miss this" category.Buy it!
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