The Capitols “Cool Jerk” from Beg, Scream & Shout! (Rhino 1997) —Written by the guitarist of the Capitols, Donald Storball, and recorded in 1966 for the Karen label by the Detroit-based band. Dance track extraordinaire.Buy it!
Patrice Holloway “Those DJ Shows” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal 2005) —Recorded in 1965 & previously unreleased until inclusion on this 2005 2-CD collection of Motown rarities. Written by Smokey Robinson.Buy it!
Raphael Saadiq “Radio” from Stone Rollin' (Columbia 2011) N —Written by Raphael Saadiq & found on his new release. He also played all the instruments on this track.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Jellybread” from Stax Profiles (Stax/Concord 2006) —Music bed. 1963 Stax instrumental written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg & Al Jackson, Jr.Buy it!
Syl Johson “Straight Love, No Chaser” from Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology SINGLE (The Numero Group 2010) —Chicago soul recorded in 1966. Found on this terrific 4-CD, 6-LP collection.Buy it!
Mitty Collier “My Babe” from Shades of Mitty Collier: The Chess Singles 1961-1968 (Kent 2008) —1963 reworked version of the Willie Dixon-penned song made famous by Little Walter.Buy it!
Betty Wright “Clean Up Woman (Single Version).” from The Very Best of Betty Wright (Rhino 2000) —Written by Clarence Reid & Willie Clarke and recorded in 1971 for the Alston label.Buy it!
Jimmy McGriff “Step One” from Jimmy McGriff Greatest Hits (Blue Note url 1997) —Music bed. Instrumental composition by Jimmy McGriff recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Heartaches And Pain” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2010) —Written by Charles Bradley & Thomas Brenneck (who also produced this album) and found on his 2011 debut release. Easily one of my Top 10 releases of 2011, so far, and he is an absolute force of nature to see perform live.Buy it!
Charles "Doc" Williams “Bumpin' On Sunset/We Got More Soul” from Sweet Sounds From the Bay Area: Music City Funk & Soul Grooves 1971-75 (BGP url 2011) N —Previously unreleased 1973 medley of Wes Montgomery's "Bumpin' On Sunset" & Dyke & The Blazers' "We Got More Soul." Featuring vocals by Darondo & guitar by Charles "Doc" Williams. Kind of a Dyke & The Blazers on valium kind of groove.Buy it!
Sidney, George & Jackie “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” from Jamaica Funk (Soul Jazz 2007) —1973 Jamaican version of the Temptations hit written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong.Buy it!
John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis & Taj Mahal “End Credits” from The Hot Spot (soundtrack) (Antilles 1990) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Jack Nitzsche & found on the soundtrack to the Dennis Hopper movie.Buy it!
The Diplomats of Solid Sound “Come In My Kitchen” from Live At KDHX: Volume 7 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2009) —Recorded live at KDHX in 2008. Soul & funk out of Iowa City. Appearing at the Gramophone this Friday (6/10). Also on the bill is Hazard to Ya Booty.Buy it!
Mel & Tim “Don't Mess With My Money, My Honey Or My Woman” from Starting All Over Again (stax 1972) —Written by Phillip Mitchell & recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1972.Buy it!
King Curtis “Soul Serenade” from Rock & Soul Instrumental Classics (Golden Stars 2001) —Music bed. Instrumental written by King Curtis & Luther Dixon.Buy it!
Bobby Womack “Harry Hippie” from The Ultimate Collection (Charly 1999) —Written by Jim Ford & recorded in 1972. Bobby Womack is appearing at the Ambassador in July (Saturday 7/2). Latimore will also be performing. Sounds like a great show.Buy it!
Leon Russell “Out In The Woods” from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz 2011) N —Written by Leon Russell & recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1972.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Fancy” from An American Quilt 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —Written by Bobbie Gentry & recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1970. Produced by Rick Hall. A sordid tale.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Prayer Meeting” from Soul Serenade: the Best of Willie Mitchell (Hi Records / The Right Stuff 1999) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Jimmy Smith & recorded in 1968.Buy it!
France Gall “Laisser Tomber Les Filles” from C'est Chic! (Ace 2010) —Written by Serge Gainsbourg & recorded in 1964 for the Philips label. You might have heard this translated and called "Chick Habit" and performed by April March.Buy it!
Moody & The Deltas “Everybody Come Clap Your Hands” from Do-Wah-Diddy: Words & Music by Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry (Ace 2008) —Written by Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry and recorded by this New Orleans-based band in 1964 for the Daisy label.Buy it!
The Shangri-Las “Sophisticated Boom Boom” from Myrmidons Of Melodrama (RPM 1995) —Written & produced by Shadow Morton & recorded in 1965.Buy it!
The Chandelles “Jetster” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Sundazed Music 2007) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental recorded for the Dot label.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “With A Bang” (self-released 2011) N L —The Blind Eyes are having their CD release party at Off Broadway on Saturday (6/11). Joining them in the festivities are Sleepy Kitty & The Livers. Should be a really fun show.Buy it!
Black Lips “Time” from Arabia Mountain COMP (Vice Records 2011) N —From their new release which just came out this week. Produced by Mark Ronson. A really good move, I think.Buy it!
The Wondermints “Love In The City” from Wonderful World of the Wondermints (Essential Records 1996) L —Pretty great cover version of the Turtles song.Buy it!
The Pastel Six “Bandido” from Intoxica! (Ace 2006) —Music bed. 1962 Southern California garage rock instrumental recorded for the Zen label.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Past Time” from Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2008) —Appearing this Saturday (6/11) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room as part of Twangfest. Also on this impressive bill is Marah and Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Steve Wynn “Strange New World” from Here Come the Miracles (Blue Rose 2001) —Written by Steve Wynn & released in 2001. One of the best working live bands today & coming soon (this Saturday, to be exact) to a Twangfest near you.Buy it!
Andrea Corr “Pale Blue Eyes” from Lifelines (A.C. Records 2011) N —Beautiful version of the Velvet Underground song found on this new release by the Irish singer which just came out this week.Buy it!
Lucy Kaplansky “Every Grain Of Sand” from A Nod to Bob 2 (Red House www.redhouse.com 2011) N —Wonderful vocals on this new release made up of various artists singing the songs of Bob Dylan.Buy it!
Rainy Day “I'll Be Your Mirror” from Rainy Day (Llama 1984) —1984 Velvet Underground cover featuring the vocals of Susanna Hoffs.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Herringbone Tweed” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Dean Wareham.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Freeway” from @#%&*! Smilers (Superego 2008) —Written by Aimee Mann & found on her most recent release which came out in 2008. I'd say she she is due for a new one.Buy it!
The Delgados “Mr Blue Sky” from The Complete BBC Peel Sessions (Chemikal Underground 2006) —Live 2002 studio version of the ELO song recorded for the BBC. It boggles my mind how a band can put that song across so well in a live setting. And Emma Pollock sounds quite wonderful on this.Buy it!
The Beatles “I'm Looking Through You” from Rubber Soul (Parlophone 1965) —Just a perfect pop song.Buy it!
Booker T. and The MGs “Michelle” from McLemore Avenue (expanded) (Concord 2011) N —New reissue of their 1970 release with the addition of six more instrumental versions of Beatles songs. This track was recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Birds Without a Wire” from Lines from the Frame (Undertow 2008) L —Written by Chris Grabau & featuring the duet vocals of Chris Grabau & Kelly Kneiser of Glossary.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “I Can't Believe We Were Married” from The A to Z Recordings (Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd. 2010) —Written by Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly, and found on this 8-CD retrospective of his work - conveniently sequenced in alphabetical order.Buy it!
Kelly Willis “You Can't Take It With You” from Easy (Ryko 2002) —Written by the aforementioned Paul Kelly & released in 2002. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison will be headlining at the Duck Room tonight (6/9) for night #2 of Twangfest. Also on the bill are Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine, Jill Andrews & Eileen Rose.Buy it!
Mike Auldridge “Everybody Slides” from Dobro / Blues and Bluegrass (Fantasy Records 2002) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Mike Auldridge, Lowell George & David Bromberg.Buy it!
Bruce Robison “My Brother and Me” from Wrapped (Lucky Dog 1998) —One of Bruce Robison's finest songs. I believe this Twangfest show tonight (6/9 Blueberry Hill) is the first St. Louis appearance with both Bruce Robson & Kelly Willis performing together.Buy it!
Sammi Smith “This Room For Rent” from Help Me Make It Through the Night (Mega 1970) —Recorded in May 1970 at Monument Records in Nashville.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “The Buck Starts Here” from Country Love Songs CD ALBUM (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 1996) —Appearing with Nora O' Connor this Friday (6/10) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room for Twangfest. Also on the bill are Cumberland Gap, Frontier Ruckus & Chatham County Line.Buy it!
The Gosdin Brothers “There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)” from The Oxford American Southern Music CD - No. 12 (Oxford American 2010) —Originally recorded by the Gosdin Brothers in 1967.Buy it!
Jill Andrews “The Mirror” (Liam 2011) N —From her new release which just came out this week. Appearing tonight (Thursday 6/9) at the Duck Room with Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine, Eileen Rose and Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison.Buy it!
Eileen Rose “Twenty Dollar Shoes” from At Our Tables (Evangeline 2008) —Appearing tonight (Thursday 6/9) at the Duck Room with Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine, Jill Andrews and Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison.Buy it!
Black Ace “Bad Times Stomp” from I'm the Boss Card In Your Hand (Arhoolie Records 1992) —Music bed.Buy it!
Larry Williams “Slow Down” from At His Finest: The Specialty Rock 'N' Roll Years (Ace 2004) —Written by Larry Williams & recorded in 1958 for the Specialty label.Buy it!
Them “Hello Josephine” from Them Again (Parrot 1966) —Written by Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “Goodbye, So Long” from Ike & Tina Turner - The Kent Years (Ace Records 2000) —Written by Ike Turner & recorded in 1965.Buy it!
Miranda Lee Richards “Dandelion” from The Herethereafter (Virgin Records America 2001) R —Rolling Stones cover from her 2001 debut release.Buy it!
Lee Ann Womack “I'm A Honky Tonk Girl” from Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn (Columbia Nashville 2010) —2010 Loretta Lynn cover produced by Buddy Miller. With Buddy Miller on guitar and Patty Griffin on background vocals.Buy it!
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