Soul Survivors “Expressway To Your Heart” from Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino 1997) —Written & produced by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and recorded in 1967 for the Crimson label. Soul Survivors might have only had one hit but this is a soul classic.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Chantilly Lace” from The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7: 1967 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2007) —1967 soul version of the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) cover & produced by Clarence Paul.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Catch This Teardrop” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) N —Written by bassist & bandleader Scott Bomar & featuring the vocals of Percy Wiggins. The Bo-Keys will be doing a Euclid Records in-store performance this Friday (7/14) at 3 PM.Buy it!
The Mar-Ketts “Stirrin' Up Some Soul” from Double Cookin': Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1966 soul instrumental recorded for Warner Bros.Buy it!
Dennis Coffey “Somebody's Been Sleeping (feat. Lisa Kekaula of the Bellrays)” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) N —Dennis Coffey played guitar on the 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) original version of this song & on this new release he is joined by Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays who sings lead vocals.Buy it!
Father's Children “Dirt And Grime” from Who's Gonna Save The World (The Numero Group 2011) N —New compilation made up of previously unreleased tracks recorded in the early to mid 70s by this Washington, DE.C. soul & funk band. "My dirty filthy habitat is where I got my habit at."Buy it!
War “Slippin' Into Darkness” from The Funk Box (Hip-O 2000) —I'd say there is a groove to this one. Seven minutes of greatness. Recorded in 1971 for the Avenue label.Buy it!
The Rhine Oaks “Tampin (Single Version)” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —Music bed. Instrumental written & arranged by Allen Toussaint and recorded by The Meters (with Allen Toussaint playing piano) under a different name.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “Baby, I'm For Real” from From a Whisper to a Scream (CBS 1972) —Reissue of her 1972 King release. Sublime version of a song written by Marvin Gaye & Anna Gordy and arranged & conducted by Pee Wee Ellis.Buy it!
The T.S.U. Toronadoes “Getting The Corners” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —1968 Atlantic instrumental recorded by the backing band for Archie Bell & The Drells.Buy it!
Jimmy Smith “St. Louis Blues” from The Cat - The Incredible Jimmy Smith (Verve Records 1964) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental written by W.C. Handy.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Yes We Can” from Yes We Can/Night People (Raven 2005) —Reissue of his 1970 album. Written by Allen Toussaint with backing by The Meters.Buy it!
Allen Toussaint “St. James Infirmary” from The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch 2009) —2009 instrumental version featuring Allen Toussaint (piano), Don Byron (clarinet), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Marc Ribot (acoustic guitar), David Piltch (bass) & Jay Bellerose (drums). Produced by Joe Henry.Buy it!
Allen Toussaint “Blue Drag” from The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Django Reinhardt.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “I Remember You” from Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) N —Written by Eilen Jewell & found on her new release. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Let Yourself Go (Come On)” from Stranger Me (Archer Records 2011) N —Written by Bobby Charles & found on her forthcoming release. Amy LaVere will be playing at Off Broadway next month (Friday 8/12).Buy it!
Otis Redding “Cigarettes and Coffee” from Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding (Rhino 1993) —Recorded in 1966 and written by Eddie Thomas, Jay Walker & Jerry Butler. The vocals on this and the drums of Al Jackson, Jr. (less is more, in this case) are just incredible.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “The Stations” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —Well, which great new Marianne Faithfull song should I begin hour # 2 with this week? How about the lead-off track written by Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan? Produced by Hal Willner.Buy it!
Keren Ann “Daddy, You Been On My Mind” from 101 (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2011) N —Bob Dylan cover from her new release.Buy it!
Dirty Projectors “Dark Eyes” from Like A Version (n/a 2010) —Live radio studio recording made in Australia in 2010 . Written by Bob Dylan.Buy it!
Ohayo “Shadowed by Trees” from The State We Are In (Häpna 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental from the Swedish backup band for when el Perro del Mar goes on tour.Buy it!
Morphine “You Look Like Rain” from Good (Ryko/Rhino 1992) —Written by Mark Sandman and found on the Boston trio's 1992 debut release..Buy it!
John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis & Roy Rogers “Coming to Town” from The Hot Spot (soundtrack) (Antilles 1990) —Instrumental written by Jack Nitzsche with Earl Palmer & Tim Drummond as the rhythm section, John Lee Hooker on vocals & guitar, Roy Rogers on slide guitar & Miles Davis on trumpet.Buy it!
Lulu “Here Comes The Night” from The Bert Berns Story: Vol. 1 1960-64 (Ace 2008) —Written by Bert Berns & recorded for the Decca label in 1964. This was the original version of the song but Them (with Van Morrison) had a much bigger hit with it several months later.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Puerto Vallarta” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental composed by Jack Nitzsche & Marty Cooper.Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “In These Shoes?” from Tropical Brainstorm (Instinct 2001) —Written by Pete Glenister & Kirsty MacColl and found on her last album which was completed just months before her untimely death.Buy it!
Los Lobos “On A Night Like This” from Masked and Anonymous (Columbia 2003) —Written by Bob Dylan and found on the 2003 soundtrack to the Larry Charles film. Somehow, this movie failed to garner any Oscars (TM).Buy it!
Sir Douglas Quintet “And It Didn't Even Bring Me Down” from Mendocino (Acadia 1969) —Written by Doug Sahm, Frank Morin & Martin Fierro and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
The Fireballs “Groovin'” from Exotic Guitars From the Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental version of the Young Rascals song.Buy it!
La Sera “Never Come Around” from La Sera (Hardly Art 2011) —Really catchy pop song written & sung by Katy Goodman (who is also bassist for Vivian Girls) and found on this 2011 debut release.Buy it!
Ellie Greenwich “You Don't Know” from One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found (Rhino 2005) —Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & Shadow Morton & recorded in 1965 for the Red Bird label. The production on this by Shadow Morton is pretty great.Buy it!
The Remodels “Girl Don't Come” from The Remodels (The Remodels 2010) L —2009 cover version of the Sandie Shaw song featuring Toby Weiss on vocals & Steve Staicoff on everything else. "Drats!"Buy it!
Laurie Johnson and The London Studio Orchestra “The Avengers: Main Title” from Hal Lifson's Sex and the '60s (Varese Sarabande 2005) —Music bed. Instrumental theme from the 1966-69 TV series 'The Avengers' composed & conducted by Laurie Johnson.Buy it!
Arctic Monkeys “Love is a Laserquest” from Suck It and See (Domino 2011) N —New release featuring lyrics & vocals by Alex Turner and music by Arctic Monkeys.Buy it!
The Wombats “Anti-D” from The Wombats Proudly Present...This Modern Glitch (Bright Antenna 2011) N —Roy Kasten vehemently disagrees with me but I still think this is one of the best songs I've heard in 2011. "It's hard to smile when you're as flattened as a pancake."Buy it!
Blur “End of a Century” from Parklife CD ALBUM (SBK 1994) —Written by Blur & featuring the vocals of Damon Albarn.Buy it!
Susan Cowsill “Sweet Bitter End” from Lighthouse CD ALBUM (Threadhead Records 2010) —Written by Susan Cowsill & Tad Armstrong (who also plays bass on most of this album). Susan Cowsill & The Russ Broussard Duo will be appearing at Off Broadway this Friday (7/15). This is an early seated show that begins at 7 PM. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Blue Shadows “When Will This Heartache End” from On the Floor of Heaven (Deluxe Edition) (2010 Bumstead Productions Ltd 2010) —Expanded reissue of the Canadian band's 1993 release. Featuring the vocals of Bill Cowsill and co-lead singer Jeffrey Hatcher.Buy it!
Mickey Newbury “I Don't Wanna Rock” from Better Days (Demos, Rarities, Unreleased) (Saint Cecilia Knows 2011) N —Previously unreleased publisher demo for a song eventually recorded by Sammi Smith.Buy it!
Clarence White “Hong Kong Hillbilly aka Nashville West” from Country & West Coast (Big Beat rhino.com 2006) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental written by Clarence White & Gene Parsons.Buy it!
Kim Lenz and the Jaguars “Shined Up and Ready to Shout” from It's All True! (Riley Records 2009) —Written by Kim Lenz & found on her most recent 2009 release. Kim Lenz will be appearing at Beale On Broadway a week from Sunday (7/24).Buy it!
Neil Young “Grey Riders” from A Treasure (Reprise 2011) N —Previously unreleased Neil Young original from a live recording made during his 1984-1985 tour with the International Harvesters.Buy it!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Love And Only Love” from Ragged Glory (Reprise 1990) —Music bed. Instrumental excerpt.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “The Way It Goes” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) N —Written by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and found on this highly recommended new release. Gillian Welch will be appearing at The Pageant in September (Saturday 9/3).Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Synthetic World” from It's All Good: A Singles Collection 1963-89 (Kent 2011) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg and recorded in 1970 for the Canyon label.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Rent Party” from The Road From Memphis (Anti 2011) N —Music bed. New instrumental written by Booker T. Jones.Buy it!
Matthew Ryan “Dulce Et Decorum Est” from Matthew Ryan Vs. the Silver State (00:02:59 LLC www.2minutes59.com 2008) —Matthew Ryan, Jeff Klein & Dawn Kinnard will be appearing at Off Broadway this Tuesday (7/19).Buy it!
The Silver Jews “I'm Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You” from Tanglewood Numbers (Drag City 2005) —Written by David Berman. And the song is as good as the title.Buy it!
Lee Hazlewood “Batman” from These Boots Are Made For Walkin': The Complete MGM Recordings (Ace 2002) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental from 1966. No, not that Batman instrumental. This was written by Lee Hazlewood & Dan Cole.Buy it!
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Nature Boy” from Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus (Mute Records 2004) —"And she moves among the flowers / And she floats upon the smoke / She moves among the shadows / She moves me with just one little look"Buy it!
Magic City “Lament” from Les Animaux Épouvantables (Tower Groove Records 2011) N L —Instrumental written by Larry Bulawsky. Magic City is having their LP release party a week from Saturday (7/23) at El Leñador located at 3124 Cherokee. Also on the bill are The Ransom Note and Warm Jets USA.Buy it!
The Union Electric “Tunnels” from Time Is Gold (Rankoutsider Records 2012) N L —Brand new single with lyics by Tim Rakel (of KDHX Mystery Train fame) and music by The Union Electric.Buy it!
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