The Velvelettes “He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —Recorded in 1964 & written by William "Mickey" Stevenson, Norman Whitfield & Eddie Holland.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “Soul Stomp” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —1964 Motown instrumental rave-up from the band responsible for so much of the Motown sound.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Your Love Is Amazing” from The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7: 1967 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2007) —Written by Holland, Dozier & Holland and recorded in 1967. This was the b-side to a soul cover version of "Chantilly Lace."Buy it!
Chris Clark “Love's Gone Bad” from Soul Sounds (Motown 1967) —Written By Holland, Dozier & Holland and found on this reissue of her 1st album which was released by Motown in 1967.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “I Don't Know (Satisfaction)” from Fresh (Bonus Version) (EPIC/LEGACY 2007) —Written by Sylvester Stewart & released in 2003. This track features background vocals by a female R&B trio named "Little Sister."Buy it!
Prince “When You Were Mine” from Dirty Mind (Warner Brothers 1980) —Written, produced & arranged by Prince. Cyndi Lauper later covered this song in 1984 on her "She's So Unusual" release.Buy it!
Brer Soul and Earth Wind & Fire “Sweetback's Theme” from Can You Dig It? (Soul Jazz 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental from the 1971 movie soundtrack to "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song."Buy it!
Mieko Hirota “Nagisa No Tenshi” from Nippon Girls: Japanese Pop, Beat, & Bossa Nova 1966-70 (Big Beat rhino.com 2009) —Japanese mash-up of "Cool Jerk" & "It's Not Unusual" recorded for Columbia in 1968. In 1965, she became the first Japanese artist to play the Newport Jazz Festival.Buy it!
Brenda Holloway “You've Made Me So Very Happy” from Brenda Holloway: The Motown Anthology (Universal/Motown 2005) —Recorded in 1968 for an album called "Hurtin'and Cryin'" that was cancelled & unreleased by Motown. Luckily, the album made it on to this 2005 2-CD Brenda Holloway retrospective.Buy it!
Gloria Jones “What You Want” from Mama's Got A Bag of Her Own (EMI 2006) —1968 b-side to her "I Know" single recorded for the Minit label.Buy it!
Tom Jones “If I Give My Soul” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) N —Terrific take on this Billy Joe Shaver cover from his new gospel-themed release.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Lately” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) N —This has to be one of the best vocals I've ever heard from Mark Lanegan. Written by Isobel Campbell and found on this recommended new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Joe Henry “Man I Keep Hid” from Blood from Stars (Anti 2009) —Written by Joe Henry and released in 2009.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “For What It's Worth” from The Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair 1955-1984 (KENT/ACE 2000) —1967 Buffalo Springfield cover recorded for the Epic label. Written by Stephen Stills.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “The Green Fields of Summer” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve 2010) —Written by Peter Wolf & Will Jennings and found on his new release. This track also features the vocals of Neko Case. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Jeff Tweedy “Simple Twist of Fate” from I'm Not There (Columbia 2007) —Bob Dylan cover from 2007. Jeff Tweedy will be appearing as part of LouFest this Sunday (8/29) at 7:00 PM.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Sensitive Boys” from Real Animal (Manhattan 2008) —Written by Alejandro Escovedo & Chuck Prophet. Alejandro Escovedo will be appearing as part of LouFest this Sunday (8/29) at 6:00 PM.Buy it!
Son Volt “Last Minute Shakedown” from Straightaways (Warner Brothers 1997) —1997 song written by Jay Farrar.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Semaphore” from Pharmacy of Love (Palomine 2010) N —Appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room in October (Friday 10/22).Buy it!
The School “Let It Slip” from Loveless Unbeliever (Elefant 2010) N —Indie pop from the Welsh band's new debut full-length release. Featuring the lead vocals and songwriting of Liz Hunt.Buy it!
The Monkees “Porpoise Song (Theme from "Head")” from The Best of the Monkees (Rhino 1967) —Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and recorded in 1968. This track features the lead vocals of Mickey Dolenz and was arranged by Jack Nitzsche & produced by Gerry Goffin.Buy it!
Eels “What I Have to Offer” from Tomorrow Morning (Unknown 2010) N —From their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Carol Kaye” from July Flame CD ALBUM (Raven Marching Band Records www.ravenmarchingband.com 2010) —Laura Veirs is coming to Off Broadway in September (Thursday 9/23). Also appearing will be the Watson Twins & Led To Sea.Buy it!
The Beatles “Norwegian Wood” from Rubber Soul (Parlophone 1965) —From their sixth abum released in 1965. I think it's a keeper.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Driving Along” from Nilsson Schmilsson CD ALBUM (RCA 1971) —Written by Harry Nilsson and recorded in 1971.Buy it!
Crosby & Nash “Carry Me” from Wind On the Water (MCA 1975) —1975 song written by David Crosby and featuring one of my favorite David Crosby vocals.Buy it!
Faces “Glad and Sorry” from The Best of Faces: Good Boys When They're Asleep (Rhino 2005) —1973 song written and sung by Ronnie Lane. I will never get tired off this song.Buy it!
The Burns Unit “You Need Me to Need This” from Side Show (Burns Unit 2010) N —Debut album by a band featuring Karine Polwart, King Creosote & Emma Pollock plus Future Pilot AKA, Kim Edgar, Mattie Foulds, Michael Johnston and MC Soom T. This track features the vocals of Emma Pollock & Michael Johnston.Buy it!
The Broken Heartbreakers “Tell That Boy” from Wintersun (self released 2010) N —New release by the band based out of Auckland, New Zealand. Find out more about them at www.thebrokenheartbreakers.comBuy it!
Richard & Linda Thompson “Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair” from Pour Down Like Silver (Hannibal 1975) —This 1975 release might not be as well known as "Shoot Out the Lights" & "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" but just about as impressive. That's saying a whole lot.Buy it!
Dear Vincent “Crooked Jack” from So Long Winter CD ALBUM (self 2010) N L —From the St. Louis band's debut release. Some really impressive arrangements on this 6-song EP.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Time” from Rain Dogs (Island 1985) —1985 song written by Tom Waits. One of his finest ballads, I think.Buy it!
Moris Tepper “Simple Math” from A Singer Named Shotgun Throat (Candle Bone 2010) N —Written by Moris Tepper (former guitarist for Captain Beefheart & Tom Waits) and found on his new release.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “Down By the Water” from To Bring You My Love (Island 1995) —Written by PJ Harvey and recorded in 1994. And sounding quite menacing in headphones.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Hummingbyrd” from Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) N —Pretty great instrumental found on his new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Michelle Shocked “Come a Long Way ” from Arkansas Traveler (Polygram 1992) —Written by Michelle Shocked and released in 1992. Michelle Shocked will be appearing at Off Broadway in September (9/18 Saturday).Buy it!
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard “Strange Ways to Win Wars” from Old Devils (Bloodshot 2010) N —Written by Jon Langford and found on their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Kentucky Knife Fight “Always A Bribe, Never A Bride” from We're All Nameless Here CD ALBUM (self-released 2010) N L —Appearing tonight (Thursday 8/26) at the Stager Inn Again (Edwardsville, IL). Also on the bill are Micah Schnabel (of Two Cow Garage) & The Blind Eyes.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Hit 'em Up Style” from Genuine Negro Jig CD ALBUM (Nonesuch 2010) N —Apeearing this Sunday (8/29) as part of LouFest. They go on at 2:00 PM.Buy it!
Joe Simon “Travellin' Man” from Monument of Soul (RPM 2001) —Written by Joe Simon and originally released as the b-side of a 1967 single on the Sound Stage 7 label.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Total Destruction to Your Mind” SINGLE (unk unk 1970) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg and recorded in 1970.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Amos Moses” from RCA Country Legends: Jerry Reed (Remastered) (Buddha Records 2001) —"Now the folks around south Louisiana said Amos was a hell of a man / He could trap the biggest meanest alligator and he'd just use one hand / That's all he got left cause an alligator bit it / Left arm gone clear up to the elbow."Buy it!
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