Ike Turner “Feelin' Good / Please Love Me (from All The Blues, All The Time medley)” from Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace 2012) N —1955 cover versions of a Junior Parker song and a B.B. King song played on his Fender Stratocaster.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay” from Soul Folk in Action (Stax Records url 1968) —Really great interpretation of the soul classic written by Otis Redding & Steve Cropper (who also produced the album). Sung by Mavis Staples who just turned 73 on Tuesday (7/10) and is still touring like crazy.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Tobacco Road” (CAPITOL 1964) —Written by John D. Loudermilk & recorded with the Onzy Matthews Orchestra. Onzy Matthews wrote all the arrangements and conducted the band.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “Pop's Instrumental” from Soul Folk in Action (Stax Records url 1968) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental penned by Pops Staples.Buy it!
The Jacksonians “Vehicle” from Lost Soul Gems From Sounds of Memphis (Kent 2012) N —Slow, soulful re-working of the Ides Of March hit found on this compilation of rare tracks from the Sound of Memphis label, including previously unheard titles (like this one) found recently on tapes & acetates.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “I Saw Me” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) N —Originally recorded by George Jones in 1962. This intense version was recorded in 1965. I've said it before but I have to think that Janis Joplin heard a lot of Esther Phillips recordings. She sure sounds like a major influence on Janis Joplin to me.Buy it!
Willie Tee “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” from I'm Only A Man (Get On Down 2011) —Reissue of his 1969 Capitol album. The New Orleans-based singer does a nice take on this Jimmy Webb song & the arrangements of H.B. Barnum add a whole lot to this album. Produced by David Axelrod.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “30-60-90” from Poppa Willie: The Hi Years 1962-74 (Cream / Hi 2001) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental written by Willie Mitchell & Teenie Hodges and recorded for the Hi label in 1969.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “100 Days, 100 Nights” (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2007) —Title track to their 2007 release written by Bosco Mann. The backing vocals are by The Voices of Thunder (Those Gentlemen of the Gospel).Buy it!
The Bamboos “I Got Burned (feat. Tim Rogers)” from Medicine Man (EMI Label Services 2012) N —Tim Rogers from You Am I delivers some terrific vocals on this song performed by the Australian soul band.Buy it!
Sugarman 3 “Rudy's Intervention” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone 2012) N —Music bed. Instrumental from this highly recommended new release.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “It's All In The Game” from Sweetheart Love Songs (Hear Music 2004) —Inspired by the 1958 Tommy Edwards recording. Nick Lowe will be at the Sheldon Concert Hall in September (Wednesday 9/26). Can I get a "wahoo!"?Buy it!
Renee Acker “If I Had a Magic Wand” from If I Had a Magic Wand 45 single (The Numero Group 2012) N —I have a subscription series with The Numero Group and this 45 single came in the same shipping carton as a pop compilation of bands out of Illinois. All I know is it's a soul pop track I like recorded for the Edgewood label (Wash. DC).Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Ways of This World” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot 2012) N —Written by Vic Chestnutt & found on one of my favorite 2012 releases.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 Dan Penn/Chips Moman soul masterpiece.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Do Re Mi” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —1970 Woody Guthrie cover off his debut album. Don't miss the Saturday (7/14) Just One Big Soul: Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Party, Tribute and 88.1 KDHX Benefit at Off Broadway. This is huge!Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Pastures of Plenty” from Hidden Things (Gawd Aggie Recordings 1991) —Written by Woody Guthrie & released in 1991.Buy it!
Dean and Britta “Silver Factory Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Grabbeltons “Make Love” from Le Beat Bespoké 5 (CIRCLE RECORDS 2012) N —Recorded in 1975 by this Belgian band who made a grand total of three 45s.Buy it!
The Jam “In the City (Peel Session, April 1977)” from The Jam At the BBC (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) 2009) —Written by Paul Weller and recorded live in the studio in 1977.Buy it!
The Saints “Husky Team” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle) —Music bed. 60s instrumental not to be confused with the Australian band.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Every Single Night” from The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Columbia 2012) N —Appearing this Saturday (7/14) at the Peabody Opera House.Buy it!
Dirty Projectors “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” from Levi's Pioneer Sessions 2010 Revival Recordings (www.levispioneersessions.com 2010) —Written by Bob Dylan & recorded in 2010. Appearing next Tuesday (7/17) at the Pageant. Wye Oak is opening.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Just Like A Woman (Live)” from Stage Whisper (Ekektra 2011) —Live Bob Dylan cover recorded in 2010. This blows away her studio recording of the song made for the "I'm Not There" movie soundtrack.Buy it!
The Kronos Quartet “Don't Think Twice, It's All Right” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) —F 20 Music bed. Instrumental version of the Bob Dylan song.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie” from The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia 1991) —Poem written about Woody Guthrie recited live during his April 12, 1963 performance at New York City's Town Hall.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Jesus Christ” from Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection (Smithsonian Folkways 2012) N —"This song was written in New York City / Of rich men, preachers and slaves / Yes, if Jesus was to preach like he preaced in Galillee / They would lay Jesus Christ in his grave."Buy it!
Old Crow Medicine Show “Union Maid” from Big Iron World CD ALBUM (Nettwerk Records 2006) —Written by Woody Guthrie. They will be appearing at the Pageant next Friday (7/20). Remember Just One Big Soul: Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Party, Tribute and 88.1 KDHX Benefit at Off Broadway this Saturday (7/14).Buy it!
The Shadows “Wonderful Land” from Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace 2012) N —Music bed. 1962 instrumental with Hank Marvin on the Stratocaster guitar.Buy it!
The Waterboys “Lonesome and a Long Way from Home [Bonus Track]” from Fisherman's Blues, Pt. 2 (Razor & Tie 2001) —Previously unreleased song written by Mike Scott & Andy Thistlewaite and recorded in 1986.Buy it!
Julie Fowlis “Lon-dubh (Blackbird)” from The White Album Recovered (Mojo 2008) —Sublime version of the Beatles song sung in Gaelic by a singer with one of the most beautiful voices on this planet.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Who You Gonna Dance With” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc 2012) N —From her new release which just hit the stores this week.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack “Girls of Pajama Hill” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack (Bloodshot 2007) —Music bed.Buy it!
Jerry Douglas “The Boxer” from Traveler (EOne 2012) N —Paul Simon and Mumford & Sons guest on this version of the Simon & Garfunkel song found on the dobro master's new release.Buy it!
Glen Hansard “High Hope” from Rhythm and Repose (Anti- 2012) N —Appearing at the Pageant in September (Tuesday 9/25).Buy it!
June Tabor and the Oyster Band “Lullaby of London” from Freedom and Rain (Cooking Vinyl 1990) —Pogues cover written by Shane MacGowan.Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “Don't Come the Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim” from Kite (Virgin 1989) —Written by Kirsty MacColl & recorded in 1989.Buy it!
The Jump Starts “There You Are” from Pride For Our City - Vol. 4 (The Loud Label 2012) N L —New compilation featuring a host of various St. Louis local artists.Buy it!
Beth Bombara “All Along” from V12LP Tower Groove Records (Tower Groove Records 2012) L —Glossary, The Blind Eyes, &Beth Bombara will be at the Duck Room on Saturday (7/28).Buy it!
Glossary “Little Caney” from The Better Angels of Our Nature (Undertow 2007) —See previous entry. Coming to town, soon.Buy it!
Marcia Ball “Between Here and Kingdom Come” from Roadside Attractions (Alligator 2011) —Appearing at the Wildey Theater this Sunday (7/15).Buy it!
Heartless Bastards “Parted Ways” from Arrow (Partisan Records LLC/MapleMusic Recordings 2012) —Appearing in September (Tuesday 9/11) at the Firebird.Buy it!
JD McPherson “Scratching Circles” from Signs and Signifiers (Rounder 2012)Buy it!
Nick Waterhouse “(If) You Want Trouble” from Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure www.innovativeleisure.net 2012) N Buy it!
Lula Reed & Her Little Teeners “Say Hey Pretty Baby” from King New Breed R&B-Volume 2 (Ace 2012) N —Written by Elson Teat & Rudy Toombs and recorded for the Federal label in 1962.Buy it!
Big Jay McNeely “Nervous, Man, Nervous” from Rhythm Riot (Ace 2002) —1953 Federal recording penned by Dwight Davis.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Hang Knot” from Struggle (Special Delivery / Topic 1990)Buy it!
David Rodriguez “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)” from The True Cross (DejaDsic 1992) —Live duet recording of the Woody Guthrie song with David Rodriguez & Lucinda Williams.Buy it!
Arlo Guthrie “When The Ship Comes In” from Hobo's Lullaby (Remastered) (Rising Son Records 2005 1972) —Written by Bob Dylan.Buy it!
Milton Mapes “Lonesome Town” from Stubbs The Zombie: The Soundtrack (Shout! Factory 2005)Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack “East Of The Sun” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack (Bloodshot 2007) —Featuring Neko Case on lead vocals.Buy it!
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