Brenda Lee “What'd I Say” from The Rebel Kind: Girls With Guitars 3 (Ace 2014) N —F 12 She recorded this Ray Charles song in London in 1964. Top English session players were used including Jimmy Page on guitar.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “Suspicious Minds” from The Complete Atco Recordings (Rhino 2014) N —F6 Soul version of the huge Elvis hit written by Mark James and recorded in 1971.Buy it!
The Cake “Baby That’s Me” from More of the Cake Please (Rev-Ola 2007) —1967 recording written by Jackie DeShannon and Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Jackie DeShannon “Dream Boy” from What The World Needs Now Is...Jackie DeShannon (EMI 1994) —Written by Jackie DeShannon and recorded in 1964. Jimmy Page plays guitar on this track.Buy it!
Keith Mansfield “Powerhouse Pop” from Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1 (Blow Up Records www.blowup.co.uk/records/artists/alfa-9/gone-to-ground 1996) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental written by Keith Mansfield.Buy it!
Courtney Barnett “Out Of The Woodwork” from The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Mom + Pop 2013) —Written by Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Deadpan vocal delivery with witty lyrics - works for me.Buy it!
Jason Isbell “Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings” from Beck Song Reader (Capitol Records 2014) N —Written by Beck Hansen.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Wish Me Luck” from Night Surfer (Yep Roc 2014) N —A new Chuck Prophet album is coming out on September 23. This is a cause for celebration.Buy it!
Daniele Luppi “Fashion Party” from An Italian Story (Belmondo/Rhino 2004) —Music bed. Composed by Daniele Luppi and featuring, once again, the whistling of Alessandro Alessandroni.Buy it!
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi “Problem Queen” from Rome (EMI 2011) —Norah Jones provides the lead vocals on this song written, arranged and produced by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi.Buy it!
Calexico “Roka” from Garden Ruin CD ALBUM (Quarterstick 2006) —Written by Joey Burns and featuring a stunning vocal by Spanish vocalist, Amparo Sánchez.Buy it!
Ennio Morricone “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (aka Le bon, la brute et le truand)” from 50 Movie Theme Hits (Cooking Vinyl 2006) R —I had a request to hear something with the whistling "by that guy in the Italian movies." So, with no further ado, behold the majestic whistle of Alessandro Alessandroni! This 1966 instrumental was arranged, conducted and composed by Ennio Morricone.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Dark Was The Night” from Paris, Texas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Warner Bros. 1989) —Music bed.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Snake Song” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) —Written by Townes Van Zandt. Arranged by Isobel Campbell.Buy it!
Martina Topley-Bird “Need One” from Quixotic (Independiente 2003) —Written by Martina Topley-Bird and Nick Bird. Mark Lanegan provides additional vocals on this track.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Take Me To Church” from I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss (Nettwerk 2014) N —Written by Sinead O'Connor and found on her forthcoming album slated for release on August 12.Buy it!
Laura Mvula “Green Garden” from Sing to the Moon (RCA Victor 2013) —From the debut album by the Birmingham, England-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. One of my favorite songs from 2013.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Red Beans and Rice” from Great R&B Instrumentals (Ace 2001) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental written by Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, Duck Dunn, and Al Jackson Jr.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got” from I've Got My Own Hell to Raise (Anti 2005) —Written by Sinead O'Connor and produced by Joe Henry - Bettye LaVette will be at the Roots N Blues N BBQ in Columbia in September (Sunday 9/28). She will be performing at 6 PM.Buy it!
Elton John “Talking Old Soldiers” from Tumbleweed Connection (MCA Records 1970) —Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Just Elton John on piano on this track which is perfect for this song.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “America, Here's My Boy” from Beck Song Reader (Capitol Records 2014) N —Written by Beck Hansen. "We watched them play soldiers out on the schoolyard / Pretending that the enemy was nothing like we are / With glory for the hero whose weapon's just a toy / America, here's my boy"Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Magnolia” from Emma Jean (Truth & Soul Records 2014) N —Written by J.J. Cale - They will be at 2720 Cherokee in September (Sat 9/20) on a bill also including Big Brother Thunder & The Master Blasters + Hal Greens. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Rockhouse, Parts 1 & 2” from Pure Genius - The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino Entertainment Co. 2005) —1958 instrumental written by Ray Charles.Buy it!
Percy Mayfield “Hit The Road Jack” from Specialty Profiles: Percy Mayfield (Specialty Records 2006) —Demo version of the Percy Mayfield song recorded circa 1960.Buy it!
Percy Mayfield “My Jug and I” from His Tangerine and Atlantic Sides (Rhino Handmade 2003) —Written by Percy Mayfield and recorded in 1966. Ray Charles recorded a number of his compositions including "Hit The Road Jack" which was a #1 hit.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “River's Invitation” from Soul '69 (Atlantic 1969) —Written by Percy Mayfield. Kenny Burrell palys guitar on this track.Buy it!
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “Heaven Is Mine” from Cold World (Daptone 2014) N —From their new album which just came out this week. Soul gospel out of NYC.Buy it!
The Martinis “I'll Always Love You” from Late Late Party (1965-67) (Light In The Attic 2011) —Music bed. Memphis soul instrumental recorded circa 1965-67.Buy it!
Cookie Jackson “Your Good Girl'S Gonna Go Bad” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) —Written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton and originally recorded by Tammy Wynette in 1967. This soul version was recorded later that year and was produced by Larry Williams (yes, that Larry Williams).Buy it!
Al Wilson “Do What You Gotta Do” from Searching for the Dolphins (Soul City 1968) —Written by Jimmy Webb, produced by Johnny Rivers, and recorded by the soul singer from Meridian, MS in 1967. James Burton plays gutar on this album.Buy it!
Jean Wells “Sit Down And Cry” from Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration (Ace 2009) —Written by Lou Stallman and Clyde Otis and originally released as a 1968 single for the Calla label. Overlooked soul gem. Aretha Franklin later covered this on her 1970 album "This Girl's in Love with You ."Buy it!
Sam Cooke “You Gotta Move” from Night Beat MP3/FILE ALBUM (RCA Victor 1963) —Sublime version of the Mississippi Fred McDowell song. Billy Preston plays organ on this track.Buy it!
Bill Doggett “Hold It” from R&B Hipshakers - Vol. 3 (Vampisoul 2012) —Music bed. 1958 R&B instrumental recorded for the King label.Buy it!
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