James Carr “The Dark End Of The Street” from A Man Needs a Woman (Goldwax 1968) —Might as well start off with the heavy artillery. 2003 reissue of his 1967 release. Written by Dan Penn & Chips Moman & featuring one of the best soul vocals ever recorded.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “Eight Men and Four Women” (Backbeat 1967) —Credited as being written by Deadric Malone (aka Don Robey) and recorded in 1967 for Don Robey's Backbeat label. Deep soul at its very best.Buy it!
Doris Duke “Feet Start Walking” from I'm A Loser: The Swamp Dogg Sessions...and more (Kent 2005) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg) & Gary U.S. Bonds and recorded for the Canyon label in 1969. Produced by Swamp Dogg and recorded at Phil Walden's studio in Macon, GA.Buy it!
Kings Go Forth “You're The One” from The Outsiders Are Back VINYL (Luaka Bop 2010) —Soul out of Milwaukee, WI. Written by bassist, John Noble. Kings Go Forth will be appearing this Friday (3/4) at Off Broadway with Jon Hardy and The Public and Amy LaVere. This ought to be a great show.Buy it!
The O' Jays “Time to Get Down” from Back Stabbers (Epic 1972) —Written & produced by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and released in 1972. I think this still remains one of the finest soul releases of the 70s.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “The Reason” from I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental written by tenor saxophonist, Neal Sugarman.Buy it!
Sharon Cash “Fever” from Soul Sides, Vol. 2 (The Covers) (Zealous Records 2007) —1974 decidedly non-laid back soul version of the oft-covered R&B standard written by Eddie Cooley & John Davenport.Buy it!
Lulu “Feelin' Alright” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —Written by Dave Mason (of Traffic) and recorded in 1970 at Muscle Shoals with a band including Duane Allman on guitar. Produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “You Can Make It If You Try” from Stand! (Bonus Version) (EPIC/LEGACY 2007) —From the expanded reissue of their 1969 soul classic album. Written by Sylvester Stewart.Buy it!
Sandy Posey “Hey Mister” from Single Girl (MGM 1967) —Overlooked gem written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded in 1967. Produced by Chips Moman. Thanks to Joe from Euclid Records for hooking me up with these Sandy Posey LPs.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Take Me (Just As I Am)” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —1967 Atlantic recording found on this sublime compilation of various artists performing songs written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham. Very highly recommended. And, needless to say, Solomon Burke just tears this one up.Buy it!
Doris Troy “What'Cha Gonna Do About It” from I'll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996 (Kent 2011) N —Written by Doris Payne (aka Doris Troy), Gregory Carroll & Rex Garvin and recorded for Atlantic in 1963.Buy it!
The Fireballs “Light My Fire” from Exotic Guitars From the Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) N —Music bed. Previously unreleased 60s instrumental version of the Doors song. You haven't heard a version of the song like this.Buy it!
Brunetta & The Balubas “Baluba Shake” from Le Beat Bespoke 2 (Circle 2006) —1966 beat number out of Italy featuring Brunetta (aka Mara Pacini) on lead vocals. I'm pretty sure you won't hear this one on any other St. Louis radio stations.Buy it!
Don Covay & The Goodtimers “Somebody's Got To Love You” from Mercy! (Atlantic 1965) —Written by Don Covay & recorded in 1965. With Bernard Purdie on drums.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Mercy Mercy” from Out of Our Heads (ABKCO 1965) —2002 reissue of their 1965 release. Written by Don Covay (who was an influence on Mick Jagger's vocals) and Ronald Dean Miller.Buy it!
Peter Case with Joe Meyer “Nadine” from Dig What You're Puttin' Down / Nadine vinyl 45 (Euclid Records 2010) N —Written by Chuck Berry and found on this B-side of a single recorded live in 2010.Buy it!
The Parting Gifts “Shine” from Strychnine Dandelions (In The Red 2010) N —New release featuring Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound) & Coco Hames (the Ettes) on lead vocals. This track was written & sung by Greg Cartwright.Buy it!
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard “Getting Used to Uselessness” from Old Devils (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) —This song was written by Jon Langford about the England World Cup team (and a whole lot more). This version of Skull Orchard he is currently touring with is terrific & you will not be disappointed by this release. Buy it!Buy it!
Lykke Li “Youth Knows No Pain” from Wounded Rhymes (Atlantic 2011) N —This is the second full-length release from Swedish artist, Lykke Li Zachrisson, and just came out this week.Buy it!
La Sera “Never Come Around” from La Sera (Hardly Art 2011) N —New debut release featuring the songs & vocals of Katy Goodman (of Vivian Girls).Buy it!
The Cake “Baby That’s Me” from More of the Cake Please (Rev-Ola 2007) —Written by Jackie De Shannon & Jack Nitzsche and released by Decca in 1967. This CD is made up of two albums put out by the NY-based band fronted by three teenage girls in 1967 & 1968. Great-sounding pop song in mono.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Fair Weather Fans” from Vol. 2 - High and Inside (Bonus Version) (Yep Roc Records 2011) N —Written by Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey & Linda Pitmon and found on their new release which just came out this week. They will be appearing at the KDHX/Twangfest party at SXSW taking place Thursday, March 17, Noon-6 p.m.Buy it!
The Strangeloves “I Want Candy” from I Want Candy: The Best of the Strangeloves (Legacy/Epic Associated 1995) —This 1965 recording was the first release put out by Bang Records and was the Strangeloves' biggest hit.Buy it!
The Bangles “Hero Takes a Fall” from All Over the Place (Columbia 1984) —1984 song written by Susanna Hoffs & Vicki Peterson and featuring lead vocals by Susanna Hoffs.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Brasil 1957” from Modernity CD ALBUM (Blind Eyes 2008) —2009 ode about the 1957 construction of Brasilia. From above it looks like the shape of an airplane which explains some of the lyrics. For more fun facts about this architecture & The Blind Eyes, go to www.beltstl.com/2009/08/architecture-rock-st-louis-stBuy it!
XTC “Towers Of London” from Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles Collection (1977-1992) (Virgin UK 1996) —1980 song written by Andy Partridge. I wish I was smart enough to have come up with this song to follow the previous one but that idea came from Steve Carosello (by way of a comment on the www.beltstl.com blog).Buy it!
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” from Let England Shake (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2011) N —This song probably won't be adopted for use by the England tourist board but the next two songs won't be, either. Written by PJ Harvey & found on her new release.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Black Boys On Mopeds” from I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Chrysalis 1990) —Remember when MTV actually played music? Back in 1990, Sinéad O'Connor performed this live on MTV Unplugged (hosted by Jules Shear, I believe) & it was flat-out amazing. As is this album.Buy it!
The Waterboys “Old England” from This is the Sea (Chrysalis 1985) —1985 song written by Mike Scott. Not the prettiest of pictures.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Help Save the Youth of America” from Talking With The Taxman About Poetry (Ekektra 1986) —"Help save the sun-tanned surfer boys and the California girls."Buy it!
Aimee Mann & Michael Penn “Reason to Believe” from Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska (Sub-Pop 2000) —Taken from this fine compilation of various artists performing songs in the same order as Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" album. Like the original release, all songs were recorded on 4-track.Buy it!
Randy Newman “I Think It's Going to Rain Today (Live)” from Randy Newman (Live) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1971) —Live 1970 recording from the Bitter End East. Randy Newman put on a really memorable show last Friday at the Sheldon Concert Hall.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Most of the Time (Alternate Version)” from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia 2008) —Alternate stripped-down version recorded in New Orleans in 1989 during the Oh Mercy sessions.Buy it!
The Low Anthem “Apothecary Love” from Smart Flesh (Nonesuch 2011) N —From their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “I Want To Be With You Always” from Majestic Silver Strings (New West 2011) N —Beautiful Lefty Frizzell song sung by Buddy Miller & Patty Griffin and featuring guitar work by Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell & Greg Leisz. Just out this week.Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Born To Be Loved” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway 2011) N —Another release which just came out this week. I've kind of gotten away from Lucinda Williams after her last several albums but there are some really fine songs on this.Buy it!
Jessica Lea Mayfield “Our Hearts Are Wrong” from Tell Me (Nonesuch 2011) N —Produced by Dan Auerbach & found on her new sophomore release.Buy it!
Drive-by Truckers “Everybody Needs Love” from Go-Go Boots (ATO www.atorecords.com 2011) N —Eddie Hinton cover sung by Patterson Hood & found on their new release.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “That Beat” from Anchors and Anvils (Archer www.archer-records.com 2007) —2007 cover version of a Carla Thomas song. Amy LaVere will be at Off Broadway this Friday (3/4) along with Jon Hardy & The Public and headliner, Kings Go Forth.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Today I Started Loving You Again” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 2004) —Written by Merle Haggard & sung beautifully by Bettye Swann.Buy it!
Al Green “For The Good Times” from 14 Greatest Hits (Motown 1984) —Written by Kris Kristofferson & produced by Willie Mitchell. Released in 1972 on Hi Records. Pure greatness.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “Big City” from Down Every Road, 1962-94 (CAPITOL NASHVILLE 1996) —Written by Merle Haggard & Dean Holloway. Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson will be at the Fox Theatre next Wednesday (3/9). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Holding Things Together” from Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard (Hightone 1994) —Merle Haggard cover released in 1994.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Little Red Rooster” from Night Beat MP3/FILE ALBUM (RCA Victor 1963) R —I received a request for this and was able to get it end just under the wire. Written by Chester Burnett (aka Howlin' Wolf) & Willie Dixon. This is one release I can't recommend highly enough.Buy it!
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