King Curtis “Memphis Soul Stew” from Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace 2012) N —New compilation of songs featuring the sounds of Fender guitars. This 1967 King Curtis composition features Reggie Young on Fender Stratocaster.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Share Your Love With Me” from Live at Fillmore West (Expanded) (Atlantic/Rhino 2006) —Previously unreleased 1971 live recorded version of the Bobby Bland hit. The backing band was led by King Curtis and features the Memphis Horns, Billy Preston on organ, Cornell Dupree on guitar and Bernard Purdie on drums among others..Buy it!
Lyn Collins “Think (About It)” from Mama Feelgood - The Best of Lyn Collins (Spectrum 2005) —Written by James Brown and recorded in 1972. She was a singer in the James Brown Revue from 1970-1976. The gospel-influenced intro is so great.Buy it!
The Memphis Horns “Soul Bowl” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Wayne Jackson & Andrew Love and recorded 1970 for the Cotillion label.Buy it!
Eddie Ray “Wait A Minute” from Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label (The Numero Group 2007) —Previously unreleased 1971 song recorded for the Columbus, OH-based Prix label. Written and sung by Eddie Ray. This track was found in a box of tapes sold at an estate sale some 30 years later.Buy it!
The Rollers “Knockin' At the Wrong Door” from Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep Soul (The Numero Group 2007) —Side a #1 Previously unreleased Miami soul Jackson 5-influenced track written by Willie Clarke & Clarence Reid and recorded circa 1970.Buy it!
The Jackson 5 “I'll Bet You” from ABC (Motown 1970) —Funkadelic cover from 1970.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “All For You” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Motown instrumental from 1965.Buy it!
Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds “Get Down” from Love-Itis (Soul-Tay-Shus 2011) —Detroit soul from 1967 originally recorded for the Magic Touch label.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “A Long Time” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) —2011 ode to Detroit. Mayer Hawthorne will be at the Firebird in May (Tues 5/22).Buy it!
Dennis Coffey “Space Traveller” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) —Music bed. Dennis Coffey-penned Instrumental.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Welcome Home” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Written by Ruthie Foster and featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama. Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn will be at the Old Rock House later this month (Thurs 3/29).Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Don't Stop Me This Time” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —From the Nashville-based singer-songwriter's first new release in seven years. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Paul Burch “Words Of Love” from Words of Love: Songs Of Buddy Holly (Perfect Sound Recordings 2011) —From his 2011 album made up entirely of Buddy Holly songs. His voice works so well on this material.Buy it!
The Shadows “Wonderful Land” from Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace 2012) N —Music bed. 1962 instrumental featuring Hank Marvin on a Fender Stratocaster.Buy it!
The McCoys “Sorrow” from Smash, Boom, Bang! The Songs and Productions of Feldman-Goldstein-Richard Gottehrer (Ace 2012) N —1965 song written and produced by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein & Richard Gottehrer.Buy it!
Jonathan Richman “Fender Stratocaster” from Action Packed - The Best of Jonathan Richman (Rounder 2002) —Written by Jonathan Richman & recorded in 1989.Buy it!
The Monkees “Daddy's Song” from Head (Rhino 1968) —RIP Davy Jones who passed away yesterday at the age of 66. This 1968 song was written by Harry Nilsson and features the vocals of Davy Jones.Buy it!
The Nerves “Hanging On The Telephone” from One Way Ticket (Alive Records 2008) —Written by Jack Lee & recorded in 1976.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “4th and Vine” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —Found on her new release which just came out last week. Her voice sounds flat-out wonderful on this release. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Lisa Hannigan “Knots” from Passenger (ATO 2011) —Produced by Joe Henry and found on the Irish singer-songwriter's second release.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “I'll Remember You” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (UMGI - Fontana International 2012) N —Previously unreleased Bob Dylan song by the singer-songwriter from the U.K. This is just one of many fine Bob Dylan covers she has covered.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Jamie” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) N L —Written and featuring the vocals of Jenn Malzone & Brian McClelland.Buy it!
The Remodels “What Makes You Think You're The One” from The Remodels (The Remodels 2010) —Written by Lindsey Buckingham and featuring Toby Weiss on lead vocals & Steve Staicoff on all the instruments.Buy it!
Sandie Shaw “Girl Don't Come” from Hal Lifson's Sex and the '60s (Varese Sarabande 2005) —Written by Chris Andrews and recorded for Reprise in 1965.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Love Hurts” from The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (Sony 2011) —B-side to the "Running Scared" 1961 single recorded in Nashville for the Monument label.Buy it!
Raul Malo “'Til I Gain Control Again” from Sinners & Saints (Fantasy 2010) —2010 version of the Rodney Crowell song.Buy it!
Roy Hamilton “It's Only Make Believe” from Dark End Of The Street 1963-69: The Operatic Soul of Roy Hamilton (Raven 2009) —Sublime Conway Twitty cover from 1969.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Willie Mays Is Up At Bat” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —Coming to Off Broadway later this month (Thursday 3/22). As an added bonus, The Jans Project is opening. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “I Wish I Was Your Mother” from Mott (Columbia 1973) —Written by Ian Hunter.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Thirteen” from 13 (Mid-Fi 2008) —Big Star cover beautifully sung by Steve Dawson.Buy it!
The Del Fuegos “When the News Is On” from The Del Fuegos (Slash 1984) —Appearing tonight (Thursday 3/1) at the Old Rock House.Buy it!
Linda Ronstadt “Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad” from Bless You California: More Early Songs of Randy Newman (Ace 2010) —Written by Randy Newman and recorded for Capitol in 1969.Buy it!
Neko Case “Runnin' Out Of Fools” from Blacklisted (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —Neko Case nails this classic written by Richard Ahlert & Kay Rogers.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Mississippi Delta” from An American Quilt 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —Written by Bobbie Gentry and originally released as a single for Capitol in 1967.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “That's How I Got To Memphis” from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) —Written by Tom T. Hall. Just the vocals of Solomon Burke backed by Buddy Miller on acoustic guitar and Byron House on bass. Works for me.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “Don't Tell Me” from Poison Love (Hightone 1997) —Rather wonderful lead vocal on this song written by Buddy and Julie Miller.Buy it!
Ron Sexsmith “Ships Go Out” from Real: The Tom T. Hall Project (Delmore 1998) —Found on this collection of various artists performing Tom T. Hall songs. Includes artists such as Johnny Cash, Iris DeMent, Calexico , Joe Henry & Kelly Willis.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Eyeoneye” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —From his new album slated for release next Tuesday (3/6).Buy it!
Grace Basement “Warships” from Gunmetal Gray (Undertow 2009) L —Written & sung by Kevin Buckley.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “The Way It Goes” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) —Written by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and found on my favorite release of 2011.Buy it!
Phil Ochs “Draft Dodger Rag” from I Ain't Marching Anymore (Elektra 1965) —There will be a Phil Ochs tribute at Off Broadway this Friday (3/2). Some of the artists on the bill are Corey Saathoff, David Feldmann, Josh Lucker, Accelerando, Michael Berg, Ray Gude, Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost & Edward Burch.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Workingman's Blues #2” from Modern Times (Columbia 2006) —If somebody asks you if Bob Dylan is still relevant today, just play them this song.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Darkness” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2012) N —If there's a better song in 2012 than this, I haven't heard it, yet.Buy it!
George Jones “Life To Go” from Criminal Records (Ace 2012) N —Written by George Jones and recorded for Mercury in 1964.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Country Girl” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch 2012) N —Off their new release which just came out this week. Featuring the lead vocals of Rhiannon Giddens. Can't wait to hear the entire album.Buy it!
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