Earl Van Dyke “Money (That's What I Want)” from The Motown Sound - The Complete Albums & More (Hip-O Select / Motown 2012) N —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Barrett Strong hit written by Berry Gordy & Janie Bradford. Taken off this new 2-CD compilation which includes his two albums from 1965 & 1971 plus 21 bonus tracks.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Chantilly Lace” from The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7: 1967 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2007) —Great soul version of the Big Bopper hit recorded in 1966 for Motown.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “That Kind of Love” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino 2009) —Written by Don Covay & recorded at American Studios in Memphis in 1967. That's Bobby Womack playing lead guitar.Buy it!
Bobby Womack & Bill Withers “It's All Over Now” from Bobby Womack: The Ultimate Collection (Charly 1999) —We'll send this one out to Bobby Womack who was just diagnosed with colon cancer. Here's hoping for a quick recovery. Written by Bobby Womack & Shirley Jean Womack and recorded in 1975. This was covered by the Rolling Stones in 1966.Buy it!
Bill Doggett “After Lunch” from Honky Tonk Popcorn (King 1969) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental written by by Bill Doggett.Buy it!
Sandy Posey “Born A Woman” from Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios (Ace 2012) N —Written by Martha Sharp and recorded at Royal Studios in 1966. She originally just recorded this as a demo and it was meant to be re-recorded by a more well known singer but producer Chips Moman ended up going with the unproven 19-year old, instead.Buy it!
Spooner's Crowd “Two In the Morning” from The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (Kent 2011) —I love this soul instrumental so much. Written by Spooner Oldham, Albert Lowe & Roger Hawkins and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1966 for the Cadet label. Spooner Oldham plays piano & organ on this track.Buy it!
Nina Simone “Save Me” from Soul Diva Sisters (Union Square 2004) —1976 Aretha Franklin cover name-checking The Caped Crusader, Green Hornet, Batman (kind of redundant) and Kato in this.Buy it!
The Backyard Heavies “Expo '83” from Dynamic Grooves (BGP url 2011) —Music bed. 1971 soul & funk instrumental recorded for the Scepter label.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “Blues Hand Me Down” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) N —Alright, I knew I shouldn't have missed this band when they played at Lola last week but I was burned out after SXSW. I hang my head in shame.Buy it!
The Dirtbombs “Underdog” from Ultraglide In Black SINGLE (In The Red Records 2001) —One of the best Sly & The Family Stone covers, ever.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Never Do Your Woman Wrong (Instrumental)” from Dance To The Music (Expanded) (Epic 2007) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental written by Sylvester Stewart & recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Lee Fields “It's All Over (But The Crying)” from Faithful Man (Truth & Soul Records 2012) N —From his highly recommended new release available on the Truth & Soul label out of Brooklyn.Buy it!
Laura Lee “Separation Line” from Sweet Soul Music: Voices From The Shadows (Sire/Warner Bros 1992) —The vocals on this song about coming of age will just send a chill down your spine. Recorded in 1969 for the Cotillion label. Written by Bettye Crutcher, Homer Banks & Raymond Jackson.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Over Easy” from Stax Profiles (Stax/Concord 2006) —Music bed. Stax instrumental from 1968.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Welcome Home” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn will be appearing tonight (Thursday 3/29) at the Old Rock House. Doors 7pm • Show 8pm.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Let's Do Something Wrong” from Soap and Water (Yep Roc 2007) —Didn't get enough of Chuck Prophet last week at Off Broadway? You can always make the trek to see Chuck Prophet and John Paul Keith in Springfield, IL on July 7th. Details at http://www.downtownspringfield.org/taste.htm.Buy it!
The Hustlers “Kopout” from It Came From The Beach (Ace 2008) —Music bed. 1964 Southern California garage rock instrumental recorded for the Downey label.Buy it!
Jacqueline Taieb “7 Heures du Matin” from Theme Time Radio Hour - Vol. 2 (Ace 2009) —Ok, it's no Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo but then again, what is? Recorded in 1968 and sung in French save for English snippets of The Who & Gene Vincent.Buy it!
La Sera “Break My Heart” from Sees the Light (Hardly Art 2012) N —Written and sung by Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls and found on their second release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “French Navy” from My Maudlin Career MP3/FILE ALBUM (4AD 2009) —Written by & featuring the lead vocals of Tracyanne Campbell.Buy it!
The Ventures “The House of the Rising Sun (Instrumental)” from Walk, Don't Run Vol. 2 (dolton 1964) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental version of the cautionary tale.Buy it!
Timmy Thomas “It's My Life” from The Goldwax Story, Vol. 2 (Ace Records 2004) —Soul version of the Animals hit recorded at Goldwax Studios in Memphis 1967. Written by Roger Atkins & Carl D' Errico.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “No Bobby Don't” from Because It Feel Good (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —The Twangfest lineup has just been announced. Go to twangfest.com for the complete rundown. Kelly Hogan will be appearing at Twangfest on Thursday, June 7.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Hit The Road Jack” from Ray Charles in Concert (Rhino 2003) —Live version of the Percy Mayfield-penned song recorded in Berlin in 1962.Buy it!
Phil Upchurch Combo “You Can't Sit Down” from Mojo Mod Club Party (Mojo 2005) —Music bed. Instrumental co-written by Phil Upchurch & recorded in 1960.Buy it!
Best Coast “The Only Place” (Mexican Summer) N —Bethany Cosentino is not trying to change the world here. She's singing about having fun. Works for me. Off their forthcoming album slated for release on May 15.Buy it!
The Chantays “PipeLine” from The Birth of Surf - Vol. 1 (Ace 2007) —Original version of the classic surf instrumental recorded in 1962 for the Downey label.Buy it!
The Belle Brigade “Where Not to Look for Freedom” from The Belle Brigade (Reprise 2011) —Just a really fine pop song written by siblings Barbara Gruska & Ethan Gruska. Just beautiful harmonies on this entire album.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Da Doo Ron Ron” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. 1963 slowed-down instrumental version of the song written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Fun Whoa” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) N L —Written and sung by Jenn Malzone & found on this new debut local releaseBuy it!
The Beatles “Rain” from The Beatles Mono Masters (EMI 2009) —Mono version of the 1966 b-side to Paperback Writer. One of Ringo Starr's greatest drum parts. This could come out today and wouldn't sound the least bit dated. Tremendous.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Lady Madonna” from McLemore Avenue (Expanded Version) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental version of the Beatles song.Buy it!
Shirley Ellis “Soul Time” from Blow Up A Go-Go! (V2 2000) —Co-written by Shirley Ellis & Charlie Calello and recorded in 1966.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Nutted By Reality” from Jesus of Cool (Deluxe Edition) (Proper Records Ltd 2008) —Written by Nick Lowe and recorded in 1978. "I hear they castrated Castro..." - the song kind of writes itself after that.Buy it!
Dave Edmunds “Heart Of The City” from Tracks On Wax 4 (Wounded Bird 2005) —Written by Nick Lowe, sung by Dave Edmunds and orginally released in 1978.Buy it!
The Keymen “Boy Blue” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Previously unreleased mid-60s instrumental.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Coricidin Bottle” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —From his new release which just came out this week. Age 65 and as good as he has ever been. A national treasure. Really.Buy it!
The Duke & The King “Have You Seen It?” from The Duke & The King (Anti 2011) —Simone Felice sings on this Neil Young-influenced track found on last year's 2011 domestic release.Buy it!
Neil Young “Walk On” from On the Beach (Reprise 1974) —Neil Young is backed by Ben Keith, Billy Talbot & Ralph Molina on this one.Buy it!
Duane Eddy “Rumble” from Greatest Hits (Sony 2006) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1964.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) —Stripped-down acoustic alternate take recorded during his 1989 'Oh, Mercy' sessions.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “4th and Vine” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —Absolute return to form on her recent 2012 release. Highly recommended.Buy it!
R.E.M. “Fall On Me” from Life's Rich Pageant (IRS 1986) —KDHX presents Back To Rockville: A Tribute to R.E.M. taking place at Off Broadway on April 27 (Friday).Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Leaving” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) —Music bed. Instrumental from the Portland, Oregon band's most recent release.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “35 Summers” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —From their forthcoming release coming out towards the end of April.Buy it!
Calexico “Victor Jara's Hands” from Carried To Dust (Quarterstick 2008) —Written by Joey Burns and featuring the lead vocals of Jairo Zavala & Joey Burns.Buy it!
Calexico “Gypsy's Curse” from The Black Light (Quarterstick 1998) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Joey Burns.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “Scarlet Town” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) —Written by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Look The Other Way” from Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Justin Townes Earle and found on his new release which just hit the stores this week.Buy it!
Speedy West “Slow And Easy” from Guitar Spectacular (Sundazed Music 2005) —Music bed. 1962 instrumental written by Speedy West.Buy it!
Otis Williams & The Charms “Hearts Of Stone” from Music From & Inspired By Goodfellas (AP MUSIC LTD 2011) R —This one goes out to the world's greatest mother-in-law.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Willie & Laura Mae Jones” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 2004) —Written by Tony Joe White.Buy it!
The Shadows “Wonderful Land” from Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace 2012) N —Music bed. 1962 Columbia instrumental.Buy it!
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