Jerry Butler & Betty Everett “I Can't Stand It” from The Vee-Jay British Hits (P-Vine 2006) —Written by Smokey McAllister & released in 1964. This song was first done by the Soul Sisters in 1964, soon followed by this version & covered again later that year by The Spencer Davis Group.7Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “I Can't Believe What You Say” from The Kent Years (Kent 2000) —Instant party with this 1964 recording written by Ike Turner.Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “Didn't You Know (You'd Have To Cry Sometime)” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9: 1969 (Motown 2007) —1969 track written by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson.Buy it!
Jr. Walker and The All-Stars “Tally Ho!” from Shotgun / Soul Session (Motown 2003) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental written by Autry DeWalt (aka Jr. Walker) & Victor Thomas.Buy it!
Albert Smith “Come Together” from True Soul: Deep Sounds From the Left of Stax (Now Again Records 2011) —Instrumental version of the Beatles song found on this 2011 compilation of 60s & 70s soul and funk that came out of Little Rock, AR on Lee Anthony's 'True Soul' label. Some of these original 45s were only pressed in lots of 200.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Valerie ('68 Version)” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal 2011) —The original version of the Zutons cover she recorded and according to liner notes from producer Mark Ronson, the version she liked the most.Buy it!
The Satisfactions “Daddy, You Just Gotta Let Him In” from Girls Go Zonk! (RPM 2004) —Released in 1966 on the Imperial label and produced & arranged by Jack Nitzsche. Imagine Shangri-Las meeting Phil Spector.Buy it!
Wes Dakus' Rebels “Sour Biscuits” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental recorded at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, NM & released on the Swan label.Buy it!
Rick Nelson “Stop Sneakin' Around” from James Burton: The Early Years 1956-1969 (Ace 2011) —1960 recording written by Baker Knight & found on this recent compilation of James Burton instrumentals & songs by artists such as the Everly Brothers, Buffalo Springfield & Merle Haggard on which he played guitar. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Golden Nugget “Gospel Train” SINGLE (Oxford American 2011) N —1973 gospel out of Mississippi found on this compilation CD which accompanied the 2011 Oxford American Southern Music magazine issue. Well-worth seeking out & should still be in better newsstands and bookstores around town.Buy it!
Gospel Ensemble “What You Need” from Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (The Numero Group 2011) N —1977 gospel that came out of the Boddie Recording Studio in Cleveland, OH. Found on this beautifully packaged 3-disc collection of rare funk, soul & gospel. If only all reissues could be like this.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Wade In The Water” from Poppa Willie: The Hi Years 1962-74 (Cream / Hi 2001) —Music bed. 1970 instrumental version of the traditional gospel song.Buy it!
The Box Tops “Trains & Boats & Planes” from The Letter / Neon Rainbow (Bell 1967) —Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. I'm sure it exists but I've never heard a version of this song that I didn't like. Of course, having Alex Chilton sing it elevates it to a higher plane.Buy it!
Tami Lynn “One Night of Sin” from The Big Beat: The Dave Bartholomew Songbook (Ace 2011) —I keep coming across great compilations & reissues that I left off my top 15 of 2011 list. Written by Dave Bartholomew & Pearl King and recorded in 1971 for the Cotillion label.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Heartaches And Pain” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2010) —Probably my favorite song of 2011. Please, oh, please, come to St. Louis in 2012.Buy it!
Brother Jack McDuff “Beep-Bo-Boo” from Gin and Orange (CADET 1969) —Music bed. Instrumental from this reissue of his 1969 Cadet release. Take the title, add a few letters, repeat a couple words and there you have it - the theme song for Kate's 'Beep Beep Boop Boop' show found here on KDHX every Wed night (9-11 PM).Buy it!
Janelle Monáe “Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)” from The ArchAndroid (Wondaland/Bad Boy 2010) —One of my favorite songs from 2010. This track also features vocals by Big Boi of OutKast.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Sir Duke” from Songs In The Key Of Life CD ALBUM (Universal/Motown 2000) —A song I'll never grow tired of. Also an arrangement masterpiece.Buy it!
Allen Toussaint “Blue Drag” from The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch 2009) —Written by Django Reinhardt and produced by Joe Henry. With Allen Toussaint (piano), Don Byron (clarinet), Marc Ribot (acoustic guitar), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), David Piltch (upright bass) & Jay Bellerose (drums).Buy it!
Ren Harvieu “Sister Morphine” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —Written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Marianne Faithfull and sung by the artist out of Lancashire, England. Her debut album is coming out in 2012 and I am really looking forward to hearing it.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Free Money” from Horses (Arista 1975) —Written by Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye and produced by John Cale.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Because The Night” from The Promise (Columbia 2010) —Written by Bruce Springsteen & Patti Smith and recorded during the 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' sessions circa 1977-78.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Silver Factory Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental from 2010 written to accompany a short film made by Andy Warhol.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “The Sun Is Still Sunny” from Back Numbers (New Rounder 2007) —Much of this song was originally written as an instrumental called 'Family Conference' for 'The Squid & The Whale' movie soundtrack but this song has now been fleshed out with more musical parts and duet vocals.Buy it!
Penelope Houston “Missouri Lounge” from On Market Street (Glitterhouse 2012) N —Brand new release from the one-time singer for the SF punk band, the Avengers. Her voice sounds beautiful on this. This album might work as a companion piece to Chuck Prophet's forthcoming album.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Castro Halloween” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2011) N —From his forthcoming album slated for release on February 7. Don't miss him at Off Broadway in March (Thursday 3/22). Another highly anticipated (by me) release of 2012.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “The Second Voyage” from The Slip That Leads Into The Fall (Undertow 2010) L —Music bed. Instrumental written by Chris Grabau and found on one of two EPs they released in 2010.Buy it!
The Kinks “Nothin' In the World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl” from Kinda Kinks (Essential/Castle 1998) —Written by Ray Davies & found on their 2nd album.Buy it!
Holly Golightly “Tell Me Now So I Know” from Truly She Is None Other (Damaged Goods 2003) —Written by Ray Davies.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “The Current Moves” from The Current Moves EP (Undertow 2010) L —Written & featuring lead vocal by Chris Grabau. Also featuring John Horton on guitar.Buy it!
Mogwai “Emergency Trap” from Mr. Beast (Matador 2006) —Music bed. Instrumental from the Scottish band's 2006 release.Buy it!
Laura Marling “Salinas” from A Creature I Don't Know (Ribbon 2011) —Really talented and the English singer/songwriter is only 21. Some vocal affectations are a little off-putting but she's going for a whole lot & succeeding most of the time.Buy it!
Eliza Carthy “Rolling Sea” from Rogue's Gallery - Pirate Ballads, Sea Song and Chanteys (Anti/Epitaph 2006) —Found on this 2-CD eclectic collection produced by Hal Willner & featuring artists such as Richard Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, Bryan Ferry, Bill Frisell, Andrea Corr & Van Dyke Parks.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Persuasion (Instrumental)” from Sweet Talker (Original Music from the Movie) (Capitol Catalog 1991) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Richard Thompson & Peter Filleul for this movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Christine Perfect “I'd Rather Go Blind” from The Legendary Christine Perfect Album (Columbia 1970) —Written by Ellington Jordan, made famous by Etta James & recorded in 1969 with Christine Perfect (later to become Christine McVie) backed by British band, Chicken Shack.Buy it!
Wreckless Eric “Reconnez Cherie” from Greatest Stiffs (Metro 2001) —Originally released in 1978 as a Stiff Records single.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Handbags And Gladrags” from The Rod Stewart Album (Mercury 1969) —Written by former Manfred Mann singer Mike d'Abo (who also plays piano on this track) and featuring one of Rod Stewart's finest vocals.Buy it!
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs “How Everyone But Sam Was a Hypocrite” from An Autumn Almanac (Uncut 2010) —Recorded in 1967 in Copenhagen and written by Dave Cousins who founded the Strawbs.Buy it!
Samantha Crain “Santa Fe” from You (Understood) (Ramseur 2010) —Appearing at Off Broadway this Wednesday (1/25). Also on the bill are Old Lights.Buy it!
Grace Basement “Santa Fe” from New Sense (Dren 2007) L —Written & recorded by Kevin Buckley.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “Santa Fe” from Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) —What can I say? It's a popular town. Written by Eilen Jewell & found on her most recent album released in 2011.Buy it!
Chet Atkins “Mister Sandman” from Eclectic Guitar (Cherry Red Records 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the standard written by Pat Ballard. Recorded in Nashville in 1954.Buy it!
Alvin Youngblood Hart & Teenie Hodges “Step It Up & Go” from The Great Debaters (Atlantic 2007) —Alvin Youngblood Hart will be appearing at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups this Saturday (1/21). This is an early show that begins at 7:00 PM. The Bel Airs will then be doing a 10:00 PM show.Buy it!
Peter Case “Down The Line” from Peter Case Sings Like Hell (Vanguard Records vanguardrecords.com 1993) —Written by Roy Orbison & produced by Marvin Etzioni.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Blind Willie McTell” from The Bootleg Series: Volume 3 (Columbia 1991) —Recorded in 1983 during sessions for his Infidels album but not released until this 1991 compilation came out. Hard to believe. I remember seeing Slaid Cleaves do this song & saying how hard it was to learn because every verse is phrased so differently.Buy it!
Caleb Travers “Vampires of this Town” from Ain't No Jukebox (self released 2011) N L —Written by Caleb Travers with strings arranged by Charle Brumley.Buy it!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Mansion On the Hill” from Ragged Glory (Reprise 1990) —"Psychedelic music fills the air."Buy it!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)” from Ragged Glory (Reprise 1990) —Music bed. Instrumental excerpt.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Closer to Home” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) N L —The Vondrukes are having their CD release party at Off Broadway this Saturday (1/21). Also on the bill are the Lulus and Western Satellites.Buy it!
The Waco Brothers “Revolution Blues” from Do You Think About Me (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 1997) —Neil Young cover from 1997.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Back In the Crowd” from Bad As Me (Anti 2011) —Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan and found on one of my favorite 2011 releases.Buy it!
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