Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto “In the Basement, Pt. 1” from Heart & Soul - A Retrospective (Hip-O Select 2011) N —Found on this new & long overdue 4-CD retrospective of Etta James. Recorded in Chicago in 1966 for the Cadet label and written by Billy Davis, Raynard Miner & Carl Smith.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “Club A Go-Go” from A Good Woman: The Complete Tribe & Jet Stream Singles 1966-1979. (Kent 2011) N —Written by Barbara Ozen (aka Barbara Lynn) & recorded in 1967 for the Tribe label. Found on this new collection of soul singles she recorded for the Tribe, Jet Stream, Copyright, Atlantic and Starflite labels.Buy it!
The Ronettes “I Wonder” from The Best of The Ronettes (ABKCO 2005) —Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich and recorded in 1963 at Gold Star Studios. Arranged by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Da Doo Ron Ron” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. Slowed down instrumental version of the song penned by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich from the reissue of his 1963 album.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “Everything Will be Fine” from Want More (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —From the Chicago rock & soul band's new release. Written by Uptown Sounds guitarist, Billy Bungeroth.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Sing A Simple Song” from SuperBreaksPresents Stax Breaks (Ace 2003) —1969 instrumental version of the Sly & The Family Stone song along with a brief excerpt of Everyday People.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Sing A Simple Song” from Stand! (Bonus Version) (EPIC/LEGACY 2007) —Reissue of their 1969 release. Written by Sylvester Stewart & recorded in 1968. This album could almost be considered a greatest hits collection.Buy it!
The Backyard Heavies “Soul Junction” from Sample My Funky Groove Volume 1 (Great American Music Company/F2K 2007) —Music bed. 1971 soul & funk instrumental.Buy it!
Ann Sexton “You're Gonna Miss Me” from Anthology (Soul Brother Records 2004) —Written by Paul Kelly & originally found on her 1973 album "Loving You, Loving Me."Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Don't Burn Me” from The Best of Paul Kelly: Warner Archives (Warner Bros 1996) —Written by Miami soul singer & songwriter, Paul Kelly, and recorded in 1973. Produced by Buddy Killen who used to also produce Joe Tex, Roger Miller and a whole lot more.Buy it!
Joe Tex “You Got What It Takes” from Hold What You've Got / The New Boss (Connoisseur 2001) —Written by Joe Tex and released by Atlantic in 1965. Produced by Buddy Killen.Buy it!
The Otis and Carla Band “Tramp” from Stax Breaks (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the song written by Lowell Fulson & Jimmy McCracklin and made famous by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Lost And Lookin'” from Night Beat MP3/FILE ALBUM (RCA Victor 1963) —Recorded in 1963 with backing by Hal Blaine (drums), Rene Hall & Clif White (guitars), Cliff Hils (bass), Ray Johnson (piano) & Billy Preston (organ). One of my favorite recordings, ever. Written by J.W Alexander & Lowell Jordan.Buy it!
Billy Preston “I've Got A Feeling” from Encouraging Words (Expanded) SINGLE (Apple www.applerecords.com 2010) —Beatles cover from this reissue of his 1970 album plus additional bonus tracks. Produced by Billy Preston & George Harrison.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Do Your Thing” from Ultimate Isaac Hayes - Can You Dig It? (stax url 2005) —Written by Isaac Hayes & originally released on the 1971 Shaft film soundtrack. Featuring Michael Toles & Skip Potts on guitar.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Hung Up On My Baby” from Instrumentals (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. 1974 instrumental written by Isaac Hayes.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “The Walk” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) N —Pretty great single (if not exactly FCC-friendly) written & produced by Mayer Hawthorne.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Moody's Mood For Love” from Frank (Universal 2003) —Written by Dorothy Fields, James Moody & Jimmy McHugh and showcasing the jazz side of her vocals.Buy it!
Sébastien Tellier “Fantino” from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Ryko/WEA 2003) —Music bed. 2001 instrumental composed by Sebastien Tellier.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Goin' Back” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —Sublime version of the Goffin-King song found on her latest release. Produced by Hal Willner.Buy it!
The Shangri-Las “Past, Present And Future” from Myrmidons Of Melodrama (RPM 1995) —1966 song written by Jerry Leiber, Shadow Morton & Arthur Butler. Uh, not your usual pop fare. This was set to the tune of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." And what a recitation by Mary Weiss.Buy it!
Jonathan Richman “Corner Store” from Jonathan Goes Country (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 1990) —Written by Jonathan Richman & including backing by Lou Whitney, Bobby Lloyd Hicks, D. Clinton Thompson & Joe Terry of the Skeletons in his backing band. Plus, the great Tom Brumley on pedal steel.Buy it!
John Wesley Harding “There's a Starbuck's Where the Starbuck's Used to Be” from The Sound of His Own Voice (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2011) N —New release featuring guests such as Peter Buck, Rosanne Cash, Scott McCaughey and and John Moen, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, and Nate Query of the Decemberists.Buy it!
Tommy Womack “The Highway's Coming” from Circus Town (Sideburn Records 2002) —You have to love an album dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. Written by the Nashville-based singer & songwriter.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “Big Yellow Taxi” from Ladies of the Canyon CD ALBUM (Reprise 1970) —No, really, there was no theme in this set.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Frankenstein” from I'm With Stupid (Geffen 1995) —Written by Aimee Mann & Jon Brion. Oh, and to make it even better, Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook on background vocals. This one goes out to Cathy Koch.Buy it!
'Til Tuesday “The Other End (Of the Telescope)” from Everything's Different Now (Epic 1988) —Words and music by Aimee Mann & Elvis Costello.Buy it!
Judee Sill “Lady-O (Remastered)” from Judee Sill (Rhino/Elektra 2005) —Reissue of her 1971 Elektra release. Absolutely gorgeous song written by Judee Sill.Buy it!
The Beach Boys “Surf's Up:1st Movement” from The Smile Sessions (CAPITOL 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental excerpt from 11/4/66 recording.Buy it!
The Beach Boys “Heroes and Villains” from The Smile Sessions (CAPITOL 2011) N —Well, it had to happen sooner or later. This is from a new 2-CD collection of songs, session outtakes, dialogue, etc. from the 1966-67 sessions for their"Smile" release which was supposed to come out in 1967 & was meant to follow up "Pet Sounds."Buy it!
Randy Newman “Sail Away” from Sail Away (Remastered) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2005) —Reissue of his 1972 album with five bonus tracks. Such a beautiful song written about slave-trading could only come from the genius of Randy Newman.Buy it!
Joe Henry “Sticks & Stones” from Reverie (Anti 2011) N —From his new release & featuring backing vocals by Jean McClain.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Just Another Sucker On the Vine” from Swordfishtrombones (Island 1983) —Music bed. Tom Waits instrumental from 1983.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Chicago” from Bad As Me (Anti- 2011) N —Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan and found on this highly recommended new release.Buy it!
Jenny Toomey “Just Because It's Dying” from Tempting (Misra Records 2002) —Written by Franklin Bruno and featuring backing by Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Bottom Dollar” from It's You (Tower Groove 2011) N L —Ransom Note will be having their CD release party at Off Broadway in December (Friday 12/30).Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “England 2 Colombia 0” from Tropical Brainstorm (Instinct 2001) —Written by Kirsty MacColl & found on her final release -- one which was influenced heavily by music from Brazil & Cuba.Buy it!
Shonen Knife “We Want the Airwaves” from Osaka Ramones (Good Charamel Records 2011) N —From their new release made up of all Ramones covers.Buy it!
Suzanne Vega “Blood Makes Noise” from Close-Up, Vol. 3: States of Being (Amanuensis Productions 2011) N —From her new release made up of newly recorded interpretations of past songs she has written.Buy it!
Dum Dum Girls “Teardrops On My Pillow” from Only in Dreams (Sub Pop 2011) N —From their new release -- rather downbeat lyrics set to some really good pop melodies.Buy it!
The Beatles “Think For Yourself” from Rubber Soul (Capitol Records 1965) —"Beatlemania Now!" is running at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL from tonight (Thursday 11/3) through Saturday (11/5). See wildeytheatre.com for more details. Written by George Harrison.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “And Your Bird Can Sing” from Under The Covers Vol. 1 (Shout! Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2006) —Beatles cover from 2006.Buy it!
P. Hux “I'm Looking Through You” from Kiss the Monster (BeanBag1 Records 2007) —Thanks to Rich Reese from Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst (which airs right before this program every Thursday from 5-7 AM) for providing me with this fine Beatles cover from 2007.Buy it!
The Jayhawks “Waiting For The Sun” from Hollywood Town Hall (American Recordings 1992) —Appearing at the Pageant next Thursday (11/10). Jolie Holland is opening.Buy it!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Barstool Blues” from Zuma (Reprise 1975)Buy it!
Kathy Mattea “Love At the Five & Dime” from The Definitive Collection (MERCURY NASHVILLE 2006) —Appearing at the Touhill Center tomorrow night (Friday 11/4). This track was written by Nanci Griffith.Buy it!
Nanci Griffith “Ford Econoline” from Lone Star State of Mind (MCA 1987) —1987 tribute to folk singer Rosalie Sorrels written by Nanci Griffith.Buy it!
Lone Justice “East Of Eden” from Lone Justice (Geffen 1985) —Written by Marvin Etzioni (bassist for the band) & featuring the vocals of Maria McKee.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Ain't Got You” from Tunnel of Love (Columbia 1987) —From one of his more underrated releases.Buy it!
The Blind Boys of Alabama “(Jesus Hits Like The) Atom Bomb” from Atom Bomb (Real World Records 2005) —Appearing at the Old Rock House next Tuesday (11/8). Opening is Sara & Sean Watkins. Ending the show with a trio of songs originally written during the era of the introduction of the atomic bomb.Buy it!
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup “I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole” from Atomic Platters (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2005) —Recorded in 1951. Written by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup who also wrote the Elvis hit, That's All Right.Buy it!
Swan's Silvertone Singers “Jesus is God's Atomic Bomb” from Atomic Platters (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2005) —Recorded in 1950 and written by Claude Jeter who sang tenor in the band.Buy it!
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