Solomon Burke “If You Need Me” from The Very Best of Solomon Burke (Atlantic 1998) —RIP Solomon Burke. One of our finest soul singers passed away this week at the age of 70. Written by Wilson Pickett, Robert Bateman & Sonny Sanders and released by Atlantic in 1963.Buy it!
The Soul Clan “That's How It Feels” from Sanctified Soul (Kent 2000) —Short-lived soul group made up of Arthur Conley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Don Covay & Joe Tex. Written by Bobby Womack & Don Covay and released on Atlantic in 1968.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Cry to Me” from Out of Our Heads (Remastered) (ABKCO 2005) —Solomon Burke cover written by Bert Berns and recorded in 1965.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “The Mighty Quinn” from Proud Mary (Bonus Track Version) (Sundazed 2000) —Previously unissued Bob Dylan cover recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1970.Buy it!
The Detroit Cobras “Stupidity” from Life, Love and Leaving (Sympathy for the Record Industry www.thedetroitcobras.com 2001) —Written by Solomon Burke and recorded in 2001.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino / Atlantic 2009) —Written by Solomon Burke, Bert Berns & Jerry Wexler and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1966.Buy it!
Syl Johson “Is It Because I'm Black (Instrumental)” from Light: On The South Side (The Numero Group 2009) —Music bed. From this 2009 box set of Chicago blues & soul. For a more detailed synopsis I wrote about this, go to http://kdhx.org/blog/author/memphisBuy it!
Solomon Burke “Everything About You” from Nothing's Impossible (E1 Entertainment 2010) N —Written by Solomon Burke and found on what turned out to be Willie Mitchell's last produced album.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Only A Dream” from Down The Road (Universal 2002) —Written by Van Morrison and also covered by Solomon Burke on his "Don't Give Up On Me" release.Buy it!
Preservation Hall Jazz Band “St. James Infirmary” from Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans (Shout! Factory 2004) —Written by Joe Primrose & recorded in 1986. Appearing along with the Del McCoury Band at the Family Arena on Saturday (10/23). Show begins at 7 PM.Buy it!
Melody Gardot “Your Heart Is As Black As Night” from My One and Only Thrill (Verve 2009) —Written by Melody Gardot and released in 2009. She's only 25 and is already big overseas. Jazz At The Bistro or Sheldon Concert Hall, anyone?Buy it!
Gordon Jenkins “The Conductor” from Gordon Jenkins' Seven Dreams (Decca 1954) —Excerpt of Crescent City Blues from his second dream, The Conductor. Released in 1953 and was almost copied entirely by Johnny Cash and renamed Folsom Prison Blues. I finally found out the singer is a woman named Beverly Mahr.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “You Won't Let Me Down Again” from Hawk (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 2010) N —Written by Isobel Campbell. Currently on tour but the closest they get is Chicago on Friday (10/22).Buy it!
Beth Orton “Stolen Car” from Central Reservation (Arista 1999) —Written by Beth Orton and released in 1999. Stunningly good album.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait (Sunset Sound Session - Circus Version)” from Sunset Sound Session (Elektra 2010) —Alternate version recorded in 2009 and released as a single in 2010. Written & produced by Beck.Buy it!
Fabienne Delsol “I Feel So Blue” from On My Mind (Damaged Goods 2010) N —New release by the ex-singer of the Bristols (U.K.).Buy it!
Carla Bruni “Those Little Things” from Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited (Verve Forecast 2006) —From this 2006 collection of various artists covering the songs of Serge Gainsbourg.Buy it!
Suzanne Vega “Tom's Diner” from Close-Up, Vol. 2: People and Places (Razor & Tie 2010) N —New version of the song just released this week. More than a capella and less than the DNA version. I like it. Re-recording songs is one way to wrest control of the songs back from the labels who own the masters.Buy it!
The Kinks “Here Come the People In Grey” from Muswell Hillbillies (Remastered) (Velvel Records 1998) —Written by Ray Davies & released in 1971.Buy it!
Tommy Womack “The Highway's Coming” from Circus Town (Sideburn Records 2002) —Written by Tommy Womack and released in 2002.Buy it!
The Replacements “Cruella DeVille” from Stay Awake (A&M 1988) —For aficionados of The Replacements and/or songs from 101 Dalmations. Produced by Hal Willner and featuring a host of eclectic various artists reinterpreting music from vintage Disney films.Buy it!
Los Lobos “The Bare Necessities” from Los Lobos Goes Disney CD ALBUM (Unknown 2009) —2009 recording of a song from The Jungle Book featuring the vocals of Cesar Rosas. Written by Terry Gilkyson.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Sombras” from Sinners & Saints (Fantasy 2010) N —Wonderful vocals on this song written by Jose Maria Contursi & Francisco J. Lomuto and found on this new release.Buy it!
Ry Cooder/Manuel Galban “Bodas de Oro” from Mambo Sinuendo (World Circuit 2002) —Music bed. Instrumental featuring both Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban on guitar.Buy it!
Calexico “Victor Jara's Hands” from Carried to Dust (Bonus Track Version) (Quarterstick Records 2008) —Written by Joey Burns & Jairo Zavala.Buy it!
Los Straitjackets with Big Sandy “Tu Te Vas (You'll Lose A Good Thing)” from Rock En Espanol Vol. One (Yep Roc 2007) —Barbara Lynn cover from 2007. Los Straitjackets & Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys will be appearing at Off Broadway next Thursday (10/21). Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Trashmen “Malaguena” from The Birth of Surf - Vol. 2 (Ace 2010) N —Originally recorded in 1964 for the Garrett label and found on this well put-together collection of surf songs.Buy it!
Belle and Sebastian “Write About Love” (Matador 2010) N —From their new release which just came out this week. Also featuring the vocals of actress Carey Mulligan.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Souls Travel” from Pharmacy of Love (Palomine 2010) N —Appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room next Friday (10/22). Highly recommended.Buy it!
The School “I Want You Back” from Loveless Unbeliever (Elefant 2010) N —Really fine indie pop out of Cardiff, Wales. I suspect fans of Best Coast or Camera Obscura would really like this.Buy it!
Grant Lee Buffalo “The Hook” from Fuzzy (Rhino/Slash 1993) —Written by Grant Lee Phillips.Buy it!
Brian Eno “By This River” from Y Tu Mama Tambien ST (Zomba 2002) —From the 2002 soundtrack to the Alfonso Cuaron film.Buy it!
Little Dragon “Twice” from Little Dragon (Peacefrog 2007) —Beautiful song from the Swedish band featuring the vocals of Yukimi Nagano.Buy it!
Neko Case “Runnin' Out of Fools” from Blacklisted (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —Written by Richard Ahlert & Kay Rogers and released in 2002.Buy it!
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter “Lonely Still” from Reckless Burning (Burn Burn Burn 2002) —Written by Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher who both will be appearing as part of the Paste tour taking place at Off Broadway this Friday (10/15). Also appearing are Jason Isbell, Langhorne Slim & Mimicking Birds.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “The Ballad of Frankie Lee & Judas Priest” from John Wesley Harding (Columbia 1967) —Appearing at Chaifetz Arena next Thursday (10/21).Buy it!
The Byrds “Tulsa County” from Ballad of Easy Rider (Columbia 1969) —Written by Pamela Polland and recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Davina and The Vagabonds “Black Cloud” from Live at KDHX --vol. 8 (KDHX kdhx.org 2010) N —Appearing this Friday (10/15) at BB's Jazz Blues & Soups.Buy it!
Moris Tepper “Done Wrong” from Big Enough to Disappear (Candlebone Records 1996) —Written by Moris Tepper (who has played with Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart & PJ Harvey) & released in 1996.Buy it!
The May Day Orchestra “The Irish Orphan” from Ota Benga (Rankoutsider Records www.rankoutsiderrecords.com 2010) N L —From their new release. Lyrics were written by Tim Rakel (of KDHX's Mystery Train) and bass was played by Josh Weinstein (of KDHX's All Soul, No Borders).Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Jim Dandy” from Soul On Fire: The Best of LaVerne Baker (Atlantic 1953) —Written by Lincoln Chase & recorded in 1955.Buy it!
Ricky Nelson “It's Late” from Greatest Hits (Remastered) (EMI Catalog (USA) 2005) —Written by Dorsey Burnette & recorded in 1958 for Imperial.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “How I Got to Memphis” from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) —Thought I would end the show with another one in memory of Solomon Burke. This Tom T. Hall song features Solomon Burke backed by Buddy Miller on guitar. Sublime.Buy it!
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