Roy Redmond “Good Day Sunshine” from Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney (Ace 2011) —1967 soul Beatles cover recorded for the Loma label and arranged & conducted by Jerry Ragovoy. Found on this 2011 24-track compilation of Lennon-McCartney songs performed by various soul and R&B artists.Buy it!
The Five Stairsteps “Dear Prudence” from Wecanworkitout (Harmless 2005) —This soul version of the Lennon-McCartney composition was recorded in 1970 for Sequel Records. This Chicago soul band later signed to George Harrison's 'Dark Horse' label.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “Come Together” from Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner (EMI 1991) —This Lennon-McCartney-penned song was released in 1969 by the Minit label.Buy it!
Chocolate Snow “A Day In The Life” from Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace (The Numero Group 2009) —Music bed. 1973 barely recognizable instrumental version of the Lennon-McCartney song.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “All I Said” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —Instrumental written by keyboardist, John Holt, & found on the St. Louis band's new release.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “Can't Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby” from Performance (Kudu 1974) —Breaking new ground here on M2M by playing a cheating soul song. Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter & found on this new reissue of her 1974 album.Buy it!
Darondo “I Don't Understand It” from Listen To My Song (Omnivore 2011) N —From Darondo's lost album, recorded in the Bay Area in 1973-74 & just released for the first time. This track was written by William Darondo Pulliam & John Al Tanner.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “All Blues” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —Music bed. Miles Davis instrumental from their new release.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Piece Of My Heart” from Do Your Duty (Sundazed 2006) R —Written by Jerry Ragovoy & Bert Berns and recorded circa 1969-70.Buy it!
Lee Charles “Wrong Number” from Brunswick Lost Soul - Vol. 1 (Brunswick 2011) N —Written by Eugene & Floyd Sims and recorded for Brunswick in 1969. I don't recall hearing Lee Charles before. That is one heck of a soul voice.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “He Ain't Gonna Do Right” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Best single-disc compilation I've heard all year. Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded for Atlantic in 1968.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Heaven's Only Days Down The Road” from Revelation Road (Everso 2011) N —Produced, written and performed by Shelby Lynne & found on her new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Joiners Five Trumpets “Do You Think God Will Let You By” from This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM 1957-1982 (Tompkins Square 2011) N —Gospel by a band based out of Gary, IN. This 1970 release was recorded for the Staff label and features lead vocals by Charles Crawford.Buy it!
John Doe “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” from I'm Not There (Original Soundtrack) (Columbia 2007) —2007 Bob Dylan cover produced by Joe Henry.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Cleo's Mood” from Poppa Willie: The Hi Years 1962-74 (Cream / Hi 2001) —Music bed. 1968 Jr. Walker & The All Stars cover.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Deuce and a Quarter” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —Appearing at The Gramophone this Sunday (10/23) along with The Rhythm Section Road Show. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “A Long Time” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) N —Song written in tribute to Detroit by the Ann Arbor artist & found on his new release. Mayer Hawthorne & The County will be opening at The Pageant for Chromeo this Monday (10/24).Buy it!
The Temptations “Cloud Nine” (Gordy 1969) —Written by Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield and destined to be played for decades to come.Buy it!
The Bar-Kays “Humpin'” from The Best of The Bar-Kays (Stax-Volt 1992) —Music bed.Buy it!
Dennis Coffey “Don't Knock My Love” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) —This Wilson Pickett cover features the vocals of Fanny Franklin (of Orgone). Orgone & Lubriphonic will be appearing at the Old Rock House on Halloween (Monday 10/31).Buy it!
Les Hamsters “Georgie Girl” from Groove Club - Vol. 1 La Confiserie Magique (Lion 2011) N —1966 French cover version of the Seekers' hit. Probably the first time you'll hear this today.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Like I Do” from It's You (Tower Groove 2011) N L —Debut release by the St. Louis band & featuring vocals by Merv Schrock & Jon Parsons.Buy it!
The Rhythm Masters “Exotique” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1963.Buy it!
Joe Henry “Odetta” from Reverie (Anti 2011) N —Written & produced by Joe Henry & found on this recommended new release. Also features some nice background vocals by Jean McClain.Buy it!
Little Feat “Spanish Moon” from Van Dyke Parks: Arrangements - Vol. 1 (Bananastan 2011) N —Written by Lowell George & found on this new vinyl compilation of songs from various artists with arrangements by Van Dyke Parks.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Dark End Of The Street” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Dan Penn-Chips Moman soul classic.Buy it!
June Tabor and the Oyster Band “Seven Curses” from Ragged Kingdom (Topic 2011) —Sublime Bob Dylan cover found on this new release and second collaboration between June Tabor & the Oyster Band.Buy it!
The Webb Sisters “I Need You” from Harrison Covered (Mojo 2011) N —Beautiful version of the George Harrison-penned song found on this compilation CD of various artists performing George Harrison songs which accompanied the November, 2011 issue of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
Julie Fowlis “Lon-dubh (Blackbird)” from Lon-dubh (Blackbird) - Single (Spit & Polish 2008) —Absolutely gorgeous version of the Beatles song sung in Gaelic. Her voice kills me.Buy it!
Ben Folds “Late” from Songs for Silverman (Sony 2005) —2005 song written about Elliott Smith. Ben Folds will be playing with the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall in November (Sunday 11/6).Buy it!
Elliott Smith “Between The Bars” from Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars 1997) —1997 song from the late singer-songwriter out of Portland, OR.Buy it!
Son Volt “Last Minute Shakedown” from Straightaways (Warner Bros. 1997) L —Jay Farrar will be appearing at The Sheldon Concert Hall this Friday (10/21). Bobby Bare, Jr. is opening. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Bangles “Anna Lee (Sweetheart Of The Sun)” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) N —Written by Susanna Hoffs and Vicki & Debbi Peterson.Buy it!
The Pearlfishers “Go Away Boy” from Caroline Now! - The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys (Marina Records 2000) —2000 Beach Boys cover by the Scottish band.Buy it!
The Blossoms “So Much Love” from So Much Loce: A Darlene Love Anthology (Ace 2008) —Previously unreleased track from 1968 featuring lead vocals by Darlene Love.Buy it!
The Delgados “Everybody Come Down” from Universal Audio (Chemikal Underground 2004) —Featuring the wonderful vocals of Emma Pollock.Buy it!
The Honeys “Shoot the Curl” from Hey, Beach Girls! (Ace 2010) —Recorded in 1963 for the Capitol label.Buy it!
Drive-by Truckers “Where's Eddie” from Go-Go Boots (ATO 2011) —Appearing at the Pageant next Friday (10/28).Buy it!
Lee Ann Womack “The Weight” from Endless Highway - The Music of the Band (429 Records 2007) —2007 Band cover written by Robbie Robertson & also featuring the vocals of Buddy & Julie Miller.Buy it!
Coulson, Dean, McGuinness & Flint “Lo and Behold” (Airmail Archives 1972) —1972 release of Dylan songs which the band learned from circulated bootlegs. Many of these songs had not been released by Dylan, yet, & this release marked the first time many people heard these Dylan compositions.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “Anyone Can Do It” from The Man That Time Forgot (Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum 2011) N —Appearing at Off Broadway along with Kentucky Knife Fight & The Upright Animals this Friday (10/21).Buy it!
Kentucky Knife Fight “Same Streets, Same Clothes” from We're All Nameless Here CD ALBUM (self-released 2010) L —Appearing at Off Broadway along with headliners, John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives, & The Upright Animals this Friday (10/21).Buy it!
Paul Kelly “The Oldest Story In The Book” from Paul Kelly's Greatest Hits: Songs From the South Volumes 1 & 2 (Gawd Aggie 2011) N —From this new 2-CD overview of the work of Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly.Buy it!
The Beatles “Hey Bulldog” from Yellow Submarine CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 1969) R —This request goes out to Beatles fan and budding music critic, Ophelia Eddens.Buy it!
The Byrds “The Times They Are A-Changin'” from Turn! Turn! Turn! (Columbia 1965) R —I had a request for this Dylan song. Hopefully, this 1965 cover version sufficed.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Sensitive Man” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —From Nick Lowe's recommended new release. That opening set for Wilco was just a teaser. Let's bring him back to St. Louis to headline next time.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “14th Street” from Humming By the Flowered Vine (Matador 2005) —Beautiful song written by an artist I know nothing about named Emily Spray.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “The Escape” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) N —From the Portland, OR band's new release.Buy it!
Speedy West “Double Or Nothing” from Guitar Spectacular (Sundazed Music 2005) —Speedy West-penned instrumental found on this reissue of his 1962 release.Buy it!
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