The Funk Brothers “Soul Stomp” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Too often I've just used this as a music bed. Not this time. 1964 instrumental from the sublime backing band on a teaming multitude of Motown songs.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “I'm Wondering” from The Complete Motown Singles - Vol.7:1967 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2007) —Alternate mix of the 1967 song written by Henry Cosby, Stevie Wonder & Sylvia Moy. Higher Ground: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder and Benefit for 88.1 KDHX is taking place at Off Broadway this Friday (9/30). Go to http://tinyurl.com/6gx876s for details.Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “Feeling Alright” from If I Were Your Woman / Standing Ovation (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) 2006) —Soul version of the Traffic song written by Dave Mason & found on this reissue of two 1971 Motown albums.Buy it!
Jr. Walker and The All Stars “Three Four Three” from Soul Session (Motown 1966) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Harvey Fuqua who was the founder of the Moonglows, a producer for various Motown artists & a composer.Buy it!
BOBBY BLAND “Members Only” from Chitlin Circuit Soul! (Rhino 2001) —Written by Larry Addison & recorded for the Jackson, Mississippi-based Malaco label in 1985.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Representing Memphis” from The Road From Memphis (Anti 2011) —This track features Sharon Jones & Matt Berninger (of The National) on vocals.Buy it!
Willie Tee “I'm Only a Man” from I'm Only A Man (Get On Down 2011) —New reissue of a previously hard-to-find 1969 Capitol release by the New Orleans artist. Written by Marcene Harris, arranged & conducted by H.B. Barnum & produced by David Axelrod.Buy it!
The San Remo Golden Strings “Festival Time” from Double Cookin': Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals (Ace 2010) —1966 instrumental recorded for the Ric Tic label.Buy it!
Brother Smith and His Stars of Harmony “God Don't Take No Vacation” from This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM 1957-1982 (Tompkins Square 2011) N —Gospel funk out of Chicago recorded circa 1972 for the Valberst label. Found on this new highly recommended 3-CD compilation featuring 72 rare independent gospel 45 tracks.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Strange Things” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) —Sister Rosetta Tharpe song with background vocals by Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “I'm Going Home (To Live With God)” from Memphis Unlimited (Backbeat 1973) —Traditional gospel song with backing by the Hi Rhythm section & production by Willie Mitchell. Oh, and with a fantastic soul vocal by O.V. Wright and backing vocals by Rhodes, Chalmers & Rhodes.Buy it!
Jimmy McGriff “The Last Minute” from Jimmy McGriff's Greatest Hits (Blue Note 1997) —F 9 Music bed. 1964 instrumental written by Jimmy McGriff.Buy it!
Trombone Shorty “Then There Was You” from For True (Verve 2011) N —This track features the searing vocals of Ledisi on a song she co-wrote with Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) among others. Another really strong release by the New Orleans artist.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Damn Love Song” from Stranger Me (self released 2013) N —Written by Amy LaVere & David Brookings and found on the Memphis artist's latest release. One of my favorite songs from 2011.Buy it!
Trombone Shorty “Dumaine St.” from For True (Verve 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental from his new release penned by Trombone Shorty.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “You Don't Know Me At All” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —Written by fellow Sonora High School (La Habra, CA) graduate, Jeff West. Nick Lowe will be opening for Wilco at the Peabody Opera House in October (Tues 10/4).Buy it!
Wilco “Open Mind” from The Whole Love (Anti- 2011) N —Written by Jeff Tweedy & found on their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Ebb Tide” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. Instrumental from this reissue of his 1963 album with backing by Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Leon Russell & David Gates (of Bread).Buy it!
The Bangles “Anna Lee (Sweetheart Of The Sun)” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) N —From their new release which just came out this week. Written by Susanna Hoffs and Vicki & Debbi Peterson. Highly recommended. The Bangles will be at the Pageant in October (Sat 10/8).Buy it!
Dum Dum Girls “Bedroom Eyes” from Only in Dreams (Sub Pop 2011) N —New release featuring the songwriting & vocals of Dee Dee. Just good guitar pop. No sophomore jinx, here.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Gotta Get Up” from Nilsson Schmilsson CD ALBUM (RCA 1971) —Written by Harry Nilsson & featuring backing by Jim Gordon, Klaus Voorman, Chris Spedding & Jim Price.Buy it!
The Marketts “Bucket Seats” from Outer Space, Hot Rods & Superheroes (Ace 2011) N —1964 instrumental recorded for Warner Bros.Buy it!
Veronica Falls “Misery” from Veronica Falls (Slumberland 2011) N —New debut indie-pop release from the UK band. Featuring the vocals of Roxanne Clifford.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “NYC Really Has It All” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) N —Debut release from the St. Louis band made up of Paige Brubeck & Evan Suit. Just voted Best Rock Band - 2011 by the Riverfront Times. - 2011Buy it!
The Mekons “Geeshie” from Ancient & Modern (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —New release which just came out this week. This track features the vocals of Sally Timms. Some nice violin on this by Suzie Honeyman.Buy it!
Les Champions “Colorado” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Music bed. 60s guitar instrumental from this French band.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “That Bangle Girl” from The Very Best of Robbie Fulks (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2000) —Appearing at Off Broadway in October (Sun 10/16). Willy Porter is also on the bill. Should be a fine show.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hold Down the Fort” from With A Bang (self 2011) N —Just voted Best Pop Band - 2011 by the Riverfront Times. This song about St. Louis was written & sung by Seth Porter.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” from Let England Shake (Vagrant 2011) N —Another one of my favorite songs from 2011. This song is not likely to be used by the England Tourism Board anytime soon. PJ Harvey plays sax on this track.Buy it!
The Marketts “Napoleon's Solo” from Outer Space, Hot Rods & Superheroes (Ace 2011) N —Music bed. 1965 Warner Bros. instrumental.Buy it!
The Beatles “I Need You” from Help! CD ALBUM (Capitol Records 1965) —1965 mono version of a song written by George Harrison. Martin Scorsese's "GEORGE HARRISON: Living In The Material World" is coming to HBO on October 5 & 6.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “She Belongs To Me (Alternate Take)” from No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (Columbia / Legacy 2005) —Alternate take recorded in 1965 during the 'Bringing It All Back Home' sessions.Buy it!
Barb Jungr “I Want You” from Every Grain of Sand (Linn Records 2004) —Beautiful version of the Bob Dylan song performed by the jazz & cabaret singer out of England.Buy it!
The Liverbirds “Talking About You” from Destroy That Boy! (Ace 2009) —1965 Chuck Berry cover by the all-girl band based out of, you guessed it, Liverpool. They did play in clubs like the Cavern & the Star Club and became big in Germany.Buy it!
The 2 Of Clubs “Heart” from Girls With Guitars (Ace 2004) —1966 version of the Petula Clark song recorded for the Fraternity label.Buy it!
The Goodees “Jilted” from Condition Red! The Complete Goodees (Ace 2010) —Why can't all songs be like this? Recorded in 1969 for the Hip label which was a sub-label of Stax. Written & produced by Don Davis & Freddie Briggs.Buy it!
The Rumblers “Boss” from Surfin' Hits (Rhino 1989) —Music bed. 1963 surf instrumental.Buy it!
The Greencards “Travel On” from Viridian (Dualtone Music Group 2007) —Appearing at the Old Rock House in October (Friday 10/7). Beautiful vocals by Carol Young on this one.Buy it!
Lone Justice “Soap, Soup and Salvation” from Lone Justice (Geffen 1985) —Written & sung by Maria McKee.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Lungs” from Step Inside This House (Geffen 1998) —Written by Townes Van Zandt.Buy it!
Townes Van Zandt “Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold” from Live At the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (Tomato 1977) —Live recording from 1973.Buy it!
Peter Case “How 'Bout You” from Peter Case Sings Like Hell (Vanguard Records vanguardrecords.com 1993) —Jesse Winchester cover from 1993.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts “Papa Was a Rodeo” from Beneath the Country Underdog (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2000) —Magnetic Fields cover written by Stephin Merritt.Buy it!
Holly Golightly “Your Love Is Mine” from Single's Round-Up (Damaged Goods 1998) —Written by Ike Turner.Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Black T Shirt” from Sorrow & Smoke - Live at the Horseshoe Lounge (Music Road 2011) N —Live 2010 recording made at the Horseshoe Lounge in Austin.Buy it!
Buddy & Julie Miller “Gasoline and Matches” from Written In Chalk (New Word Music 2008) —Written by Buddy & Julie Miller.Buy it!
Jason Isbell “Dress Blues” from Sirens of the Ditch (New West Records www.newwestrecords.com 2007) R —I had a request for this really affecting song written by Jason Isbell.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Rabbit” from Live at KDHX Volume 9 (KDHX 2011) N —Live recording made at KDHX on 06/06/10.Buy it!
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives “Somebody Saved Me” from Souls' Chapel (Universal South 2005 2005) —Written by Pops Staples.Buy it!
Thad Cockrell “Warmth and Beauty” from Warmth & Beauty (Yep Roc Records www.yeproc.com 2003) —Written by Thad Cockrell and recorded and co-produced by Chris Stamey.Buy it!
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