Ray Charles “One Mint Julep” from Ray Charles Live in Concert (Concord 2011) —This instrumental was recorded live at the Shrine in L.A. in 1964. Written by Rudy Toombs. This is a reissue of a vinyl LP from 1965 but includes six previously unreleased live performances including this one. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Oscar Brown, Jr. “Mr. Kicks” from Sin & Soul...And Then Some (Columbia Legacy 1996) —Written by Oscar Brown, Jr. and released in 1961. Arranged by Quincy Jones.Buy it!
Little Bob “Look Out Mr. Heartaches” from Mod Jazz Forever (Kent 2012) N —You just heard about Mr. Kicks. Ladies and gentlemen, here is Mr. Heartaches. Written by Bob Camille (aka Little Bob or Li'l Bob) and recorded in 1965 down in Lafayette, LA.Buy it!
Andrew Hill “Blue Spark” from Mod Jazz from Blue Note (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2004) —Music bed. 1969 jazz instrumental composed by pianist Andrew Hill.Buy it!
Archie Bell & The Drells “(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown” from There's Gonna Be A Showdown (Atlantic 1969) —The band was based out of Houston, TX but this was recorded in Philadelphia and written & produced by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff.Buy it!
Yo La Tengo “Periodically Double or Triple” from Popular Songs (Matador 2009) —2009 song with a soul groove recorded in Hoboken, NJ.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “The News” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) —The man knows how to write great singles. Appearing at the Firebird (Tuesday 5/22). It never hurts to plan ahead.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “In You (I Found A Love)” from No Time For Dreaming - The Instrumentals (Daptone 2011) —Music bed. 2011 track sans vocals from the Charles Bradley "No Time For Dreaming" release.Buy it!
Marva Whitney “I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired (Things Better Change Before It's Too Late)” from It's My Thing (Soul Brother Records 2000) —Reissue of her 1969 LP with five additional bonus tracks. This was written by James Brown & finds the lead female singer in the James Brown Revue backed by James Brown's band.Buy it!
SPANKY WILSON “Sunshine of Your Love” from Super Funk Presents Funk Soul Sisters (BGP url 2003) —Funk & soul version of the Cream song recorded in 1970 for the Mothers label. Produced & arranged by HB Barnum.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “She Ain't a Child No More” from I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone 2010) —Written by bassist and Daptone Records founder, Bosco Mann.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “The Reason” from I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone 2010) —Music bed. Philly-soul influenced instrumental track written by saxophonist Neal Sugarman.Buy it!
Don Covay & The Goodtimers “Iron Out The Rough Spots” from Atlantic Soul 1959-1975 (Atlantic/Rhino 2007) —1966 Atlantic single written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper & David Porter.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead” from Bonnie Raitt (Warner Brothers 1971) —Marvelettes cover from her 1971 debut release.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Bus to Shreveport” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —Written by Kevin Gordon and recounting a high school trek to see ZZ Top. "Man, I couldn't wait / The worst sounding arena in the whole United States"Buy it!
Ry Cooder “East St. Louis” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. 1992 instrumental with Ry Cooder & Jim Keltner recorded for the "Trespass" movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Mark Lanegan “Phantasmagora Blues” from Blues Funeral (4AD 2012) N —Written by Mark Lanegan and one of the many harrowing tales found on his new release.Buy it!
Pete Townshend “Corrina Corrina” from Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) —Previously unreleased recording found on this 4-CD collection of various artists performing songs by Bob Dylan with proceeds going to Amnesty International. Alright, this is a traditional song recorded by Bob Dylan but, hey, it's close enough.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “I'll Be Your Baby Tonight” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) —From her 2011 release comprised of cover versions of all the songs from Bob Dylan's "John Wesley Harding" album.Buy it!
The Chances “Black Grass” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental recorded for the Dot label in 1964.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Goin' Back” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) —Beautifully rendered version of the Carole King & Gerry Goffin song. Produced by Hal Willner.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Reason With Me” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian www.onelittleindian.co.uk 2012) N —Gorgeous melody, beautifully sung & devastating. Off her highly recommended new release.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Just Like Anyone” from Bachelor No. 2 (Superego 2000) —Really pretty song written by Aimee Mann & stripped down with just acoustic guitar, bass, accordion & violin.Buy it!
Suzanne Vega “Tom's Diner (A Cappella)” from Solitude Standing (A&M 1987) —I know the version with DNA was the hit but this a cappella version is the version that grabs me by the throat and makes me have to listen listen.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Puerto Vallarta” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental composed by Jack Nitzsche and Marty Cooper with backing by the Wrecking Crew.Buy it!
The Mosquitos “Um Homem Precisa de Uma Empregada (A Man Needs a Maid)” from Mosquitos III (bar none 2006) —Written by Neil Young and sung in Portuguese by Juju Stulbach.Buy it!
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Helpless” from The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing 1962-1979 (Ace 2005) —1971 cover written by Neil Young & co-produced & arranged by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Buffalo Springfield “On The Way Home” from The Best of Buffalo Springfield: Retrospective (Rhino Atlantic 2007) —Written by Neil Young & recorded in 1967.Buy it!
The String-A-Longs “Black Is Black” from The Fireballs: Exotic Guitars From The Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental version of the Los Bravos song.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “White Night, Big City” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —Appearing later this month at Off Broadway (Thursday 3/22) with The Jans Project opening. In a shocking development, I am highly recommending this show.Buy it!
The Jans Project “Torn Between” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) L —From their debut 4-song 2011 release. Making a rare St. Louis appearance opening for Chuck Prophet. See previous entry.Buy it!
R.E.M. “Superman” from Life's Rich Pageant (I.R.S. Records 1986) —60s cover sung by Mike Mills.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Vacation” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) N L —Written and sung by Jenn Malzone and found on their new debut release.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Lying” from Cruel Inventions (Virgin 1991) —"If I said I believe my eyes / And science can move my soul / If I said I'm not afraid to die / And I don't need you / I'd be lying"Buy it!
The Tripwires “I Don't Care Who You Are” from Makes You Look Around (Paisley Pop 2007) —Really fine pop song out of Seattle written & sung by John Ramberg (Minus Five, Infant Kings).Buy it!
The Chieftains with Mick Jagger “Long Black Veil” from The Long Black Veil (RCA Victor 1995) —Written by Marijohn Wilkin & Danny Dill with lead vocals by Mick Jagger.Buy it!
The Waterboys “When Will We Be Married” from Fisherman's Blues (Chrysalis 1988) —Traditional song adapted by Mike Scott & Steve Wickham.Buy it!
Norma Waterson “There Ain't No Sweet Man That'S Worth The Salt Of My Tears” from Norma Waterson (Hannibal 1996) —Written by Fred Fisher.Buy it!
Robert Plant “Harm's Swift Way” from Band Of Joy (Rounder 2010) —Written by Townes Van Zandt.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Tom Ames' Prayer” from Train a Comin' (Winter Harvest 1995) —With backing by Peter Rowan, Norman Blake & Roy Huskey.Buy it!
Dolly Parton “Down from Dover” from The Fairest of Them All / My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner (Omni 2010) —Written by Dolly Parton and recorded circa 1968-69.Buy it!
Jenny Owen Youngs “Love for Long” from An Unwavering Band of Light (self 2012) N —Appearing at Off Broadway this Sunday (3/11). Little Hurricane is opening.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Land of Hope and Dreams” from Wrecking Ball (Columbia 2012) N —From his new release which just hit the stores this week. That sax solo is by the late, great Clarence Clemons.Buy it!
Willie Nile “One Guitar” from The Innocent Ones (River House www.willienile.com 2010) —Written by Willie Nile & Frankie Lee. Anthemic rock out of New York. Don't miss him live if you ever get the chance to see him.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Chicago” from Bad As Me (Anti- 2011) —From one of my favorite releases of 2011. Written by Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Detox Mansion” from Sentimental Hygiene (Virgin 1987) —1987 song written by Warren Zevon & bassist Jorge Calderon.Buy it!
David Olney “Train Wreck” from Dutchman's Curve (Deadbeat Records 2010) —Written by David Olney & Gwil Owen.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Riro's House” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch 2012) N —This one goes out in memory of Joe Thompson who just passed away. The master fiddler out of North Carolina was a mentor to the Carolina Chocolate Drops. They learned this traditional song from him.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Leaving Eden” (Nonesuch 2012) N —Written by North Carolina songwriter Laurelyn Dossett & sung by Rhiannon Giddens.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” from Release Me (UMG Recordings, Inc. 2012) N —Slower version of the Chuck berry song with Viktor Krauss on bass, Russ Kunkel on drums & Dean Parks on electric guitar. From his new release made up mostly of covers.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Set Me Free” from Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich (Columbia / Legacy 1997) —Recorded in 1967 & produced by Billy Sherrill.Buy it!
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