Syl Johson “Straight Love, No Chaser” from Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology SINGLE (The Numero Group 2010) N —OK, this is good as box sets get. 6LP+4CD, 35,000 word essay & four years in the making - highly recommended. This track was written by Johnny Cameron and was recorded in Chicago in 1966.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Maggie's Farm” from The Beat Goes On... (Kent 2000) —This goes out in tribute to Solomon Burke who passed away last week at the age of 70. This soulful take of the Dylan song was recorded for Atlantic in 1965.Buy it!
Chairmen of the Board “(You've Got Me) Dangling On a String” from Finder's Keepers: The Invictus Anthology (Sanctuary 2002) —RIP General Norman Johnson who passed away last week at the age of 69. Besides fronting soul bands such as The Showmen & Chairmen Of The Board, he also wrote hits for other artists such as Patches, Want Ads, & Bring The Boys Home.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers” SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. 1965 original backing track for the Four Tops' hit written by Holland, Dozier & Holland.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Sweet Ride” from Califia: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood (Ace 2010) N —Originally released in 1968 for "The Sweet Ride" movie soundtrack. Found on this 2010 compilation of various artists performing songs written by Lee Hazlewood.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “We're Doing Fine” from Kent's Cellar of Soul - Vol. 2 (Kent 2006) —Written by New York arranger Horace Ott and recorded for Mercury in 1965.Buy it!
The Showmen “It Will Stand” from Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1947-74 (CAPITOL 1996) —Written by General Norman Johnson and recorded in 1961 for the Minit label. As for compilations of New Orleans R7B and rock, you can't do any better than this 4-CD compilation.Buy it!
June Gardner “Hot Seat” from 99 Plus One (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. Written and produced by Wardell Quezerque and recorded during the period of 1965-70.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Deuce and a Quarter” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —Appearing at Beat 'N' Soul festival taking place at Off Broadway on Friday (11/5) & Saturday (11/6). Go to http://beatnsoul.com for more information.Buy it!
John Legend & The Roots “Wake Up Everybody (ft. Common & Melanie Fiona)” from Wake Up! (G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia 2010) N —Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes cover from this new release.Buy it!
Diplomats of Solid Sound “B-O-O-G-A-L-O-O” from What Goes Around Comes Around (Pravda 2010) N —New release from the Iowa-based soul and funk band.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Chained & Bound” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 1969) —Otis Redding cover from 1969.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “You Are Not Alone” (Anti www.anti.com 2010) N —Written and produced by Jeff Tweedy and featuring background vocals by Kelly Hogan and Nora O' Connor.Buy it!
Elton John and Leon Russell “If It Wasn't For Bad” from The Union (Decca 2010) N —New release which just came out this week. Written by Leon Russell. Back in the 70s I never would have envisioned these artists making an album together but, in retrospect, it makes sense given Leon Russell's influence on Elton John.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Let's Something Wrong” from Soap and Water (Yep Roc 2007) —Appearing this Saturday (10/23) at Off Broadway. Opening are The Incurables. I wouldn't even think of missing this show.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Wade In The Water” from Poppa Willie: The Hi Years 1962-74 (Cream / Hi 2001) —Music bed. 1970 instrumental version of the traditional gospel song.Buy it!
Tom Jones “What Good Am I?” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) N —Fine Bob Dylan over on his new release made up of gospel & spiritual songs.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Lately” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) N —Written by Isobel Campbell and featuring the lead vocals of Mark Lanegan backed by gospel singers.Buy it!
The Moody Blues “From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)” from Go Now (Kudos 1965) —Written by Denny Laine & Mike Pinder during the early R&B lineup. Denny Laine, Terry Sylvester (Hollies) & John Ford Coley ("Acoustically Speaking”) will be at the Sheldon this Friday (10/22).Buy it!
Bessie Banks “Go Now” from Larry Banks' Soul Family Album (Kent 2007) —Original version of the song released in 1964 and written by Larry Banks & Milton Bennett. It became a big hit for the Moody Blues shortly, thereafter.Buy it!
The Honeys “Pray for Surf” from Hey, Beach Girls! - Female Surf 'N' Drag 1961-66 (Ace 2010) N —Written by Saundra Glantz & Diane Rovell of the Honeys and arranged, conducted & produced by Brian Wilson in 1963.Buy it!
The Chantays “Monsoon” from The Birth of Surf - Vol. 2 (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1963 Surf instrumental recorded for the Dot label.Buy it!
Best Coast “Crazy for You” CD ALBUM (Mexican Summer 2010) N —New release featuring the vocals of Bethany Cosentino.Buy it!
The Hissyfits “Baby” from Letters From Frank (Top Quality Rock & Roll... 2001) —2001 indie-pop recording from the Brooklyn-based band. Their website says they are on hiatus. It looks like they have been on hiatus since 2003.Buy it!
Tight Pants Syndrome “New Hit Record (Tammy)” from Fully Attractive CD ALBUM (Blip Blap! 2010) N L —Another pop gem from the St. Louis band and found on their new release.Buy it!
Phil Upchurch Combo “You Can't Sit Down” from Mojo Mod Club Party (Mojo 2005) —Music bed. 1961 instrumental recorded for Capitol.Buy it!
The Fleshtones “Shadow-line (to J. Conrad)” from Roman Gods (I.R.S. Records 1982) —Appearing at Off Broadway on Saturday (11/6) as part of the two-day Beat 'N' Soul festival. Go to www.beatnsoul.com for more details.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Positively 4th Street (Mono)” from The Best of the Original Mono Recordings (Columbia 2010) N —Mono version of the 1965 single. Bob Dylan is appearing tonight (Thursday 10/21) at the Chaifetz Arena.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “I'll Keep It With Mine” from I Shot Andy Warhol ST (Atlantic 1996) —Dylan cover from the soundtrack to the 1996 film. Bettie Serveert will be appearing this Friday (10/22) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Belle and Sebastian “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” from Write About Love (Matador 2010) N —From their new album which just came out last week. This track also features the vocals of Norah Jones.Buy it!
Norah Jones “I'll Be Your Baby Tonight” from Don't Know Why 4-song EP (EMI Australia 2003) R —Bob Dylan cover from 2003. This request goes out to my mother-in-law. Hey, better late than never!Buy it!
Jesse Winchester “A Showman's Life” from A Touch On the Rainy Side (bearsville www.rhino.com 1978) R —Another request from last week.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Motel Blues” from The Atlantic Recordings (Rhino Handmade 1999) —Recorded in 1971. OK, life on the road isn't always a glamorous thing. Loudon Wainwright III will be appearing at the Old Rock House in November (Monday 11/22).Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Detox Mansion” from Sentimental Hygiene (Virgin 1987) —Written by Warren Zevon & bassist Jorge Calderon and featuring backing by R.E.M.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “House of Gold” from Downtown Church CD ALBUM (CMG 2010) —Hank Willams cover from her January, 2010 release.Buy it!
Robert Plant “Harm's Swift Way” from Band Of Joy (Rounder www.rounder.com 2010) N —Written by Townes Van Zandt and featuring background vocals by Patty Griffin.Buy it!
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys “Power of the 45 PT 1” from Turntable Matinee (Yep Roc 2006) —Appearing tonight (Thursday 10/21) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill is Los Straitjackets. That is an action-packed bill.Buy it!
Little Willie John “I'm Shakin'” from Fever: The Best of Little Willie John (Rhino 1993) —Written by Rudy Toombs and recorded in 1959 for the King label.Buy it!
Holly Golightly “My Love Is” from My First Holly Golightly Album (Damaged Goods 2005) —Written by Billy Myles and originally recorded by Little Willie John. Holly Golightly released this version in 2004.Buy it!
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses “The Wandering” from Junky Star (Lost Highway 2010) N —Appearing this Sunday (10/24) at the Old Rock House. This track is off his new release.Buy it!
Josh White “St. James Infirmary” from Journey to Love: Rare & Early Elektra Classics (Mojo 2010) N —Recorded in 1958 and included on this new compilation CD which accompanies the November, 2010 issue of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “I'd Hate to Be You on that Dreadful Day” from The Witmark Demos: 1962-64 (Columbia 2010) N —Previously unreleased song included on this ninth & latest installment of Dylan's bootleg series. This two-CD collection is made up of demos recorded for the M. Witmark & Songs publishing company.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts “Papa Was a Rodeo” from Beneath the Country Underdog (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2000) —Sublime Magnetic Fields cover from 2000 featuring thge lead vocals of Kelly Hogan.Buy it!
The Wandering Eyes “Me and Mr. Jones” from Songs of Forbidden Love (Lazy S.O.B. 1998) —1998 cover version of the Billy Paul Philly-soul classic featuring lead vocals by Kelly Willis.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Lord, Mr. Ford” from The Essential Jerry Reed (RCA 1995) —1973 song written by Dick Feller "Well, if you're one of the millions who own one of them gas-drinking, piston-clinking, air-polluting, smoke-belching, four-wheeled buggies from Detroit City, then pay attention; I'm about to sing your song, son."Buy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “Stratosphere Boogie” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —1954 instrumental written by Jimmy Bryant.Buy it!
Tom T. Hall “The Little Lady Preacher” from In Search of a Song (Mercury 1971) —Written by Tom T. Hall and recorded in 1971.Buy it!
You Am I “Trike” from Hourly, Daily (sire 1997) —1997 song written by singer/guitarist Tim Rogers. Thanks to Ken from Cockeysville who picked this song.Buy it!
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