Maurice & Mac “Why Don't You Try Me” from The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (Kent 2011) —Recorded at Fame Studios for Chess Records in 1968. Written by Billy Young & produced by Rick Hall. Ry Cooder later covered this on his "Borderline" release. Let the soul duo set begin.Buy it!
James & Bobby Purify “Shake a Tail Feather” from Shake a Tail Feather! The Best of James and Bobby Purify (Sundazed 1966) —This 1967 version of the Five Du-Tones hit was recorded at American Recording Studios in Memphis for the Bell label. Written by Andre Williams, Otha Hayes & Verlie Rice .Buy it!
Bob & Earl “Don't Ever Leave Me” from Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures: Vol. 4 (Kent 2004) —Known best for the original version of "Harlem Shuffle" (which they also wrote) but this song is pretty amazing in its own right. Written by Bob & Earl (Robert Relf & Earl Nelson) & recorded for the Tempe label in 1962.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Crop Dustin'” from With A Little Help From My Friends (stax 1969) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental written by Steve Cropper & Buddy Miles and recorded for Stax in 1969.Buy it!
Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto “Do I Make Myself Clear” from Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 (Kent 2009) —Written by Shena DeMell & Sugar Pie DeSanto and found on this fine Sugar Pie DeSanto compilation. Recorded in 1966. Her real name was Umpeylia Marsema Balinton. I see why she went with Sugar Pie DeSanto.Buy it!
Etta James “I Found a Love” from Heart & Soul: A Retrospective (Hip-O Select 2011) —This set goes out in tribute to Etta James. Last week's set didn't begin to scratch the surface of how much she contributed to the musical landscape. This Wilson Pickett song was recorded in 1971 for Chess.Buy it!
Etta James “Champagne And Wine” from The Dreamer (Verve Forecast 2011) N —One of two Otis Redding covers found on her final release which came out in November, 2011. She could still sing & interpret songs like this at the age of 73. Amazing.Buy it!
The Ramsey Lewis Trio “Wade In the Water” from The Chess Story 1965-1975 (MCA 2001) —Music bed. Gospel instrumental recorded for the Cadet label circa 1965-66.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “This Time” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Really soulful take on this not often covered Los Lobos song. Written by David Hidalgo & Louie Pérez. Found on her new album which just came out this week. Coming to the Old Rock House in March (3/29).Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Hold On” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —From the Athens, Alabama-based band's forthcoming album slated for release on April 10th. Featuring the lead vocals of Brittany Howard.Buy it!
The Revelations Featuring Tre' Williams “Because Of You (Instrumental)” from Deep Soul (Decision Records 2009) —Music bed. Soul instrumental from the band out of the Pacifc Northwest.Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder 2012) N —New Orleans band made up of members of marching bands from Southern, Grambling, and Texas Southern University. Now you know what you get when you cross the Eurythmics with a brass band.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Tusk” (Warner Bros. 1979) —Written by Lindsey Buckingham and featuring the U.S.C marching band.Buy it!
Trombone Shorty “Hurricane Season” from Backatown CD ALBUM (Verve 2010) —Instrumental written by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.Buy it!
Eddie Bo “Just Wonder” from The Hook and Sling (Funky Delicacies 1997) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental written by Al Scramuzza with the late, great Eddie Bo on keyboards.Buy it!
Joe Henry “Odetta” from Reverie (Anti 2011) —Written by Joe Henry and featuring backing vocals by Jean McClain.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Five Colors” from Fan Dance (Nonesuch 2001) —Written by Sam Phillips. Sam Phillips is on guitar and lead vocals & Gillian Welch is on bass and backing vocals.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend” from Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 2006) —From the Broadway musical, "Gentleman Prefer Blondes." Written by Jule Styne & Leo Robin. Recorded when his backing band was David Kemper, David Mansfield & David Miner. Confusion reigned.Buy it!
Duane Eddy “High Noon” from Duane Eddy: Greatest Hits (Sony 2006) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1962.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Darkness” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2012) N —Word & Music by Leonard Cohen. Highly recommended new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Not Dark Yet” from Time Out of Mind CD ALBUM (Columbia 1997) —"It's not dark, yet, but it's getting there."Buy it!
Michael Friedman “Cool of the Coming Dark” (Perdition 2002) —Written by Michael Friedman & Alan Griffith and with a backing band of Andy Ploof, Todd Schnitzer, Adam Reichmann, Merv Schrock & John Wendland.Buy it!
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh “Beneath Halo” from Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh (Drag City Inc. 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental with Helena Espvall on cello & Masaki Batoh on acoustic guitar.Buy it!
Neko Case “John Saw That Number” from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti- 2006) —The intro was recorded in the back stairwell of the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. The vocals of Neko Case & Kelly Hogan together are a thing of beauty.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “People Get Ready” from Curtis Live! (Rhino 2004) —Written by Curtis Mayfield & recorded live at the Bitter End in NYC in 1971.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Lately” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) —Written by Isobel Campbell and featuring the lead vocals of Mark Lanegan with backing by a gospel choir.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Sunday Sermon” from Stax Profiles (Stax/Concord 2006) —Music bed. 1970 Stax instrumental.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Seeing Hands” from Venus On Earth (M8O 2008) —2008 song with vocals by Chhom Nimol.Buy it!
The Greenhornes “There Is an End” from Dual Mono (Telstar 2002) —Written by Craig Fox with guest lead vocals by Holly Golightly.Buy it!
The Kinks “Everybody's Gonna Be Happy (Mono Single)” from Greatest Hits (marble arch 1966) —Written by Ray Davies & released as a single by Pye in 1965.Buy it!
The Pastel Six “Bandido” from Intoxica! (Ace 2006) —Music bed. 1962 Southern California garage rock single recorded for the Zen label. This band has provided countless music beds for M2M and for that I am grateful. I'd like to find them on vinyl .Buy it!
Buffy Sainte-Marie “He's a Keeper of the Fire” from Mojo Presents: Well...All Right! (Mojo Magazine www.mojo4music.com 2011) —Written by Buffe Sainte-Marie & originally released in 1969 on the Vanguard label. "He's as heavy as a lead weight, baby."Buy it!
Janis Joplin “Call On Me” from The Essential Janis Joplin - 3.0 (Legacy/Columbia 2008) —Written by Sam Andrew of Big Brother And The Holding Company & recorded in 1966.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “'Till My Back Ain't Got No Bone” from From a Whisper to a Scream (Kudu 1972) —Written by Eddie Floyd and Al Bell & recorded in 1971. Arranged and conducted by Pee Wee Ellis.Buy it!
Betty Everett “You're No Good” from The Vee-Jay British Hits (P-Vine 2006) —Recorded in 1963 and the first song she released on the Vee-Jay label.Buy it!
Mac Rebennack & The Soul Orchestra “The Point” from Further Adventures Of Mod Jazz (Kent 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1962.Buy it!
The Supersuckers “Rubber Biscuit” from Devils Food (Mid-Fi 2005) —Appearing at the Old Rock House next Friday (2/10). Also on the bill are the Spittin’ Cobras.Buy it!
Mari Jones with Earl Hyde & His Orchestra “Riba Daba Doo” from Chicken Little / Riba Daba Doo 45 single (Tampa) —Repro 45 R&B raver originally released in 1956 on the Tampa label.Buy it!
J.J. Cale “They Call Me the Breeze” from Naturally (Mercury 1971) —Written by J.J. Cale and found on his debut 1971 release.Buy it!
Duane Eddy “Blowin' Up A Storm” from Duane Eddy: Greatest Hits (Sony 2006) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1963.Buy it!
Craig Finn “When No One's Watching” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) N —Appearing at Off Broadway next Friday (2/10). Also on the bill are Mount Moriah.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Lay Down Your Weary Tune” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Universal 2012) N —From this new bargain-priced 4-CD collection of Bob Dylan songs performed by a wide array of artists with proceeds going to Amnesty International. All songs are previously unreleased.Buy it!
Los Lobos “One Time One Night” from By the Light of the Moon (Slash 1987) —Coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall later this month (Sunday 2/26). This is a show I will not miss.Buy it!
The Byrds “John Riley (Instrumental) [Bonus Track]” from Fifth Dimension (Bonus Track Version) (Columbia 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental version of a traditional English song recorded in 1966.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hold Down the Fort” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) L —Written by Seth Porter. The Blind Eyes, Sleepy Kitty, Bo & The Locomotive, and the Mutts will be at the Firebird this Saturday (2/4) for the Firebird’s 3-year anniversary.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “School's Out” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) L —From their debut 2011 release. Sleepy Kitty is Paige Brubeck & Evan Suit.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Sugar the Pill” from Dust Bunnies (Matador / Capitol 1997) —Recorded by the Amsterdam-based band at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock in 1996. Lyrics and lead vocals by Carol van Dijk.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “The Second Voyage” from The Slip That Leads Into The Fall (Undertow www.undertowmusic.com 2010) L —Music bed. Instrumental from their 2010 release.Buy it!
The Byrds “I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better” from Mr. Tambourine Man (Columbia 1965) —1966 track written and sung by Gene Clark.Buy it!
Neil Young “Walk On” from On the Beach (Reprise Records 1974) —Still my favorite Neil Young album.Buy it!
The Gaslight Anthem “Changing of the Guards” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —Pretty great version from this new 4-CD compilation of various artists performing Bob Dylan songs.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “My Baby Don't Tolerate” (Curb 2003) R —Written by I had a request to play something by Lyle Lovett. Hope this sufficed. Lyle Lovett & released in 2003.Buy it!
The Kinks “Alchohol” from Muswell Hillbillies (RCA 1971) —"Here is a story about a sinner......"Buy it!
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