Rufus Thomas “The Breakdown (Part 1)” from Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975 (stax 2003) —RIP Charles "Skip" Pitts who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 65 after a long bout of cancer. He played guitar on this 1971 Stax recording which was written by Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice & Rufus Thomas.Buy it!
The Isley Brothers “It's Your Thing” from The Essential Isley Brothers (Sony 1972) —Skip Pitts played guitar on this song & who can forget the opening guitar riff that opens this song? Released in 1969 and a #1 R&B & #2 pop hit.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Baby, I'm-A Want You” from Ultimate Isaac Hayes - Can You Dig It? (stax 2005) —Skip Pitts played guitar on this soul version of the Bread hit penned by David Gates. Recorded circa 1970-72 and also featuring lead vocals by David Porter. Of course, Skip Pitts is best known for his iconic wah-wah guitar on "Theme From Shaft."Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Sundown On Beale” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) —Music bed. Skip Pitts played guitar on this 2011 instrumental written by bassist Scott Bomar. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Skip Pitts on a couple of occasions & he was a really nice man and a truly engaging personality on stage.Buy it!
Inez Foxx “Crossing Over The Bridge” from Nobody Wins: Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 (Kent 2012) N —New compilation of deep Southern soul tracks recorded for Stax. This 1973 recording was written by Inez Foxx & Mack Rice and has Skip Pitts and Michael Toles on guitar.Buy it!
The Mad Lads “Gone! The Promises of Yesterday” from Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (Light In The Attic 2012) N —Doo-wop meets soul meets psychedelic on this 1971 Stax recording. Found on this new 10 x 7" collection of reissued Stax singles. Really well done & with an 84-page book.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “I Found You” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —Recorded in Nashville & featuring lead vocals by Brittany Howard.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Under The Table” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —Music bed. Instrumental recorded in 2004 at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios.Buy it!
Ralph "Soul" Jackson “You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy” from Hall of Fame: Rare and Unissued Gems From The Fame Vaults (Kent 2012) N —New compilation of 21 previously unissued tracks from the Fame vaults. This was written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham & recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Earl-Jean “I'm Into Something Good” from Something Good From The Goffin & King Songbook (Ace 2012) N —This new release is the third volume of Carole King & Gerry Goffin songs performed by various artists. Earl-Jean McCrea was one of the Cookies but she recorded two solo singles. Recorded in 1964 for the Colpix label.Buy it!
Ellie Greenwich “You Don't Know” from The Red Bird Girls: Very First Time In Stereo 1963-1966 (Real Gone Music 2012) N —Incredibly well arranged 1965 song written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry & George Morton and remixed from the original session tapes in stereo.Buy it!
The Spacemen “The Clouds” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1:1960 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed. Despite the title of this album, this instrumental charted & was recorded in 1959.Buy it!
Andre Williams “Cadillac Jack” from The Chess Story 1965-1975 (MCA 2001) —Appearing this Friday (5/4) at Off Broadway. There will also be a screening of screening of "Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams." As an added bonus, Ransom Note is opening.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “You Better Believe It” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) N —Just recently released in the U.S. & featuring lead vocals by Ty Taylor. I won't make the mistake of missing them again the next time they come through St. Louis.Buy it!
Norah Jones “Happy Pills” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note url 2012) N —New release which just came out this week. Written by Norah Jones & Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse (who also produced this album).Buy it!
The Hustlers “Kopout” from It Came From The Beach (Ace 2008) —Music bed. Southern California garage rock 1964 instrumental recorded for the Downey label.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Sonny Liston's Blues” from Let Freedom Ring (Yep Roc 2009) —Written by Chuck Prophet. ""I'm a man of few words,baby / I think by now you've heard them all."Buy it!
Jon Hardy & The Public “Cassius Clay” from Working In Love (Jon Hardy and the Public 2007) L —Is this song really five years old? One of my favorite songs to have come out of St. Louis in the last ten years.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Bird” from The Current Moves (Undertow 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Chris Grabau.Buy it!
Buddy Greco “That Darned Cat” from Feline Groovy (Ace 2008) —The Hepcat Carnival is taking place at the Gramophone this Sunday (5/6) from 3-9 PM to benefit Tenth Life Cat Rescue. Games, food, bands, Arch Rival Roller Girls, kittens(!) & so much more!Buy it!
The Kinks “Phenomenal Cat” from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Sanctuary 1968) —Written by Ray Davies & recorded in 1968. "There lived a cat, a phenomenal cat."Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “The Kitty Cat Song” from Ride Your Pony CD ALBUM (Sundazed 1966) —Produced by Allen Toussaint & released on the Stateside label in 1966.Buy it!
Top Cat Orchestra & Chorus “Top Cat Theme Song” from Feline Groovy (Ace 2008) N —Recorded in 1962 for the Top Cat cartoon series. Written by Joseph Barbera, Hoyt Curtin & William Hanna.Buy it!
Jimmy Smith “The Cat (from Joy House)” from The Cat - The Incredible Jimmy Smith (Verve Records 1964) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Lalo Schifrin & recorded in 1964.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Respectable Dive” from Out of the Game (Decca 2012) N —Highly recommended new release which just came out this week. Produced by Mark Ronson. Oliver Wang normally writes about soul music on his Soul-Sides blog but he takes a detour and talks about this release at http://tinyurl.com/74ud952Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Million Miles” from Slipstream (Redwings Reccords 2012) —Written by Bob Dylan, produced by Joe Henry and featuring Bill Frisell on guitar. She will be at the Pageant in May (Fri 5/18) but the show is already sold out.Buy it!
George Harrison “Mama You've Been On My Mind (Demo)” from Early Takes, Vol. 1 (UMe 2012) N —Bob Dylan cover found on this new compilation of George Harrison demos from the 70s.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Something” from McLemore Avenue (Expanded Version) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. 1970 Beatles instrumental version recorded for Stax in 1970.Buy it!
One Take “Tide Is High” from TBD (self 2012) N L —Danielle Aslanian & One Take will be appearing this Friday (5/4) at the Focal Point. This is a more acoustic fiddle-driven version of the Paragons song later covered by Blondie. Danielle Aslanian sings lead & plays fiddle on this.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “No Bobby Don't” from Because It Feel Good (Bloodshot Records 2001) —Kelly Hogan is headlining night #2 of Twangfest on Thursday (6/7) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Also on the bill are Pretty Little Empire, Deano Waco & The Purvs and Wussy.Buy it!
Imelda May “Kentish Town Waltz” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) —Written by Imelda May and recorded in 2010.Buy it!
John Doe and Exene Cervenka “See How We Are” from John Doe and Exene Cervenka Singing and Playing (Moonlight Graham Records 2012) N —New release featuring new studio recordings by John Doe & Exene of both older & new songs. John Doe is headlining the final night of Twangfest on Saturday (6/9) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room.Buy it!
Peter Case “Poor Old Tom” from The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2004) —Written by Peter Case & with David Hidalgo from Los Lobos on violin, accordion & ukelele.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “The Wolf Is Getting Married” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —Highly recommended new release & a complete return to form.Buy it!
Jennifer O' Connor “Exeter, Rhode Island” from Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars (Matador 2006) —"The radio plays a power pop song, it keeps me company like a friend."Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Freeway” from @#%&*! Smilers (Superego 2008) —Written by Aimee Mann. Alright, she is long overdue for a new release & tour which brings her through St. Louis.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “No More Heroes” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) N L —From their new release which just came out a couple of weeks ago. Lots of really fine songs on this.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Down, Down, Down” from Swordfishtrombones (Island 1983)Buy it!
Thee Midniters “Empty Heart” from Whittier Blvd (MicroWerks 2009) —1965 Rolling Stones cover from band out of East L.A.Buy it!
Joe Stickley & Sean Canan “Galway Girl” from Loaded to the Gunwales (Peola Road Music 2010) L —2010 Steve Earle cover. They will be appearing tonight (Thurs 5/3) at Off Broadway along with Reeling Gilly, Auset Music Project, John Joern & others to honor the music of Levon Helm.Buy it!
The Band “Atlantic City” from Jericho (Rhino/Pyramid Records 1993) —Terrific lead vocal by Levon Helm on this 1993 Bruce Springsteen cover.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Tony y Maria” from Good Morning Aztlán CD ALBUM (Mammoth/Fontana Mammoth 2002) —Written by David Hidalgo & Louie Perez and featuring Bucky Baxter on pedal steel.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Fancy” from An American Quilt 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —1970 song written by Bobbie Gentry and featuring a woman who won't ever be nominated mother of the year. A sordid tale, indeed.Buy it!
Lydia Loveless “How Many Women” from Indestructible Machine (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) —Written by Lydia Loveless out of Columbus, OH.Buy it!
Maria McKee “My Lonely Sad Eyes” from You Gotta Sin to Get Saved (Geffen 1993) —1993 Them cover written by Van Morrison.Buy it!
Farmer Jason “The Tractor Goes Chug Chug Chug” from A Day At the Farm With Farmer Jason (Remastered) [Bonus Version] (Rhino 2006) —Farmer Jason & Ryan Spearman kick off the Harvest Sessions on Saturday (5/5) from 9:45am-12:45pmBuy it!
Richmond Fontaine “From a Buick 6” from Highway 61 Revisited Revisited (Uncut 2005) —2005 Bob Dylan cover from the band based out of Portland, OR.Buy it!
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