Maxine Weldon “Lodi” from Right On (Mainstream Records 1971) —1971 soul version of the Creedence Clearwater hit written by John Fogerty.Buy it!
Al Wilson “Born On The Bayou” from Show and Tell: The Best of Al Wilson (Fuel 2000 2006) —Creedence Clearwater Revival cover originally released as the a-side of a 1972 single by the Rocky Road label.Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Mono Single)” from The Singles Collection (Fantasy 2009) —Mono version of the 1970 single radio edit written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong. Marvin Gaye's hit version of this came out in 1968.Buy it!
The Fame Gang “Grits and Gravy” from The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (Kent 2011) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “He Made a Woman Out of Me” from Country Funk 1969-1975 (Light In The Attic At The Firebird on 2/1 W/ Roky Erickson! 2012) N —Taken from this new 2-LP compilation and originally released in 1970. Written by Don Hill & Fred Burch and also covered by Bettye LaVette.Buy it!
Candi Staton “Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness” from Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters (Ace 2011) —Previously unreleased track recorded circa 1971 and written by Ann Peebles & Don Bryant.Buy it!
Don Bryant “She's Looking Good” from Precious Soul (2012 Hi Records Under Exclusive License to Fat Possum Records 2012) —Side one # 1 Reissue of his1969 Hi recording produced by Willie Mitchell. This was written by and a hit for Rodger Collins.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “San-Ho-Zay” from Poppa Willie: The Hi Years 1962-74 (Cream / Hi 2001) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental written by Freddy King.Buy it!
Mitty Collier “Do It With Confidence” from Talking With Her Man: The Chess Singles 1961-1968 (Geffen 2008) —1967 Chess recording.Buy it!
Eve Barnum “Please Newsboy” from Chicago Soul (Soul Jazz www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/ 2004) —Written by Dave Crawford & recorded in 1969 for the Checker label.Buy it!
Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto “Do I Make Myself Clear?” from Chess Soul (Chess MCA 1997) —Chicago soul duet recorded in 1965.Buy it!
Young-Holt Unlimited “The Beat Goes On” from The Best of Young-Holt Unlimited (EMI 2002) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Sonny & Cher hit.Buy it!
Rumer “Soulsville” from Boys Don't Cry (Atlantic Records UK www.atlanticrecords.com 2012) N —Really fine vocals on this Isaac Hayes cover and found on her new release made up of all cover versions of artists ranging from Townes Van Zandt to Jimmy Webb to Terry Reid.Buy it!
Sugarman 3 “What The World Needs Now” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone 2012) N —One of my favorite releases of 2012. Instrumental version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition.Buy it!
Lee Fields “Moonlight Mile” from Faithful Man (Truth & Soul Records 2012) N —Soul version of the Rolling Stones song found on his latest release. Mark your calendars - Lee Fields and the Expressions will be at Lola in September (9/16). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “The Traitor” from Make the Road By Walking (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2008) —Music bed. 2008 instrumental composed by Thomas Brenneck, Dave Guy, & Leon Michels.Buy it!
Melody Gardot “If I Tell You I Love You” from The Absence (Jazz & Other 2012) N —Written by & featuring the lead vocals of Melody Gardot.Buy it!
Joe Henry “The Man I Keep Hid” from Blood from Stars (Anti 2009) —Written & produced by Joe Henry. The saxophone & clarinet parts by Levon Henry (his son) really add a lot to this album.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Back In the Crowd” from Bad As Me (Anti- 2011) —Written & produced by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Just Another Sucker On the Vine” from Swordfishtrombones (Island 1983) —Music bed. Instrumental penned by Tom Waits.Buy it!
Cotton Mather “My Before and After” from Kontiki (Deluxe Edition) (Star Apple Kingdom 2012) —Appearing next Friday (8/24) at Off Broadway for the LouFest pre-party. Also on the bill are Dressy Bessy & Middle Class Fashion. Should be a great show.Buy it!
Redd Kross “One of the Good Ones” from Researching the Blues (Merge www.mergerecords.om 2012) N —Highly recommended new release and their first one since 1997. Written by Jeff McDonald.Buy it!
Susanna Hoffs “Picture Me” from Someday (Baroque Folk 2012) N —Written by Susanna Hoffs & Andrew Brassell with orchestration and production by Mitchell Froom.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Surf Finger” from Hard Workin' Man: The Jack Nitzsche Story Volume 2 (Ace 2006) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental written by Martin Cooper & Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
The New Pornographers “Think About Me” from Just Tell Me That You Want Me - A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac COMP (Hear Music 2012) N —New compilation of various artists covering Fleetwood Mac songs. 17 tracks and this is the only Christine McVie song. Doesn't seem right.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “After All These Years” from Proof Through The Night (Warner Bros 1983) —Written by T-Bone Burnett. "I heard you saw her again last evening / I heard you'd been with her for two or three days / I still have her picture taped to my mirror / Did she still look the same after all these years? "Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Holding On To The Earth” from The Indescribable Wow (Virgin 1988) —Written by Sam Phillips & T-Bone Burnett.Buy it!
The Chandelles “El Gato” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Sundazed Music 2007) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental.Buy it!
Susan Cowsill “Crescent City Sneaux” from Lighthouse CD ALBUM (Threadhead Records 2010) —Susan Cowsill and special guest, Brian Henneman, will be appearing at Off Broadway this Wednesday (8/22). ADDENDUM AS OF 08/19/12 - THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO A NOVEMBER DATE.Buy it!
First Aid Kit “I Found A Way” from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012) —Written by Johanna Söderberg & Klara Söderberg. First Aid Kit and Dylan LeBlanc will be appaering at the Firebird in October (Saturday 10/6).Buy it!
Wes Dakus' Rebels “Sour Biscuits” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental recorded for the Swan label.Buy it!
Comet Gain “Don't Fall In Love If You Want to Die In Peace” from Realistes! (Kill Rock Stars 2002) —Kind of beautiful and referential of Bob Dylan. Hey, it works for me.Buy it!
Ana Egge “Summer Wastin'” from Lazy Days (Grace/Parkinsong 2007) —Belle & Sebastian cover from 2007.Buy it!
The Delgados “Sink Or Swim” from Universal Audio (Chemikal Underground 2004) —Featuring the sublime vocals of Emma Pollock.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Ann Buchanan Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “Bad Luck Baby” from The Man That Time Forgot (Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum 2011) —Fri 8/17 John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, Yankee Racers and Brother Father – Duck RoomBuy it!
The Hazey Janes “This Place Is Just Not My Kind” from Hotel Radio (Measured Records 2006) —From the Dundee, Scotland band's 2006 release.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “You Can't Do That” from McLemore Avenue (expanded) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. Mid-60s instrumental version of the Beatles song.Buy it!
Ramblin' Jack Elliott “Reason to Believe” from Friends Of Mine (Hightone 1998) —Thurs 8/23 Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Old Rock HouseBuy it!
Abigail Washburn “Burn Thru” from City of Refuge (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2011) —Bruce Springsteen-influenced (at least, to my ears)song from her 2011 release.Buy it!
Spectator “We've Been Through This Before” from In The Brick (self-released 2012) N L —From the St. Louis band's new debut release. Written by Megan Rooney & Jeffrey Albert. Megan Rooney sings lead on this track. Beautifully produced, I might add.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Leaving” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) —Music bed.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Casino Lights” from The Fitzgerald (El Cortez 2005) —Featuring the lyricss and vocals of Willy Vlautin.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Free Money” from Horses (Arista 1975) —"Every night before I rest my head / See those dollar bills go swirling 'round my bed / I know they're stolen, but I don't feel bad / I take that money, buy you things you never had"Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “The Lottery Song” from Son of Schmilsson (RCA 1972) —Written by Harry Nilsson with backing by Cris Spedding, Peter Frampton, Klaus Voorman, Nicky Hopkins, Milt Holland & Ray Cooper.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Guantanamo” from Election Special (Nonesuch 2012) N —Written by Ry Cooder and from his forthcoming album slated for release on August 21.Buy it!
Hooray For The Riff Raff “Go Out On the Road” from Look Out Mama (Loose Music 2012) N —From the New Orleans band's new release. Written by & featuring the lead vocals of Alynda Lee Segarra.Buy it!
Jackie DeShannon “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” from Jackie...Plus (Rhino Atlantic 2007) —Written by Neil Young & recorded in 1972.Buy it!
Tony Borders “Gentle On My Mind” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) N —1969 country soul version of the John Hartford song. This compilation is highly recommended.Buy it!
Roy Hamilton “The Dark End Of The Street” from Dark End Of The Street 1963-69: The Operatic Soul of Roy Hamilton (Raven 2009) —Written by Chips Moman & Dan Penn. Recorded in 1969.Buy it!
James Carr “Life Turned Her That Way” from A Man Needs a Woman (Goldwax 1968) —Written by Harlan Howard.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Don't Call Them Twinkies” from Volume 2: High and Inside (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2011) —Featuring Craig Finn on lead vocals. Written by Steve Wynn & Craig Finn.Buy it!
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