Rudy Green “My Mumblin' Baby” from The Best Of Excello Records (Excello 1994) —Thanks to John Ellis for reminding me about how great this song is. Written by Rudy Green and recorded in 1956 for the Nashville-based Excello label.Buy it!
Little Richard “Get Rich Quick” from When The Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock & Roll (RCA Victor 2002) —Alright, we're talking real early Little Richard, here. Recorded in 1951 for the Victor label and his very first recording. Written by Jane and Leonard Feather and found on this 4-CD compilation with liner notes by Colin Escott.Buy it!
Little Walter “Temperature (Alternate 1)” from The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967) (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2009) —Written by Little Walter and Joel Cohen. Recorded for the Chess label in 1957 and featuring Willie Dixon on bass.Buy it!
Wild Jimmy Spruill “Hard Grind” from Great R & B Instrumentals (Ace 2001) —Music bed. 1959 instrumental penned by Jimmy Spruill and released on the Fire label.Buy it!
Dan Penn “It Tears Me Up” from Dan Penn: The Fame Recordings (Ace 2012) N —Previously unreleased 1965 recording made at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. Written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham and later a hit for Percy Sledge.Buy it!
Percy Sledge “Take Time to Know Her” from Percy Sledge - The Atlantic Recordings (Rhino / Atlantic 2010) —Words to live by. Written by Steve Davis and originally released as an Atlantic single in 1968.Buy it!
The Soul Children “Move Over” from Nobody Wins: Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 (Kent 2012) N —Not often heard 1968 Stax b-side written and produced by Isaac Hayes and David PorterBuy it!
The Mar-Keys “Morning After” from The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968 (Atlantic 1991) —Music bed. 1961 early-Stax instrumental.Buy it!
Betty Wright “Who'll Be The Fool” from Hard to Stop (Atlantic 1973) —Three cautionary tales in a row here. Written by Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke, and H.W. Casey.Buy it!
Don Covay “I Was Checkin' Out While She Was Checkin' In” from Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don Covay (Razor & Tie 1994) N —Written by Don Covay and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1973. The title kind of says it all.Buy it!
Doris Duke “To The Other Woman (I'm The Other Woman)” from I'm A Loser: The Swamp Dogg Sessions...and more (Kent 2005) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg) and Gary U.S. Bonds and found on this Swamp Dogg-produced 1969 album released on the Canyon label.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “You Don't Love Me” from Doin' Our Thing SINGLE (Stax Records 1968) —Music bed. 1968 Stax instrumental written by Willie Cobb.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Real Real” from Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) N —Written by Nina Simone and featuring background vocals arranged & sung by Toshi Reagon.Buy it!
Cody ChesnuTT “Where Is All the Money Going?” from Landing On A Hundred (Vibration Vineyard 2012) N —Written by Cody ChestnuTT and found on his new release.Buy it!
Nick Waterhouse “(If) You Want Trouble” from Time's All Gone (IL 2012) —Written by Nick Waterhouse and found on his 2012 debut. Soul music out of Southern California.Buy it!
Reverend Organdrum “A Shot In The Dark” from Hi-Fi Stereo (Yep Roc Records 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Henry Mancini. Think Elke Sommer and Peter Sellers on this one.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Gotta Get Back” from I Am Shelby Lynne (Island Def Jam 2000) —Written by Shelby Lynne, Dorothy Overstreet, and Bill Botrell. Absolutely no filler on this album. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “You Are Not Alone” (Anti 2010) —Written by Jeff Tweedy and featuring Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor on backing vocals.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Plant White Roses” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) —Written by Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields. One of my favorite songs of the year from one of my Favorite albums of the year. She's so underrated it's ridiculous.Buy it!
The Ventures “Last Night” from The Ventures Play Telstar-The Lonely Bull (dolton 1962) —Music bed. Mar-Keys instrumental that they don't really do justice to. Hey, they can't all be gems.Buy it!
Adele “SkyFall” from Skyfall - Single (XL Recordings/Columbia 2012) N —Excellent Bond theme song from the new James Bond film which far exceeded my expectations. Written by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth. She's a juggernaut that can't be stopped.Buy it!
John Barry “The Persuaders” from TV Sound and Image (Soul Jazz www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/ 2012) N —1971 instrumental composition by the man who scored twelve James Bond films beginning with "Dr. No."Buy it!
The Last Shadow Puppets “Standing Next To Me” from The Age of the Understatement (Domino Records 2008) —Written by the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and the Rascals' Miles Kane. A side project that really works.Buy it!
The Simon Park Orchestra “Dawn to Dusk” from TV Sound and Image (Soul Jazz www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/ 2012) N —Music bed. 1973 instrumental.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Junior's Farm” from Wings Greatest (CAPITOL 1978) —Written by Linda and Paul McCartney and recorded in Nashville in 1974. I won't see a better concert in 2012 than Paul McCartney's Scottrade Center show last Sunday.Buy it!
The Jump Starts “Don't Need Much” from What Hides Inside (Loud Label www.stlloud.org 2012) N L —Debut release by the St. Louis band made up of Justin Johnson and Sarah Ross. I'm really liking this release.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Red Vines” from Bachelor No. 2 (Superego 2000) —Written by Aimee Mann and one of the many highlights of her show at the Pageant last Tuesday.Buy it!
John Frizzell & Randy Edelman “Lexington Is My Home” from Gods and Generals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony 2003) —Music bed.Buy it!
Amy Cook “Getting To You” from Summer Skin (Roothouse Records 2012) N —Written by Amy Cook and featuring harmony vocals by Ben Kweller.Buy it!
The dB's “That Time Is Gone” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None 2012) —Appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room this Saturday (11/17). This song was written by Peter Holsapple.Buy it!
Redd Kross “Stay Away From Downtown” from Researching the Blues (Merge 2012) N —Written by Jeff McDonald and found on one of my favorite 2012 releases. Pop gems aplenty.Buy it!
The T-Bones “Scorchin'” from Boss Drag (Liberty 1964) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental written by Dave Pell.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “Diamonds Are A Girl'S Best Friend” from Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 2006) —1982 version of a song from the Broadway musical, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin. "Let's rock again......."Buy it!
The Hazey Janes “Girl In the Night” from The Winter That Was (Armellodie 2011) —Exquisite pop out of Dundee, Scottland.Buy it!
Mogwai “Folk Death 95” from Mr. Beast (Matador 2006) —Music bed.Buy it!
Spectator “Walk With Me” from In The Brick (self-released 2012) N L —Words and music by Megan Rooney and Jeffrey Albert.Buy it!
Patti Smith “This Is The Girl” from Banga (Columbia 2012) —Lyrics about Any Winehouse written by Patti Smith.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken” from Let's Get Out of This Country CD ALBUM (Merge 2006) —Traceyanne Campbell's answer song to Lloyd Cole's 1984 hit "(Are You) Ready to Be Heartbroken?".Buy it!
Mogwai “Friend Of The Night” from Mr. Beast (Matador 2006) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Supersuckers “Eastbound & Down” from Devil's Food (Mid-Fi 2005) —Supersuckers will be at the Firebird this Saturday (11/17). Fat Tramp Food Stamp and Ded Bugs are also on the bill. - This song was written by Jerry Reed.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Lord, Mr. Ford” from RCA Country Legends (Buddha 2001) —Written by Dick Feller and recorded in 1973. Produced by Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.Buy it!
The Bottle Rockets “She's About A Mover” from Songs of Sahm (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —I've never really heard a bad version of this Doug Sahm song but I particularly like this version. Vocals by Brian Henneman.Buy it!
Caitlin Rose “Lately I've Let Things Slide” from Lowe Country (Fiesta Red www.fiestaredrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Nick Lowe.Buy it!
Tammy Wynette “Tonight My Baby's Coming Home” from Country Soul Sisters: Women in Country Music 1952-78 (Soul Jazz Records 2012) N —Composed by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton and recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “The Night I Learned How Not to Pray” from Sing the Delta (Flariella 2012) N —Written by Iris DeMent and found on her first new album of original material in 16 years.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Under the Tree” from Science Won (self 2012) L —Appearing at the Ninth Annual Rock and Roll Craft Show at Third Degree Art Factory on Delmar on Friday November 23.Buy it!
Lydia Loveless “How Many Women” from Indestructible Machine (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) —Fri 11/23 Ha Ha Tonka w/ Lydia Loveless – Off BroadwayBuy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “I Want to Be With You Always” from Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings (New West 2011) —Lefty Frizzell song sung by Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin. Predictably great.Buy it!
Calexico “Algiers” (Anti 2012) N —Music bed. Instrumental written by Joey Burns and John Convertino.Buy it!
Catherine Irwin “Sinner Saves a Saint” from Little Heater (Thrill Jockey www.thrilljockey.com 2012) N —Written by John Callahan.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “I Gotta Get Drunk” from Crazy: The Demo Sessions (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 2003) —This one goes out to Geri. From this collection of previously unissued demo sessions.Buy it!
Jimmie Dale Gilmore “My Mind's Got a Mind of Its Own” from "After Awhile" (Nonesuch 1991) —Written by Butch Hancock.Buy it!
Willis Alan Ramsey “Muskrat Candlelight” from Willis Alan Ramsey (Shelter 1972) —Alright, add Memphis to Manchester to the list of shows that have played a version of Muskrat Love this week. Blame Aimee Mann. Written by Willis Alan Ramsey with Leon Russell on vibes and piano.Buy it!
Tom Waits “I Hope That I Don`t Fall In Love With You” from Closing Time (Elektra 1973) —The antidote to the previous song.Buy it!
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