Wilson Pickett “Save Me” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino / Atlantic 1968) —Written by George Jackson & Dan Greer and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1968.Buy it!
Bobby Womack “Lookin' for a Love” from Anthology (UA 2003) —Written by James Alexander & Zelda Samuels and originally recorded in 1962 by The Valentinos. This version was recorded in 1973.Buy it!
Betty Bibbs “Pounds of Soul” (Kent) —West Coast soul recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Parliament “Flashlight” from The Best of Parliament - Give Up the Funk (Island Def Jam 1995) —RIP Phelps "Catfish" Collins who played rhythm guitar for James Brown, Parliament & Funkadelic. He played on this 1978 R&B # 1 hit written by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins (his younger brother) & Bernie Worrell.Buy it!
Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” from Stop Making Sense (Live) (Warner Bros. 1999) —Live recording made in 1983 at the Pantages. That was a show I got to attend. Chris Frantz got the idea for the title when he heard people yelling "Burn Down The House" at a Parliament/Funkadelic show.Buy it!
Reuben Wilson “The Sweet Life” from The Return of the Hustlers...Superfly Soul (Union Square 2004) —Music bed. Jazz-funk Hammond instrumental written by Rueben Wilson and released on the Groove Merchant label in 1972.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “Slippery People” from The Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair 1955-1984 (KENT/ACE 2000) —Talking Heads cover from 1984.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Rock Steady” from Young, Gifted and Black (Atlantic 1972) —Written by Aretha Franklin and recorded for Atlantic in 1971. Produced by Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin & Tom Dowd.Buy it!
Thelma Jones “The House That Jack Built” from Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration (Ace 2009) —This was the original version of the song and was recorded for teh Barry label in 1968. Aretha Franklin ended up having a Top 10 hit with it.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Yo Canto” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —Written & sung by Cesar Rosas and found on this new release.Buy it!
The Mavericks “Things I Cannot Change” from Super Colossal Smash Hits of the 90's - The Best of the Mavericks (MERCURY NASHVILLE 1999) —Rual Malo will be playing with a full band at the Old Rock house in October (Wed 10/6).Buy it!
Sir Douglas Quintet “Nuevo Laredo” from Together After Five (Smash/Mercury 1969) —Written by Doug Sahm and released in 1969.Buy it!
Dr. John & The Lower 911 “Feel Good Music” from Tribal COMP (429 2010) N —The song title kind of says it all. Highly recommended new release.Buy it!
Mark Turnbull “A Woman Ain't Just A Spitoon” from When I Was Six Got A Ukelele (Beachtown 1977) —Songwriting tour de force recorded in 1977 by the Laguna Beach-based artist.Buy it!
June Gardner “99 Plus One” (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. Instrumental featuring one of the best drummers to come out of New Orleans. Produced by the great Wardell Quezerque.Buy it!
L'il Millet & his Creoles “Rich Woman” from Good Times, Bad Times (Mojo 1955) N —Recorded in 1955. From a blues compilation CD that accompanied the September, 2010 issue of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
Derek Martin “Daddy Rollin' Stone” from Downtown Soulville! (Downtown Soulville 1998) —Written by Otis Blackwell & recorded in 1962.Buy it!
The Budos Band “Reppirt Yad” from The Budos Band III (Daptone 2010) N —Instrumental reworking of Day Tripper found on their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Kim Weston “Eleanor Rigby” from Soul Gospel (Soul Jazz 2005) —Soul jazz Beatles cover from 1970 that came out on the People label.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “We Can Work It Out” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11A: 1971 (Hip-O SELECT/MOTOWN 2008) —1971 Motown Beatles cover which he really makes his own.Buy it!
Best Coast “Summer Mood” from Crazy for You CD ALBUM (Mexican Summer 2010) N —New release featuring the songwriting and vocals of Bethany Cosentino. Great album for the summer.Buy it!
The Beach Boys “You Still Believe In Me” from Pet Sounds (Capitol Records 1966) —Written by Tony Asher & Brian Wilson and released in 1966.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “I See the Rain” from Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (Shout! Factory 2006) —Terrific Marmalade cover which kicks off this 2006 release.Buy it!
The Volcanos “Polaris” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Music bed. Early 60s garage instrumental.Buy it!
Betty and the Werewolves “Should I Go To Glasgow?” from Tea Time Favourites (Damaged Goods 2010) N —Indie pop-punk out of London from their new release.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Shine Like a New Pin” from Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi (Merge 2002) —Recorded in 2001 & featuring the vocals of Tracyanne Campbell.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Private Suit” (PIAS Digital Benelux 2000) —Coming to the Blueberry Hill Duck Room in October (Friday 10/22). Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Waiting On a Friend” from Tattoo You (Rolling Stone Records 1981) —Proof positive to just how great a vocalist Mick Jagger is.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Dyin' All Young” from The Hurting Business (Hightone 2000) —Chuck Prophet will be appearing at Off Broadway in October (Saturday 10/23). No way will I miss this show.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Come Undone” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) N —From their forthcoming album slated for release on 8/24.Buy it!
Dean and Britta “Not A Young Man Anymore” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) N —Velvet Underground cover found on this new release which features some covers and new music written for 13 short films made by Andy Warhol.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Temptation Inside Your Heart” from Gold: The Velvet Underground (Polydor (Universal Records) 2005) —Written by Lou Reed and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Rainy Day “I'll Be Your Mirror” from Rainy Day (Llama 1984) —1984 Velvet Underground cover featuring the vocals of Susanna Hoffs.Buy it!
Adam Reichmann “End of the Night” from Another Version of the Same Story (Perdition 2004) L —Appearing next Thursday (8/19) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill is Ghosts of Electricity.Buy it!
Eileen Rose and the Holy Wreck “Simple Touch of the Hand” from Luna Turista (Floating World 2009) —From their 2009 release.Buy it!
Manassas “Johnny's Garden” from Manassas (Atlantic 1972) —Written by Stephen Stills & recorded in 1972.Buy it!
The Rockhouse Ramblers “Lies and Damn Lies” CD ALBUM (self 2010) N L —They are having their CD release party this Friday (8/13) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Brian Henneman is opening. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Sammi Smith “This Room's For Rent” from Help Me Make It Through the Night (Mega 1970) —From her 1976 release.Buy it!
Sandy Posey “I Take It Back” from Oxford American 2007 Southern Music CD (Oxford American 2007) —Recorded in 1967 for MGM. This one sounds like a cross between the Shangri-Las and traditional country.Buy it!
Joe Stickley & Sean Canan “The Rising of the Moon” from Loaded to the Gunwales (Peola Road Music 2010) N L —Traditional Irish song found on this St. Louis duo's new debut release.Buy it!
Bap Kennedy “On the Mighty Ocean Alcohol” from The Big Picture (Loose 2005) —Released in 2009 and featuring guest vocals by Shane MacGowan.Buy it!
The Pogues “A Pair of Brown Eyes” from Rum Sodomy & the Lash (WEA 1985) —One of Shane MacGowan's finest songs -- "In blood and death 'neath a screaming sky / I lay down on the ground / And the arms and legs of other men / Were scattered all around / Some cursed, some prayed, some prayed then cursed / Then prayed and bled someBuy it!
Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues “Miss Otis Regrets/Just One of Those Things” from From Croydon to Cuba.... (Virgin 2005) —1990 Cole Porter medley featuring a beautiful vocal by Kirsty MacColl on "Miss Otis Regrets" followed by a Shane MacGowan vocal on a rollicking version of "One of Those Things."Buy it!
The Waterboys “Girl of the North Country” from Fisherman's Blues (Collectors Edition) (CAPITOL 2006) —Bob Dylan cover includes as a bonus track on this expanded reissue of their 1988 release.Buy it!
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