King Curtis “Memphis Soul Stew (Single Version)” from Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino 1997) —Soul instrumental written by King Curtis & recorded for the Atlantic label in 1967. Found on this now out-of-print 6-CD set and the finest compilation of 60s soul I've come across.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “If We Can't Trust Each Other” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records 1974) —One of two songs on this album written by Earl Randle & produced by Willie Mitchell. Featuring backing by the Hi Rhythm Section & the Memphis Horns.Buy it!
Reuben Bell “Action Speaks Louder Than Words” from My Goodness, Yes! (Sundazed 2005) —Written by Reuben Bell & Eddy Giles and released on the Nashville-based Silver Fox label in 1969.Buy it!
New Mastersounds “Freckles” from Breaks from the Border (Tallest Man 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental from the Leeds, UK band's new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Stay Away” from SPIN Presents Newermind: A Tribute Album (Spin spinmagazine.com 2011) N —Your basic soul cover of a Nirvana song found on this new compilation of various artists performing songs from the Nevermind album. Some songs work and some don't but this slowed-down goove version with backing by the Menahan Street Band sure does.Buy it!
Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves “Ace of Spades” from Ace of Spades - EP (Q Division 2008) —Your basic soul cover of a Motorhead song found on this 2008 EP. Thanks to Chris Lawyer from Hip City (found here every Wednesday from 2-4 PM) for making me aware of this.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “It Hurts So Good” (Spring 1973) —Reissue of her 1973 release recorded in Muscle Shoals & New York. Written by Phillip Mitchell.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “The Word (Is Going Up In Flames)” from No Time For Dreaming - The Instrumentals (Daptone 2011) N —Music bed. New release made up of all the backing tracks sans vocals from the Charles Bradley release, No Time For Dreaming, which came out at the beginning of 2011.Buy it!
Nikka Costa “Stuck To You” from Pebble to a Pearl (stax 2008) —Appearing at the Old Rock House this Tuesday (8/16). If this is anything like her last show I saw at The Pageant, it should be a great show.Buy it!
Joe Tex “Show Me” from The Love You Save/I've Got To Do A Little Better (Connoisseur 2001) —One of four bonus tracks added to this reissue of these 1966 & 1967 album releases. Written by Joe Tex.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Don't Be Ashamed (with Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones)” from Dedicated: A Tribute to The 5 Royales (429 Records www.429records.com 2011) N —Written by Lowman Pauling of the 5 Royales and featuring lead vocals by Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones.Buy it!
Billy & The King Bees “Bango” from Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles (1959-1968) (Atlantic 1991) —Music bed. Instrumental recorded for Stax-Volt in 1963.Buy it!
The Mynah Birds “Go On And Cry (Single Version)” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 6: 1966 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —B-side of a previously unreleased 1966 recording from a band featuring lead vocals by Rick James, lead guitar by Neil Young & bass by Bruce Palmer. The band came to an abrupt end when it was discovered that Rick James was AWOL from the Navy.Buy it!
Janis Joplin “Dear Landlord” from The Essential Janis Joplin - 3.0 (Legacy/Columbia 2008) —Bob Dylan cover recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Barry & the Remains “Don't Look Back” from The Remains (Sundazed 1991) —Written by Billy Vera and recorded in 1966. Featuring Barry Tashian on lead guitar & lead vocals.Buy it!
The Chandelles “El Gato” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Sundazed Music 2007) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental recorded for the Dot label. Surf music out of Clovis, New Mexico.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Damn Love Song” from Stranger Me (Archer Records 2011) N —Appearing at Off Broadway this Friday (8/12). Magic City is opening.Buy it!
Tedeschi Trucks Band “These Walls” from Revelator (Sony Legacy 2011) N —Pretty great vocals from Susan Tedeschi on this track from their new debut release which features an 11-piece band.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “I Can't Make You Love Me” from Luck Of The Draw (Capitol Records 1991) —I'll go out on a limb and say this was the best song ever written by an NFL all-pro defensive lineman. I also think it is one of the best songs of the last 20 years. Perfectly written.Buy it!
Little Dragon “Please Turn” from Ritual Union (Peacefrog 2011) N —Electronica, indie-pop & soul-jazz out of Sweden. From their new third full-length release.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Memoir” from Memoir - Single (Because Music 2011) N —Written by Conor O’Brien of Ireland’s Villagers. A new full-length album called Live and Unreleased is expected to be released by her in the Fall.Buy it!
Fabienne Delsol “I Feel So Blue” from On My Mind (Damaged Goods 2010) —60s-influenced track from the ex-singer and bassist of the Bristols.Buy it!
Mongo Santamaria Orchestr “Don't Bother Me No More” from Looking Good (BGP url 2003) R —Music bed. 1963 instrumental recorded for the Battle label.Buy it!
The Kinks “David Watts” from Something Else By The Kinks (Bonus Track Edition) (Sanctuary 1998) —Reissue of their 1967 release with eight bonus tracks. Written by Ray Davies.Buy it!
The Jam “Eton Rifles” from Setting Sons (Polydor UK 1979) —"What a catalyst you turned out to be / Loaded the guns then you run off home for your tea / Left me standing like a guilty schoolboy..."Buy it!
The Small Faces “Things Are Going To Get Better” from Odds And Mods (Varese 2002) —1968 track written by Steve Marriott (who also sings lead) & Ronnie Lane.Buy it!
The Small Faces “Happy Boys Happy” from Odds And Mods (Varese 2002) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental written by Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Best Times” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) N L —Written & sung by Seth Porter and found on the St. Louis band's new release.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Going Through The Motions” from The Forgotten Arm CD ALBUM (SuperEgo Records 2005) —Written by Aimee Mann & produced by Joe Henry. Your basic concept album about a drug-addicted boxer. Plus a Christmas song not likely to be considered over-sentimental.Buy it!
Buffalo Springfield “Rock & Roll Woman” from Buffalo Springfield Again (ATCO 1967) —1967 song written & sung by Stephen Stills.Buy it!
The String-A-Longs “Black Grass” from Wide World Hits By The String-A-Longs (Atlantic 1968) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Byrds “The World Turns All Around Her” from Turn! Turn! Turn! (Columbia 1965) —One of three tracks written by Gene Clark on their second release.Buy it!
The Love Experts “Your Shining Hour” from Cuba Street - EP (Undertow Music Collective 2004) L —Written & sung by Steve Carosello and featuring Dave Collett & Dominic Finocchio on guitar.Buy it!
Evie Sands “Run Home To Your Mama” from Wild Thing: The Songs of Chip Taylor (Ace 2009) —Written by Chip Taylor and recorded for the Black Cat label in 1965.Buy it!
Phil Upchurch Combo “You Can't Sit Down” from Mojo Mod Club Party (Mojo 2005) —Music bed. 1961 instrumental.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Motorpsycho Nitemare” from Another Side of Bob Dylan (Columbia 1964) —"Then in comes his daughter whose name was Rita / She looked like she stepped out of La Dolce Vita."Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Motel Blues” from Recovery (Yep Roc 2008) —2008 re-recording of a song he wrote back in 1971. Back then, he recorded it solo. This release was done with the backing of a full band & was produced by Joe Henry.Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Black T-Shirt” from Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (Music Road 2009) —2009 song written by Slaid Cleaves and Rod Picott.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Leaving” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental from the Portland-based band's forthcoming September release.Buy it!
Jackie DeShannon “Walkin' Down The Line” from Jackie Deshannon (Liberty 1963) —Written by Bob Dylan and arranged by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine “His Hands Are Tied” from Weathered Hands, Weary Eyes (self-released 2010) L —2010 song written by Cassie Morgan.Buy it!
Neko Case “This Tornado Loves You” from Middle Cyclone (Anti- www.anti.com 2008) —Written by Neko Case & featuring background vocals by Kelly Hogan, Carl Newman, Kurt Heasley, Nora O' Connor & Rachel Flotard.Buy it!
Santo & Johnny “Lazy Day” from The Best of Santo & Johnny (Stardust 1997) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Pahinui Brothers “My Old Friend the Blues” from The Pahinui Bros. (Private Music 1992) —Steve Earle cover sang by James "Bla" Pahinui with Cyril Pahinui on 12-string slack key guitar & Ry Cooder on electric slide guitar.Buy it!
Jerry Byrd “Hanalei Moon” from Coffee & Cigarettes soundtrack (Milan 2004) —From the soundtrack to the Jim Jarmusch film.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Aloha Oe” from American VI: Ain't No Grave (American 2010) —From this final 2010 collection of recordings made when Johnny Cash was collaborating with Rick Rubin. Written by Queen Lili'uokalani.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Feelin' Bad Blues” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. 1986 instrumental composed by Ry Cooder for the Crossroads movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three “Feels So Good” from Middle of Everywhere (Free Dirt Records 2011) N L —Written by Pokey Lafarge & found on their new release. Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will be playing 2 shows this Friday (8/12) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Mark Turnbull “A Woman Ain't Just A Spitoon” from When I Was Six Got A Ukelele (Beachtown 1977) —Written by the Laguna Beach, California-based singer-songwriter, author & playwright.Buy it!
Willis Jackson “Brother Ray” from Mo' Mod Jazz (Kent 1998) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental recorded for the Prestige label.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Jack & Tom” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) N L —The Rum Drum Ramblers are having their vinyl release party at the Gramophone this Saturday (8/13). Early show. Doors 6 p.m. Music 7 p.m.Buy it!
Ricky Nelson “Stood Up” from Ricky Nelson: The Rock'N Roll Years '57-'59 (Burning Fire 2009) —Written by Dub Dickerson & Sharon Sheeley and recorded in 1959.Buy it!
Jean Shepard “Two Whoops And A Holler” from Jean Shepard: Honky-Tonk Heroine (Country Music Foundation 1996) —1953 song written by Joseph Franklin.Buy it!
Speedy West “Lazy Summer Evening” from Guitar Spectacular (Sundazed Music 2005) —Music bed. 1962 instrumental recorded for Capitol.Buy it!
Conway Twitty “Lonely Blue Boy” from Master Classics: The Very Best of Conway Twitty (MCA 2007) —Recorded in 1959.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Johnny Ace is Dead” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) N —New release from the pride of Downey, California.Buy it!
Magic City “Let Me Go” from Les Animaux Épouvantables (Tower Groove Records 2011) N L —Off their new release. Magic City will be opening for Amy LaVere this Friday (8/12) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
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