Freddie King “San-Ho-Zay” from The King R & B Box Set (King 1995) —1961 instrumental written by Freddie King & Sonny Thompson and recorded for the Federal label in Cincinnati.Buy it!
The Ikettes “Camel Walk” from Talkin' About Ike - Vol. 2 (P-Vine 2008) —Written by Ike Turner and recorded for the Modern label in 1964. Featuring the Ikettes mostly singing 1-2 3 4 5 6, 7-8 9 10 11.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Don't Fight It” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —Written by Wilson Pickett & Steve Cropper and recorded for Atlantic in 1967.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “She's Lookin' Good” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino / Atlantic 1968) —1968 Atlantic single written by Rodger Collins.Buy it!
The Show Stoppers “Ain't Nothin' But A House Party” from Beg, Scream & Shout! (Rhino 1997) —Absolute soul rave-up first released as a single for the Heritage label in 1968.Buy it!
The J. Geils Band “First I Look at the Purse (Live)” from Full House (Live) (Atlantic Records 1972) —Live recording of a Contours cover song captured at a 1972 Detroit concert. This is one band I've really regretted not ever seeing playing live.Buy it!
Wlliam Bell “Never Like This Before” from The Soul of a Bell (stax 1967) —1967 song written by Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones & David Porter.Buy it!
The Bar-Kays “Knucklehead” from Sock It to 'Em Soul (Warner UK 2004) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental released as a b-side to "Soul Finger" by Stax. Written by Steve Cropper & Booker T. Jones.Buy it!
Thee Midniters “Stubborn Kind of Fellow” from Thee Complete Midniters (MicroWerks 2009) —1965 cover of a Marvin Gaye song.Buy it!
Them “Turn on Your Love Light” from Them Again (Parrot 1966) —1969 cover version of a Bobby "Blue" Bland song recorded for Decca and featuring the vocals of Van Morrison.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Deuce and a Quarter” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —What a force of nature this band was at Off Broadway last Friday night. Amazing. From their 2004 release and featuring vocals by Skip Potts.Buy it!
Margie Joseph “My Love” from Sweet Surrender (Atlantic 1974) —Written by Paul & Linda McCartney and released in 1974.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “If It's Magic” from Silver Pony (Blue Note url 2010) N —Written by Stevie Wonder and found on her new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You” from How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan (Ace 2010) N —Originally recorded in 1969 for Roulette and included on this new compilation of various souls artists covering Bob Dylan songs.Buy it!
Percy Sledge “Kind Woman” from Atlantic Soul 1959-75 (Atlantic/Rhino 2007) —Written by Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) & released as a single on Atlantic in 1969.Buy it!
Robert Plant “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” from Band Of Joy (Rounder www.rounder.com 2010) N —Traditional gospel song featuring background vocals by Patty Griffin & Darrell Scott. Produced by Buddy Miller & Robert Plant.Buy it!
The Blasters “Little Honey” from Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (Warner Brothers 2002) —OK, I meant to play Samson & Delilah which made more sense after the previous track but, hey, these things happen.Buy it!
Liz Brady “Il Suffit D'Un Jour” from C'est Chic! (Ace 2010) N —Originally released in 1965 on the Pathe and foing on this new compilation of 60s female-singer French pop.Buy it!
Fabienne Delsol “Ragunboneman” from On My Mind (Damaged Goods 2010) N —From the new release by the former lead singer & bassist of the Bristols.Buy it!
Holly Golightly “Tell Me Now So I Know” from Truly She Is None Other (Damaged Goods 2003) —Written by Ray Davies and recorded in 2003.Buy it!
The Greenhornes “Better Off Without It” from **** (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2010) N —From their new (and long overdue) release which just came out this week. Great track.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “Girlfriend” (Zoo 1991) —Perfect pop song written by Matthew Sweet and released in 1991.Buy it!
Dramarama “Memo From Turner” from Vinyl (Chameleon 1991) —1991 Rolling Stones cover.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “On The Way Home” from Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (Shout! Factory 2006) —2006 Buffalo Springfield cover written by Neil Young.Buy it!
Buffalo Springfield “Sit Down I Think I Love You” from Buffalo Springfield (ATCO 1966) —Written by Stephen Stills and featuring the vocals of both Stephen Stills and Richie Furay.Buy it!
Billy Preston “Do What You Want” from That's the Way God Planned It (Apple 2010) N —New reissue (with bonus tracks) of his 1969 Apple release. Written by Billy Preston.Buy it!
Peter Case “Lakes of Ponchartrain” from Sings Like Hell (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 1993) —I know I've never heard a better version of this traditional song. Kills me every time.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “(The) Oldest Story in the Book” from The A to Z Recordings (Universal Music Australia 2010) N —Originally recorded in 2004 & found on this new 8-CD retrospective of one of Australia's greatest songwriters.Buy it!
Tom Russell “Veteran's Day” from Poor Man's Dream (Philo 1990) —The next few sets go out to those who have sacrificed much more than most of have had to do. Written by Tom Russell & released in 1992.Buy it!
Linda Thompson “Day After Tomorrow” from Versatile Heart (Rounder www.rounder.com 2007) —Really affecting version of the song written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan. Recorded in 2007.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Talking Old Soldiers” from The Scene of the Crime (Anti www.anti.com 2007) —Powerful 2007 version of a song written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Sam Stone” from A Soldier's Sad Story (Kent 1973) R —Written by John Prine and recorded in 1973. Arranged & produced by Jerry Wiilams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg. I had a request for this song.Buy it!
Jason Isbell “Dress Blues” from Sirens of the Ditch (New West Records www.newwestrecords.com 2007) —Written by Jason Isbell & released in 2007. Pretty great song for Veteran's Day, I think.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “Masters of War” from Great Day (Legacy 1989) —Written by Bob Dylan & recorded in 1964.Buy it!
The Pogues “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” from Rum Sodomy & the Lash [Expanded] (Rhino 1985) —1985 version of one of the finest anti-war songs ever written. Written by Australian songwriter, Eric Bogle.Buy it!
Whiskeytown “Houses On the Hill” from Strangers Almanac (Outpost 1997) R —Another Veteran's Day request. Written by Ryan Adams and released in 1997.Buy it!
Joe Henry “Flag” from Tiny Voices (Anti/Epitaph 2003) —Recorded in 2002 and one of my favorite Joe Henry songs. "These days, they lord above me/ Growing mean as they grow shorter/ Like a flag on a closing border now?/ Closing right behind you"Buy it!
Mindy Smith “Jolene” from One Moment More (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 2004) —Mindy Smith is appearing this Saturday (11/13) at the Old Rock House. This Dolly Parton cover was released in 2004.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “I'm Beginning To Forget” from Welder CD ALBUM (31 Tigers 2010) N —From her new release.Buy it!
The Secret Sisters “House of Gold” from The Secret Sisters (Universal Republic Records 2010) N —Written by Hank Willaims and found on their new debut release.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Run With the Horses” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) N L —Brothers Lazaroff is having their CD release party this Friday (11/12) at Lola. More details at www.brotherslazaroff.comBuy it!
Robbie Fulks “Act Like a Married Man” from 13 Hillbilly Giants (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —2001 Jean Shepard cover.Buy it!
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