Wilson Pickett “Hey Jude” (Atlantic 1969) —Wilson, meet Duane. Duane, Wilson. Now make a classic record.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “Kentucky” from Songs Our Daddy Taught Us (Rhino 1988) —I miss the old folks singing in the silvery moonlight.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Am I Even a Memory?” from Unfinished Business (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —Wanda sings a purty little duet ballad with producer Justin Townes Earle wrapped in cloths of steel guitar.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Pink Bedroom” from Rhythm and Romance (Columbia 1985) —On the short list of my favorite John Hiatt cover versions.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Big Boys” from Armed Forces (Rhino 1979) —This record has such an intricate arrangement showing off each member of the Attractions. Brilliant.Buy it!
Chris Stamey “I Wrote This Song For You” from Lovesick Blues (Bonus Track Version) (Yep Roc Records 2013) N —Stamey's forthcoming solo album continues the run of masterful work he's done either solo or in tandem with Peter Holsapple or the dB's.Buy it!
The Association “Better Times” from Just the Right Sound: The Association Anthology (Rhino 2002) —Among the most underrated bands of the 1960s. Possibly the most underrated. I'd have to think about it.Buy it!
Mitch Easter “Why Is It So Hard?” from Dynamico (Electric Devil 2007) —Once upon a time, Mitch Easter and Christ Stamey were in a band together. I bet they never took the Association for granted.Buy it!
Amy Gore and Her Valentines “Baby In Your Arms” from In Love (self 2012) N —Former Gore Gore Girl rocks!Buy it!
The Shangri-Las “Out In the Streets” from The Best Of The Shangri-Las (Mercury 1996) —You can't reform the bad boys without destroying their essence. Or something like that.Buy it!
The Blues Magoos “I Wanna Be There” from Kaleidoscopic Compendium: The Best of the Blues Magoos (Mercury 1992) —Here's another great 60s band that doesn't get enough attention.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “Got to Get Back to My Baby” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2012) N —Propulsive and sweet instrumental.Buy it!
Waterloo “Kneeling at the Shrines” from Out of the Woods (Undertow 2006) L —You can just swim in the sounds of this record.Buy it!
David Byrne & St. Vincent “Lazarus” from Love This Giant (4AD 2012) N —Clearly, David Byrne benefits from collaborations. This record is so much fun, especially in the instrumental arrangements.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “Hejira” (Asylum 1976) —If Jaco Pastorius had only ever played bass on this cut, he might still be considered a genius.Buy it!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Country Home” from Ragged Glory (Reprise 1990) —Sure, I loved Americana and I enjoyed Psychedelic Pill, but neither one is as pure or perfect as this album.Buy it!
The Beatles “Across the Universe” from Let It Be CD ALBUM (Apple Records 1970) —This segue is brought to you courtesy of itunes shuffle, which blew my mind with it the other day.Buy it!
Earwacks / Wax Theatricks “Memories Will Pay (Live)” from 33 1/3 Live At the Gaslight Theater (Wax Theatricks Records 2012) N L —This great St. Louis band reformed for one last show, recorded for posterity.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “I'll See You Through” from American Artifact (self-released 2009) —Dipping back into the Lazaroff archives.Buy it!
Melody Den “Thick and Thin” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —Tomorrow night, Jan. 12 at Off Broadway - CD release party for these guys and for Half Knots.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Kid A” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) —At the Sheldon, Friday, January 25.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Behind the Ritual” from Keep It Simple (Lost Highway 2008) —Yeah, it's not just anybody who can scat "blah blah blah" and send shivers up your spine.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “You Can't Fail Me Now” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) —Bonnie Raitt sings Joe Henry - powerful combination.Buy it!
John Prine “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)” from Bruised Orange (Oh Boy www.ohboy.com 1978) —This man has given us so many incredible songs over the last 40 + years.Buy it!
Michael Fracasso “Shoot'n For Love” from A Pocketful of Rain (Lone Star Records 2004) —I don't wanna meet Bob Dylan / He's too big a personality / If I never converse with that man of verse / Well, that would be just fine with me.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Long Time Girl Gone By” from Kin: Songs by Mary Carr & Rodney Crowell (Vanguard 2012) N —Emmylou and Rodney are going to release an album together in just a few weeks. Should be good.Buy it!
The Kinks “Little Miss Queen of Darkness” from Face To Face (Sanctuary UK 2011) —I'm gonna guess this one hasn't been played on the radio much.Buy it!
Duke Ellington “I Don't Know What Kind of Blues I Got” from The Blanton-Webster Band (Bluebird 1990) —A lovely little tune with a nice vocal from Herb Jeffries.Buy it!
Louis Jordan “Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens” from The Best of Louis Jordan (MCA 1977) —One never frowns when Louis Jordan is playing.Buy it!
Jimmy McCracklin “Jimmy's Blues” from The Bob Geddins Blues Legacy (JSP 2009) —I can just listen to this sort of stuff all day. Love the dark piano with the hard-plucked guitar.Buy it!
Matt Hill and the Deep Fryed 2 “Soul Twang” from Tappin' that Thang (Deep Fryed/VizzTone 2012) —Now that's a deep southern fried groove right there.Buy it!
Eddie Floyd “Girl I Love You” from Never Found a Girl (stax 1968) —Deep soul perfection.Buy it!
Ben E. King “Til I Can't Take It Anymore” from Anthology (NA url 1993) —My goodness, he's coming from a place of pain here.Buy it!
Dee Clark “Your Friends” from Rain Drops (Charly 1994) —When you get on your feet again, everyone will want to be your friend. Just remember that, Ben E.Buy it!
Millie Vernon “The Weatherman (I Should Have Listened To)” from Girls on 45: A Collection of Girl Groups, Girlie Pop& Soulful Ladies 1963-1968 (Teensville 2012) —Love this metaphor.Buy it!
Patrik Fitzgerald “Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart” from Burning Ambitions: A History of Punk (Cleopatra 2001) —There were all sorts of strange things on the periphery of punk when it was new.Buy it!
The Rezillos “(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures” from DIY: The Modern World - UK Punk II (1977-78) (Rhino 1993) —An alternate version of the song - was it an early single? I had forgotten this version was different at all, but it's not quite the thrill ride of the album version.Buy it!
Chantal Claret “Pleasure Seeker” from The One, the Only . . . (The End 2012) N —That's one heck of an opening line for a song about seeking pleasure - Did your daddy ever kill a man / I know my daddy did.Buy it!
The Ohio Players “Time Slips Away” from Funk On Fire - The Mercury Anthology (Mercury 1995) —This sounds to me as though they were chasing Earth Wind & Fire. An incredible simulation, I'd say.Buy it!
Bobby Womack “Please Forgive My Heart” from The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL Recordings 2012) N —I was sorry to hear this legendary singer/songwriter has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.Buy it!
Otis Taylor “Huckleberry Blues” from My World Is Gone (Telarc 2013) N —There aren't enough songs with huckleberry in them.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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