Syl Johnson “Sockin' Soul Power” from Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology (* * 2010) —Taken from this amazing 80-track, six-LP, four-CD compilation of songs recorded from 1959-1972 before he went to Hi Records. - This track was written by Syl Johnson and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
The Don Harrison Band “Sixteen Tons” from Sixteen Tons / Who I Really Am 45 single (Atlantic 1976) —1976 CCR-influenced version of the Merle Travis song.Buy it!
Moses & Joshua Dillard “My Elusive Dreams” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) —1967 country-soul version of a song written by Claude Putnam and Billy Sherrill and originally recorded by Curly Putnam as a country ballad. Let's just say this version is no ballad. Fans of Sam & Dave and James & Bobby Purify will love this.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On” (Hi Records / Fat Possum Records 1967) —Music bed. 1967 Memphis soul instrumental.Buy it!
Elayna Boynton & Anthony Hamilton “Freedom” from Django Unchained (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Republic 2012) —Written by Elayna Boynton, Anthony Hamilton, and Kelvin Wotten and recorded for the soundtrack for the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Hurricane” from Victim Of Love (Dunham 2013) N —Sun 5/5 Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Old Rock House. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Lyn Collins “Do Your Thing” from Mama Feelgood: The Best of Lyn Collins (Universal/Spectrum 2005) —1972 live version of the Isaac Hayes song recorded at the Apollo Theatre.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Hung Up On My Baby” from Instrumentals (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. 1974 Isaac Hayes-penned instrumental.Buy it!
Richie Havens “Here Comes The Sun” from The Best of Richie Havens (Rhino 1993) —RIP Richie Havens who passed away this Monday at the age of 72. This sublime version of the Beatles song was recorded in 1970.Buy it!
Willie Wright “It's Only Life, That's All” from Telling The Truth (The Numero Group 2011) —1977 soul recording originally pressed on 1,000 copies unearthed in 2011 by The Numero Group. Can't help but think of Astral Weeks when I hear this track.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Blue's Crib” from Instrumentals (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. 1974 instrumental written by Isaac Hayes.Buy it!
Supreme Jubilees “It'll All Be Over” from Good God! Apocryphal Hymns (The Numero Group 2013) N —Originally recorded in 1980 in Visalia, CA for S & K Records. Chances are you haven't heard this gospel soul song since the the original pressing was only 500 copies. On this new 2-LP collection of rare soul gospel tracks.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “People Get Ready” from Curtis Live! (Curtom / Buddah 1971) —Reissue of his live recording from 1971. Written by Curtis Mayfield.Buy it!
Marion Gaines Singers “Grandma's Hands” from Soul Gospel (Soul Jazz 2005) —1972 soul gospel cover version of the Bill Withers song.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “Brother T.” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records 2012) —Music bed. Intrumental written by Bosco Mann.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “Danger Zone” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino 2009) —Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper and recorded at Stax in 1965. This goes out to Joy who pledged last week and wanted to hear something by The Commitments. This is about as close as I can get.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “We're Doing Fine” from I Want to Be With You (Mercury 1967) —Written by Horace Ott. This album is really worth seeking out.Buy it!
James Brown “Any Day Now” from Polydor Burt Bacharach Songbook "Lippy Lip Bacharach" (Polydor Virgin 1998) —1969 song written by Bob Hilliard and Burt BacharachBuy it!
Lou Johnson “(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me” from Always Something There (Ace 2008) —1964 recording written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Arranged, conducted, and produced by Burt Bacharach.Buy it!
The Meters “The Look of Love” from What The World Needs Now Is...Burt (Warner Jazz/Rhino 2006) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition.Buy it!
The Who “Dogs” from Thirty Years of Maximum R&B (Polydor Virgin 1994) —This set goes out to Sugar aka the pledge-drive giving canine. - 1968 single written by Pete Townshend.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Even a Dog Can Shake Hands” from Sentimental Hygiene (Virgin 1987) —Written by Peter Buck and Warren Zevon.Buy it!
The Shangri-Las “Bull Dog” from Myrmidons Of Melodrama (RPM Records UK 1995) —1965 song written by Leiber & Stoller.Buy it!
The TV Theme Players “Lassie” from TV Theme Songs Of The Past (Big Eye Music 2008) —Music bed.Buy it!
J. Roddy Walston and the Business “Don't Break the Needle” from J. Roddy Walston and the Business (Vagrant 2010) —Mon 4/29 J. Roddy Walston and the Business / Pujol/ Via Dove – Off BroadwayBuy it!
The Rolling Stones “Rip This Joint” from Exile on Main St. (Virgin 1972) —The side-men add a whole lot to this. Bobby Keys on sax, Jim Price on trumpet, and Nicky Hopkins on piano.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Down The Line” from Live at the Star-Club Hamburg (Bear Family 1989) —Roy Orbison cover found on one of the greatest live rock recordings, ever. Recorded live in 1964 in Hamburg, Germany.Buy it!
Dick Dale & The Del-Tones “Miserlou” from The Birth of Surf (Classic Music International 2011) —Music bed. 1962 Deltone recording. Thu 5/2 Dick Dale – Duck RoomBuy it!
Sir Douglas Quintet “Mendocino (Spanish Version)” from Interpret en Espanol (Sundazed 2013) N —Found on this new 2-7" 45 set made availble at Record Store Day. Four songs recorded in Spanish in 1970. Written by Doug Sahm.0Buy it!
Brunetta & The Balubas “Baluba Shake” from Le Beat Bespoke 2 (Circle 2006) —1967 beat and soul out of Italy. Lead vocals by Mara Pacini.Buy it!
Los Straightjackets “Crime Scene” from Jet Set (Yep Roc/Pacifica Music 2012) —Instrumental from their most recent album.Buy it!
King Curtis “Green Onions” from King Curtis Plays the Great Memphis Hits (ATCO 1967) —Music bed. 1967 Booker T. and the MGs cover.Buy it!
Game Theory “Like a Girl Jesus” from Big Shot Chronicles (Enigma 1986) —This set goes out in memory of Scott Miller. Written by Scott Miller and found on Game Theory's third full-length album.Buy it!
The Loud Family “Idiot Son” from Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things (Alias 1993) —Really great pop song written by Scott Miller.Buy it!
Game Theory “The Real Sheila” from Lolita Nation (Enigma 1987) —"Lord knows that I'm not exactly the boy of my own dreams" - Written by Scott Miller. This set was brought to you by Ken from Cockeysville.Buy it!
The Pastel Six “Bandido” from Intoxica! Strange And Sleazy Instrumental Sounds From the SoCal Suburbs (Ace Records 2006) —Music bed. 1962 Southern California garage rock instrumental recorded for the Zen label.Buy it!
The Beatles “I'm Looking Through You” from Rubber Soul (CAPITOL 1966) —This goes out to Robyn who pledged last week and wanted to hear something by the Beatles.Buy it!
The Bangles “Dover Beach” from All Over the Place (Columbia 1984) —Written by Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson. A thing of beauty.Buy it!
Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends “I'll Be Back” from Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends (Universal/Polygram 1968) —Sublime pop cover of the Beatles song. Thanks to Spencer Marquart for making me aware of this album.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “The Letter” from Soul Men (Stax Records url 2003) —Music bed.Buy it!
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison “Long Way Home” from Cheater's Game (Premium/Thirty Tigers 2013) N —Written by Hayes Carll. Fri 4/26 Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – Off BroadwayBuy it!
Mount Moriah “White Sands” from Miracle Temple (Merge 2013) —Mon 6/17 Mount Moriah – Old RockhouseBuy it!
Patty Griffin “Go Wherever You Wanna Go” from American Kid SINGLE (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N R —From her forthcoming 5/27 release.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Dark End Of The Street” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Dan Penn/Chips Moman soul classic.Buy it!
Wussy Duo “Pretty As You Please” from Wussy Duo (Shake It Records shakeitrecords.com 2013) N —Originally done by the Ass Ponys when Chuck Clever was in that band. This new version is pretty great.Buy it!
The Jump Starts “Written On the Water” from What Hides Inside (Loud Label 2012) L —Featuring the vocals of Justin Johnson and Sarah Ross.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Obviously 5 Believers” from Blonde on Blonde (Columbia 1966) —Bob Dylan and his band put on an incredible show on Tuesday at the Peabody Opera House. I would recommend going to kdhx.org and reading Robin Wheeler's fine review & set list of the show.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Theme from Southern Comfort” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Incurables “I Will Burn” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) L —Written and sung by Jimmy Griffin.Buy it!
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper “Johnson City” from The Comeback Album (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2013) N —Fri 5/3 Eric Brace and Peter Cooper – Focal PointBuy it!
Shannon McNally “I Must Be in a Good Place Now” from Small Town Talk: The Songs Of Bobby Charles (Sacred Sumac 2013) N —From her new release made up of songs written by Bobby Charles. Excellent idea for an album.Buy it!
Calexico “Over Your Shoulder” from The Black Light (Quarterstick 1998) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Joey Burns.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Cold Grey Light Of Dawn” from Dig My Mood (Rounder www.rounder.com 1998) —Written by Ivory Joe Hunter.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke” from 3 Pears (Warner Brothers 2012) —Joe Maphis cover found on one of my favorite releases of 2012. Somebody bring him to St. Louis, please.Buy it!
Caitlin Rose “I Was Cruel” from The Stand-In (ATO 2013) —Sun 5/12 Caitlin Rose and Daniel Romano – Off BroadwayBuy it!
The Union Electric “Out In The Streets” from Out in the Streets/Mysteries of St. Louis 7" (Rankoutsider Records 2013) N L —Appearing (Monday) May 6 at the Firebird with Deer Tick.Buy it!
Duane Eddy “The Desert Rat” from Duane Eddy: Greatest Hits (Sony 2006) —Music bed.Buy it!
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