O.V. Wright “Eight Men and Four Women” from 8 Men and 4 Women (Backbeat 1967) N —Written by Deadric Malone aka Don Robey. We're talking deep soul of the highest order here. "Judge, your honor and to the jury / I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are innocent / And true love is not a crime"Buy it!
James Carr “Love Attack” from You Got My Mind Messed Up (Kent 1967) —Reissue of his 1967 soul classic album. This track was recorded in 1966 and was written by Quiniton Claunch who co-founded the Goldwax label based out of Memphis.Buy it!
Lorraine Ellison “Stay With Me” from Beg Scream & Shout! (Rhino 1997) —1966 Warner Brothers single written by Jerry Ragovoy and George Weiss. How can you not feel every word she's singing on this?Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Soul Sanction” from Hip Hug-Her (Stax Records url 1967) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Booker T. Jones, and Al Jackson, Jr.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “You” from The Best of Marvin Gaye (Motown 1995) —1967 Motown recording. - Don't forget that How Sweet It Is: Tribute to Marvin Gaye is taking place tomorrow night (Friday 11/15) at Off Broadway. Nine fine local bands all doing Marvin Gaye songs with Big Bang's Dr. Jeff as the MC. Can't wait!Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “That's The Way Love Is” from Feelin' Bluesy (SOUL 1968) —Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. Marvin Gaye covered this original version of the song a year later.Buy it!
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas “It Takes Two” from King & Queen (stax 1967) —Cover version of the 1967 original recorded by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston. Written by Sylvia Moy and William "Mickey" Stevenson.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “What's Going On (Instrumental)” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Marvin Gaye hit.Buy it!
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages “Bread” from Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot 2013) N —Coming in to St. Louis this Saturday for a sold-out house party - This revved-up verson of the Bobby Hebb song is on his new release. This album wll get a party started.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Stranger To My Happiness” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —From their forthcoming album coming out early, 2014 - Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings will be at the Pageant in March (Sunday 3/2). Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “Dirty Water” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2012) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Standells hit written by E.C. Cobb.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Far Celestial Shore” from One True Vine (Anti- www.anti.com 2013) —Mavis Staples covering Nick Lowe - this makes me happy.Buy it!
Clara Ward “Dead End Street” from Soul Gospel, Vol. 2 (Soul Jazz 2006) —Clara Ward was a gospel singer who was known as one of the genre's great soloists and was a large influence on the music of Aretha Franklin. This 1969 recording was written by David Axelrod and Ben Raleigh and was also recorded by Lou Rawls.Buy it!
John Doe “Pressing On” from I'm Not There (Original Soundtrack) (Columbia 2007) —Sublime version of a Bob Dylan song produced by Joe Henry. One of John Doe's finest vocal performances.Buy it!
Jimmy McGriff “The Last Minute” from Jimmy McGriff's Greatest Hits (Blue Note url 1997) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental penned by Jimmy McGriff.Buy it!
The Dirtbombs “Natural Man” from If You Don't Already Have a Look (In The Red 2005) —Terrific version of the song originally recorded by Lou Rawls and written by Sandy Baron and Bobby Hebb.Buy it!
La La Brooks “Crazy For You” from All or Nothing (Norton Records Inc. 2013) N —Dirtbombs cover written by Mick Collins and found on this new release from the one-time lead singer of the Crystals.Buy it!
KO and the Knockouts “Black and Blue” from Ko & the Knockouts (Wicked Cool www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2007) —Reissue of their 2002 release. Written and sung by bassist Ko Shih.Buy it!
The Reigning Sound “I Don't Care” from Break Up… Break Down (Sympathy for the Record Industry 45 2001) —Dylanesque pop song written and sung by Greg Cartwright.Buy it!
The Fireballs “Ain't That Rain” from Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers (Ace Records 2013) N —Music bed. Previously unreleased guitar instrumental.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground & Nico “Sunday Morning” from The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve 1967) —Gorgeous song written by Lou Reed & John Cale. Produced by Tom Wilson. RIP Lou Reed.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Had2Byou” from Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion Records 2013) —Lead vocals by Carol van Dijk and found on this February, 2013 release by the Amsterband-based, Velvet Underground-influenced band.Buy it!
Cowboy Junkies “Sweet Jane” from The Trinity Session (RCA 1988) —Written by Lou Reed who reportedly really liked this version of his song. Featuring the lead vocals of Margo Timmins.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Herringbone Tweed” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Linda Thompson “Never Put to Sea Boys” from Won't Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds www.lindathompsonmusic.com 2013) N —F 8 iT Featuring John Doyle on guitar.Buy it!
Cave States “Get Along” from The Great Divide (Undertow www.undertowmusic.com 2013) N L —New debut release by the St. Louis band made up of Danny Kathriner, Chris Grabau, Todd Schnitzer, John Higgins, and John Horton.Buy it!
Cave States “Over the Threshold” from The Great Divide (Undertow www.undertowmusic.com 2013) N L —Music bed.Buy it!
The Beatles “Glad All Over” from On Air - Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) 2013) N —Previously unreleased live 1963 recording made for the BBC. This is their version of a Carl Perkins song and features the lead vocals of George Harrison.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “You Know I Won't” from Push Any Button (Littlebox Recordings 2013) —F 8 Written and produced by Sam Phillips. This Beatles-influenced track is one of my favorite songs of the year.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “They Don't Know” from Under The Covers, Vol. 3 (Shout! Factory 2013) N —This is the third installemnt of their covers compilations and this one features all songs from the 80s. WrBuy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Day Tripper” from McLemore Avenue (expanded) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. Mid-60s instrumental version of the Beatles songBuy it!
Tommy Womack “Circus Town” (Sideburn Records 2002) —Tommy Womack will be at Off Broadway next Thursday (11/21). This is an early 7 PM show.Buy it!
Faces “Ooh La La” (Warner Brothers Records 1973) —Written by Ronnie Lane and Ron Wood and recorded in 1973. You know you want to sing along. "I wish that I knew what I know now / When I was younger / I wish that I knew what I know now / When I was stronger."Buy it!
Rod Stewart “True Blue” from Never A Dull Moment (Mercury 1972) —Written by Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.Buy it!
The Impacts “Tor-Chula” from Long-Lost Honkers & Twangers (Ace 2013) N —Music bed. Instrumental from 1962.Buy it!
Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy “Just What I Was Looking For” from What The Brothers Sang (Drag City / Palace Records 2013) —Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin - Sat 12/14 Bonnie Prince Billy – Luminary Center for the ArtsBuy it!
Grace Basement “The Almoner” from Wheel Within A Wheel (Avonmore 2013) L —Grace Basement and Ransom Note will be at Plush next Friday (11/22).Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “I'll Hold Your Head (Live)” from Live at KDHX - Vol. 11 (KDHX 2013) N —Recorded live at KDHX on 1/12/12. Kudos to all the sound engineers at KDHX!Buy it!
Roy Budd “Get Carter” from TV Sound and Image (Soul Jazz 2012) —Music bed.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “The Night I Learned How Not to Pray” from Sing the Delta (Flariella Records 2012) —Fri 11/22 Iris DeMent – SheldonBuy it!
Brandi Clark “Pray to Jesus” from 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records 2013) N —Written by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally.Buy it!
Lilly Hiatt And The Dropped Ponies “Master” from Let Down ((RED) Normal Town Records 2012)Buy it!
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt “Mississippi Mud” from Bourbon & Rosewater (Water Lily Acoustics 1996) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Jerry Douglas.Buy it!
Lydia Loveless “Boy Crazy” from Boy Crazy - EP (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N Buy it!
The Liverbirds “He's About a Mover” from Destroy That Boy! (Ace 2009) —Written by Doug Sahm and recorded in 1966 by the English band who found most of their acclaim in Germany.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Damn Love Song” from Stranger Me (Archer Records 2011) —Written by Amy LaVere and David Brookings.Buy it!
The Boys “Polaris” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —Music bed.Buy it!
Motel Mirrors “The Best Mistake I'd Ever Make Again (feat. Amy LaVere & John Paul Keith)” from Motel Mirrors (feat. Amy LaVere & John Paul Keith) (Archer Records 2013) N —Featuring the duet vocals of John Paul Keith and Amy LaVere.Buy it!
Beth Bombara “All Alone” from Raise Your Flag - EP (self-released 2013) L —Written by Beth Bombara and found on this 2013 6-song EP.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “After The Rain” from No Other Love (New West 2002) N —You can't go wrong with a Chuck Prophet and Stephanie Finch duet.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Walking Back to Our Place at 3:00 AM” from We Used To Think The Highway Sounded Like A River (El Cortez 2009) —Music bed.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Post to Wire” (El Cortez 2003) —Lyrics and lead vocals by Willy Vlautin.Buy it!
Continental Drifters “Some Of Shelly's Blues” from Continental Drifters (Monkey Hill 1994) —Tuesday 11/19 Michael Nesmith – Old Rock HouseBuy it!
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band “Nine Times Blue” from Country & West Coast (Big Beat rhino.com 2006) —Written by Michael Nesmith and recorded in 1970 for the RCA label.Buy it!
Jerry Douglas “Time Gone By” from Under The Wire (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1986) —Music bed.Buy it!
Leon Russell “Shootout On the Plantation” from Retrospective (Capitol Records 1997) —Wednesday, November 20 Old Rock House - (Leon Russell 1970)Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Just Because You Can't Be Mine” from Dirty Laundry - The Soul Of Black Country (Trikont 2004) —Soul version of the Merle Haggard.Buy it!
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