Alvin Robinson “Baby Don't You Do It (2007 Remastered Single Version)” from Atlantic Soul 1959-1975 (Rhino/Atlantic 2007) —1967 version of the Marvin Gaye hit from the New Orleans session guitarist. Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland.Buy it!
Eddie Holland “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal unk 2005) —Previously unreleased 1964 recording also recorded by Kim Weston (who had a hit with it), The Isley Brothers, and Chris Clark.Buy it!
The Isley Brothers “Your Old Lady” from Where It's At: Soul in the Midnight Hour (Kent 1999) —1961 Atlantic recording written by O'Kelly Isley, King Curtis, and Elmo Glick - "Don't wanna lose you, 'cause you're my friend / But your old lady is the livin' end / Your old lady sure looks good to me"Buy it!
Calvin Scott “Can I Get A Witness” from Soulsville Sings Hitsville (Concord 2008) —1971 Stax version of the Marvin Gaye hit written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland. Consider Motown as the center lane for this set.Buy it!
The Mar-Keys “Reach Out (I'll Be There)” from Soulsville Sings Hitsville : Stax Sings Motown (Concord) —Music bed. 1970 Stax instrumental version of the Four Tops hit.Buy it!
Quiet Elegance “You've Got My Mind Messed Up” from Quiet Elegance: The Hi Records Single Collection (Solid Records 2013) N —Such a great version of the O.B. McClinton song recorded by the Detroit band for Hi Records in 1973. A close second to the James Carr version.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Yours Until Tomorrow” from The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Real Gone Music 2014) N —1973 Atlantic b-side written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally recorded by Dee Dee Warwick in 1965 and later made a hit by Gene Pitney in 1968.Buy it!
Don Bryant “I'll Go Crazy” from Don Bryant: The Hi Records Singles Collection (Solid Records 2013) N —I could glean more from these liner notes if they weren't written in Japanese. 1968 Hi Records single written by Jon Cross and Mary Frierson.Buy it!
Garnet Mimms “Prove It To Me” from The Best of Garnet Mimms - Cry Baby (EMI Catalog (USA) 1993) —1965 United Artists single wriiten by Jerry Ragovoy. the drum & guitar intro is so damn cool.Buy it!
Syl Johnson “Is It Because I'm Black (Instrumental)” from Light: On The South Side (The Numero Group 2009) —Music bed. Chicago Soul instrumental.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Now I See” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —Finally! Now available in fine local record stores near you. - Sun 3/2 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings w/Valerie June – Pageant. Not to be missed!Buy it!
Betty Davis “They Say I'm Different” (Light In The Attic www.lightintheattic.net 2007) —Written by Betty Mabry aka Betty Davis. Lots of artists get shout-outs on this but only one gets three shout-outs. That would be the man who just played his 200th show at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room last night.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “If This Room Could Talk” from A Whole New Thing (Epic 1967) —Written by Sylvester Stewart.and found on their debut release.Buy it!
DeRobert and the Half-Truths “I'm Tryin' (Bonus Version)” from I'm Tryin' (G.E.D. Soul Records gedsoulrecords.com 2014) N —Soul and funk out of Nashville. This new album just came out this week.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “You Better Help Yourself (Instrumental)” from A Whole New Thing (Epic 1967) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental composed by Sylvester Stewart.Buy it!
Jimi Hendrix “Castles Made Of Sand” from Axis: Bold As Love (Polydor 1967) —I love the vocal on this. I guess the guitar-playing is pretty good, too.Buy it!
The Budos Band “Reppirt Yad” from The Budos Band III (Daptone 2010) —Tripped-out instrumental version of the Beatles song.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Total Destruction To Your Mind” from Total Destruction to Your Mind (Remastered) (Alive Naturalsound 1970) —1970 soul and funk masterpiece written by Jerry Williams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg.Buy it!
The Budos Band “Chicago Falcon” from Budos Band II (Daptone 2007) —Music bed.Buy it!
Esther Marrow “Chains Of Love” from Newport News, Virginia (BGP url 2013) —Terrific version of the J.J. Barnes song from this reissue of her 1969 album.Buy it!
The Dirtbombs “Ultraglide in Black” from Ultraglide In Black SINGLE (In The Red Records 2001) —Detroit garage and soul version of the Parliament song written by George Clinton and P.C. Lewis.oBuy it!
Gene Page “Good To the Last Drop” from Blacula (Music from the Original Soundtrack) (Rev-Ola 1972) —Music bed.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “The Hoax” from Projection Room (Euclid 2014) N L —It seems like it took forever for this to actually get released but it's well worth the wait. - Fri 1/17 Bailiff & Sleepy Kitty – Off Broadway.Buy it!
Lanterns on the Lake “Another Tale From Another English Town” from Until the Colours Run (PIAS America 2013) N —This 2013 release by the Newcastle, England band just was released in the U.S. this week. Featuring the lead vocals of Hazel Wilde - "We just wanted the quiet, the quiet life / But they won't stop till they see us in the ground"Buy it!
Spectator “We've Been Through This Before” from In the Brick - EP (Spectator 2012) L —Written by Megan Rooney and Jeffrey Albert and featuring the lead vocals of Megan Rooney.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Western Antagonist Refllection” from Projection Room (Euclid 2014) L —Music bed. Instrumental from their new release.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Needles And Pins” from The Hill or the Climb (Undertow 2014) N L —Written by and featuring the lead vocals of Chris Grabau. - Magnolia Summer's album release show will be at Off Broadway this Saturday (1/18). Grace Basement is opening. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Grace Basement “Brampton Dr.” from Wheel Within A Wheel (Avonmore 2013) L —See the previous entry. Written and sung by Kevin Buckley. This was a really fine 2013 release.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Etta's Tune” from The River & The Thread (Blue Note 2014) N —Gorgeous song written by Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal and found on her first release of new originals in eight years.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “The Second Voyage” from The Slip That Leads Into the Fall - EP (Undertow Music Collective 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Chris Grabau.Buy it!
Lulu “Without Him” from To Sir With Love - The Complete Mickie Most Recordings 1967-1969 (Remastered) (EMI UK 2011) —1968 single written by Harry Nilsson.Buy it!
Neko Case “Don't Forget Me” from Middle Cyclone (Anti- 2008) —Written by Harry Nilsson and featuring harmony vocals by Kelly Hogan and piano by Garth Hudson.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Isolation” from Sessions 1967-1975 (RCA 2013) —Sublime 1971 version of a John Lennon song.Buy it!
The Spacemen “The Clouds” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1:1960 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed.Buy it!
Sid Selvidge “That's How I Got to Memphis” from The Oxford American Southern Music CD (Oxford American 2013) N —Originally released in 2010. Written by Tom T. Hall and produced by Don Dixon (who also plays bass on this track).Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Fool To Cry” from Black and Blue (Virgin 1976) —Written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger with Keith Richards and session-great Wayne Perkins on guitar.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Moonlight Mile” from Faithful Man (Truth and soul 2012) —Soul version of the Rolling Stones song.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “Lights Out” from The Crossing (Daptone 2012) —Music bed.Buy it!
Chris Mills “Suicide Note” from The Silver Line (Powerless Pop Recorders 2006) —Chris Mills will be at Off Broadway next Thursday (1/23). 18 Stories is opening.Buy it!
The Sandals “Theme from "Endless Summer"” from The Birth of Surf - Vol. 2 (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental for the surf film classic.Buy it!
Lone Justice “Nothing Can Stop My Loving You” from This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 (Omnivore Recordings 2014) N —Written by George Jones and Roger Miller.Buy it!
The Mekons “Wild & Blue” from The Curse of the Mekons (Blast First 1991) —Sally Timms kills on this John Anderson song. Sounds like it was recorded live on the street.Buy it!
X “The New World” from More Fun In The New World (Rhino/Elektra 1983) —Witten by Exene Cervenka and John Doe.Buy it!
The Rumblers “Wild Weekend” from It's A Gas! (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental out of Southern California.Buy it!
Motel Mirrors “Your Tender Loving Care (feat. Amy LaVere & John Paul Keith)” from Motel Mirrors (feat. Amy LaVere & John Paul Keith) (Archer Records 2013) N —Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith do a fine duet version of this Buck Owens song.Buy it!
R.B. Morris “High Minded Low Living” from Rich Mountain Bound (Rich Mountain Bound 2012) —Collection of songs recorded in 2010 that is just being widely distributed this week.Buy it!
Mary Chapin Carpenter “I am a Town” from Songs From the Movie (Zoe Records www.rounder.com 2014) N —New release featuring new versions of older songs but this time backed by a 63-piece orchestra and a 15-voice choir,Buy it!
Ennio Morricone “The Cat O' Nine Tails” from Ennio Morricone: 50 Movie Theme Hits (Cooking Vinyl 2006) —Music bed. 1970 Ennio Morricone composition.Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “In the Rain” from Still Fighting the War (Music Road Records 2013) —Written by Slaid Cleaves and featuring Eliza Gilkyson on harmony vocals.Buy it!
Aoife O'Donovan “Red & White & Blue & Gold” from Fossils (Yep Roc 2013) —From the singer-songwriter who spent the last ten years playing with the string band, Crooked Still.Buy it!
Caitlin Rose “I Was Cruel” from The Stand-In (ATO www.atorecords.com 2013) —Very fine song written by Jeremy Fetzer of The Deep Vibration. Somewhere Roy Kasten is saying "I told you so."Buy it!
Duane Eddy “Blowin' Up A Storm” from Duane Eddy: Greatest Hits (Sony 2006) —Music bed.Buy it!
Townes Van Zandt “Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold” from High Low and In Between (Rhino 2005) —I can't imagine writing finer lyrics than this.Buy it!
Janis Joplin “Mercedes Benz” from Pearl (Columbia Records 1970) —1970 song written by Janis Joplin, Michael McClure, and Bobby Neuwirth.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “I'm On Fire” from Badlands (Sub Pop 2000) —Written by Bruce Springsteen. Of course, Johnny Cash sounds great on it.Buy it!
The Ventures “Blue Moon” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2:1961 (Hasmick 2012) —Music bed.Buy it!
Wussy “Shunt” from Funeral Dress (Shake It 2005) —Sat 1/18 Wussy w/Karate Bikini @ Plush - Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Long Ryders “Looking for Lewis and Clark” from State Of Our Union (Island Records 1985) —Written by Sid Griffin.Buy it!
Beat Farmers “Reason to Believe” from Tales of the New West (Rhino 1986) —One of my favorite Bruce Springsteen covers.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show “Agent Burns (Theme)” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —Music bed.Buy it!
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