Platter Playlists

An all vinyl playlist blog and 365 songs for 365 days.

Day 215: Joe South – Coming Down All Alone

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And now some late-period Joe South off his 1972 record.

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Maison Dufrene I Available Now On MixCloud

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Jim Ford – Under Construction
Doris Troy – What’cha Gunna Do About It
Eddy Giles – Losin’ Boy
Major Lance – Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um
Joe Tex – I Believe I’m Gunna Make It
Percy Mayfield – Louisiana
Huey ‘Piano’ Smith – Free, Single and Disengaged
Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
Ernie K-doe – Here Come The Girls
Toussaint McCall – I’m Undecided
Rufus Jagneaux – Opelousas Sostan
Johnnie Allan – You Got Me Whistlin’
Jessie Hill – I Studied Soul
Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew
Ray Stinnett – Liberty Train
Lonnie Mack- Florida
Roger Miller – Meanwhile, Back In Abeline
Garnet Mimms – My Baby
The Drapels – Wondering
Arthur Conley – Love Comes And Goes
Bobby Bland – Today
Mable John – Shouldn’t I Love Him
Five Easy Pieces
Gene Clark – Life’s Greatest Fool
John Phillips – Topanga
Merle Haggard – I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
John Hartford – In Tall Buildings
Linda Ronstadt – I Won’t Be Hangin’ ‘Round
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – The Pine Tree
Townes Van Zandt joke
Townes Van Zandt – Gypsy Friday
Michael Hurley – Hog Of The Forsaken
Chris Darrow – Lovers Sleep Abed Tonight
Dave Van Ronk – Dink’s Song
Bob Dylan – You’re A Big Girl Now (’74 outtake)
Bob Frank – Layin’ Around
The Byrds – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Solomon Burke – Can’t Nobody Love You
Johnnie Taylor – You Can’t Get Away From It
Ben E. King – It’s All Over
Wilson Pickett – It’s A Groove
O.V. Wright – I Was Born All Over
Spyder Turner – Stand By Me

Day 214: The Everly Brothers – Breakdown

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Late-period Phil and Don covering Kris and sounding a lot like Gram.

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Day 213 : Lee Hazlewood – House Safe For Tigers

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Can’t love this track enough. Although it’s not one of the dozens of workhorse Hazlewood cuts, this is one of the songs that first made me a believer, through it’s beautiful reissue on Light in the Attic.

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Day 212: Nora Guthrie – Home Before Dark

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So here is Woody’s daughter. This is one of the few songs she recorded and it sounds like a hauntingly beautiful Belle & Sebastian or Yo La Tengo song… from 1967.

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Day 211: Big Star – September Gurls (rehearsal 1974)

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I desperately wanted to include this song in my September Platter Cuts but in the spirit of Platter Playlists I couldn’t include the album cut so I dug a little deeper and pulled out this version, from Norton Records.

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February ’14 Platter Cuts Mix Up Now on MixCloud

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Matthews Southern Comfort – Road to Ronderlin
Elyse Weinberg – Houses
Fairport Convention – Book Song
John Phillips – April Anne/
Eddie Floyd – I’ve Just Been Feeling Bad
The Drapels – Wondering
John Cale – Gideon’s Bible
Bert Jansch – One for Jo
Michael Hurley – Eyes, Eyes
Jim Ford – Point of No Return
Bobby Charles – I Must Be In A Good Place Now
Neil Young – Mellow My Mind
The Kinks – Stranger
Donovan – Turquoise
Bob Dylan – Ballad in Plain D
Richard & Linda Thompson – Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair
Big Star – Thirteen
Beach Boys – Big Sur
Dillard & Clark – Out on the Side
Townes Van Zandt – When Your Dream Lovers Die
Johnnie Taylor – Love in the Streets
Etta James – Are My Thoughts With You?
Solomon Burke – Can’t Nobody Love You
Wilson Pickett – I Found A Love
Garnet Mimms – It Was Easier to Hurt Her
Tony Borders – Cheaters Never Win

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Day 210: Ernie K-Doe – There’s a Will, There’s a Way

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Check out my piece on Cosimo Matassa for Aquarium Drunkard.

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Day 209: Clarence Henry – Troubles, Troubles

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I first heard this stomping’ b-side on Treme. A show about people with a whole lot of troubles.

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Day 208: Tommy Ridgley – The Girl From Kooka-Monga

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Another New Orleans gent singing about falling for a foreign beauty. But don’t dismiss it. Ridgley is a force of nature. They don’t call him the “King of the Stroll” for nothing.

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Day 207: Art Neville – Arabian Love Call

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From a member of New Orleans’ first family of funk comes this nonsensical masterpiece with an insanely catchy wordless chorus.

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Day 206: Irma Thomas – Wish Someone Would Care

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Starting off this week of New Orleans tunes with some deep soul from the Queen of  New Orleans R&B. I came across this record in Rayne, Lousiana a few weeks back. When I was living in Philadelphia, the local record shop wanted $75 for this one and it was strictly a “wall record.” Down here I find it in a box for $3. Gotta love Louisiana.

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March ’14 Platter Cuts Mix up on Mixcloud

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Percy Mayfield – Louisiana
Spyder Turner – Stand By Me
Duane & Gregg Allman – Morning Dew
Cherokee – Funky Business
Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew
Roger Miller – Meanwhile Back In Abeline
Tanya Tucker – What’s Your Mama’s Name?
Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn
Jerry Jeff Walker – Night Rider’s Lament
Rodriguez – Halfway Up The Stairs
Syd Barrett – Love Song
Paul & Linda McCartney – Long Haired Lady
The Kinks – Johnny Thunder
Fleetwood Mac – What Makes You Think You’re The One
Tom Waits – Grapefruit Moon
Leonard Cohen – Lover, Lover, Lover
Rodriguez – Cause
Tim Hardin – Lady Came From Baltimore
John Cale -  Andalucia
Nick Drake – Fly
Michael Hurley – Hog Of The Forsaken
Merle Haggard – I Take A lot Of Pride In What I Am
The Byrds – You Don’t Miss Your Water
John Buck Wilkin – Apartment Twenty-One
John Hartford – In Tall Buildings
Jim Ford – Changing Colors

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Day 205: James Talley – Give My Love To Marie

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Admittedly I am discovering this guy with y’all. All of his stuff I’ve heard is great but his slow songs are killer.

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Day 204: Phosphorescent – Can I Sleep In Your Arms?

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In the spirit of yesterday’s record, Phosphorescent released a tribute to Willie resulting in one of the most cherished cover records in my collection.

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Day 203: Willie Nelson – Look What Thoughts Will Do

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In this Lefty Frizzell cover, Willie successfully emulates the tone of his idol in this song about mentally jumping the gun in a relationship and the cost at which it comes.

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Day 202: Michael Nesmith – Harmony Constant

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The ex-Monkee who’s sort of the Godfather of alternative country and nobody knows it.

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Day 201: Lonnie Mack – Florida

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Lonnie Mack’s simple statement on racism in the south. Kind of heavy-handed but backed with a horn section that’s catchy as hell.

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With God On Our Side :: August ’14 Platter Cuts Mix Up On MixCloud

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The August ’14 Platter Cuts Mix is now available to stream at MixCloud.

Linda Ronstadt – Are My Thoughts With You?
Melanie – Ruby Tuesday
John Fogerty – She Thinks I Still Care
Area Code 615 – Hey Jude
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – With God On Our Side
Mike Cooper – Goodtimes
Ted Lucas – I’ll Find A Way
Jackson C. Frank – Yellow Walls
Michael Hurley – Tea Song
Tyrannosaurus Rex – Cat Black
Al Greene – Back Up The Train
Darondo – Didn’t I
Syl Johnson – A Half Love
Swamp Dogg – Predicament #2
Mable John – Shouldn’t I Love Him
Doris Troy- What’cha Gonna Do About It
Eddy Giles – Losin’ Boy
Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane – From the Late to the Early
Big Star – Thank You Friends

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Day 200: Big Star – Thank You Friends

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At the risk of sounding cheesy, I want to share this one on this day. 165 left? Challenge accepted!

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Day 199: Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane – From the Late to the Early

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Listen how these bloaks play the hell out of this appalachian style-folk melody.

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Day 198: Eddy Giles – Losin’ Boy

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Here’s a big contender in the battle for the best Deep Soul cut ever, straight off Ace’s compilation of the finest moments from their series of Dave Godin Deep Soul mix tapes.

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Day 197: Doris Troy – What’cha Gonna Do About It?

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Usually I’m a stickler for supplying the original LP or at least a reissue o the LP that the Platter Cut appears on. But seeing as original copies of Doris Troy’s 1963 album “Just One Look” go anywhere from 50 to 100 dollars, I figure the compilation appearance of this gem would suffice.

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Carolina In My Mind

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Chuck Berry – Oh Louisiana
James Taylor – Jelly Man Kelly
Melanie – Carolina In My Mind
Mike Cooper – The Singing Tree
Mother Earth – Living With The Animals
Area Code 615 – Just Like A Woman
Loudon Wainwright III – Motel Blues
Ramsey Lewis – Cry Baby Cry
Amanaz – Khala My Friend
Fred Neil – The Dolphins
Mike Cooper – Broken Bridges
Hamilton Camp – I Shall Be Released
Augusto Martelli – Djamballa

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Day 196: Mable John – Shouldn’t I Love Him

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From the brilliant Light in the Attic collection of Stax b-sides and unreleased singles comes this sweet soul ballad with all the elements to make this a soul masterpiece. Check out Mable in 2013′s “20 Feet from Stardom.”

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I’m In Love With a Girl :: April ’14 Platter Cuts Mix on Mixcloud

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Be sure to check out the new Mixcloud mix of April’s Platter Cuts. This is a new thing I’m doing with all the monthly Platter Cuts. May, June and July are already up, so dig around!

Bubblerock – Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones  – I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys
The Beatles – Yes It Is
Jim Sullivan – So Natural
Dion – Purple Haze
Crazy Horse – Dance, Dance, Dance
Bill Fay – Omega Day
Big Star – I’m In Love With a Girl
Chris Darrow – Lovers Sleep Abed Tonight
Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind
Sandy Denny – The Optimist
Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day
Bee Gees – Red Chair, Fade Away
The Beau Brummels – Homeward Bound
Nina Simone – Mr. Bojangles
Ray Stinnett – Honey Suckle Rose
Johnnie Taylor – You Can’t Get Away From It
Robert Parker – Happy Feet
The Impressions – People Get Ready
Wilson Pickett – It’s A Groove
Joe Tex – Buying A Book
Percy Sledge – It Tears Me Up
Eddie Floyd – Big Bird
Toussaint McCall – I’m Undecided
Lee Dorsey – Rain Rain Go Away
The Isley Brothers – Save Me

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Day 195: Swamp Dogg – Predicament #2

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This is my favorite Swamp Dogg cut. A fat-back anthem about the predicament every player has to face.

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Day 194: Syl Johnson – A Half Love

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Syl comes off sounding a lot like Wilson here. Straight up gritty soul.

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Day 193: Darondo – Didn’t I

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Pure Bay Area funk from the late-great Darondo thanks to this release of early 70′s gems by the wonderful Omnivore Records.

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Day 192: Al Greene – Back Up Train

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A deep groove from Al Green’s 1978 debut record, when he still spelled his name with an ‘e’ at the end.

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Day 191: Bobby Bland – Call On Me

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Opening a week of soul with the cream of the crop of The Northern Soul classics.

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Day 190: Tyrannosaurus Rex – Cat Black (The Wizard’s Hat)

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Here’s some early Bolan to kick off your weekend. Get ready to fall in love with a song.

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Day 189: Michael Hurley – The Tea Song

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Here is a song the any Michael Hurley fan knows comes in a lot of different packages. This version is from last year’s issue of Hurley’s other mid-60s Folkways record that has never before gotten a release.

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Day 188: Jackson C. Frank – Yellow Walls

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Another single record enigma. This time from 1965. This record is nearly impossible to find, thank God for last year’s 4 Men With Beards reissue. Here‘s another song from this record.

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Day 187: Ted Lucas – I’ll Find A Way

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Another stunningly beautiful folk song for you today. This dude did it right and keeps a lot of folk fans on the edge of their seats. He did a lot of group and session work and then in 1975 released a freakin’ gem and left it at that. He did that whole genius thing we all love then split.

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Day 186: Mike Cooper – Goodtimes

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Keeping it mellow this week and to start things off how ’bout some early 70s folk from the UK? I just discovered this guy by means of his two acclaimed recent reissues and I must say they are spectacular works of natural songwriting and guitar work. Definitely worth checking out.

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Day 185: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – With God On Our Side

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What better way to wrap up a week of extraordinary covers then with my favorite Dylan cover?

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Day 184: Area Code 615 – Hey Jude

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Here’s a downhome. instrumental Beatles cover straight outta Nashville.

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Day 183 : John Fogerty – She Thinks I Still Care

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Fogerty covering a classic in the country music canon.

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Day 182: Melanie – Ruby Tuesday

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I think that if you know me and know the music I like, or even if you just know and dig this blog, you should clearly and vividly understand how and why this is one of the greatest covers ever.

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