Platter Playlists

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

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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Day 181: Linda Ronstadt – Are My Thoughts With You?

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This week is gonna be dedicated to exceptional covers and what a better way to start than with a cover of a fine Mickey Newbury song. Click here to read a post I made a while back on the Aquarium Drunkard blog about two other versions of this song.

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Day 180: Fairport Convention – Si Tu Dois Partir

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A jangly French cover of Dylan. Who could ask for anything more?

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You Know More Than I Know

205 John Phillips 3_7

The Ideals – Mojo Hanna
Art Neville – Arabian Love Call
James Carr – Life Turned Her That Way
Carla Thomas – Stop! Look What You’re Doing
Candi Staton – I’m Just A Prisoner (of you’re good lovin’)
Arthur Lee – Everybody’s Gotta Live
John Cale – You Know More Than I Know
John Phillips – Mississippi
The Byrds – Chimes Of Freedom
Bob Dylan – Minstrel Boy
Jerry Jeff Walker – About Her Eyes
Bob Frank – Layin’ Around
Ted Lucas – It’s So Easy (when you know how)
Richard & Linda Thompson – A Heart Needs A Home
Hazel & Alice – My Better Years

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Day 179: Blossom Dearie – Figure Eight

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A continuation of yesterday’s math lesson. Today’s tutorial from prolific jazz singer Miss Blossom Dearie.

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Day 178: Bob Dorough – Three Is A Magic Number

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Nothing like learning your multiplication tables while simultaneously indulging in some great music.

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Day 177: Dee Mullins – Beers

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A melodic glorification of a local loser. If you think about it, it really is just that. But damn catchy!

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Day 176: Roy Acuff – As Long As I Live

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Start your week off with the barn-stompin’ harmonies of Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys.

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Day 175: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – The Pine Tree

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Polish the week off with a bit of country-folk by Johnny & June.

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Day 174: The Millennium – It’s You

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Pure 60′s sunshine pop from Curt Boettcher’s California-based supergroup.

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Day 173: Gene Clark – One In A Hundred

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In 1970, the original members of The Byrds got together and laid down this gem.

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Day 172: The Monkees – What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?

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I figured out something a while ago. Michael Nesmith is why I love The Monkees and in my opinions this is his best song as part of the group. If you like this and want more, I strongly suggest dipping into his solo career.

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Day 171: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – Ten Four – Over and Out

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I think this one speaks for itself. Get a load of the sincerity in the chorus. That Porter Wagoner can write one hell of a song.

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Day 170: Procol Harum – Pilgrims Progress

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An epic album-closer to close out this week.

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Day 169: Love – Always See Your Face

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Not much to say about this on other than it is probably my favorite Love/Arthur Lee song and the perfect mixture of psych and soul.

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Day 168: Jerry Jeff Walker – About Her Eyes

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Cover of the Keith Sykes song that can be found on Jerry Jeff’s 1969 album “Five Years Gone.” Sort of atypical of the country output of Jerry Jeff in the years to come. The melancholy lyrics mixed with ambient folk/country tones it feels more like a modern Bill Callahan song. Timeless.

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Day 167: Webb Pierce – Life to Go

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Heartbreaking story of remorse, check. Chilling strings backed with a honky-tonk snare and steel, check.  And some sharp, searing and ultimately haunting vocals, check. True country music level ACHIEVED.

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Day 166: Bob Blum – Little Pink Elephants

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We’re gonna start the week with a hillbilly trip-out. Enjoy.

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Day 165: James Talley – Mississippi River Whistle Town

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Here’s a slow-moving, down-home gem from American country/blues singer James Talley. Happy 4th!

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Day 164: John Stewart – California Bloodlines

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Wonderfully mellow tune from the 1969 album by folk singer John Stewart.

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Day 163: Dee Dee Warwick – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

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Dee Dee Warwick debuted this remarkable soul single in 1966, a good two years before Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations made it a Motown hit. For what it’s worth, I feel like the Warwick version really hits the spot and is much rawer than the glossy Motown version.

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Day 162: Ketty Lester – When A Woman Loves A Man

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Great sister song to one of the greatest soul songs ever written.

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Day 161: Tanya Tucker – New York City Song

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Another killer cut from Tanya’s run at Columbia.

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Day 160: The Hesitations – Whiter Shade of Pale

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And now we’ll close the week out with a deep dish serving of Cleveland Soul.

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Day 159: Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – Searching For My Love

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Sweet Soul Music at it’s finest.

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Day 158: The Louvin Brothers – I Wish It Had Been A Dream

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Leave it to the Louvins to tear at your heartstrings with a lovely melody about the tribulations of departure and the end of a relationship. As always they perfectly encapsulate feelings through song; how something so beautiful can be followed by such pain. THIS is country music.

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Day 157: Jerry Lee Lewis – Lincoln Limousine

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A straight-up knockout of a song Jerry Lee wrote in memory of JFK in 1966.

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