Platter Playlists

Month: January, 2014

Day 33: William Bell – Everybody Loves A Winner

William Bell – Everybody Loves A Winner This is one of the songs that turned me on to Stax Records. This slow, deep soul was the kind that intrigued me so much from the start. This record is near perfect and I will include more throughout the year. It’s a shame that Bell went into […]

Day 32: Jessie Hill – I Studied Soul

Jessie Hill – I Studied Soul This record, this song in particular, recorded in California by New Orleans native Jessie Hill(see Ooh Poo Pah Doo), proves you can take a musician out of New Orleans… you know the rest. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 31: Bill Fox – Let In The Sun

Bill Fox – Let In The Sun I first heard Bill Fox on Michael Shelley’s Show on WFMU. He played “Bird of the World,” which is a great song. But I found the record and dug a little deeper and found this gem. Now considering that yesterday was a dark, cold day I feel like […]

Day 30: Mickey Newbury – Are My Thoughts With You

Mickey Newbury – Are My Thoughts With You Great early track from the greatest country legend nobody’s ever heard of. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 29: Michael Hurley – Slurf Song

Michael Hurley – Slurf Song This is the song that served as the starting point to my fascination with Michael Hurley. This collaboration with the Holy Modal Rounders and other guys in the Rounder Records crew, reissued on the fantastic Light in the Attic record label, was the first to draw my attention in  the […]

Day 28: Mark Kozelek – Send In The Clowns

Day 27: Bridget St. John – Back To Stay

Bridget St. John – Back To Stay Fantastic cover of John Martyn’s British Folk gem. Perfect for this frosty winter Saturday. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 26: Cowboy – Please Be With Me

Cowboy – Please Be With Me Back in the day when a band name as simple as “Cowboy” wasn’t already taken. This was one of my first glimpses at the wonderful world of “country funk,” revealed me in the first installment of Soul Jazz’s “Delta Swamp Rock” compilation. A must-have for any fan of Southern […]

February ’14: Every 1’s A Winner

Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner Jim Sullivan – Jerome Bill Fay – Plan D John Cale – Ship Of Fools Emitt Rhodes – Lullaby The Byrds – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue Michael Nesmith – Harmony Constan Dan Penn – It Tears Me Up John Hartford – In Tall Buildings Ramblin’ Jack […]

Day 25: James Carr – A Man Needs A Woman

James Carr – A Man Needs A Woman Quintessential deep soul cut from Memphis and the Goldwax folks. This and Carr’s version of “Dark End of the Street” are probably my two most-listened-to soul tracks. I need this song… “like a highway needs two lanes.” listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 24: Big Star – O Dana

Big Star – O Dana “Look outside man. It’s a Big Star day.” – Skeeter listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 23: Arthur Conley – Love Comes And Goes

Arthur Conley – Love Comes And Goes When I was first getting into soul music this song came up in a radio mix on Spotify and I was stopped dead in my tracks. One of the aspects of great soul music is the dynamic singers. Whether it be Otis, Aretha, Solomon or Wilson Pickett, I […]

Day 22: Mahalia Jackson – Abraham, Martin and John

Mahalia Jackson – Abraham, Martin and John “He freed a lot of people. But it seems the good die young. I looked around and he was gone.” listen

Day 21: Bob Dylan – You’re A Big Girl Now

Bob Dylan – You’re A Big Girl Now Outtake from the Blood on the Tracks sessions. In my opinion this version is miles better than the one that made the cut. listen

Day 20: Sharon Van Etten – Leonard

Sharon Van Etten – Leonard It took me a while to come around to this record but one I did I couldn’t stop listening to this song. listen

Day 19: Michael Hurley – O My Stars

Michael Hurley – O My Stars Mark my words! Michael Hurley will make at least a dozen appearances on this list! He’s one of my favorite musicians and I feel like he’s GREATLY under-appreciated. Thanks to Light In The Attic for making his records easily accessible. I first heard about him through the Pennsylvania connection […]

Day 18: Rodriguez – Crucify Your Mind

Rodriguez – Crucify Your Mind Fantastic song from Detroit’s finest forgotten. Check out the documentary “Searching for Sugarman” for the whole story. listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 17: Soul Children – The Sweeter He Is

Soul Children – The Sweeter He Is Stax single that just blows my mind. The chorus packs so much punch with a female vocal section that won’t quit. I first heard this song on a Dave Godin Deep Soul comp, which is where some of the finest soul songs are collected. Get ’em all! listen […]

Day 16: Garnet Mimms – My Baby

Garnet Mimms – My Baby I know I’m pulling out the big guns early in the game but this is probably my favorite soul song. It is so strong and passionate and deep and perfectly speaks for a man’s love for his woman. Listen to this. TRUST ME. listen  Subscribe in a reader  

Day 15: Don Covay – The Usual Place

Don Covay – The Usual Place Some sweet soul for your Monday morning. listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 14: Kris Kristofferson – Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends

Kris Kristofferson – Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends On this beautiful demos collection put out by Light In The Attic. Such a fine example of the bittersweet nature of great country music. download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 13: My Morning Jacket – Just Because I Do

My Morning Jacket – Just Because I Do One of my favorite My Morning Jacket tunes. Energy start to finish. listen

Day 12: Cat Power – Good Woman

Cat Power – Good Woman Featuring Warren Ellis(Dirty Three) on violin. Love this one. listen

Day 11: Jackson C. Frank – Milk and Honey

Jackson C. Frank – Milk and Honey I first hear this song back in 2004 in the trailer for Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny.  This past year, 4 Men With Beards reissued this, Frank’s first and last record produced by Paul Simon. download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 10: Silver Jews – Random Rules

Silver Jews – Random Rules David Berman and his Drag City brethren got me through college! listen

Day 9: Gene Clark – The Virgin

Gene Clark – The Virgin Stellar opening from Gene Clark’s nearly flawless 1971 album, White Light. listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 8: The Beau Brummels – Gate of Hearts

The Beau Brummels – Gate of Hearts I was introduced to this great song by WFMU’s Bob Brainen one cold Pennsylvania Saturday morning. This ‘reunion’ album is slightly different and a little more mellow than early Beau Brummels. I’ll be sure to post more in the upcoming months. listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 7: The Louvin Brothers – Alabama

The Louvin Brothers – Alabama Classic Louvin Brothers tune handpicked by Will Oldham for this compilation on Light in the Attic. listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 6: Emmylou Harris – When I Stop Dreaming

Day 6: Emmylou Harris – When I Stop Dreaming Beautiful cover of the Louvin Brothers for your Saturday morning. download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 5: O.V. Wright – You’re Gunna Make Me Cry

O.V. Wright – You’re Gunna Make Me Cry Nothing like some slow soul from O.V. Wright! But poor guy though, right? listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 4: Link Wray – Take Me Home Jesus

Link Wray – Take Me Home Jesus We all love Fire & Brimstone but everyone should dig a little deeper and listen to this one. listen  Subscribe in a reader

Day 3: Joe Tex – I Believe I’m Gonna Make It

Non-album cut that showcases that awesome Joe Tex spoken word with a wonderful chorus. This is such a strong example of Deep Soul at it’s finest. listen  Subscribe in a reader

January ’14 :: Forever Young

Bert Jansch – Come Sing Me A Happy Song To Prove We Can All Get Along John Fahey – Auld Lang Syne The 4 Seasons – Queen Jane Approximately Elyse Weinberg – Meet Me At The Station Gene Clark – Think I’m Gunna Feel Better David Crosby – Music Is Love The Everly Brothers – […]