Platter Playlists

Month: April, 2014

Day 118: Eddie Floyd – Big Bird

Eddie Floyd – Big Bird When Otis Redding’s plane crashed, in early December of 1967, Eddie Floyd was wrapping up his tour of England.  Floyd boarded the plane with hopes to make it back to Atlanta for the funeral service the following day. As the plane was taxiing down the runway the pilot abruptly slammed […]

Day 117: Lee Dorsey – Confusion b/w Rain Rain Go Away

Lee Dorsey – Confusion b/w Rain Rain Go Away Two treasures of New Orleans Funk for today’s serving. Both songs are the fruits of the great Dorsey/Toussaint collaboration. “Rain Rain Go Away” is from a single, not the LP, and is just a little lagniappe I found lyin’ around. Confusion Rain Rain Go Away

Day 116: The Isley Brothers – Save Me

The Isley Brothers – Save Me From their 1969 album , It’s Our Thing(the same record that features their perfect soul hit, “It’s Your Thing.”), this deep soul gem is born. I’ve never heard mention of this in deep soul references(perhaps I haven’t looked hard enough), but it deserves a spot on some list somewhere. […]

Ain’t Got No; I Got Life

Allen Toussaint – We The People Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No; I Got Life Abner Jay – I’m So Depressed Buck Owens – Act Naturally Solomon Burke – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love The Showmen – It Will Stand The Wonder Who – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright Blossom Dearie – Figure Eight Fleetwood […]

Day 115: Toussaint McCall – I’m Undecided

Toussaint McCall – I’m Undecided A little deep soul and organ from a Louisiana legend. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 114: Percy Sledge – It Tears Me Up

Percy Sledge – It Tears Me Up After listening to Ace’s wonderful Penn & Oldham compilation I had to chase it with my favorite of their collaborations. The words, the soulful orchestration and the utter pain in Percy’s voice make for one of the all-time great songs of heartache. [Audio clip: view full post to […]

Day 113: Joe Tex – Buying A Book

Joe Tex – Buying A Book Joe Tex preachin’ the Gospel of the Gold Digger. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 112: Ray Stinnett – Honey Suckle Song

Ray Stinnett – Honey Suckle Song Now a little bit of twangy early 70’s country-soul Memphis magic for this sunny Spring day. Thanks to Light in the Attic Records for making it happen. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 111: Nina Simone – Mr. Bojangles

Nina Simone – Mr. Bojangles This is currently one of my favorite Nina Simone songs, not just because it is a fantastic and hauntingly beautiful cover of a timeless country song. But because Nina Simone transcends the boundaries of genre with it. She trades Jerry Jeff’s twangy guitar for her hypnotic piano keys, Nitty Gritty […]

Day 110: Wilson Pickett – It’s A Groove

Wilson Pickett – It’s A Groove A deep soul classic equipped with some noodling Memphis guitar, some smokey vocals by the Wicked Pickett and original words by the one and only Bobby Womack. One of my favorite low-key soul songs. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 109: The Impressions – People Get Ready

The Impressions – People Get Ready Such an important and inspirational soul ballad of the civil rights era. But unlike most songs that have been used as soundtracks to a time and movement, this is equally incredible every time I hear it. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 108: Bobby Bland – Call On Me

Bobby Bland – Call On Me One of the great Northern Soul classics. For the longest time I dismissed Bobby Bland for his later-period blues ‘stylings’ that are just TOTALLY not to my taste, but his albums on Duke contain some extremely soulful gems. I didn’t come across this until I heard “Ain’t Nothing You […]

Day 107: Johnnie Taylor – You Can’t Get Away From It

Johnnie Taylor – You Can’t Get Away From It Johnnie Taylor has always been either a little too funky or too bluesy for my taste. But this cut from 1969’s Rare Stamps compilation sounds straight out of the Temptations’ songbook. That is until Taylor breaks loose some of that secret Memphis Stew as the song […]

Day 106: Beau Brummels – Homeward Bound

Beau Brummels – Homeward Bound The ragged, slurred, Dylanesque monotone of Sal Valentino’s vocals makes this cover a very poignant reminder of the stress involved in touring. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 105: Bee Gees – Red Chair, Fade Away

Bee Gees – Red Chair, Fade Away It’s songs like this that allow me to pose the argument that the first few Bee Gees records are as good as any Beatles record. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 104: Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day

Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day A charming addition and one of the folk legends. This is probably Vashti’s most popular song but it is just too much of a hypnotizing and addictive folk classic to not include. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 103: Sandy Denny – The Optimist

Sandy Denny – The Optimist Here’s a beautiful song of hope and optimism from Sandy’s first solo album. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 102: Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind

Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind This amazing song serves as a pivotal brick in my wall of musical taste. Not only did it introduced me to Light in the Attic Records (who reissued Dalton’s work, among many other under appreciated geniuses of 60s music) but it opened me up to the wonderful music […]

Day 101: Chris Darrow – Lovers Sleep Abed Tonight

Chris Darrow – Lovers Sleep Abed Tonight I first heard of Chris Darrow by way of Drag City, which has rarely let me down. They tend to reissue a lot of great late-60s and 70s records. In fact they are the primary reason why I am into Mickey Newbury. [Audio clip: view full post to […]

Day 100: Big Star – I’m In Love With A Girl

Big Star – I’m In Love With A Girl Who better to provide the soundtrack to this beautiful 100th day than my favorite band? Do I even need to say this song is the best? [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 99: Bill Fay – Omega Day

Bill Fay – Omega Day I forget what turned me on to Bill Fay all I know is that he’s one of those early 70s folk singer-songwriters that only released two records and they’re both fantastic. You know, reading that last statement reminds me why I got into him. listen   [Audio clip: view full […]

Day 98: Crazy Horse – Dance, Dance, Dance

Crazy Horse – Dance, Dance, Dance Here is a Neil Young cover that brings such a fantastic and uniquely Cajun feel to the song. As a Louisiana Man it’s refreshing to hear a combination of two of my favorite things! [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

BONUS CUT: Robert Parker – Happy Feet

Robert Parker – Happy Feet Here is an insanely catchy New Orleans dance song that you have no chance of forgetting anytime soon. listen

Day 97: Dion – Purple Haze

Dion – Purple Haze I’m going to follow up yesterday’s cover of “Satisfaction” with an equally unique cover of “Purple Haze.” Both are fine examples of how songs that may have worn out their welcome can be written a totally new lease through an amazing cover. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe […]

Day 96: Bubblerock – Satisfaction

Bubblerock – Satisfaction I love The Rolling Stones and if I could milk this kick for the next few months I totally would. However I am going to move on tomorrow. But I want to leave you with a Stones cover for today’s song. British singer/songwriter/producer, Jonathan King’s cover album,”Bubblerock is Here to Stay,” is […]

Day 95: The Rolling Stones – I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys

The Rolling Stones – I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys And now another rarity from the British Invasion. Thanks to Greg Cartwright for introducing this to me  via his Parting Gifts cover. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

Day 94: The Beatles – Yes It Is

The Beatles – Yes It Is Not much to say about this one other than it is just hauntingly beautiful and sadly not one of the Beatles’ acclaimed songs, as I think it should be. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader

April ’14 :: Platter Cuts Mix :: I’m In Love With A Girl

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 […]

April ’14 :: In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)

Lee Dorsey – Little Baby Danny White – The Twitch Hank Levine – Image pt. 1 Bobby Bland – Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do Nat Phillips – I’m Sorry I Hurt You Wilson Pickett – I’m Sorry About That Merle Haggard – In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) Otis Redding – Open […]

Day 93: Jim Sullivan – So Natural

Jim Sullivan – So Natural Here’s a song that fits in that mellow, singer-songwriter genre so well. I strongly suggest picking up this Light in the Attic reissue. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] download  Subscribe in a reader