Platter Playlists

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.


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


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


Check out my piece on Cosimo Matassa for Aquarium Drunkard.


Day 209: Clarence Henry – Troubles, Troubles


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


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


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.


Day 207: Art Neville – Arabian Love Call


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


Day 206: Irma Thomas – Wish Someone Would Care


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.


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


Day 205: James Talley – Give My Love To Marie


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


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


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.


Day 203: Willie Nelson – Look What Thoughts Will Do


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.


Day 202: Michael Nesmith – Harmony Constant


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


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.


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


Day 200: Big Star – Thank You Friends


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


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


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


Day 198: Eddy Giles – Losin’ Boy


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.


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


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.


Carolina In My Mind


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



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


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.”


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


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.


Day 194: Syl Johnson – A Half Love


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


Day 193: Darondo – Didn’t I


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


Day 192: Al Greene – Back Up Train


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


Day 191: Bobby Bland – Call On Me


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


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


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


Day 189: Michael Hurley – The Tea Song


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.


Day 188: Jackson C. Frank – Yellow Walls


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.


Day 187: Ted Lucas – I’ll Find A Way


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.


Day 186: Mike Cooper – Goodtimes


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.


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


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


Day 184: Area Code 615 – Hey Jude


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


Day 183 : John Fogerty – She Thinks I Still Care


Fogerty covering a classic in the country music canon.


Day 182: Melanie – Ruby Tuesday


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.


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


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.


Day 180: Fairport Convention – Si Tu Dois Partir


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


You Know More Than I Know

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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



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.


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.