Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 3rd 2012 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Rufus Thomas “The Breakdown (Part 1)”
from Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975 (stax 2003) —RIP Charles "Skip" Pitts who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 65 after a long bout of cancer. He played guitar on this 1971 Stax recording which was written by Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice & Rufus Thomas.
Isaac Hayes “Baby, I'm-A Want You”
from Ultimate Isaac Hayes - Can You Dig It? (stax 2005) —Skip Pitts played guitar on this soul version of the Bread hit penned by David Gates. Recorded circa 1970-72 and also featuring lead vocals by David Porter. Of course, Skip Pitts is best known for his iconic wah-wah guitar on "Theme From Shaft."
The Bo-Keys “Sundown On Beale”
from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) —Music bed. Skip Pitts played guitar on this 2011 instrumental written by bassist Scott Bomar. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Skip Pitts on a couple of occasions & he was a really nice man and a truly engaging personality on stage.
The Mad Lads “Gone! The Promises of Yesterday”
from Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (Light In The Attic www.lightintheattic.net 2012) N —Doo-wop meets soul meets psychedelic on this 1971 Stax recording. Found on this new 10 x 7" collection of reissued Stax singles. Really well done & with an 84-page book.
Ralph "Soul" Jackson “You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy”
from Hall of Fame: Rare and Unissued Gems From The Fame Vaults (Kent 2012) N —New compilation of 21 previously unissued tracks from the Fame vaults. This was written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham & recorded in 1967.
Earl-Jean “I'm Into Something Good”
from Something Good From The Goffin & King Songbook (Ace 2012) N —This new release is the third volume of Carole King & Gerry Goffin songs performed by various artists. Earl-Jean McCrea was one of the Cookies but she recorded two solo singles. Recorded in 1964 for the Colpix label.
Ellie Greenwich “You Don't Know”
from The Red Bird Girls: Very First Time In Stereo 1963-1966 (Real Gone Music 2012) N —Incredibly well arranged 1965 song written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry & George Morton and remixed from the original session tapes in stereo.
The Spacemen “The Clouds”
from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1:1960 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed. Despite the title of this album, this instrumental charted & was recorded in 1959.
The Kinks “Phenomenal Cat”
from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Sanctuary 2004) —Written by Ray Davies & recorded in 1968. "There lived a cat, a phenomenal cat."
Rufus Wainwright “Respectable Dive”
from Out of the Game (Decca 2012) N —Highly recommended new release which just came out this week. Produced by Mark Ronson. Oliver Wang normally writes about soul music on his Soul-Sides blog but he takes a detour and talks about this release at http://tinyurl.com/74ud952
John Doe and Exene Cervenka “See How We Are”
from John Doe and Exene Cervenka Singing and Playing (Moonlight Graham Records 2012) N —New release featuring new studio recordings by John Doe & Exene of both older & new songs. John Doe is headlining the final night of Twangfest on Saturday (6/9) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room.
Peter Case “Poor Old Tom”
from The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2004) —Written by Peter Case & with David Hidalgo from Los Lobos on violin, accordion & ukelele.
Jennifer O' Connor “Exeter, Rhode Island”
from Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars (Matador www.matadorrecords.com 2006) —"The radio plays a power pop song, it keeps me company like a friend."
Farmer Jason “The Tractor Goes Chug Chug Chug”
from A Day At the Farm With Farmer Jason (Remastered) [Bonus Version] (Rhino 2006) —Farmer Jason & Ryan Spearman kick off the Harvest Sessions on Saturday (5/5) from 9:45am-12:45pm
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