Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 14th 2010 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
Solomon Burke “If You Need Me” from The Very Best of Solomon Burke (Atlantic 1998) —RIP Solomon Burke. One of our finest soul singers passed away this week at the age of 70. Written by Wilson Pickett, Robert Bateman & Sonny Sanders and released by Atlantic in 1963.Buy it!
The Soul Clan “That's How It Feels” from Sanctified Soul (Kent 2000) —Short-lived soul group made up of Arthur Conley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Don Covay & Joe Tex. Written by Bobby Womack & Don Covay and released on Atlantic in 1968.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino / Atlantic 1968) —Written by Solomon Burke, Bert Berns & Jerry Wexler and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1966.Buy it!
Syl Johson “Is It Because I'm Black (Instrumental)” from Light: On The South Side (The Numero Group 2009) —Music bed. From this 2009 box set of Chicago blues & soul. For a more detailed synopsis I wrote about this, go to http://kdhx.org/blog/author/memphisBuy it!
Preservation Hall Jazz Band “St. James Infirmary” from Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans (Shout! Factory 2004) —Written by Joe Primrose & recorded in 1986. Appearing along with the Del McCoury Band at the Family Arena on Saturday (10/23). Show begins at 7 PM.Buy it!
Melody Gardot “Your Heart Is As Black As Night” from My One and Only Thrill (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 2009) —Written by Melody Gardot and released in 2009. She's only 25 and is already big overseas. Jazz At The Bistro or Sheldon Concert Hall, anyone?Buy it!
Gordon Jenkins “The Conductor” from Gordon Jenkins' Seven Dreams (Decca 1954) —Excerpt of Crescent City Blues from his second dream, The Conductor. Released in 1953 and was almost copied entirely by Johnny Cash and renamed Folsom Prison Blues. I finally found out the singer is a woman named Beverly Mahr.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait (Sunset Sound Session - Circus Version)” from Sunset Sound Session (Ekektra 2010) —Alternate version recorded in 2009 and released as a single in 2010. Written & produced by Beck.Buy it!
Suzanne Vega “Tom's Diner” from Close-Up, Vol. 2: People and Places (Razor & Tie 2010) N —New version of the song just released this week. More than a capella and less than the DNA version. I like it. Re-recording songs is one way to wrest control of the songs back from the labels who own the masters.Buy it!
The Replacements “Cruella DeVille” from Stay Awake (A&M 1988) —For aficionados of The Replacements and/or songs from 101 Dalmations. Produced by Hal Willner and featuring a host of eclectic various artists reinterpreting music from vintage Disney films.Buy it!
Los Lobos “The Bare Necessities” from Los Lobos Goes Disney CD ALBUM (Disney Sound 2009) —2009 recording of a song from The Jungle Book featuring the vocals of Cesar Rosas. Written by Terry Gilkyson.Buy it!
Los Straitjackets with Big Sandy “Tu Te Vas (You'll Lose A Good Thing)” from Rock En Espanol Vol. One (Yep Roc 2007) —Barbara Lynn cover from 2007. Los Straitjackets & Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys will be appearing at Off Broadway next Thursday (10/21). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter “Lonely Still” from Reckless Burning (Burn Burn Burn / Barsuk 2002) —Written by Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher who both will be appearing as part of the Paste tour taking place at Off Broadway this Friday (10/15). Also appearing are Jason Isbell, Langhorne Slim & Mimicking Birds.Buy it!
The May Day Orchestra “The Irish Orphan” from Ota Benga (Rankoutsider Records 2010) N L —From their new release. Lyrics were written by Tim Rakel (of KDHX's Mystery Train) and bass was played by Josh Weinstein (of KDHX's All Soul, No Borders).Buy it!
Solomon Burke “How I Got to Memphis” from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) —Thought I would end the show with another one in memory of Solomon Burke. This Tom T. Hall song features Solomon Burke backed by Buddy Miller on guitar. Sublime.Buy it!
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