Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 5th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Oscar Brown, Jr. “Mr. Kicks” from Sin & Soul...And Then Some (Columbia Legacy 1996) —Reissue of his 1960 album plus five previously unreleased tracks - including this one. Written by Oscar Brown, Jr.Buy it!
Ray Charles “I Believe To My Soul” from Pure Genuis: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-59) (Rhino/Atlantic 2005) —Written by Ray Charles and recorded in NYC in 1959. Produced by Ahmet Ertegun & Jerry Wexler.Buy it!
Dennis Coffey “I Bet You” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) N —New release from the Detroit guitar great. This Funkadelic cover features Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs and Rachel Nagy of The Detroit Cobras.Buy it!
Funkadelic “Can You Get to That” from Maggot Brain CD ALBUM (westbound 1971) —Written by George Clinton & Ernest G. Harris, Jr. and found on their 1971 funk, soul & psychedelic landmark release.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “You Can Make It If You Try” from Stand! (Epic Records 1969) —Written by Sylvester Stewart & recorded in 1968. This doesn't sound the least bit dated. One of the finest soul albums ever made, I think.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “My Brain (Zig-Zag)” from Stand! (Expanded) (Epic 2007) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental written by Sylvester Stewart & found on this 2007 expanded reissue of their 1969 release.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “My Heart Took A Licking (But Kept On Ticking)” from Super Funk Presents Funk Soul Sisters (BGP url 2003) —Written by George Jackson, Dan Greer & Billy Alsbrooks and released by MGM in 1969.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Durian Dowry” from Cannibal Courtship (Concord 2011) N —Highly recommended new release from the L.A. band who mix Cambodian pop, surf, Ethiopian jazz & psychedelic rock. Featuring the vocals of Chhom Nimol.Buy it!
The Blind Boys of Alabama “I Was A Burden” from Take the High Road (Saguaro Road 2011) N —Lee Ann Womack is the guest vocalist and sounds wonderful singing with The Blind Boys of Alabama on this track written by Danny Flowers. This new release just came out this week.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “You're Gonna Make Me Cry” from The Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair 1955-1984 (KENT/ACE 2000) —Mavis Staples just tears it up on this slow, soul-drenched 1971 Stax recording.Buy it!
Harvey & The Phenomenals “Soul & Sunshine” from Local Customs: Burned at Boddie (The Numero Group 2011) N —1972 soul & funk recorded at the Boddie Recording Company. Found on this new compilation of rare recordings that were made at this Ohio studio. They pressed over 1,000 titles ranging from soul to garage rock to polkas to recorded sermons.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Long Way Back Again” from Fool's Parade (Mercury 2010) —1998 song written by Peter Wolf & Will Jennings. Peter Wolf plays harmonica on this, as well. This release gets overlooked but is highly recommended. Also with liner notes by Peter Guralnick. And somewhere out there, somebody is wondering what "liner noteBuy it!
Eliza Gilkyson “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” from Roses At The End of Time (Red House www.redhouserecords.com 2011) N —Written by Eliza Gilkyson & found on her new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Harps and Angels” (Nonesuch 2008) —Written and arranged by Randy Newman & produced by Mitchell Froom & Lenny Waronker. This song is a lesson in songwriting -- interesting phrasing, more ideas in this song arrangement than you will hear in most albums & lyrics mere mortals couldn't write.Buy it!
Jackie DeShannon “Don't Turn Your Back On Me” from Come and Get Me: The Complete Liberty & Imperial Singles: Vol. 2 (Ace 2011) N —Written by Jackie DeShannon & recorded in 1964 for the Liberty label. Featuring Jimmy Page on guitar.Buy it!
The Remodels “What Makes You Think You're The One” from The Remodels (The Remodels 2010) L —The Remodels are a local band made up of Toby Weiss & Steve Staicoff. This song was written by Lindsey Buckingham & was originally found on Fleetwood Mac's Tusk release.Buy it!
Lesley Gore “No Matter What You Do” from Hearing Is Believing: The Jack Nitzsche Story 1962-1979 (Ace 2004) —Written by Mike Post & Dick St. John and recorded for Mercury in 1966. Arranged by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
The Rumblers “Night Scene” from Intoxica! Strange and Sleazy Instrumental Sounds from the SoCal Suburbs (Ace Records 2006) —Music bed. 1964 garage rock instrumental out of Downey Records in Southern California.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “Consider The Source” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2010) —Appearing in June (Sat 6/11) at Blueberry Hill as part of Twangfest. Also on the action-packed bill that night are Marah & The Baseball Project.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Cell Phones Ringing (In the Pockets of the Dead)” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate Music 2006) —Written by Willie Nile about terrorist subway bombings that took place in Spain.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Absolutely Sweet Marie (2010 Mono Version)” from Blonde On Blonde (2010 Mono Version) (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 2010) —From his 1966 masterpiece. Don't forget that on Friday (5/27), we will be celebrating Bob Dylan's 70th birthday & having a KDHX benefit at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “Sneaky Snake” from I Love: Tom T. Hall's "Songs of Fox Hollow" (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2011) N —Featuring the guitar of Duane Eddy and background vocals of Patty Griffin & Peter Cooper.Buy it!
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs “The Only One” from No Help Coming (Transdreamer 2011) N —Written by Holly Golightly & Dave Lawyer and found on their new release. They will be appearing at The Firebird later this month (Tuesday 5/17).Buy it!
Tony Joe White “Watching The Trains Go By” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded in 1968 for the Monument label.Buy it!
Gene Clark “Train Leaves Here This Morning” from Flying High (A&M 1998) —Written by Bernie Leadon & Gene Clark and originally released in 1968 on The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark album.Buy it!
Gordon Jenkins “The Conductor” from Gordon Jenkins' Seven Dreams (Decca 1954) —This would be an excerpt from his 2nd dream called "The Conductor." Later to be largely appropriated by Johnny Cash and used for Folsom Prison Blues.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “That’s How Strong My Love Is” from The Goldwax Story (Kent 2001) —Written by Roosevelt Jamison and recorded in 1964 for the Memphis-based Goldwax label. As good as soul music gets.Buy it!
Joe Henry “The Man I Keep Hid” from Blood from Stars (Anti www.anti.com 2009) —"Nobody knows the man that I keep hid / He's raised my face like a pirate's flag / Of any Nations tattered rag / Nobody knows the man that I keep hid"Buy it!