Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 16th 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
Frederick Knight “I've Been Lonely For So Long” from Stax Groove Masters - Vol. 1 (Warner Music France 2000) —I love this soul song so much. Written by Frederick Knight & guitarist Jerry Weaver and recorded for Stax in 1972. Buffalo Springfield-sounding guitar, great falsetto vocal, killer spoken monologue - what's not to like?Buy it!
Shirley Brown “I've Got to Go On Without You” from Woman to Woman SINGLE (stax 1974) —Written by George Jackson & Larry R. Mcintosh and recorded in 1974. Shirley Brown will be appearing at the 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival at Chaifetz Arena on Sat (2/25) along with Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Millie Jackson (!) & Bobby Rush.Buy it!
Wendy Rene “I Wish I Were That Girl” from After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles & Rarities 1964-65 (Light In The Attic 2012) N —Years ago in a M2M playlist I was bemoaning the fact that no Wendy Rene compilation existed. This has just been remedied by Light In The Attic (this label is just bringing it). Previously unreleased song written by Mary Cross (aka Wendy Rene).Buy it!
The Martinis “Key Chain” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) —Music bed. Memphis instrumental recorded with Packy Axton on sax and band members later to become the Hi Rhythm Section. Recorded circa 1965-67.Buy it!
Jamo Thomas & His Party Orchestra “I Spy (For The FBI)” from The Curtom Sory (Charly 2001) —Jamo Thomas was from Nassau in the Bahamas and recorded this in 1966 for the Curtom label (founded by Curtis Mayfield & Eddie Thomas).Buy it!
Baby Huey “Running” from The Baby Huey Story - The Living Legend (Water 2004) —Produced & written by Curtis Mayfield and recorded in 1970. This sole LP from Baby Huey was released posthumously. He died at the age of 26.Buy it!
The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)” from Electric Ladyland (Reprise 1968) —Soulful ballad with his added falsetto harmonies. Hey, this would have worked for Andy Coco's "Rhythm Section" show on Valentines Day.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Long Time Gone” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Written by David Crosby & also featuring the vocals of The Blind Boys of Alabama. Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn will be at the Old Rock House in March (Thursday, March 29).Buy it!
Funky Butt Brass Band “South Broadway Stumble” from You Can Trust The Funky Butt Brass Band (Funky Butt Brass Band 2011) L —The Funky Butt Brass Band & Gumbohead will be at the Old Rock House this Saturday (2/18) from 5-8 PM on Mardi Gras Parade Day.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Yes We Can Can” from Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul Jazz www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/ 2001) —Put this compilation on and let the party begin. Written by Allen Toussaint, backed by The Meters & released in 1970.Buy it!
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings “Wild Horses” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —Compilation of various artists performing soul versions of songs off the Rolling Stones' 1971 "Sticky Fingers" album.Buy it!
K'naan “With God On Our Side” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Universal 2012) N —Found on this 4-CD compilation of a wide array of artists covering Bob Dylan songs for Amnesty International. This Somalian artist recently told a Republican candidate to quit using one of his songs for his campaign.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Dory Previn” from Let's Get Out of This Country CD ALBUM (Merge 2006) R —A listener wanted to hear this in tribute to singer-composer Dory Previn who just passed away on Tuesday at age 86. Written & sung by Tracyanne Campbell.Buy it!
Dory Previn “The Lady with the Braid” from The Trip (Family/Universal 2006) —Pulled from this eclectic 2-CD collection compiled by Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey. Written by Dory Previn and recorded in 1971.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Drifter's Escape” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —Previously unreleased cover found on this 4-CD collection of various artists covering songs written by Bob Dylan.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Museum of Broken Hearts” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —OK, I'll say it - it's only February but a candidate for best record of 2012. Appearing at Off Broadway in March (3/22) with The Jans Project opening. Miss at your own peril.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Simple Twist Of Fate” from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue (Columbia 2002) —1975 live version with some lyrics different than those on "Blood On The Tracks."Buy it!
Craig Finn “Terrified Eyes” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) N —Craig Finn put on an excellent show at Off Broadway last Friday night. He played no Hold Steady songs and didn't need to.Buy it!
Darrell Scott “Every Road Leads Back to You” from Long Ride Home (Full Light www.darrellscott.com 2011) N —Written by Darrell Scott who will be appearing this Friday (2/17) at the Old Rock House.Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Black T-Shirt” from Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away... (Music Road 2009) —Written by Slaid Cleaves and frequent writing partner Rod Picott & featuring Charles Arthur & Gurf Morlix on guitar.Buy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “Flippin' The Lid” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —Written by Speedy West and recorded for Capitol in 1954.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate. Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.