Memphis to Manchester (Music)
Thu Jan 6th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
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The Otis and Carla Band “Tramp”
from Stax Breaks (Ace/Stax 2003) —Previously unissued instrumental version of the Otis & Carla song recorded for Stax in 1967. This band is Booker T. & The MGs and The Memphis Horns. Al jackson, Jr's drums are really showcased on this track. Written by Lowell Fulson & Jimmy McCracklin.
Percy Sledge “True Love Travels On a Gravel Road”
from Percy Sledge: The Atlantic Recordings (Atlantic/Rhino 2010) N —This Dallas Frazier-penned song was originally issued as an Atlantic single in 1969 and is found on this new 4-CD collection of all of his Atlantic recordings. This track is more driving than most of his material.
James Carr “A Man Needs a Woman” (Goldwax 1968) —Reissue of his second album which originally came out in 1967 on the Memphis-based Goldwax label. Written by record-producer Quinton Claunch and O.B. McClinton.
The Mad Lads “Make This Young Lady Mine”
from Stax Breaks (Ace 2003) —Written by Booker T. Jones & John Gary Williams (lead-singer of the Mad Lads) and recorded for Stax-Volt in 1969.
Toots Hibbert “Love the Rain”
from Toots in Memphis (Mango 1988) —Written by Don Bryant & Ann Peebles & recorded at Ardent Studio in 1988. The backing band is Jamaica's Shakespeare & Dunbar playing with Memphis musicians such as Teenie Hodges, Eddie Hinton & Jim Dickinson.
King Curtis “Hot Potato (Piping Hot)”
from Soul Time (Great American Music 2010) N —Taken from this new collection of early 60s instrumentals recorded by King Curtis for the Fire, Fury and Enjoy labels.
Betty Harris “Cry to Me”
from The Lost Soul Queen (Aim 2005) —Recorded in 1963 & written and produced by Bert Berns. Also covered by Solomon Burke in 1962 and the Rolling Stones in 1965.
Them Two “Am I a Good Man”
from Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label (The Numero Group 2006) —This is one of my favorite soul tracks of all time. Miami soul from the 60s with an incredible bass line and background vocals by Helene Smith. Written by Willie Clarke & Clarence Reid. Band of Horses ended up covering this in 2007.
Millie Jackson “Angel In Your Arms”
from Feelin' Bitchy (Southbound 1977) —Deep soul track from 1977. This is a cover version of a song by a band called Hot but I don't think I've ever heard the original.
The Goodees “Jilted”
from Condition Red! The Complete Goodees (Ace 2010) N —Originally recorded in 1969 in Detroit for the Hip label, a Stax sub-label. Written by Don Davis & Freddie Briggs. Man, this is one big production number about a pregnant teen left at the altar. Over the top or flat-out great -- you decide.
Bobbie Gentry “Fancy”
from An American Quilt 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —Written by Bobbie Gentry & originally released on Capitol in 1970. Found on this highly recommended compilation put out by the Australian label, Raven. I feel compelled to play this song about every six months or so on this show. I'm just wired that way.
The Rumblers “Wild Weekend”
from It's A Gas! (Ace 2010) N —Music bed. 1963 Southern California garage rock instrumental recorded for the Downey label.
from Free EP (Merge 2011) N —Jonny is a new band featuring Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake & Euros Childs of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. Their first album is coming out on Merge & this non-LP ode to Gloria Estefan is available for free download.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Everybody I Love You”
from Deja Vu (Atlantic unk 1970) —1970 song written by Stephen Stills & Neil Young. Fans of CSNY might be interested that a band called Marrakesh Express will be performing nothing but CSNY songs at the Old Rock House this Saturday (1/8).
Neil Young “Hitchhiker”
from Le Noise (Reprise 2010) N —From his 2010 album. Produced by Daniel Lanois. I've yet to hear this album in its entirety but I sure like this track. Sounds rather autobiographical.
Neko Case “This Tornado Loves You”
from Middle Cyclone (Anti- 2008) —Written by Neko Case. This one hits a little close to home given the natural events that took place here on NYE.
Patti Smith “Free Money”
from Horses (Arista 1975) —1975 song written by Lenny Kaye & Patti Smith and produced by John Cale.
Jennifer Warnes “Pissed Off 2am”
from Por Vida (Or Music 2004) —Found on this 2004 2-CD compilation of various artists performing songs written by Alejandro Escovedo.
Sam Cooke “Lost and Lookin'”
from Night Beat MP3/file Album (RCA Victor 1963) —Is it hyperbole to call this one of the best albums of the last 50 years? I think not. Written by J.W. Alexander and Lowell Jordan.
Billy Preston “Encouraging Words (Expanded)” Single (Apple 1970) —George Harrison cover found on this expanded reissue of his 1970 release. Produced by George Harrison & Billy Preston. Both this & the "That's The Way God Planned It" 2010 reissues are highly recommended.
Mavis Staples “You Are Not Alone” (Anti www.anti.com 2010) —Written & produced by Jeff Tweedy with background vocals by Kelly Hogan & Nora O' Connor. One of the nice musical surprises of 2010.
O.V. Wright “I'm Going Home (To Live With God)”
from Memphis Unlimited (Backbeat 1973) —Traditional gospel song recorded in 1973 and produced by Willie Mitchell. From one of the finest soul singers, ever.
Dusty Springfield “Son of a Preacher Man”
from Dusty In Memphis (Atlantic unk 1969) —Written by John Hurley & Ronnie Wilkins and found on this classic 1969 release. Produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin.
Jerry Reed “Honey Chile”
from Here I Am (Bear Family 1999) —Written by Jerry Reed, recorded in 1956 & found on this collection of his mid-50s sides recorded for Capitol when he was still in his teens.
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