Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 6th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Off the Hook” from The Rolling Stones, Now! (Remastered) (ABKCO 2002) —Really great sounding reissue of their 1965 release. This Chuck Berry-influenced song was one of four Jagger/Richards songs on this album of mostly covers.Buy it!
Judy Henske & Jerry Yester “Snowblind” from The Oxford American Southern Music CD - No. 12 (Oxford American 2010) N —1969 song written by Judy Henske, Jerry Yester & Zal Yanovsky and found on this highly recommended compilation CD that accompanies the latest annual Oxford American Southern Music issue. In fine bookstores near you -- go get it!Buy it!
The Zombies “Just Out of Reach” from Ace Records Sampler - Vol. 3: Garage, Beat & Punk Rock (Ace 2005) —Written by Colin Blunstone & originally released in 1966 on the Decca label.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “Ribbons and Chains” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc 2010) N —This just came in under the wire for 2010 releases. Written by Steve Wynn and meant to be played loud.Buy it!
Jonny “Gloria” 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.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “The Beehive State” from Nilsson Sings Newman (expanded) (Buddha Records 2000) —Expanded reissue of Nilsson's 1970 album of all Randy Newman covers. Randy Newman will be appearing at the Sheldon Concert Hall in February (2/25) which is great news, indeed.Buy it!
Jon Hardy and The Public “Memo To My Son” from Little Criminals: Songs From Randy Newman (self 2009) L —Written by Randy Newman & released in 2009. Jon Hardy and The Public will be appearing at the Sheldon on Friday (1/21). Maid Rite will be opening.Buy it!
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young “Everybody I Love You” from Deja Vu (Atlantic 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).Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Dailey & Vincent “By the Mark” from Dailey & Vincent (Bonus Track Version) (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2008) —Written by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Dailey & Vincent will be appearing at the Sheldon Concert Hall next Friday (1/14).Buy it!
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers “You Only Believe Me When I'm Lying” from Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers (Zoe Muth/Signature 2009) —This is a band out of Seattle who I would really like to see play in St. Louis, sometime. Fans of Eilen Jewell & Sarah Borges would really like this, I think.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Son of a Preacher Man” from Dusty In Memphis (Atlantic 1969) —Written by John Hurley & Ronnie Wilkins and found on this classic 1969 release. Produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Honey Chile” from Here I Am (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 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.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “From A Buick 6” from Highway 61 Revisited Revisited (Uncut 2005) —Found on this 2005 compilation of various artists performing all of the Bob Dylan songs found on Highway 61 Revisited.Buy it!
Sammy Salvo “A Mushroom Cloud” from Oxford American Southern Music 12th Edition (Oxford American 2010) N —Recorded in 1961 and another gem found on the CD which accompanies the Oxford American Southern Music issue now out in a bookstore near you.Buy it!