Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 23rd 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Eddie Holland “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)” from It Moves Me: The Complete Recordings 1958-64 (Ace 2012) N —Previously unreleased 1964 Motown rave-up written by Holland, Dozier & Holland. Found on this collection of every track he recorded for the Mercury, Kudo, Tamla, UA & Motown labels plus 18 previously unissued tracks.Buy it!
The Isley Brothers “Your Old Lady” from Atlantic Soul 1959-1975 (Rhino/Atlantic 2007) —Written by Leiber, Stoller, O' Kelly Isley & King Curtis and recorded for Atlantic in 1961. "Don't want to lose you 'cause you're my friend / But your old lady is the living end / Your old lady sure looks good to me." This is not going to end well.Buy it!
Bobby Rush “Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man” from Light: On The South Side (The Numero Group 2009) —Written by Bobby Rush & Calvin Carter and recorded in 1972. Bobby Rush 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 & Shirley Brown.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “Hypocrisy” from It Hurts So Good (Spring 1973) —Written by Millie Jackson & Victor Davis and originally released in 1973 on the Spring label. See previous entry. This is a really rare St. Louis appearance by Millie Jackson. I can't miss this.Buy it!
Shirley Brown “Stay With Me Baby” from Woman to Woman SINGLE (stax 1974) —See previous two entries. This is a rare chance to see Shirley Brown on Saturday, as well. Highly recommended. This was written by Jerry Ragovoy & Donna Weiss with Al Jackson, Jr. & Duck Dunn as the rhythm section.Buy it!
Alex Chilton “Come On Honey” from Free Again: The 1970 Sessions (Omnivore 2012) N —Reissue of his "1970" Ardent release from 1996 with bonus tracks including some previously unissued tracks. Written by Alex Chilton and recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis in 1969.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Trying to Get to Memphis” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —It has been seven years since the Nashville-based artist last released an album but this is well worth the wait. May he return to St. Louis soon.Buy it!
Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads “Blue Groove” from Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles (1959-1968) (Rhino Atlantic 1991) —Music bed. Early Isaac Hayes on this instrumental from 1965 recorded for Stax-Volt.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “You Don't Miss Your Water” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Duet with Ruthie Foster and William Bell on this William Bell-penned song. Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn will be at the Old Rock House in March (Thursday, March 29).Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Temple Beautiful” (Yep Roc 2012) N —Buy the album and see him live at Off Broadway in March (3/22) with The Jans Project opening. You won't be disappointed. "Her mind was dirty but her hands were clean."Buy it!
The Spacemen “The Clouds” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1:1960 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed. The vocals were removed from this and then it was released as an instrumental in 1960 and ended up topping the R&B charts for three weeks.Buy it!
Them Two “Am I a Good Man” from Eccentric Soul, Vol. 7: The Deep City Label (Numero Group 2006) —Taken from this sublime compilation of mid-60s Miami soul recorded for the Deep City label. This track was written by Willie Clarke & Clarence Reid. The bass track from Reed Roberts is so great.Buy it!
Wendy Rene “After Laughter Comes Tears” from After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles & Rarities 1964-65 (Light In The Attic 2012) —New compilation of Wendy Rene tracks recorded from 1964-1965 for the Stax label. Recorded in 1964 and later sampled by the Wu-Tang Clan in 1993 and remade by Alicia Keys in 2007. Written by Wendy Rene and Johnny Frierson.Buy it!
Field Music “Suzanne” from The Songs of Leonard Cohen Covered (Mojo 2012) N —Recorded in 2011 and found on this CD compilation of various artists performing Leonard Cohen songs which accompanies the March, 2012 of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “The Wolf is Getting Married” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —Complete return to form on her new release which just came out this week. Somehow manages to be all of these things: life-affirming, harrowing, confessional, angry, intimate, grand & joyful. Note to DJs: It's a potential FCC landmine.Buy it!
Gemma Ray “Eaten By the Monster of Love” from Gemma Ray Sings Sparks (with Sparks) - Single (Bronzerat Records 2012) N —New single which pairs the UK singer from Essex with Ron and Russell Mael (who also co-wrote the song).Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Ann Buchanan Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Fun Whoa” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) N L —Fine pop song from the St. Louis piano-based trio found on their new debut release. Written by Jenn Malzone. They put on an entertaining, well-received set opening for Jill Sobule at the Duck Room last Saturday.Buy it!
The Beatles “She's Leaving Home” from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (EMI 1968) —Recorded in 1967 at Abbey Road. Written by Paul McCartney & John Lennon with lead vocals by Paul McCartney.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Day Tripper” from McLemore Avenue (expanded) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. Instrumental Beatles cover found on this reissue of their 1970 McLemore Avenue release along with five bonus tracks.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “The Thing You Love Is Killing You” from The Dumbest Magnets (evil teen 2000) —Written by Steve Dawson & sung beautifully by Diane Christiansen & Steve Dawson. You could tell me this is a cover of a previously unreleased Richard & Linda Thompson song and I would believe it.Buy it!
The Broken Heartbreakers “Tell That Boy (Radio Edit)” from Wintersun (self released 2010) —From Auckland, New Zealand & featuring the vocals of John Guy Howell and Rachel Bailey. Edited masterfully for FCC-clean airplay by Roy Kasten.Buy it!
Continental Drifters “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight” from Listen, Listen (Blue Rose Records 2001) —Written by Richard Thompson & featuring the vocals of Susan Cowsill & Peter Holsapple.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Man of Somebody's Dreams” from Man Of Somebody's Dreams: Tribute To Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc 2009) —Written by Chris Gaffney. Los Lobos is appearing at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Sunday (2/26). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Miley Cyrus “You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (UMGI - Fontana International 2012) N —To be honest, I thought she was going to desecrate this with some overblown, cheesy arrangement treatment of the song. But, no, instead it's a stripped down version and her voice just works really well on this. I like it.Buy it!
Yo La Tengo “Fourth Time Around” from I'm Not There (Music from the Motion Picture) (Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrack 2007) —Sung by Georgia Hubley and with Terry Adams on piano, Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural on organ & John Sebastian on harmonica.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Jack & Tom” from Mean Scene (self 2010) —The Hackensaw Boys & Rum Drum Ramblers will be appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room next Saturday (3/3). That's a really good pairing.Buy it!
Bob Reuter and Kamikaze Cowboy “Lynchburg” from Down in America (Magoo Records 2000) L —The Water Liars Release Show (Justin Kinkel Schuster of Theodore with Andrew Bryant) with guests Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost and Fred Friction will be taking place at Off Broadway this Friday (2/24).Buy it!
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames “Old L.A.” from New Multitudes (Rounder 2012) N —Collaboration between the four singer-songwriters with words culled from previously unreleased writings by Woody Guthrie.Buy it!
Guy Clark “Dublin Blues” (Asylum Records 1995) —Appearing in Perryville next Sunday (3/4) to benefit The Perry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled. Tickets still available. For tickets and info, call Bill at 314-608-2789.Buy it!