Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 3rd 2011 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
Nina Simone “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” from To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (RCA 2008) —Recorded in 1964 and pre-dating the Animals' version. Written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell & Sol Marcus.Buy it!
Dionne Warwick “I'm Your Puppet” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —The first great compilation of 2011 featuring songs written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham recorded by artists such as Charlie Rich, Etta James, Sandy Posey, The Box Tops, James Carr, Barbara Lynn, etc. This track was recorded in Memphis for Scepter in 1968Buy it!
Percy Sledge “Cover Me” from Percy Sledge: The Atlantic Recordings (Atlantic/Rhino 2010) N —Taken from this recent 4-disc set featuring Atlantic recordings from 1966-74 including both studio and live recordings.This 1968 song was written by Marlin Greene & Eddie Hinton.Buy it!
Spencer Wiggins “Take Me Just As I Am” from Spencer Wiggins: The Goldwax Years (Kent 2006) —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded in 1966. Taken off this compilation of the Southern soul artist's 1960s recordings made for the Memphis-based Goldwax label.Buy it!
Dan Penn “Love Is Strange” from Nice Place To Visit/Love Is Strange single (Atlantic 1968) —Soulful take of the oft-covered song written by Ethel Smith, Mickey Baker & Sylvia Robinson from the b-side of a 1968 Atlantic single. Produced by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham. Thanks to Tony C. for making me aware of this.Buy it!
Etta James “I Worship the Ground You Walk On” from Tell Mama - The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (MCA Chess 2001) —Highly recommended reissue of her 1968 release plus ten additional tracks including this 1968 Cadet single. Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham & recorded at Muscle Shoals.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Heartaches and Pain” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records 2010) N —Written by Charles Bradley & Thomas Brenneck (Budos Band) & found on this new full-length debut release by the 62-year old soul singer out of Brooklyn.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “I Can't See Myself Leaving You” from Aretha Now (Atlantic 1968) —Reissue of her 1968 release. Written by Ronnie Shannon who also wrote some of her hits like "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You" and "Baby I Love You." Produced by Jerry Wexler with arrangements by Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin.Buy it!
The Dirtbombs “Good Life (Basement Roots Mix)” from Party Store (In The Red 2011) N —This new release features the Dirtbombs' take on songs from the Detroit techno scene. This is a cover of a band called Inner City which recorded in the late-80s/early-90s.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Natural Man” from The Essential Lou Rawls (Sony 2007) —Written by Bobby Hebb ("Sunny") & Sandy Baron and released in 1971 by MGM. Found on this two-CD collection which is a really good overview of his work.Buy it!
The Soulsations “Funky Night Club” from Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg (The Numero Group 2011) N —New 2-LP vinyl release featuring Phoenix soul artists from the late-60s/early-70s. This track was written & produced by Mike Lenaburg.Buy it!
The Marvelettes “Too Many Fish In the Sea” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —RIP Gladys Horton who sang lead on this and other great tracks like "Please Mr. Postman", "Playboy" & "Beechwood 4-5789." The opening of this track sounds identical to "First I Look At The Purse."Buy it!
KO and the Knockouts “Twisting Postman” from Ko & the Knockouts (Wicked Cool www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2007) —Reissue by Little Steven's label of their 2002 release. This Marvelettes cover is sung by Ko (fuzz bass player with the Dirtbombs).Buy it!
The Marvelettes “As Long As I Know He's Mine” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 3 - 1963 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2005) —Another track sung by Gladys Horton who just passed away at the age of 65. This 1963 track was written by Smokey Robinson.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “Too Many Fish In the Sea” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Original backing track for the Marvelettes hit.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “Breakin' the Chains of Love” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird 2010) —Coming to the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Saturday (2/12). I haven't seen them but have heard really good things aout their live show. Written by lead singer, Michael Fitzpatrick.Buy it!
The Fireballs “Groovin'” from Exotic Guitars From the Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) N —Music bed. Young Rascals instrumental cover recorded in 1968 & found on this terrific instrumental collection of instrumentals recorded in Norman Petty's Clovis studio in the 60s. Seriously, this is great.Buy it!
Jonny “Waiting Around for You” from Jonny (Merge 2011) N —This debut release featuring Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) was made available for digital download this week. Not available in record stores until April 12. Can't figure that one out. Fine pop song, though.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Wasn't Born to Follow” from Goffin & King: A Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection 1961-67 (Ace 2007) —Goffin-King song recorded in 1970 for the Philips label. Gerry Goffin: "Around 1967, Carole and I had a fight & I took a little trip to Big Sur with a friend. We dropped some acid and I wrote this (the lyrics) right as I was coming down from that trip."Buy it!
Diane Birch “Fire Escape” from Bible Belt (S-Curve 2009) —Written by Diane Birch & released in 2009. Wow, ever look at the credits for this album? There are about 30 musicians listed including Lenny Kaye & Betty Wright.Buy it!
The Rising Sons “Take a Giant Step” from Honey & Wine: Another Gerry Goffin & Carole King Collection (Ace 2009) —The Rising Sons included Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder among its members. This Goffin-King song was originally recorded in 1965 but wasn't released until 1992. Produced by Terry Melcher.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “The Lonely Surfer” (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental written by Jack Nitzsche & Marty Cooper (who also wrote "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'N Roll" - who knew?).Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “January” from Modernity CD ALBUM (Blind Eyes 2008) —Alright, missed it by three days. From the St. Louis trio's 2009 debut release. I've still never seen this band live. I need to rectify that.Buy it!
The Delgados “Everybody Come Down” from Universal Audio (Chemikal Underground 2004) —Featuring the wonderful vocals of Emma Pollock on what turned out to be the Scottish band's final album. Well, they went out really strong.Buy it!
The Flamin' Groovies “You Tore Me Down” from Shake Some Action (AIM Records www.aiminternational.com 1976) —Reissue of their 1976 album. This incarnation of the band is when Chris Wilson replaced Roy Loney. Everybody ought to own this.Buy it!
The Beach Boys “You Still Believe In Me” from Pet Sounds (40th Anniversary Collection) (CAPITOL www.hollywoodrecords.com 2006) —Reissue of their 1966 album with a bonus DVD & extensive liner notes. Written by Brian Wilson & Tony Asher with backing by the Wrecking Crew.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Buzzard Luck” from It's All Good: A Singles Collection 1963-89 (Kent 2011) N —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg & recorded in 1974. Found on this collection of not often heard Swamp Dogg singles.Buy it!
The Band “Third Man Theme” from Moondog Matinee (Capitol Records 1973) —Reissue of their 1973 album. This instrumental was written by Anton Karas and was originally from the 1950 "Third Man" film soundtrack.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “Let the Mystery Be” from Infamous Angel (Warner Bros. 1992) —"Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from / Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done / But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me / I think I'll just let the mystery be."Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Paris, Texas” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. Written by Ry Cooder & originally found on the 1984 Paris, Texas film soundtrack. Joining Ry Cooder on this track is Jim Dickinson & David Lindley.Buy it!
The Gosdin Brothers “There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)” from The Oxford American Southern Music CD - No. 12 (Oxford American 2010) N —Written by Vern, Rex & Cathy Gosdin and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Gene Clark & The Gosdin Brothers “Tried So Hard” from Gene Clark With the Gosdin Brothers (Sundazed 2007) —Written by Gene Clark & recorded in 1966. This album includes backing by Glen Campbell, Clarence White & Leon Russell.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “These Days” from Meet Glen Campbell (Capitol Records 2008) —Very fine Jackson Browne cover from 2008. No matter what I do with this automated playlist entry program, I can't keep "Capitol" from being in all caps. Some exciting behind-the scenes trivia for you.Buy it!
Sandy Posey “Are You Never Coming Home” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded for MGM in 1967. Produced by Chips Moman.Buy it!
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