Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Dec 29th 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
Ron Buford & Ural Thomas “Deep Soul - Part 1”
from Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-1979 (Light In The Attic 2011) N —This show is highlighting some of my favorite reissues and new songs/releases that came out in 2011. This set consists of ten 45s of funk & soul that came out of Seattle from 1965-1979. This '65 recording features Ron Buford on B3 & Ural Thomas on vocals
Dennis Coffey “Somebody's Been Sleeping”
from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) —This release consists of instrumentals & songs with guest vocalists. Lisa Kekaula of the Bellrays sings lead on this 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) cover. Dennis Coffey also played guitar on the original. Written by Angelo Bond, General Johnson & Greg Perry.
Charles Bradley “No Time for Dreaming” (Daptone Records 2010) —Title track to one of my favorite albums from 2011. Soul played the way it ought to be. Written by J. Quarterman with backing by the Menahan Street Band. And don't think of missing him play live if he's going to be in a venue around you.
George Jackson “Search Your Heart”
from Don't Count Me Out: The Fame Recordings Volume 1 (Kent 2011) N —This single disc compilation is made up of all previously unissued Fame recordings. Written by George Jackson & Raymond Moore and recorded by Wilson Pickett on the b-side of "Hey Jude." But George Jackson's vocal on this is tremendous.
The Ovations “I'm Living Good”
from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) —Really great single-disc retrospective of songs written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded by various artists. This track was recorded for the Memphis-based Goldwax label in 1969.
Angela Alexander & J.D. Sadler “Spoilin' For A Fight”
from Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (The Numero Group 2011) N —From this 3-disc compilation of rare soul & gospel that came out of the Cleveland-based Boddie Recording Studio. Recorded circa 1970 for the Soul Kitchen label. Another top-10 reissue of 2011, in my eyes.
Thea Gilmore “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”
from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) —Song for song 2011 cover version of Bob Dylan's 1967 album as interpreted by the UK singer/songwriter. Robbie McIntosh plays guitar, dobro, ukelele & mandolin on this album. Didn't know this existed until I stumbled across it a couple of days ago.
Paul Simon “Love Is Eternal Sacred Light”
from So Beautiful or So What (Universal unk 2011) —Seeing as how I just acquired this two days ago, I'm a little late to the party on this one. Wow, this Paul Simon song has both Sonny Terry and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on it! And people who I trust said this was one of the best shows of the year.
PJ Harvey “In the Dark Places”
from Let England Shake (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2011) —More accessible than her last few releases & a fine collection of well-written songs tied together thematically. One of my favorite releases of 2011. This track is a really affecting song about the ravages of war.
The Duke & The King “Shaky”
from The Duke & The King (Anti www.anti.com 2011) —Alright, I'll count this as a 2011 release since these songs culled from two UK releases were just released here in August. One of my favorite songs of 2011. No doubt partly attributable to Roy Kasten from FLGH having it on heavy rotation.
Marianne Faithfull “That's How Every Empire Falls”
from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2014 2010) —Written by R.B. Morris and produced by Hal Willner. Tough calls on what to pick for this year-end retrospective. "Goin' Back", "Love Song" & "Past, Present and Future" would have been equally good choices.
Mickey Newbury “She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye”
from An American Trilogy (Saint Cecelia Knows 2011) —Another top 10 reissue of 2011. This collection consists of his trilogy of albums - Looks Like Rain, Frisco Mabel Joy & Heaven Help The Child - plus an extra disc of demos, rarities & unreleased tracks. Highly recommended. This track is from 1969.
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