Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Mar 29th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Earl Van Dyke “Money (That's What I Want)” from The Motown Sound - The Complete Albums & More (Hip-O Select / Motown 2012) N —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Barrett Strong hit written by Berry Gordy & Janie Bradford. Taken off this new 2-CD compilation which includes his two albums from 1965 & 1971 plus 21 bonus tracks.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “That Kind of Love” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino 2009) —Written by Don Covay & recorded at American Studios in Memphis in 1967. That's Bobby Womack playing lead guitar.Buy it!
Bobby Womack & Bill Withers “It's All Over Now” from Bobby Womack: The Ultimate Collection (Charly 1999) —We'll send this one out to Bobby Womack who was just diagnosed with colon cancer. Here's hoping for a quick recovery. Written by Bobby Womack & Shirley Jean Womack and recorded in 1975. This was covered by the Rolling Stones in 1966.Buy it!
Sandy Posey “Born A Woman” from Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios (Ace 2012) N —Written by Martha Sharp and recorded at Royal Studios in 1966. She originally just recorded this as a demo and it was meant to be re-recorded by a more well known singer but producer Chips Moman ended up going with the unproven 19-year old, instead.Buy it!
Spooner's Crowd “Two In the Morning” from The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (Kent 2011) —I love this soul instrumental so much. Written by Spooner Oldham, Albert Lowe & Roger Hawkins and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1966 for the Cadet label. Spooner Oldham plays piano & organ on this track.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “Blues Hand Me Down” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) N —Alright, I knew I shouldn't have missed this band when they played at Lola last week but I was burned out after SXSW. I hang my head in shame.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Never Do Your Woman Wrong (Instrumental)” from Dance To The Music (Expanded) (Epic 2007) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental written by Sylvester Stewart & recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “It's All Over (But The Crying)” from Faithful Man (Truth and soul 2012) N —From his highly recommended new release available on the Truth & Soul label out of Brooklyn.Buy it!
Laura Lee “Separation Line” from Sweet Soul Music: Voices From The Shadows (Sire/Warner Bros 1992) —The vocals on this song about coming of age will just send a chill down your spine. Recorded in 1969 for the Cotillion label. Written by Bettye Crutcher, Homer Banks & Raymond Jackson.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Let's Do Something Wrong” from Soap and Water (Yep Roc 2007) —Didn't get enough of Chuck Prophet last week at Off Broadway? You can always make the trek to see Chuck Prophet and John Paul Keith in Springfield, IL on July 7th. Details at http://www.downtownspringfield.org/taste.htm.Buy it!
Jacqueline Taieb “7 Heures du Matin” from Theme Time Radio Hour - Vol. 2 (Ace 2009) —Ok, it's no Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo but then again, what is? Recorded in 1968 and sung in French save for English snippets of The Who & Gene Vincent.Buy it!
Timmy Thomas “It's My Life” from The Goldwax Story, Vol. 2 (Ace Records 2004) —Soul version of the Animals hit recorded at Goldwax Studios in Memphis 1967. Written by Roger Atkins & Carl D' Errico.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “No Bobby Don't” from Because It Feel Good (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —The Twangfest lineup has just been announced. Go to twangfest.com for the complete rundown. Kelly Hogan will be appearing at Twangfest on Thursday, June 7.Buy it!
Best Coast “The Only Place” (Mexican Summer 2012) N —Bethany Cosentino is not trying to change the world here. She's singing about having fun. Works for me. Off their forthcoming album slated for release on May 15.Buy it!
The Belle Brigade “Where Not to Look for Freedom” from The Belle Brigade (Reprise 2011) —Just a really fine pop song written by siblings Barbara Gruska & Ethan Gruska. Just beautiful harmonies on this entire album.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Da Doo Ron Ron” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. 1963 slowed-down instrumental version of the song written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich.Buy it!
The Beatles “Rain” from The Beatles Mono Masters (EMI 2009) —Mono version of the 1966 b-side to Paperback Writer. One of Ringo Starr's greatest drum parts. This could come out today and wouldn't sound the least bit dated. Tremendous.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Nutted By Reality” from Jesus of Cool (Deluxe Edition) (Proper Records Ltd 2008) —Written by Nick Lowe and recorded in 1978. "I hear they castrated Castro..." - the song kind of writes itself after that.Buy it!
The Keymen “Boy Blue” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Previously unreleased mid-60s instrumental.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Coricidin Bottle” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —From his new release which just came out this week. Age 65 and as good as he has ever been. A national treasure. Really.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Most Of The Time (Alternate Version)” from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia 2008) —Stripped-down acoustic alternate take recorded during his 1989 'Oh, Mercy' sessions.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Look The Other Way” from Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Justin Townes Earle and found on his new release which just hit the stores this week.Buy it!