Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Dec 16th 2010 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
Booker T. & the MGs “Winter Wonderland” from Christmas in Soulsville (Stax/Concord 2007) —Thanks to Mark Perry for filling in for me last week and doing a fantastic job. - Previously unreleased alternate instrumental version recorded in 1966. You can not go wrong with this soul Christmas compilation.Buy it!
Graham Parker & Nona Hendryx “Soul Christmas” from Ho Ho Ho Spice: A Hospice Awareness And Benefit Projct (Volunteer 2004) —Great soul duet released in 1994. All kinds of soul artists are referenced on this track.Buy it!
The Twistin' Kings “Xmas Twist” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 1: 1959-1961 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2004) —Written by Berry Gordy & Barney Ales and recorded in 1961 by this earlier version of the Funk Brothers.Buy it!
Sam & Dave “You Got Me Hummin'” from Stax/Volt - The Complete Singles 1959-1968 - Volume 7 (Rhino Atlantic 2007) —Bonus airplay of Sam & Dave. Hey, completely unplanned but these things happen. Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter.Buy it!
Candi Staton “I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')” from Candi Staton (Capitol Records 2004) —1969 Muscle Shoals recording written by George Jackson and E.J. Harris and found on this very highly recommended compilation.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “Santa Stole My Lady” (Dangerbird www.dangerbirdrecords.com 2010) N —New Christmas single from the L.A.-based band who will be appearing at Blueberry Hill on February 12 (Saturday).Buy it!
Jimmy Smith “Jingle Bells” from Christmas Cookin' (Verve 1992) —Instrumental version recorded in 1964. Jimmy Smith on organ, Quentin Warren on guitar & Billy Hart on drums. And it swings, mightily.Buy it!
Bob Dorough “Blue Xmas” from Cafe Apres-midi Christmas (EMI 2005) —There is a much shorter version that he recorded in 1962 with Miles Davis. I'm not sure when this was recorded but you get 5 1/2 minutes of vitriol about the holiday season in this version. Hey, I like to give people their money's worth.Buy it!
The Chesterfield Kings “Hey, Santa Claus” from Christmas a Go-Go (Wicked Cool Records www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —Found on one of the best Christmas collections from the last several years. It should be -- it was produced by Little Steven.Buy it!
The Infant Kings “The First Noel” from Jingle Up High, Jingle Down Low (Collective Fruit 2010) N —Music bed. Instrumental recorded several years back but just being made widely available this year. Fans of the Ventures Christmas album should really like this. Featuring Jonn Ramberg (Minus Five, The Tripwires) on ukulele, guitar & organ.Buy it!
Honey & The Bees “Jing Jing A Ling” from Snow - The Get Easy! Christmas Collection (Universal unk 2002) —Originally recorded in 1969 for Chess Records and found on volume one of this series of Christmas compilations which is up to three volumes now.Buy it!
Lisa Mychols “Listen to the Bells Ring” from Lost Winter's Dream (Rev-Ola 1991) —I think this is one of the best five Christmas albums of the last ten years and it has been completely overlooked. Produced & arranged by the Wondermints. Well worth seeking out.Buy it!
Bruner “Don't Let Me Down” from Songs for a Friend (The Numero Group 2010) N —Recorded in the late 60s by Linda Bruner (of Pisces) when she was 17. Unearthed and released this year by The Numero Group label.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Spotlight on Christmas” from Blue Christmas (Mojo 2005) R —Written by Rufus Wainwright and recorded for this compilation CD that accompanied the January, 2005 issue of a UK music magazine called Mojo.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Calling On Mary” from One More Drifter In the Snow (Superego 2006) —Written by Aimee Mann & Paul Bryan and recorded in 2006. I wish she would bring one of her Christmas shows to St. Louis.Buy it!
Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine “Fields of Snow” from A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Eight (Bert Dax / Pancake Productions 2010) N L —There will be a series of Bert Dax Christmas shows this coming weekend at different clubs. Consult your local concert & club listings for more details.Buy it!
Neko Case “Christmas Card from a Hooker In Minneapolis” from New Coat of Paint - Songs of Tom Waits (Manifesto Records 2004) —From this compilation of various artists covering Tom Waits songs. One of my favorite Neko Case vocals.Buy it!
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