Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Mar 10th 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
Alvin Robinson “Baby Don't You Do It (2007 Remastered Single Version)” from Atlantic Soul 1959-1975 (Rhino/Atlantic 2007) —Pretty great version of the song written by Holland, Dozier & Holland and made famous by Marvin Gaye. This 1967 ATCO single was arranged by Arif Mardin & produced by Tom Dowd. 07:05AM-07:08AM (3:01) Otis Clay “She's About A Mover” from Sweet Soul Music:Buy it!
Otis Clay “She's About A Mover” from Sweet Soul Music: Voices From The Shadows (Sire Records 1992) —Soul rave-up version of the Doug Sahm song released in 1968 on the Cotillion. Produced by Rick Hall of Fame. This compilation CD is a listening companion to Peter Guralnick's book "Sweet Soul Music." That book has been a huge influence on this show.Buy it!
Clarence Carter “Slip Away” from Snatching It Back: The Best of Clarence Carter (Rhino Atlantic 1992) —Cheating soul song written by Marcus Daniel, Wilbur Terrell & William Armstrong and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1968.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live at Fillmore West, San Francisco, February 5, 1971)” from Aretha Franklin: Live at Fillmore West (Atlantic 1971) —Full-on soul gospel version of the Paul Simon-penned song recorded live in 1971 with a backup band that includes Billy Preston, King Curtis, Cornell Dupree & Bernard Purdie.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Mrs. Robinson” from Time is Tight (stax 1998) —Instrumental version of a song written by Paul Simon & originally released in 1969 on their "Booker T. Set" release. This is off a 3-CD box set which includes extensive liner notes by Stax-expert, Rob Bowman.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “Onions Only” from Rotisserie Twist (Pravda 1996) L —Music bed. Instrumental written by Robin Allen & Doug Morgan (who can be heard later today and every Thursday from 2-4PM when he hosts "The Record Sto'."Buy it!
Tony Borders “I Met Her In Church” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded for the Revue label in 1969. Just another reason why this new compilation is so highly recommended.Buy it!
Sandy Posey “Single Girl” (MGM 1967) —What can I say? I've been on a Sandy Posey kick, as of late. Written by Martha Sharp & released in 1967. It's like country soul meets the Shangri-Las. What's not to like?Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “What's It Gonna Be?” from Complete A and B Sides (1963-1970) (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)JAD 2006) —Written by Jerry Ragovoy & Mort Shuman and recorded in 1967. Not a bad bunch of background vocalists on this track, either --Ashford & Simpson, Carole King & Madeline Bell.Buy it!
Kings Go Forth “High On Your Love” from The Outsiders Are Back VINYL (Luaka Bop 2010) —Curtom-influenced song from their 2010 debut release. Soul & funk out of Milwaukee. This song was one of the highlights from their show at Off Broadway last Friday.Buy it!
The Herculoids “When Something is Wrong With My Baby” from Confessing: Deep Soul from New Orleans (Grapevine 2005) —This is one you don't hear often. A sublime version of the Isaac Hayes/David Porter song recorded in Baton Rouge in 1967. Featuring the vocals of Merle Spears & Chuck Mitchell.Buy it!
Jesse Winchester “Step By Step” from ...And All the Pieces Matter - Five Years of Music from The Wire (Nonesuch 2008) —Written by Jesse Winchester & originally released in 1976 on the Bearsville label.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Lost & Lookin'” from Night Beat MP3/FILE ALBUM (RCA Victor 1963) R —I had a request for Sam Cooke's "Send Me Some Lovin'" but we did not have it at the station. Hopefully, this sufficed as a substitute. Sublime, I tell you.Buy it!
Janis Joplin & Full Tilt Boogie Band “Move Over” from Pearl (Columbia 1971) —Written by Janis Joplin & recorded in 1970. This one grabs you by the throat from the very start. "I believe your toiling with my affections, honey."Buy it!
The Fleshtones “R-I-G-H-T-S” from Roman Gods (I.R.S. Records 1982) —The Fleshtones will be appearing this Saturday (3/12) at Off Broadway. The Nevermores will be opening. This 1981 song was written by Keith Streng & Peter Zaremba.Buy it!
The Goodees “Condition Red” from Condition Red! The Complete Goodees (Ace 2010) N —1969 song written by Don Davis & Freddie Briggs and recorded for the Hip label (Stax sub-label) in 1969. You want melodrama? I'll give you melodrama.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Don't Call Them Twinkies” from Vol. 2: High and Inside (Yep Roc 2011) N —Written by Steve Wynn & Craig Finn (who also sings lead on this) & found on their new release. The Baseball Project are just one of many fine bands playing the KDHX/Twangfest party at SXSW next Thursday (3/17) at SXSW in Austin. See twangfest.com for infoBuy it!
Kris Kristofferson “Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down” from Kristofferson (Monument / Legacy 1970) —It was absolutely amazing to hear him do this song last night. He was battling issues with his voice but it didn't matter. So powerful & a lesson in songwriting.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “I Started Loving You Again” from Down Every Road 1962-1994 (CAPITOL 1996) —Merle Haggard's voice was in really fine form last night. Still astounding after all these years. This was written by Merle Haggard & came out in 1968.Buy it!
Peter Case “A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today” from Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard (Hightone 1994) —Merle Haggard cover from 1994.Buy it!
Josh Ritter “Lantern” from So Runs the World Away CD ALBUM (Pytheas Recordings 2010) —Written by Josh Ritter and released in 2010. This track sounds influenced by Bruce Springsteen. At least, I can imagine him singing this.Buy it!
Beth Orton “She Cries Your Name” from Trailer Park (Dedicated 1997) —Written by Beth Orton & William Orbit and found on her 1997 debut release. It has been ages since she has performed in St. Louis.Buy it!
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