Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Apr 28th 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
Roy Montrell “(Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone” from The Cosimo Matassa Story (Proper 2007) —So much incredible New Orleans music was recorded in the studios of Cosimo Matassa. Staggering, really. This 1956 Specialty recording features Alvin "Red Tyler (baritone sax), Lee Allen (tenor sax) & the drums of Earl Palmer.Buy it!
Amos Milburn “Down The Road Apiece” from The Chicken Shack Boogie Man (Proper 2002) —Written by Don Raye & recorded in 1946. Covered by artists from Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis & The Rolling Stones to Brownsville Station & Foghat.Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Jim Dandy Got Married” from Soul On Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker (Rhino Atlantic 1991) —Written by Lincoln Chase (who also wrote "Nitty Gritty" and "Name Game" with his wife, Shirley Ellis) and recorded for Atlantic in 1957.Buy it!
Lee Allen “Rockin' At Cosimo's” from The Cosimo Matassa Story (Proper 2007) —Music bed. Written by Lee Allen & recorded for the Aladdin label in 1956. Like the song that opened the set, this song also features Alvin "Red Tyler, Lee Allen & Earl Palmer.Buy it!
The Band “Share Your Love With Me” from Moondog Matinee (Capitol Records 1973) —Expanded reissue of their 1973 release made up of all covers. Wonderful vocal by Richard Manuel on this Bobby Bland song.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Evil Gal Blues” from Unforgettable - A Tribute to Dinah Washington (Legacy/Columbia 1964) —Written by Leonard Feather (who I grew up just knowing him as the jazz critic for the LA Times - boy, he sure hated that Joe Jackson "Jumpin' Jive" album) & Lionel Hampton. Pretty amazing to make a recording this assured at the age of 21.Buy it!
Neko Case “Runnin' Out Of Fools” from Blacklisted (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —Written by Richard Ahlert & Kay Rogers and released in 2002. And with the obligatory sublime background vocals by Kelly Hogan.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do” from The Collection (Entertain Me 2008) —Written by Ike Turner. What kind of Ike & Tina Turner CD collection (and a 10-CD collection, at that) leaves a ten-second gap between each song? One put out by a label called "Entertain Me", I suppose.Buy it!
Dennis Coffey “Somebody's Been Sleeping (feat. Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays)” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) N —Brand new release featuring the influential psychedelic soul Detroit guitarist. Perfect balance of instrumentals and songs featuring guest vocalists - including this 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) cover (he also played on the original version) with Lisa KekaulaBuy it!
The Temptations “Plastic Man” from Power to the Motown People! - Civil Rights Anthems and Political Soul (1968-1975) (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)JAD 2007) —1973 song written by Norman Whitfield & found on this impressive 2-CD collection of political Motown songs.Buy it!
The O' Jays “Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People” from Back Stabbers (Epic 1972) —1972 Philly soul masterpiece produced by Gamble & Huff (who also helped write the song) and arranged by Thom Bell.Buy it!
Kings Go Forth “You're The One” from The Outsiders Are Back VINYL (Luaka Bop 2010) —Soul & funk from the Milwaukee band's 2010 debut release. They will be appearing in St. Louis in August as part of Loufest. In a perfect world this song would be a hit.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “6 By 6” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. 1966 Motown single.Buy it!
Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers “I'll Be Doggone (Mono) [Remastered]” from Into Our Lives (The EMI Years 1961-1969) (EMI 2009) —1965 British Invasion cover version of the Marvin Gaye hit. Thanks to Rich Reese from Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst for making this available to me.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Paper Boy” from The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (Sony 2011) N —2-CD set featuring all of his A & B sides recorded for Monument Records from 1960-64. Also including a 1965 concert DVD recorded in Holland. This track was written by Roy Orbison and the guitar by Hank Garland is so great. Recorded in Nashville in 1959.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “I'm Into Something Good” from Anything For Progress (From Our Hopeful Hands) (iTunes 2011) N —Written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin & found on this new release featuring tracks by various artists to help with the tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Herman's Hermits meets Scottish indie-pop.Buy it!
The Wombats “Anti-D” from The Wombats Proudly Present...This Modern Glitch (Bright Antenna 2011) N —Easily one of the best songs I've heard this year. From the Liverpool-based band's new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Sébastien Tellier “Fantino” from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Ryko/WEA 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental from the soundtrack to the 2003 Sofia Coppola film.Buy it!
Jim Roll “Eddie Rode The Orphan Train” from Inhabiting The Ball (Telegraph 2002) —Written by Jim Roll. Interesting that some of the songs on this release feature lyrics by authors Denis Johnson & Rick Moody but they don't seem as strong to me as the lyrics written by songwriter Jim Roll. Different disciplines, I suppose.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” from Blood on the Tracks (Columbia 1975) —Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday Celebration and KDHX Benefit will be taking place in May (5/27) at Off Broadway. You don't want to miss this.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Man of Somebody's Dreams” from Man Of Somebody's Dreams: Tribute To Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc 2009) —2009 Chris Gaffney cover featuring lead vocals by David Hidalgo & background vocals by Louie Pérez. Produced by Dave Alvin.Buy it!
Tift Merritt “Your Love Made A U-Turn” from Tambourine (Lost Highway 2004) —Appearing tonight (Thursday 4/28) at the Old Rock House along with Stephen Kellogg. This song was written by O.B. McClinton.Buy it!
Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys “Sold American” from Old Testaments & New Revelations (Fruit Of The Tune 2000) —Appearing Friday (4/29) at Off Broadway along with Mary McBride. This song is a live recording from 1973 and probably the only song off this album that wouldn't greatly offend a sizable amount of listeners.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Beggar On The Street Of Love” from The A to Z Recordings (Universal Music Australia 2010) —Originally released in 1992 & found on this 2010 8-CD retrospective of the Australian songwriter.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “I Love” from I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2011) N —In 1974, Tom T. Hall made a childrens album called "Songs of Fox Hollow (For Children of All Ages)." This forthcoming release is produced by Peter Cooper & Eric Brace & features various artists performing songs off that release. Beautiful lead vocal by PBuy it!
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers “Let's Just Be Friends For Tonight” from Starlight Hotel (Signature 2011) N —New release from the Seattle-based country band. They will be making their St. Louis debut in June (Saturday 6/4) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
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