Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 19th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Shorty Long “Devil With The Blue Dress” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —Written by Shorty Long & William "Mickey" Stevenson and released in 1964. This is the original version of the song & Mitch Ryder had a hit with his revved-up version in 1966.Buy it!
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels “I Like It Like That” from Rev-Up: The Best of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (Rhino 1990) —New Orleans soul song written by Chris Kenner & Allen Toussaint and recorded for the New Voice label in 1966.Buy it!
Jr. Walker and The All-Stars “Monkey Jump” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental written by Autry DeWalt, Jr. (aka Junior Walker).Buy it!
The Isley Brothers “Your Old Lady” from Where It's At: Soul in the Midnight Hour (Kent 1999) —Recorded in 1961 for the Atlantic label. "Your old lady sure looks good to me / Your old lady sure looks good to me / Don't wanna lose you, 'cause you're my friend / But your old lady is the livin' end / Your old lady sure looks good to me"Buy it!
Johnnie Taylor “Cheaper To Keep Her” from Taylored In Silk (Expanded) (Concord Records, Inc. 2011) N —OK, it's pretty safe to say this is not being sung from a sentimentalist's POV. Written by Mack Rice & originally released in 1973 by Stax. This new reissue comes with six additional Stax single tracks not included on the original release.Buy it!
Doris Duke “Feet Start Walking” from I'm A Loser: The Swamp Dogg Sessions...and more (Kent 2005) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg) and Gary U.S. Bonds and recorded in 1969 for the Canyon label. This album is a must-have for soul music fans. Truly great.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right” from Caught Up (Spring Records 1974) —OK, we're not messing around here. Let's lay out the whole 14 minute cheating opus. Recorded for the Spring label in 1974. Written by Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson & Carl Hampton.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “All I Want Is a Fighting Chance” from Caught Up (Spring Records 1974) —She's confronting the wife now. This is not going to end well. Co-written by Millie Jackson & King Sterling. Soul masterpiece.Buy it!
Dennis Coffey “All Your Goodies Are Gone” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) N —Parliaments cover featuring vocals by Mayer Hawthorne and found on this new album by the Detroit guitar legend split up with instrumentals and songs featuring guest vocalists.Buy it!
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi “Season's Trees” from Rome (EMI 2011) N —Featuring Norah Jones on vocals. Written by Brian Joseph Burton (aka Danger Mouse) & Daniele Luppi and found on this new release which just came out this week. This collaboration also uses musicians who played on many Italian film soundtracks.Buy it!
Daniele Luppi “Fashion Party” from An Italian Story (Belmondo/Rhino 2004) —Music bed. Never let it be said that Alessandro Alessandroni isn't one hell of a whistler. If you've watched Clint Eastwood Italian westerns, you've heard Alessandro Alessandroni.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Down In Memphis” from The Road From Memphis (Anti 2011) N —Written by and featuring the vocals of Booker T. Jones. With backing by The Roots & engineered by Gabe Roth (co-founder of Daptone Records and composer/bassist for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings).Buy it!
Steve Wynn “Blind Willie McTell” from Steve Sings Bob (Short Run 2009) —Terrific version of the Bob Dylan song recorded when he was with The Dream Syndicate in 1988. Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 will be appearing at Twangfest on Saturday (6/11) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room along with Marah & The Baseball ProjeBuy it!
Thea Gilmore “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” from Songs from the Gutter (Compass Records 2005) —Bob Dylan cover originally recorded in 2002. Coming soon on Friday (May 27) is the celebration of Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday & KDHX benefit taking place at Off Broadway. 12 bands - 36 Dylan songs. This can only be described as huge.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Ring Them Bells” from Follow Me Down (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —Excellent Bob Dylan cover on her new release. At age 20, Sarah Jarosz plays the mandolin, banjo & guitar extremely well and has already developed into a fine singer-songwriter. She is going to be around for a long time.Buy it!
Kelly Willis “Nobody Wants to Go to the Moon Anymore” from Translated from Love (Ryko/WEA 2007) —Written by Damon Bramblett. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison will be appearing together at Twangfest on Thursday (6/9) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Go to www.twangfest.com for details on the whole exciting lineup.Buy it!
The Heart Beats “Poor Side of Town” from It's A Happening: Texas Girl Groups of the 60s (Cicadelic 2011) N —None of the the Heart Beats could have been older than 18 when the Lubbock, TX band recorded this Johnny Rivers song in 1968.Buy it!
Wes Dakus' Rebels “Sour Biscuits” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental recorded for the Swan label.Buy it!
The School “I Want You Back” from Loveless Unbeliever (Elefant 2010) —Indie-pop out of Cardiff, Wales featuring the lead vocals & songwriting of Liz Hunt. Fans of Camera Obscura should check this band out.Buy it!
Eileen Rose and the Holy Wreck “Simple Touch Of The Hand” from Luna Turista (Floating World 2009) —Eileen Rose and the Holy Wreck with the "Legendary" Rich Gilbert will be appearing at Twangfest on Thursday (6/9) at the Duck Room.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “I Love” from I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2011) N —Written by Tom T. Hall and found on this album of various artists recording songs from his 1974 childrens album, "Songs of Fox Hollow."Buy it!
Thad Cockrell “She Ain't No You” from Warmth & Beauty (Yep Roc Records 2003) —Get somebody like Lee Ann Womack to record this and it could (or should be, anyway) be a hit. Produced by Chris Stamey & Thad Cockrell.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “Bury the Bottle With Me” from 13 Hillbilly Giants (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —Written by Hank Cochran. Robbie Fulks (along with Nora O' Connor) will be appearing at Twangfest on Friday (6/10) at the Duck Room.Buy it!