Memphis to Manchester (Music)
Thu Feb 24th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
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Rosco Gordon “Just A Little Bit”
from Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection (Shout! Factory 2007) —Recorded in 1959 & released on the Vee-Jay label. Written by Ralph Bass, Buster Brown, John Thornton & Ferdinand "Fats" Washington. Later covered by the likes of Them & Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels.
Billy Boy Arnold “I Ain't Got You”
from The Vee-Jay British Hits (P-Vine 2006) —Written by Calvin Carter & released on the Vee-Jay label in 1956. This was later covered in the 60s by a Memphis band called The Jades as heard recently on Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst.
Robert Parker “Barefootin'”
from The Soul of New Orleans (Charly 1986) —Heading down to New Orleans for a brief sojourn. Written by Robert Parker & released in 1966 on the NOLA label. Another version by Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers was played this month on Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst.
June Gardner “It's Gonna Rain”
from 99 Plus One (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental version of a song written by Sonny Bono. Featuring one of New Orleans' greatest drummers, June Gardner, along with James Booker & George Davis, among others.
Garnet Mimms “Anytime You Want Me”
from Cry Baby: The Best of Garnet Mimms (EMI 1993) —Written by Norman Meade (aka Jerry Ragovoy) & Garnet Mimms and recorded for United Artists in 1963. Later covered by Cilla Black as heard on Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst.
The Shirelles “Baby It's You”
from Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Castle 2005) —Written by Burt Bacharach, Mack David (Hal's brother) & Barney Williams and recorded in 1961 for the Scepter label. Arranged by Burt Bacharach which begs the question "why is that crazy keyboard sound so loud at the end of the song?"
Willie Wright “I'm So Happy Now”
from Telling The Truth (The Numero Group 2011) N —This album was originally recorded in 1977 by the Massachusetts-based soul singer but given that only 1,000 copies were ever pressed, you probably have never heard it. Until now, that is, due to it being unearthed & reissued by The Numero Group.
Van Morrison “Sweet Thing”
from Astral Weeks (Warner Bros. 1968) —From his 1968 soul, jazz, blues & folk masterpiece. I get the feeling it could have been recorded with the same musicians a week later and sounded way different.
Lou Rawls “Tobacco Road”
from The Essential Lou Rawls (Sony 2007) —Written by J.D. Loudermilk & recorded in 1964 for Capitol. For a really good overview of his career including recordings from various labels spanning several decades, this 2-CD collection is a great place to start.
Trombone Shorty “On Your Way Down”
from Backatown CD Album (Verve 2010) —2006 song written by Allen Toussaint (who also plays piano on this track).
Lee Dorsey “The Kitty Cat Song”
from Ride Your Pony CD Album (Sundazed 1966) —2009 reissue of his 1966 Stateside label release. Written by Jimmy Roach & Joe Spendel and produced by Allen Toussaint.
Trombone Shorty “Hurricane Season”
from Backatown CD Album (Verve 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Troy Andrews aka Trombone Shorty.
PJ Harvey “In the Dark Places”
from Let England Shake (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2011) N —Written by PJ Harvey & found on her new release which just came out last week. One of several harrowing songs about the ravages of war found on this album.
La Sera “Sleeptalking”
from La Sera (Hardly Art 2011) N —New release featuring songs written & sung by Katy Goodman (of Vivian Girls).
Randy Newman “Birmingham”
from Good Old Boys (Warner Bros 1974) —Randy Newman will be appearing at the Sheldon Concert Hall this Friday (2/25). A can't-miss show as far as I'm concerned.
Martin Simpson “Louisiana 1927”
from Prodigal Son (Topic 2007) —Beautifully performed version of the Randy Newman song. Featuring Jackson Browne on backing vocals.
Trashcan Sinatras “I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows”
from In the Music (Lo-Five UK 2009) —2009 song featuring Frank Reader on lead vocals. Trashcan Sinatras will be appearing at the Firebird in March (Thursday 3/24) and will be doing an acoustic show. Highly recommended.
Julie Fowlis “Hug Air A' Bhonaid Mhoir”
from Cuilidh (Spit & Polish 2007) —Traditional song sung in Gaelic by the sublime vocalist from an island called North Uist off Scotland. Featuring Chris Thile on mandolin & John Doyle on guitar. C'mon, you just aren't going to wrong with that.
Abigail Washburn “Burn Thru”
from City of Refuge (Rounder 2011) N —This song sounds rather Springsteenesque to me. Only this song -- not any other songs on this fine 2011 release. Written by Abigail Washburn & Kai Welch.
Prairie Rehab “Ernest Tubb”
from Philology (self-released 2011) N L —Prairie Rehab is having their CD release party this Saturday (2/26) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill is Jon Langford & Skull Orchard.
Tammy Wynette “Stand By Your Man” (Sony 1968) —Ladies & gentlemen -- I give you the "Stand By Your Man" trifecta. Recorded in 1968 & written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill.
Jason Isbell “Dress Blues”
from Sirens of the Ditch (New West Records 2007) R —I had a request to play something by Jason Isbell. This really moving song about the death of a soldier is one of his finest songwriting moments, I think.
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