Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Dec 8th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Howard Tate “Get It While You Can”
from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select / Verve 2004) —RIP Howard Tate who passed away last Friday at the age of 72. This 1967 mono single version was written by Jerry Ragovoy.
Howard Tate “Shoot 'Em All Down”
from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select / Verve 2004) —The b-side of the Stop single you just heard. Now, that's a record! This one was also written by Jerry Ragovoy & Mort Shuman. Really, I can't recommend this expanded reissue highly enough.
Amy Winehouse “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”
from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Island 2011) N —Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and produced by Mark Ronson. Featuring backing by the Dap-Kings. This compilation of covers, previously unreleased songs & different versions of previously recorded songs just came out this week.
Dobie Gray “See You At The Go-Go”
from Dobie Gray Sings for "In Crowders" That Go "Go Go" (Charger 1965) —This set goes out in tribute to Dobie Gray who passed away on Tuesday at age 69. This was written by Billy Page who also wrote one of Dobie Gray's biggest hits, 'The "In" Crowd.'
Pee Pee Dynamite “A Groovy Christmas and New Year”
from A Groovy Christmas and New Year/The Soul of Christmas 45 (Academy LPs 2011) N —Alright, this is a seasonal number I doubt you've heard. New reissue of your basic 70s Ghanaian soul Christmas soul song. Written by Kojo Donkoh & featuring the vocals of Pee Pee Dynamite.
Etta James “I'd Rather Go Blind”
from Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (Chess/MCAA 2001) —This is a request from last week which I failed to get on the air. Recorded in 1967 at Muscle Shoals and wriiten by Ellington Jordan & Billy Foster. Put this in the 'songs I'll never grow tired of' category.
Ruby Andrews “Tit For Tat”
from The Oxford Southern Music CD # 13 (Oxford American 2011) N —Found on this highly recommended compilation CD which accompanies the annual southern music edition of Oxford American magazine. Now available in fine bookstores and newstands around town. This soul song dates back to 1969.
Neko Case “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis”
from New Coat of Paint - Songs of Tom Waits (Manifesto Records 2004) —Wonderful version of the Tom Waits song from 2004. By the way, if you are a Neko Case fan, you have to check out these two high-schoolers doing one of her songs at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vindfGQuC-4 Really beautiful.
Au Revior Simone “Organized Scenery”
from Still Night, Still Light (Our Secret 2009) —Brooklyn-based indie-pop trio made up of Heather D'Angelo, Erika Forster and Annie Hart. It hasn't hurt them to have director David Lynch singing his praises about this band in a recent issue of New York Times Magazine.
Jennifer Warnes “Ain't No Cure for Love”
from Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (BMG 1987) —I heard Leonard Cohen's version of this song on Mark Perry's 'Drifter's Escape' show, yesterday. I figured this would be a chance to contrast & compare. This album is made up of all beautifully sung Leonard Cohen covers.
Bob Seger And The Last Heard “Sock It To Me Santa”
from Underground Garage Presents: Christmas a Go-Go (Wicked Cool Records www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —Is it wrong that this is my favorite Bob Seger song? Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will be at Scottrade Center this Friday (12/9). If they don't play this, demand your money back.
Jennifer O' Connor “Exeter, Rhode Island”
from Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars (Matador 2006) —"The radio plays a power pop song, it keeps me company like a friend."
Dean & Britta “Incandescent Innocent”
from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental written to accompany one of Andy Warhol's film shorts.
Bob Dylan “Most Of The Time (Alternate Version)”
from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia 2008) —Alternate stripped down 1989 version recorded during the Oh Mercy sessions.
Leon Russell “Out In The Woods”
from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz 2011) —1972 song written by Leon Russell.
Sandy Posey “Are You Never Coming Home”
from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded for MGM in1967.