Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Mar 8th 2012 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
Ray Charles “One Mint Julep” from Ray Charles Live in Concert (Concord 2011) —This instrumental was recorded live at the Shrine in L.A. in 1964. Written by Rudy Toombs. This is a reissue of a vinyl LP from 1965 but includes six previously unreleased live performances including this one. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Little Bob “Look Out Mr. Heartaches” from Mod Jazz Forever (Kent 2012) N —You just heard about Mr. Kicks. Ladies and gentlemen, here is Mr. Heartaches. Written by Bob Camille (aka Little Bob or Li'l Bob) and recorded in 1965 down in Lafayette, LA.Buy it!
Archie Bell & The Drells “(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown” from There's Gonna Be A Showdown (Atlantic 1969) —The band was based out of Houston, TX but this was recorded in Philadelphia and written & produced by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “The News” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) —The man knows how to write great singles. Appearing at the Firebird (Tuesday 5/22). It never hurts to plan ahead.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “In You (I Found A Love)” from No Time For Dreaming - The Instrumentals (Daptone 2011) —Music bed. 2011 track sans vocals from the Charles Bradley "No Time For Dreaming" release.Buy it!
Marva Whitney “I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired (Things Better Change Before It's Too Late)” from It's My Thing (Soul Brother Records 2000) —Reissue of her 1969 LP with five additional bonus tracks. This was written by James Brown & finds the lead female singer in the James Brown Revue backed by James Brown's band.Buy it!
SPANKY WILSON “Sunshine of Your Love” from Super Funk Presents Funk Soul Sisters (BGP url 2003) —Funk & soul version of the Cream song recorded in 1970 for the Mothers label. Produced & arranged by HB Barnum.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Bus to Shreveport” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —Written by Kevin Gordon and recounting a high school trek to see ZZ Top. "Man, I couldn't wait / The worst sounding arena in the whole United States"Buy it!
Pete Townshend “Corrina Corrina” from Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) —Previously unreleased recording found on this 4-CD collection of various artists performing songs by Bob Dylan with proceeds going to Amnesty International. Alright, this is a traditional song recorded by Bob Dylan but, hey, it's close enough.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “I'll Be Your Baby Tonight” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) —From her 2011 release comprised of cover versions of all the songs from Bob Dylan's "John Wesley Harding" album.Buy it!
The Chances “Black Grass” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental recorded for the Dot label in 1964.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Reason With Me” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian www.onelittleindian.co.uk 2012) N —Gorgeous melody, beautifully sung & devastating. Off her highly recommended new release.Buy it!
Suzanne Vega “Tom's Diner (A Cappella)” from Solitude Standing (A&M 1987) —I know the version with DNA was the hit but this a cappella version is the version that grabs me by the throat and makes me have to listen listen.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Puerto Vallarta” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental composed by Jack Nitzsche and Marty Cooper with backing by the Wrecking Crew.Buy it!
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Helpless” from The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing 1962-1979 (Ace 2005) —1971 cover written by Neil Young & co-produced & arranged by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
The String-A-Longs “Black Is Black” from The Fireballs: Exotic Guitars From The Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental version of the Los Bravos song.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “White Night, Big City” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —Appearing later this month at Off Broadway (Thursday 3/22) with The Jans Project opening. In a shocking development, I am highly recommending this show.Buy it!
The Jans Project “Torn Between” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) L —From their debut 4-song 2011 release. Making a rare St. Louis appearance opening for Chuck Prophet. See previous entry.Buy it!
Dolly Parton “Down from Dover” from The Fairest of Them All / My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner (Omni 2010) —Written by Dolly Parton and recorded circa 1968-69.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Land of Hope and Dreams” from Wrecking Ball (Columbia 2012) N —From his new release which just hit the stores this week. That sax solo is by the late, great Clarence Clemons.Buy it!
Willie Nile “One Guitar” from The Innocent Ones (River House www.willienile.com 2011) —Written by Willie Nile & Frankie Lee. Anthemic rock out of New York. Don't miss him live if you ever get the chance to see him.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Riro's House” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch 2012) N —This one goes out in memory of Joe Thompson who just passed away. The master fiddler out of North Carolina was a mentor to the Carolina Chocolate Drops. They learned this traditional song from him.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” from Release Me (UMG Recordings, Inc. 2012) N —Slower version of the Chuck berry song with Viktor Krauss on bass, Russ Kunkel on drums & Dean Parks on electric guitar. From his new release made up mostly of covers.Buy it!
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