Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jun 2nd 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Nina Simone “Feeling Good” from To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (RCA 2008) —Written by Brits Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley and recorded in NYC for the Philips label. Found on this impressive 3-CD/1-DVD retrospective of her work.Buy it!
Lee Wiley “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” from RCA Victor Jazz/The First Half-Century:The Twenties Through The Sixties (RCA 1992) —Written by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler and recorded with backing by Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra in 1957. Sung beautifully by Lee Wiley.Buy it!
LaVern Baker & Jimmy Ricks “You're The Boss” from Yet Mo' Mod Jazz (Kent 2000) —Written by Leiber & Stoller and recorded for Atlantic in 1961. You can always count on the vocals of Jimmy Ricks to give your bass woofers a workout. How low can you go?Buy it!
Eddie Floyd “Bring It On Home To Me” from The Complete Stax-Volt Singles-Vol. 2: 1968-71 (Stax Records url 1993) —Revved up version of the Sam Cooke song recorded in 1968 and produced by Steve Cropper. Eddie Floyd will be appearing at The Ponderosa Stomp taking place in New Orleans on Sept 16th & 17th. It never hurts to plan ahead.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day)” from Ain't That Good News (Remastered) (ABKCO 2003) —Reissue of his 1964 release. This track was co-written by Sam Cooke, Betty Prudhomme & Beverly Prudhomme and features background vocals by The Soul Stirrers.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “You Send Me” from Aretha Now (Atlantic 1968) —Written by Sam Cooke and recorded in 1968. The Sweet Inspirations are providing the background vocals and Aretha's gospel piano really gives the song a different feel.Buy it!
Boz Scaggs “I'll Be Long Gone” from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz 2011) N —Written by Boz Skaggs & originally released in 1969 on his debut album. Recorded at Muscle Shoals and featuring Duane Allman, Jimmy Johnson & Eddie Hinton on guitars, Barry Beckett on keyboards, David Hood on bass & Roger Hawkins on drums.Buy it!
The Martinis “Hung Over” from It Came From Memphis (Upstart 1995) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental written by Packy Axton & found on this compilation CD produced by Robert Gordon and meant as a companion piece to his highly recommended book, It Came From Memphis.Buy it!
John Hiatt “Feels Like Rain” from Slow Turning (A & M 1987) —Written by John Hiatt and recorded in 1988 with the Louisiana-based Goners as his backup band. Viewers of the cable show, Treme, were treated to a portion of this song performed live on last week's episode.Buy it!
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi “Morning Fog” from Rome (EMI 2011) N —Music bed. Instrumental written by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi with backing by various musicians who have contributed heavily over the years to Italian movie soundtracks.Buy it!
Martina Topley-Bird “Need One” from Quixotic (Independiente 2003) —This track features additional vocals by Mark Lanegan but showcases the vocals of Martina Topley-Bird who, before this, was largely known for her vocals with Tricky.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Broken Circle” from Cameras In The Sky (self 2011) N —From the last release in her Long Play music series (go to http://samphillips.com for more details). Look for a forthcoming release called Solid State featuring 13 remastered tracks drawn from all six of the Long Play releases.Buy it!
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh “Kristallen Den Fina” from Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh (Drag City Inc. 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental portion of a traditional Swedish tune performed by Helena Espvall (of Espers) & Masaki Batoh (of Ghost).Buy it!
Dennis Wilson “River Song” from Pacific Ocean Blue & Bambu (Deluxe Legacy Edition) (Epic 2008) —Reissue of his 1977 release and the first solo LP released by a member of the Beach Boys. Written by Dennis Wilson & Carl Wilson.Buy it!
Gil Scott-Heron “I'll Take Care Of You” from I'm New Here CD ALBUM (XL 2010) —RIP Gil Scott-Heron who passed away last week at age 62. Written by Brook Benton & stripped down to just his piano and a small string section.Buy it!
Little Milton “Let Me Down Easy” from If Walls Could Talk (expanded) (Shout! 2008) —Reissue of his 1968 release plus six bonus tracks from singles released by Checker in 1968-69. This 1968 a-side was written by Maurice Dollison.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Anchor” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) —Written by Chuck Prophet & Alejandro Escovedo. Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys will be at the Old Rock House this Sunday (6/5). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Just Like Fire Would” from Neurotically Yours - A Tribute To The Saints (Smiling Weasel 1992) —Written by Chris Bailey. Recorded in 1992 with Stephanie Finch on accordion & backing vocals.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Why Don't You Do Right?” from Daytrotter Studio 05/19/11 (n/a 2011) N —Live in-studio performance found at www.daytrotter.com. Written by Kansas Joe McCoy and considerably stretched out from the version found on their latest release, Genuine Negro Jig.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “Bruises” from ...tick ...tick ...tick (Blue Rose 2005) —Appearing as part of Twangfest on Saturday (6/11) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Also on this action-packed bill is Marah and The Baseball Project.Buy it!
Marah “Angels of Destruction!” (Yep Roc 2008) —Appearing as part of Twangfest on Saturday (6/11) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Also on this highly recommended bill is Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 and The Baseball Project.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Fair Weather Fans” from Vol. 2 - High and Inside (Bonus Version) (Yep Roc Records 2011) N —Alright, this completes the preview of all three bands playing on Saturday (6/11) for Twangfest. Written by Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey & Linda Pitmon.Buy it!
Albert Lee “Too Much of Nothing” from That's Alright, Mama: The Country Fever and Black Claw Sessions (Line 1997) —Thanks to Steve Pick of Sound Salvation for making me aware of this Dylan cover. Recorded in 1969.Buy it!
The Rising Sons “Take A Giant Step” from Honey & Wine: Another Gerry Goffin & Carole King Collection (Ace 2009) —Recorded in 1965 & written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder were both members of The Rising Sons.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “Heroin Addict Sister” from Welder CD ALBUM (31 Tigers 2010) —Elizabeth Cook is appearing at the Pageant next Wednesday (6/8) for night one of Twangfest. Opening is Kentucky Knife Fight and headlining is Hayes Carll.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “I Gave My Wedding Dress Away” from Kitty Wells Dresses - Songs of the Queen of Country Music (Diesel Only 2011) N —New release featuring mainly all covers of Kitty Wells songs.Buy it!
Dolly Parton “Down from Dover” from The Fairest of Them All / My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner (Omni 2010) —Written by Dolly Parton & recorded in 1969. A sad, sad tale. In retrospect, all three songs in this set were sad, sad tales.Buy it!
Chatham County Line “Chip Of A Star” from IV (Yep Roc 2008) —Appearing next Friday (6/10) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room for Twangfest. Also on this impressive bill is Cumberland Gap, Frontier Ruckus & Robbie Fulks and Nora O' Connor.Buy it!
Cumberland Gap “Steam Powered Aereo-Plane” from Cumberland Gap (Wildstone www.briantcurran.com 2002) L —This band was really impressive at the Dylan celebration last week. They'll also be really impressive next Friday (6/10) when they play the Duck Room for Twangfest. Also on the bill is Frontier Ruckus, Chatham County Line & Robbie Fulks and Nora O' ConnorBuy it!
Kelly Willis & Robbie Fulks “Parallel Bars” from The Very Best of Robbie Fulks (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2000) —Robbie Fulks & Nora O' Connor are appearing next Friday (6/10) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room for Twangfest and Kelly Willis will be headlining with Bruce Robison at Blueberry Hill on Thursday (6/9).Buy it!
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers “Let's Just Be Friends for Tonight” from Starlight Hotel (Signature 2011) N —Appearing this Saturday (6/4) at Off Broadway. This is an early show and begins at 7PM.Buy it!
Kelly Willis “Take Me Down” from What I Deserve (Ryko 1999) —Appearing with Bruce Robison on Thursday (6/9) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room for Twangfest. Also on the bill are Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine, Eileen Rose & Jill Andrews.Buy it!
Kentucky Knife Fight “Always a Bribe, Never a Bride” from We're All Nameless Here CD ALBUM (self-released 2010) L —Appearing at The Pageant on Wednesday (6/8) for Twangfest along with Elizabeth Cook and Hayes Carll. From their 2010 debut releaseBuy it!