Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Dec 29th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Ron Buford & Ural Thomas “Deep Soul - Part 1” from Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-1979 (Light In The Attic 2011) N —This show is highlighting some of my favorite reissues and new songs/releases that came out in 2011. This set consists of ten 45s of funk & soul that came out of Seattle from 1965-1979. This '65 recording features Ron Buford on B3 & Ural Thomas on vocalsBuy it!
Dennis Coffey “Somebody's Been Sleeping” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) —This release consists of instrumentals & songs with guest vocalists. Lisa Kekaula of the Bellrays sings lead on this 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) cover. Dennis Coffey also played guitar on the original. Written by Angelo Bond, General Johnson & Greg Perry.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “No Time for Dreaming” (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2011) —Title track to one of my favorite albums from 2011. Soul played the way it ought to be. Written by J. Quarterman with backing by the Menahan Street Band. And don't think of missing him play live if he's going to be in a venue around you.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” from No Time For Dreaming - The Instrumentals (Daptone 2011) N —Music bed. This 2011 release is made up of the instrumental backing tracks from the aforementioned Charles Bradley release.Buy it!
Ray Charles “At The Club” from Singular Genius - The Complete ABC Singles (Concord 2011) N —Surely one of the top 10 reissues of the year. Every a & b side from his singles recorded with ABC-Paramount. Highly recommended. This track was written by Percy Mayfield & recorded in 1962.Buy it!
The Martinis “Late Late Party” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) —Instrumental recorded circa 1966/67 featuring Packy Axton on sax along with future members of the Hi Ryhthm Section including Leroy Hodges, Teenie Hodges & Hubbie Turner.Buy it!
George Jackson “Search Your Heart” from Don't Count Me Out: The Fame Recordings Volume 1 (Kent 2011) N —This single disc compilation is made up of all previously unissued Fame recordings. Written by George Jackson & Raymond Moore and recorded by Wilson Pickett on the b-side of "Hey Jude." But George Jackson's vocal on this is tremendous.Buy it!
Spencer Wiggins “I'd Rather Go Blind” from The Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973 (Kent 2011) N —Not often heard version of the Etta James classic recorded in 1970 at Fame and found on this highly recommended 3-CD compilation. Written by Billy Foster & Ellington Jordan & produced by Rick Hall.Buy it!
Etta James “Miss Pitiful” from Heart & Soul: A Retrospective (Hip-O Select 2011) N —1969 Cadet single written by Otis Redding & Steve Cropper. Included on this 4-disc 2011 retrospective. Sad to say, Etta James is terminally ill but what a musical legacy she will leave behind her.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “The News” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) —Written by Andrew Cohen (aka Mayer Hawthorne) and found on this album of melodic and, in many cases, Motown-inspired songs. Lots of great singles on this.Buy it!
The Ovations “I'm Living Good” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) —Really great single-disc retrospective of songs written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded by various artists. This track was recorded for the Memphis-based Goldwax label in 1969.Buy it!
Angela Alexander & J.D. Sadler “Spoilin' For A Fight” from Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (The Numero Group 2011) N —From this 3-disc compilation of rare soul & gospel that came out of the Cleveland-based Boddie Recording Studio. Recorded circa 1970 for the Soul Kitchen label. Another top-10 reissue of 2011, in my eyes.Buy it!
Dave Davies “This Man He Weeps Tonight” from Hidden Treasures (Sanctuary 2011) N —Written by Dave Davies & recorded at Pye Studios in 1969. This new compilation features all of the 60s material that Dave Davies wrote and/or sung on and has never been all available in one place until now.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Claudine” from Some Girls [Deluxe Edition] (Universal Republic Records 2011) N —Ode to Claudine Longet previously only found on bootlegs but now included as a bonus track on this expanded reissue of their 1978 album.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) —Song for song 2011 cover version of Bob Dylan's 1967 album as interpreted by the UK singer/songwriter. Robbie McIntosh plays guitar, dobro, ukelele & mandolin on this album. Didn't know this existed until I stumbled across it a couple of days ago.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Love Is Eternal Sacred Light” from So Beautiful or So What (Universal 2011) —Seeing as how I just acquired this two days ago, I'm a little late to the party on this one. Wow, this Paul Simon song has both Sonny Terry and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on it! And people who I trust said this was one of the best shows of the year.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “In the Dark Places” from Let England Shake (Vagrant 2011) —More accessible than her last few releases & a fine collection of well-written songs tied together thematically. One of my favorite releases of 2011. This track is a really affecting song about the ravages of war.Buy it!
The Duke & The King “Shaky” from The Duke & The King (Anti 2011) —Alright, I'll count this as a 2011 release since these songs culled from two UK releases were just released here in August. One of my favorite songs of 2011. No doubt partly attributable to Roy Kasten from FLGH having it on heavy rotation.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “That's How Every Empire Falls” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) —Written by R.B. Morris and produced by Hal Willner. Tough calls on what to pick for this year-end retrospective. "Goin' Back", "Love Song" & "Past, Present and Future" would have been equally good choices.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “Never Could Say No” from The Man That Time Forgot (Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum 2011) —Lots of really strong 60s-influenced pop, country, and roots rock songs on this release by the former V-Roy now based out of Memphis.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “Hold On Hope” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records) —Written by Bob Pollard & made even more poignant due to the fact that Gen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease around the time this recording was made.Buy it!
Mickey Newbury “She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye” from An American Trilogy (Saint Cecelia Knows 2011) —Another top 10 reissue of 2011. This collection consists of his trilogy of albums - Looks Like Rain, Frisco Mabel Joy & Heaven Help The Child - plus an extra disc of demos, rarities & unreleased tracks. Highly recommended. This track is from 1969.Buy it!
Gillian Welch “Hard Times” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) —Song for song, the strongest release in 2011 I've heard. Besides that, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings put on one of the best shows in St. Louis this year.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “I Love” from I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2011) —Found on this collection of various artists singing songs from Tom T. Hall's 1974 "Songs of Fox Hollow" album.Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “Meds” from The Majestic Silver Strings (New West 2011) —Written by Marc Ribot & sung beautifully by Lee Ann Womack. That's Marc Ribot & Bill Frisell playing acoustic guitars.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Johnny Ace Is Dead” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) R —Thanks to a listener for reminding me about this 2011 release. Plus his show at Off Broadway with the Skeletons opening was one of my favorite shows this year.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Bottom Dollar” from It's You (Tower Groove 2011) N L —Ransom Note is having their CD release party this Friday (12/30) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill are Magic City & Bug Chaser.Buy it!