Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 26th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Showstoppers “Ain't Nothing But A Houseparty” from The Best of The Showstoppers (BGO Records 2011) N —Today's show marks my 10th year anniversary with KDHX. Who would of thunk it? This track was recorded in 1967 and is found on this first-ever Showstoppers anthology. Written by Carlton Fisher (aka Del Sharh) & Joe Thomas.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “Can't Buy My Love” from The Jamie Singles Collection (Jamie Record Co. 2008) —Written by Billy & Bobby Babineaux and with an organ part reminiscent of the Sir Douglas Quintet. Produced by Huey Meaux & released in 1965 on the Jamie label.Buy it!
Etta James “Don't Cry Baby” from Heart & Soul: A Retrospective (Hip-O Select 2011) —RIP Etta James - one of the finest vocalists of the last 75 years. For a really nice remembrance of Etta James, please read Papa Ray's post at http://kdhx.org/music/music-news/remembering-and-listening-to-etta-james This track was recorded in 1961.Buy it!
Etta James “Security” from Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (MCA 2001) —Sublime 1967 Otis Redding cover recorded at Muscle Shoals & originally produced by Rick Hall. Everybody ought to own a copy of this album. Essential.Buy it!
The Mar-Keys “Plantation Inn” from Stay In School: Don't Be a Drop Out (Stax Records url 1967) —Music bed. Instrumental from this 1967 release made up of various Stax artists extolling the virtues of staying in school.Buy it!
Johnny Otis & The Jayos “Tough Enough” from The Johnny Otis Show (Ace 2003) —RIP Johnny Otis who passed away on Jan. 17 - the same week Etta James passed away. Johnny Otis helped launch the career of Etta James, Esther Phillips, Big Mama Thornton, Little Willie John, etc. Randy Lewis writes about him at http://tinyurl.Buy it!
Big Mama Thornton “I Smell a Rat” from Fine Gals, Fast Women and Wailin'Daddies: The First of Leiber & Stoller (El Toro Records 2004) —Written by Leiber & Stoller and recorded in 1953. In 1952, Johnny Otis introduced Leiber & Stoller to his new band vocalist, Big Mama Thornton. They went on to write songs such as this one, Nightmare & Hound Dog for her.Buy it!
Johnny Otis “Willie & The Hand Jive (Live)” from The Johnny Otis Show Live At Monterey (Epic 1971) —Written by Johnny Otis & recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1970. You can hear & see Johnny Otis on stage in scenes from Clint Eastwood's 'Play Misty For Me' film that take place at this festival.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Most of the Time” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —From this new 4-CD collection of an incredibly wide range of artists covering Bob Dylan songs with proceeds going to Amnesty International. You'll love parts of it & know the money on this bargain-priced collection are being put to good use.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Moonlight Mile” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —Yeah, I know I played this a couple weeks back but I wanted to hear it again. Rolling Stones soul cover from his forthcoming album called 'Faithful Man' coming out on March 12th on the Truth and Soul label.Buy it!
The Attack “Any More Than I Do” from About Time! (RPM 2006) —B-side of a 1967 Decca single written by Richard Shirman & Davy O'List of London band. Some self-deprecating (and quite humorous) liner notes, too.Buy it!
The Girls “Chico's Girl” from One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found (Rhino 2005) —Written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil and recorded for Capitol in 1966. According to the liner notes, this song was originally conceived to be the follow-up to the Crystals' 'He's A Rebel' hit but it was rejected by Phil Spector.Buy it!
The Blasters “American Music” from Testament - the Complete Slash Recordings (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2005) —Since this show marks my 10th year here at KDHX, I though I'd open this hour with the first set I ever played. It was 4 AM then so I suspect it will be heard by more people this time around. - Dave Alvin song recorded in 1981 by the pride of Downey, CA.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” from King Of America (Columbia/Legacy. 1986) —Recorded in 1985 and written by Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus & Gloria Caldwell. Patterned after Nina Simone's original version of the song.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Property of Jesus” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —OK, she's crazy as a loon but she keeps things interesting and is incredibly talented. She also tears up this version of one of Dylan's least-covered songs.Buy it!
Faces “Ooh La La” from The Best of Faces: Good Boys... When They're Asleep (Rhino 1999) —Written by Ronnie Lane & Ron Wood and released in 1973. Such a good song.Buy it!
Martin Simpson “Louisiana 1927” from Prodigal Son (Topic 2007) —Written by Randy Newman and also featuring Jackson Browne on backing vocals. If you are going to play this at home it is tuned CGCFCD Cus4+9. Nice of him to tell this to mere guitar mortals.Buy it!
Melody Gardot “Your Heart Is As Black As Night” from My One and Only Thrill (Verve 2009) —Written by Melody Gardot and found on her most recent release. She's about due for a new one, I'd say. Tremendously talented & she's only age 26.Buy it!
Barry Gray “Jazz Track Written for Shell (3)” from Stand By for Adverts (Trunk Records 2011) —UK-based Barry Gray wrote a tremendous amount of advertising jingles, themes, etc. This jazz track was recorded circa 1959-61.Buy it!
The Animals “Hit The Road, Jack” from Animalism (Hip-O Select 1966) —Reissue of their 1966 MGM release. Written by Percy Mayfield, a huge hit by Ray Charles & sung by Eric Burdon. Dave Rowberry had replaced Alan Price by this time.Buy it!
The Bobby Fuller Four “Never To Be Forgotten” from The Best of The Bobby Fuller Four (Rhino 1990) —1965 Mustang recording written by Bobby Fuller & Randy Fuller (his brother & bassist in the band).Buy it!
Craig Finn “Honolulu Blues” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) N —From his debut solo release which just came out this week. Appearing at Off Broadway in February (Friday 2/10). Mount Moriah is also on the bill.Buy it!
John Frizzell & Randy Edelman “Lexington Is My Home” from Gods and Generals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental written by John Frizzell. This track also features Mark O' Connor on violin.Buy it!
Caleb Travers “Take You For A Ride” from Ain't No Jukebox (self released 2011) N L —New release from the St. Louis artist. Written by Caleb Travers and recorded at Sawhorse Studios. Some fine piano playing by Dave Grelle on this, as well.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Walking Back to Our Place at 3:00 AM” from We Used To Think The Highway Sounded Like A River (El Cortez 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental from the band based out of Portland, OR.Buy it!