Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Aug 11th 2011 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
King Curtis “Memphis Soul Stew (Single Version)” from Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino 1997) —Soul instrumental written by King Curtis & recorded for the Atlantic label in 1967. Found on this now out-of-print 6-CD set and the finest compilation of 60s soul I've come across.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “If We Can't Trust Each Other” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1974) —One of two songs on this album written by Earl Randle & produced by Willie Mitchell. Featuring backing by the Hi Rhythm Section & the Memphis Horns.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Stay Away” from SPIN Presents Newermind: A Tribute Album (Spin spinmagazine.com 2011) N —Your basic soul cover of a Nirvana song found on this new compilation of various artists performing songs from the Nevermind album. Some songs work and some don't but this slowed-down goove version with backing by the Menahan Street Band sure does.Buy it!
Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves “Ace of Spades” from Ace of Spades - EP (Q Division 2008) —Your basic soul cover of a Motorhead song found on this 2008 EP. Thanks to Chris Lawyer from Hip City (found here every Wednesday from 2-4 PM) for making me aware of this.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “The Word (Is Going Up In Flames)” from No Time For Dreaming - The Instrumentals (Daptone 2011) N —Music bed. New release made up of all the backing tracks sans vocals from the Charles Bradley release, No Time For Dreaming, which came out at the beginning of 2011.Buy it!
Nikka Costa “Stuck To You” from Pebble to a Pearl (stax 2008) —Appearing at the Old Rock House this Tuesday (8/16). If this is anything like her last show I saw at The Pageant, it should be a great show.Buy it!
Joe Tex “Show Me” from The Love You Save/I've Got To Do A Little Better (Connoisseur 2001) —One of four bonus tracks added to this reissue of these 1966 & 1967 album releases. Written by Joe Tex.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Don't Be Ashamed (with Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones)” from Dedicated: A Tribute to The 5 Royales (429 Records 2011) N —Written by Lowman Pauling of the 5 Royales and featuring lead vocals by Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones.Buy it!
The Mynah Birds “Go On And Cry (Single Version)” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 6: 1966 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —B-side of a previously unreleased 1966 recording from a band featuring lead vocals by Rick James, lead guitar by Neil Young & bass by Bruce Palmer. The band came to an abrupt end when it was discovered that Rick James was AWOL from the Navy.Buy it!
The Chandelles “El Gato” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Sundazed Music 2007) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental recorded for the Dot label. Surf music out of Clovis, New Mexico.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “I Can't Make You Love Me” from Luck Of The Draw (Capitol Records 1991) —I'll go out on a limb and say this was the best song ever written by an NFL all-pro defensive lineman. I also think it is one of the best songs of the last 20 years. Perfectly written.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Memoir” from Memoir - Single (Because Music 2011) N —Written by Conor O’Brien of Ireland’s Villagers. A new full-length album called Live and Unreleased is expected to be released by her in the Fall.Buy it!
The Jam “Eton Rifles” from Setting Sons (Polydor UK 1979) —"What a catalyst you turned out to be / Loaded the guns then you run off home for your tea / Left me standing like a guilty schoolboy..."Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Going Through The Motions” from The Forgotten Arm CD ALBUM (SuperEgo Records 2005) —Written by Aimee Mann & produced by Joe Henry. Your basic concept album about a drug-addicted boxer. Plus a Christmas song not likely to be considered over-sentimental.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Motel Blues” from Recovery (Yep Roc 2008) —2008 re-recording of a song he wrote back in 1971. Back then, he recorded it solo. This release was done with the backing of a full band & was produced by Joe Henry.Buy it!
Neko Case “This Tornado Loves You” from Middle Cyclone (Anti- 2008) —Written by Neko Case & featuring background vocals by Kelly Hogan, Carl Newman, Kurt Heasley, Nora O' Connor & Rachel Flotard.Buy it!
The Pahinui Brothers “My Old Friend the Blues” from The Pahinui Bros. (Private Music 1992) —Steve Earle cover sang by James "Bla" Pahinui with Cyril Pahinui on 12-string slack key guitar & Ry Cooder on electric slide guitar.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Aloha Oe” from American VI: Ain't No Grave (American 2010) —From this final 2010 collection of recordings made when Johnny Cash was collaborating with Rick Rubin. Written by Queen Lili'uokalani.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three “Feels So Good” from Middle of Everywhere (Free Dirt Records 2011) N L —Written by Pokey Lafarge & found on their new release. Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three will be playing 2 shows this Friday (8/12) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Jack & Tom” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) N L —The Rum Drum Ramblers are having their vinyl release party at the Gramophone this Saturday (8/13). Early show. Doors 6 p.m. Music 7 p.m.Buy it!
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