Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 20th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Roy Redmond “Good Day Sunshine” from Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney (Ace 2011) —1967 soul Beatles cover recorded for the Loma label and arranged & conducted by Jerry Ragovoy. Found on this 2011 24-track compilation of Lennon-McCartney songs performed by various soul and R&B artists.Buy it!
The Five Stairsteps “Dear Prudence” from Wecanworkitout (Harmless 2005) —This soul version of the Lennon-McCartney composition was recorded in 1970 for Sequel Records. This Chicago soul band later signed to George Harrison's 'Dark Horse' label.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “Can't Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby” from Performance (Kudu 1974) —Breaking new ground here on M2M by playing a cheating soul song. Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter & found on this new reissue of her 1974 album.Buy it!
Darondo “I Don't Understand It” from Listen To My Song (Omnivore 2011) N —From Darondo's lost album, recorded in the Bay Area in 1973-74 & just released for the first time. This track was written by William Darondo Pulliam & John Al Tanner.Buy it!
Lee Charles “Wrong Number” from Brunswick Lost Soul - Vol. 1 (Brunswick 2011) N —Written by Eugene & Floyd Sims and recorded for Brunswick in 1969. I don't recall hearing Lee Charles before. That is one heck of a soul voice.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “He Ain't Gonna Do Right” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Best single-disc compilation I've heard all year. Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded for Atlantic in 1968.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Heaven's Only Days Down The Road” from Revelation Road (Everso Records 2011) N —Produced, written and performed by Shelby Lynne & found on her new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Joiners Five Trumpets “Do You Think God Will Let You By” from This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM 1957-1982 (Tompkins Square 2011) N —Gospel by a band based out of Gary, IN. This 1970 release was recorded for the Staff label and features lead vocals by Charles Crawford.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Deuce and a Quarter” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —Appearing at The Gramophone this Sunday (10/23) along with The Rhythm Section Road Show. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “A Long Time” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) N —Song written in tribute to Detroit by the Ann Arbor artist & found on his new release. Mayer Hawthorne & The County will be opening at The Pageant for Chromeo this Monday (10/24).Buy it!
Dennis Coffey “Don't Knock My Love” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) —This Wilson Pickett cover features the vocals of Fanny Franklin (of Orgone). Orgone & Lubriphonic will be appearing at the Old Rock House on Halloween (Monday 10/31).Buy it!
The Rhythm Masters “Exotique” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1963.Buy it!
Little Feat “Spanish Moon” from Van Dyke Parks: Arrangements - Vol. 1 (Bananastan 2011) N —Written by Lowell George & found on this new vinyl compilation of songs from various artists with arrangements by Van Dyke Parks.Buy it!
The Webb Sisters “I Need You” from Harrison Covered (Mojo 2011) N —Beautiful version of the George Harrison-penned song found on this compilation CD of various artists performing George Harrison songs which accompanied the November, 2011 issue of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
Son Volt “Last Minute Shakedown” from Straightaways (Warner Brothers 1997) —Jay Farrar will be appearing at The Sheldon Concert Hall this Friday (10/21). Bobby Bare, Jr. is opening. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Pearlfishers “Go Away Boy” from Caroline Now! - The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys (Marina Records 2000) —2000 Beach Boys cover by the Scottish band.Buy it!
Lee Ann Womack “The Weight” from Endless Highway - The Music of the Band (429 Records www.429records.com 2007) —2007 Band cover written by Robbie Robertson & also featuring the vocals of Buddy & Julie Miller.Buy it!
Coulson, Dean, McGuinness & Flint “Lo and Behold” (Airmail Archives 1972) —1972 release of Dylan songs which the band learned from circulated bootlegs. Many of these songs had not been released by Dylan, yet, & this release marked the first time many people heard these Dylan compositions.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “Anyone Can Do It” from The Man That Time Forgot (Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum 2011) N —Appearing at Off Broadway along with Kentucky Knife Fight & The Upright Animals this Friday (10/21).Buy it!
Kentucky Knife Fight “Same Streets, Same Clothes” from We're All Nameless Here CD ALBUM (self-released 2010) L —Appearing at Off Broadway along with headliners, John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives, & The Upright Animals this Friday (10/21).Buy it!
Paul Kelly “The Oldest Story In The Book” from Paul Kelly's Greatest Hits: Songs From the South Volumes 1 & 2 (Gawd Aggie 2011) N —From this new 2-CD overview of the work of Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Sensitive Man” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —From Nick Lowe's recommended new release. That opening set for Wilco was just a teaser. Let's bring him back to St. Louis to headline next time.Buy it!