Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 12th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Civil Tones “Junior's Back” from Vodka & Peroxide (Pravda) —These first four songs come to you courtesy of Rich Reese because I was 15 minutes late. All I'm going to say is some St. Louis drivers can't (or shouldn't) drive in the snow and I'll leave it at that.Buy it!
Doris Troy “Ain't That Cute” from Come and Get It - The Best of Apple Records (Remastered) (EMI UK 2010) —1970 song written by Doris Troy & George Harrison (who also produced this record).Buy it!
Etta James “Try A Little Tenderness” from Matriarch of the Blues (Private Music 2000) —And an impeccable selection of songs played by Rich Reese, it was. Want to hear more great songs by Rich Reese? Listen to his 'Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst' show which immediately precedes this show every Thursday from 5-7 AM.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Hide Nor Hair” from Singular Genius - The Complete ABC Singles (Concord 2011) N —1962 b-side written by Percy Mayfield (who also wrote 'Hit The Road Jack') & found on this essential 2011 compilation. The tenor sax solo on this track is by David Newman.Buy it!
Amos Milburn “Down The Road a Piece” from The Chicken Shack Boogie Man (Proper 2002) —Written by Don Raye (who has had an amazing collection of artists record his songs) & recorded for the Aladdin label in 1946. The Rolling Stones released a cover of this song in 1965.Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Jim Dandy” from Soul On Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker (Rhino Atlantic 1991) —1955 Atlantic recording written by Lincoln Chase & featuring background vocals by The Gliders. Worth noting because the background vocals add a whole lot to this song.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Moonlight Mile” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —Rolling Stones cover from his forthcoming album 'Faithful Man' slated for release on March 13 by the Truth & Soul label .Buy it!
Los Nombres “Todos” from Los Nombres (The Numero Group 2012) —Puerto Rican soul out of Lorain, OH recorded in 1972. This was their first recorded track sung in Spanish (all other tracks on this release are in English) and is found on this new compilation of early singles recorded by the band.Buy it!
James Brown “I Don't Mind” from Live at the Apollo (Remastered 1962) (Polydor 2004) —1962 intense live recording of a song written by James Brown. You know you want to sing along with this one.Buy it!
Dionne Warwick “I'm Your Puppet” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) —Not-often heard version of the Dan Penn-Spooner Oldham composition Recorded in 1968 for the Scepter label. Produced by Burt Bacharach & Hal David.Buy it!
Lyn Collins “Don't Make Me Over” from Mama Feelgood - The Best of Lyn Collins (Spectrum 2005) —Wonderful 1974 version of a song written by Burt Bacharach, Hal David & Dave Matthews. Who ever put this compilation together did a great service by editing out the disembodied spoken male voice that comes out of nowhere and detracts from the song.Buy it!
Henry Mancini “The Pink Panther Theme (Main Title)” from The Revenge of the Pink Panther (MGM 1978) —More of a rock and roll version of the familiar theme. This one goes out to Rich - a listener who suggested this in an e-mail many moons ago which I just stumbled across, recently.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Every Ounce of Strength” from Complete A and B Sides (1963-1970) (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)JAD 2006) —1966 cover version of a Carla Thomas song written by Steve Cropper, Isaac Hayes & David Porter.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait (Live)” from Stage Whisper (Elektra 2011) N —Written by Beck & recorded live in 2010. This is off her new release made up of half previously unreleased tracks and half live recordings.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “As I Went Out One Morning” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) N —From her new release made up of all cover versions of songs off Bob Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' album. This album features Robbie McIntosh (Average White Band, The Pretenders) on a plethora of different instruments.Buy it!
The Hazey Janes “Girl In the Night” from The Winter That Was (Armellodie 2011) N —New release from this band based out of Dundee, Scotland. Featuring the lead vocals of Andrew Mitchell. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Velvet Crush “Time Wraps Around You” from Teenage Symphonies to God (Epic 1994) —Written by Jeffrey Borchardt, Paul Chastain & Ric Menck and found on this release of pop gems - mostly originals along with choice covers of Gene Clark & Matthew Sweet.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Brain-Tag” from Palomine (Matador 1992) —One of my first memories of hearing KDHX when I moved here in 1993 was that of Tony Renner playing this song. Out of Amsterdam and one of my favorite albums of the 90s. Still holds up great now. Vocals by Carol van Dijk.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Stephanie Says” from The Best of the Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed (Verve 1989) —Written by Lou Reed & recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Caleb Travers “Paris, 2nd Best” from Ain't No Jukebox (self released 2011) N L —I was just made aware of this 2011 release a couple of weeks ago. Some really fine vocals on this along with impressive string arrangements by Charlie Brumley.Buy it!
Jakob Dylan “Holy Rollers for Love” from Women + Country (Columbia 2010) —Work with me here -this song (and this song, only) sounds like a cross between something off 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon' & 'Street Legal.'Buy it!
The Blasters “I'm Shakin'” from Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985) (Rhino 2002) R —Little Willie John cover recorded in 1981. Written by Rudy Toombs.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Barely Exist” from ¡Let Freedom Ring! (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2009) —Coming to Off Broadway in March (Thursday 3/22). I put this one in the "you would be crazy to miss this" category.Buy it!