Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 21st 2010 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Syl Johson “Straight Love, No Chaser” from Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology SINGLE (The Numero Group 2010) N —OK, this is good as box sets get. 6LP+4CD, 35,000 word essay & four years in the making - highly recommended. This track was written by Johnny Cameron and was recorded in Chicago in 1966.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Maggie's Farm” from The Beat Goes On... (Kent 2000) —This goes out in tribute to Solomon Burke who passed away last week at the age of 70. This soulful take of the Dylan song was recorded for Atlantic in 1965.Buy it!
Chairmen of the Board “(You've Got Me) Dangling On a String” from Finder's Keepers: The Invictus Anthology (Sanctuary 2002) —RIP General Norman Johnson who passed away last week at the age of 69. Besides fronting soul bands such as The Showmen & Chairmen Of The Board, he also wrote hits for other artists such as Patches, Want Ads, & Bring The Boys Home.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers” SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. 1965 original backing track for the Four Tops' hit written by Holland, Dozier & Holland.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Sweet Ride” from Califia: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood (Ace 2010) N —Originally released in 1968 for "The Sweet Ride" movie soundtrack. Found on this 2010 compilation of various artists performing songs written by Lee Hazlewood.Buy it!
The Showmen “It Will Stand” from Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1947-74 (CAPITOL 1996) —Written by General Norman Johnson and recorded in 1961 for the Minit label. As for compilations of New Orleans R7B and rock, you can't do any better than this 4-CD compilation.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Deuce and a Quarter” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —Appearing at Beat 'N' Soul festival taking place at Off Broadway on Friday (11/5) & Saturday (11/6). Go to http://beatnsoul.com for more information.Buy it!
Elton John and Leon Russell “If It Wasn't For Bad” from The Union (Decca 2010) N —New release which just came out this week. Written by Leon Russell. Back in the 70s I never would have envisioned these artists making an album together but, in retrospect, it makes sense given Leon Russell's influence on Elton John.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Let's Something Wrong” from Soap and Water (Yep Roc 2007) —Appearing this Saturday (10/23) at Off Broadway. Opening are The Incurables. I wouldn't even think of missing this show.Buy it!
The Moody Blues “From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)” from Go Now (Kudos 1965) —Written by Denny Laine & Mike Pinder during the early R&B lineup. Denny Laine, Terry Sylvester (Hollies) & John Ford Coley ("Acoustically Speaking”) will be at the Sheldon this Friday (10/22).Buy it!
Bessie Banks “Go Now” from Larry Banks' Soul Family Album (Kent 2007) —Original version of the song released in 1964 and written by Larry Banks & Milton Bennett. It became a big hit for the Moody Blues shortly, thereafter.Buy it!
The Honeys “Pray for Surf” from Hey, Beach Girls! - Female Surf 'N' Drag 1961-66 (Ace 2010) N —Written by Saundra Glantz & Diane Rovell of the Honeys and arranged, conducted & produced by Brian Wilson in 1963.Buy it!
The Hissyfits “Baby” from Letters From Frank (Top Quality Rock & Roll... 2001) —2001 indie-pop recording from the Brooklyn-based band. Their website says they are on hiatus. It looks like they have been on hiatus since 2003.Buy it!
The Fleshtones “Shadow-line (to J. Conrad)” from Roman Gods (I.R.S. Records 1982) —Appearing at Off Broadway on Saturday (11/6) as part of the two-day Beat 'N' Soul festival. Go to www.beatnsoul.com for more details.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Positively 4th Street (Mono)” from The Best of the Original Mono Recordings (Columbia 2010) N —Mono version of the 1965 single. Bob Dylan is appearing tonight (Thursday 10/21) at the Chaifetz Arena.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “I'll Keep It With Mine” from I Shot Andy Warhol ST (Atlantic 1996) —Dylan cover from the soundtrack to the 1996 film. Bettie Serveert will be appearing this Friday (10/22) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Belle and Sebastian “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” from Write About Love (Matador 2010) N —From their new album which just came out last week. This track also features the vocals of Norah Jones.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Motel Blues” from The Atlantic Recordings (Rhino Handmade 1999) —Recorded in 1971. OK, life on the road isn't always a glamorous thing. Loudon Wainwright III will be appearing at the Old Rock House in November (Monday 11/22).Buy it!
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys “Power of the 45 PT 1” from Turntable Matinee (Yep Roc 2006) —Appearing tonight (Thursday 10/21) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill is Los Straitjackets. That is an action-packed bill.Buy it!
Holly Golightly “My Love Is” from My First Holly Golightly Album (Damaged Goods 2005) —Written by Billy Myles and originally recorded by Little Willie John. Holly Golightly released this version in 2004.Buy it!
Josh White “St. James Infirmary” from Journey to Love: Rare & Early Elektra Classics (Mojo 2010) N —Recorded in 1958 and included on this new compilation CD which accompanies the November, 2010 issue of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “I'd Hate to Be You on that Dreadful Day” from The Witmark Demos: 1962-64 (Columbia 2010) N —Previously unreleased song included on this ninth & latest installment of Dylan's bootleg series. This two-CD collection is made up of demos recorded for the M. Witmark & Songs publishing company.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts “Papa Was a Rodeo” from Beneath the Country Underdog (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2000) —Sublime Magnetic Fields cover from 2000 featuring thge lead vocals of Kelly Hogan.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Lord, Mr. Ford” from The Essential Jerry Reed (RCA 1995) —1973 song written by Dick Feller "Well, if you're one of the millions who own one of them gas-drinking, piston-clinking, air-polluting, smoke-belching, four-wheeled buggies from Detroit City, then pay attention; I'm about to sing your song, son."Buy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “Stratosphere Boogie” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —1954 instrumental written by Jimmy Bryant.Buy it!