Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Dec 2nd 2010 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
DENISE LASALLE “Breaking Up Somebody's Home” from Take Me To The River (Kent 2008) —Taken from this fine 3-CD compilation of Southern Soul from 1961-77. Recorded in 1971 for Westbound & produced by Willie Mitchell. Co-written by Al Jackson, Jr.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “If We Can't Trust Each Other” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1974) —Written by Earl Randle and recorded for Hi in 1974. Another Willie Mitchell production.Buy it!
Al Green “So You're Leaving” from Let's Stay Together SINGLE (Motown 1972) —Written by Al Green and released by Hi in 1972. Engineered & produced by Willie Mitchell. Your basic love gone wrong opening set.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “When I Come Home” from I Learned the Hard Way Seven Inch Set (Daptone Recording 2010) N —B-side on this new 11piece 45 box set. Written by Bosco Mann - bassist and founder of Daptone Records.Buy it!
Dyke and the Blazers “Let A Woman Be A Woman - Let A Man Be A Man” from We Got More Soul (BGP Records 2007) —Written by Arlester "Dyke" Christian & recorded in 1969 for the Original Sound label. He was shot to death in 1971 at the early age of 27 but up to that time, they already had become one of the finest soul & funk bands.Buy it!
James Brown “Signs of Christmas” from The Complete James Brown Christmas (Universal Records 2010) N —Found on this fantastic new 2-CD compilation of all of James Brown's Christmas recordings. This track was written by James Brown & Nat Jones and was recorded in 1966 for the King label.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Winter Snow” from The Complete Stax-Volt Singles - Vol 1 1959-68 (Atlantic 1991) —Music bed. Written by Isaac Hayes & recorded in 1967 for Stax. Also featuring Isaac Hayes on piano.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “The Promise” (Columbia 2010) N —New release featuring unreleased tracks recorded in 1977/78 during sessions for his Darkness on the Edge of Town album. And this is just an epic song.Buy it!
The Greenhornes with Holly Golightly “There Is An End” from Dual Mono (Telstar 2002) —Released in 2002 & featuring the lead vocals of Holly Golightly. This song finally got some of the attention it deserved when it was later featured on the Broken Flowers film soundtrack.Buy it!
Fabienne Delsol “Ce Jour La” from On My Mind (Damaged Goods 2010) N —Highly enjoyable new release from the ex-bassist and lead-singer of the Bristols. Fans of 60s French pop or beat music will probably really like this.Buy it!
The Rumblers “Soulful Jerk” from It's A Gas! (Ace 2010) N —New collection of songs released in the early 60s by Southern California's Rumblers. This instrumental was recorded in 1964 for the Downey label.Buy it!
Johnny Rivers “Poor Side of Town” from Greatest Hits (CAPITOL 1991) —Written by Johnny Rivers and Lou Adler & recorded in 1966. Featuring bacground vocals by The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Jean King.Buy it!
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs “How Everyone But Sam Was a Hypocrite” from An Autumn Almanac (Uncut 2010) N —Written by Dave Cousins and recorded in 1967. This track was included on a compilation CD of artists influenced by Ray Davies found with the December, 2010 issue of Uncut magazine.Buy it!
Jonathan Richman “You Can Have a Cellphone That's OK But Not Me” (musiclikedirt.com 2008) —2008 single giving one the impression that Jonathan is not jumping into the cellphone age any time soon.Buy it!
Calexico “Gift X-Change” from Aerocalexico (Our Soil, Our Strength www.casadecalexico.com 2001) —2001 song written by Joey Burns. And I think we've all known somebody like this. Beautiful song.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “I Can't Believe We Were Married” from The A to Z Recordings (Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd. 2010) N —Live recording from 1992 found on this new 8-CD retrospective of Paul Kelly. And, yes, it is conveniently arranged in alphabetical order.Buy it!
Linda Thompson “Dear Mary” from Fashionably Late (Rounder 2002) —Written by Lina & Teddy Thompson. Also featuring Richard Thompson on guitar. I still remember Tony Renner handing this release to me and saying that I was going to love this track. He was right.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Most of the Time” from Tell Tale Signs (Columbia 2008) —Alternate acoustic version recorded in 1989 during the Oh Mercy sessions. And no less powerful than the full band version on the album.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “River” from Zo Dit is Kerstmis (VPRO Eigenwijs 1998) —1998 cover version of a Joni Mitchell song found on this compilation of Christmas songs performed by various Netherlands artists.Buy it!
Eileen Rose and the Holy Wreck “Why Am I Awake?” from Luna Turista (Floating World 2009) —Written by Eileen Rose and released in 2009. This band is well-worth seeing if you have a chance. Also featuring the Legendary Rich Gilbert.Buy it!
Uncle Tupelo “Atomic Power” from March 16-20, 1992 (Rockville 1992) —Released in 1992 on the Rockville label and produced by Peter Buck. Don't miss Still Be Around: A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo which is taking place at Off Broadway this Saturday (12/4). Proceeds go to KDHX.Buy it!
Louvin Brothers “Broadminded” from When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers (Razor & Tie 1995) —Recorded in 1952 and also featuring Chet Atkins on electric guitar.Buy it!