Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 9th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Gus Jenkins “Tricky Too” from Mod Jazz Forever (Kent 2012) N —Instrumental written by & featuring Los Angeles session musician Gus Jenkins on guitar. I can't find details when this live recording was made. Sometime in the 60s for the Flash label.Buy it!
Margie Day & the Griffin Brothers Orchestra “Little Red Rooster” from Blowing The Fuse: 1951 (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2005) —Written by brothers Jimmy (trombonist) & Buddy Griffin (pianist) and recorded for the Dot label in 1951. Margie Day sang with them until 1952.Buy it!
L.C. Williams with J.C. Conney's Combo “Shout Baby Shout” from Shout Baby Shout/Ooh Wee Baby! 45 single (Freedom) —Repro 45 originally released in 1949 on the Freedom label. This R&B rave-up was written & sung by L.C. Williams.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “It Hurts So Good” (Spring 1973) —Reissue of her 1973 Spring LP. Recorded at Muscle Shoals. Millie Jackson will be appearing at the 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival at Chaifetz Arena on Sat (2/25) along with Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Shirley Brown, Bobby Rush and Theodis Eale.Buy it!
Joe Tex “One Monkey Don't Stop No Show” from Hold What You've Got / The New Boss (Connoisseur 2001) —Reissue of two 1965 albums released by Joe Tex on the Atlantic label. Written by Joe Tex & produced by Buddy Killen.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “509” from Hot Runnin' Soul - The Singles 1965-71 (Kent 2012) N —New compilation of Paul Kelly's early solo 45s. This southern soul track was written by Paul Kelly & was released in 1970 on the Happy Tiger label.Buy it!
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “I'll Take The Long Road” from What Have You Done, My Brother? (Daptone 2009) —2009 soul & gospel track written by Daptone Records founder and Dap-Kings bassist Bosco Mann.Buy it!
Alex Chilton “Jumpin' Jack Flash” from Free Again: The 1970 Sessions (Omnivore 2012) N —Reissue of his long out of print 1970 LP along with bonus demos & original mono mixes. Recorded after the demise of the Box Tops and before the advent of Big Star. Fantastic slowed-down, rearranged riff version of the Stones classic.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “White Night, Big City” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2011) N —From this highly recommended new release which just came out this week. Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express will be at Off Broadway in March (Thursday 3/22). I wouldn't miss this show.Buy it!
The Five Counts “That's Swift” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Previously unreleased 60s rock instrumental.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “It Makes No Difference” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Soulful take on the Robbie Robertson-penned song found on her new release. Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn will be at the Old Rock House in March (Thursday, March 29).Buy it!
Willie Nile “The Day I Saw Bo Diddley In Washington Square” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate Music 2006) —Written by Willie Nile & Frankie Lee (who also plays drums on this album). This track also has Jakob Dylan on backing vocals.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Property of Jesus” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —I love this Dylan cover so much. Nice to hear her belt this out. Not her usual singing style, anymore.Buy it!
Richard & Linda Thompson “Withered and Died” from I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (Island 1974) —One of my favorite Linda Thompson vocals on this beautiful melody written by Richard Thompson.Buy it!
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh “Bicinium” from Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh (Drag City Inc. 2008) —Medival anonymous instrumental with Helena Espvall on cello and Masaki Batoh on an instrument called a tingsha.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Sunny's Tune” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. 1989 Ry Cooder instrumental recorded for the "Johnny Handsome" movie sountrack. With lurid-sounding saxophone by Steve Douglas.Buy it!
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts “Crimson And Clover” from I Love Rock 'N Roll (Remastered) (Blackheart Records 1981) —What can I say? I saw the Runaways movie last weekend & it put me in a Joan Jett kind of mood. These things happen.Buy it!
Sharon Van Etten “Serpents” from Tramp (Jagjaguwar 2012) N —From her new release which just came out this week. Sharon Van Etten & the War on Drugs will be at the Luminary Center for the Arts in March (Sat 3/31).Buy it!
Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks “Who Do You Love” from The Roulette Story (Mixed Repertoire 2009) —Bo Diddley cover from 1963 recorded for the Roulette label. That's a young Robbie Robertson tearing it up on guitar.Buy it!
The Dive Poets “Some Great War” from Married to Your Ghost (self-released 2013) N L —The Dive Poets, Tenement Ruth, The Jump Starts & The Stingrays will be appearing at The Duck Room this Saturday (2/11). Doors at 8 PM. The festivities begin at 9 PM.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “Big City” from Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard (Hightone 1994) —One of the better tribute albums out there.Buy it!
Peter Case “Hidden Love” from The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2004) —"Far from the dreams the bright lights and the boulevards / In this empty room the guitar makes a band / Our last conversation still echoes on bare walls / Like a child’s painting of everything we planned'Buy it!