Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 24th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Sugarman 3 “Dirty Water” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone 2012) N —This new release would serve nicely as the soundtrack to your next party. This funkafied version of the Standells song is just one of many gems on this soul-funk instrumental (save for some tasteful Dapettes background vocals) album.Buy it!
Art Freeman “Slippin' Around With You” from The Fame Singles Box (Ace 2012) N —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded at Fame Recording Studios in 1966. More reminiscent of Motown than Southern Soul, actually. A cheating soul song? Why, yes, I think it is.Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “It Should Have Been Me” from Gladys Knight & The Pips Anthology (Motown 1995) —1968 song originally done by Kim Weston written by William "Mickey" Stevenson, Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield and featuring one of her greatest vocals which is saying a lot given the number of amazing performances she has recorded.Buy it!
Earl Van Dyke “Try It Baby” from The Motown Sound - The Complete Albums & More (Hip-O Select / Motown 2012) N —Music bed. 1968n instrumental version of the Marvin Gaye song written by Berry Gordy.Buy it!
Nina Simone “To Love Somebody” from To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (Sony Legacy 2008) —This set goes out in memory of Robin Gibb who died last Sunday at the age of 62. Written by Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb and recorded for RCA in 1967.Buy it!
Percy Sledge “I've Gotta Get A Message To You” from Percy Sledge: The Atlantic Recordings (Atlantic/Rhino 2010) —Bee Gees cover written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb and recorded in 1970.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Words” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 2004) —Soul version of a Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb composition recorded circa 1968. Gorgeous vocal by Bettye Swann on this. Baroque soul pop?Buy it!
The Bee Gees “Lonely Days” from 2 Years On (Polydor 1971) —Written & sung by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. From Wikipedia - In many interviews, the Bee Gees have said that they recorded this song & "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" in the same night that they reunited. - A fairly successful night, I'd sayBuy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “This Land Is Your Land” from Naturally (Daptone 2005) —One of the greatest Woody Guthrie covers, ever. Take note of the Just One Big Soul: Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Party, Tribute and 88.1 KDHX Benefit taking place at Off Broadway in July (Sat 07/14 8:00pm ).Buy it!
Little Richard with Fishbone “Rock Island Line” from Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly (Columbia 1988) —Piano & organ-driven version of the Leadbelly song found on this really strong 1988 compilation of various artists performing songs by Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly.Buy it!
The "5" Royales “It Hurts Inside” from King New Breed R&B - Vol. 2 (Kent 2012) N —B-side of a 1959 single written by Ralph Bass & Columbus Perry and found on this new collection of R&B dance tracks that came out on the King label. Most of their material was written by Lowman Pauling but not this particular track.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Tombstone Shadow” from Countrypolitan Favorites (Yep Roc 2007) —Creedence Clearwater Revival cover written by John Fogerty. Southern Culture on the Skids will be at Off Broadway tonight (Thursday 5/24). Lookout Joe is opening.Buy it!
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band “Twenty-Five Miles” from In the Jungle, Babe (Warner Brothers 1969) —Terrific 1969 soul & funk version of the Edwin Starr hit. These drum parts have to have been sampled somewhere down the line.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Night Fo' Last (Instrumental)” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental written by Shorty Long & Clarence Paul.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Russian Blue” from V12LP (Tower Groove Records 2-LP Compilation) (Tower Groove 2012) N L —From the new two-LP, multi-colored & pretty damn hip compilation drawing from a wide array of St. Louis local bands. Ransom Note with horns was just a really good idea.Buy it!
Julia Stone “It's All Okay” from By the Horns (Nettwerk 2012) N —From the Australian singer/songwriter's forthcoming 5/29 release. But why wait until then to hear it? You can stream it in its entirety at http://kdhx.org/music/music-news/hear-and-now-stream-the-new-album-by-the-horns-by-julia-stoneBuy it!
The Bee Gees “Holiday” from Bee Gees' 1st (Rhino 1967) —Another one in tribute to Robin Gibb. This was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb & features Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb on lead vocals.Buy it!
The Three O' Clock “In My Own Time” from Sixteen Tambourines/Baroque Hoedown (Frontier 1991) —Reissue of their 1982 EP & 1983 LP. This Bee Gees cover was written by Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb and was recorded in 1983.Buy it!
Best Coast “Do You Love Me Like You Used To (Radio Edit)” from The Only Place (Mexican Summer 2012) N —Best Coast and JEFF the Brotherhood will be appearing at the Firebird next Wednesday (5/30 ).Buy it!
Skeeter Davis “Easy To Love (So Hard To Get)” from Something Good From The Goffin & King Songbook (Ace 2012) N —1964 recording written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and produced by Chet Atkins.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “We Can't Have Nice Things” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Headlining night #2 of Twangfest at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Thursday (6/7). Go to twangfest.com for the entire 4-night lineup.Buy it!
John Doe “The Golden State” from A Year In the Wilderness (Yep Roc 2007) —Written by John Doe & featuring Kathleen Edwards on harmony vocals. John Doe will be headlining night #4 of Twangfest at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Saturday (6/9).Buy it!
The Skekses “Mama Says the River” from Tower Groove Records (Tower Groove Records 2012) N L —Written by & featuring the lead vocals of Ellen Herget. The Skekses will be performing live on air on the Musical Merry Go Round next Saturday (6/2) at 8 AM.Buy it!
The Belle Brigade “No Time to Think” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (UMGI - Fontana International 2012) N —Not-often covered Bob Dylan song that was on his Street Legal album. The harmonies on this are beautiful.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Trying to Get to Memphis” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —Written by Kevin Gordon & found on this highly recommended new release. Appearing on night #4 of Twangfest (Sat 6/9). Also on the bill are Rough Shop, Zoe Muth, & John Doe.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three “Keep Your Hands Off My Gal” from Middle of Everywhere (Free Dirt Records 2011) L —Headlining night #1 of Twangfest at the Schlafly Tap Room on Wednesday (6/6).Buy it!