Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Apr 28th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Roy Montrell “(Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone”
from The Cosimo Matassa Story (Proper 2007) —So much incredible New Orleans music was recorded in the studios of Cosimo Matassa. Staggering, really. This 1956 Specialty recording features Alvin "Red Tyler (baritone sax), Lee Allen (tenor sax) & the drums of Earl Palmer.
Aretha Franklin “Evil Gal Blues”
from Unforgettable - A Tribute to Dinah Washington (Legacy/Columbia 1964) —Written by Leonard Feather (who I grew up just knowing him as the jazz critic for the LA Times - boy, he sure hated that Joe Jackson "Jumpin' Jive" album) & Lionel Hampton. Pretty amazing to make a recording this assured at the age of 21.
Dennis Coffey “Somebody's Been Sleeping (feat. Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays)”
from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) N —Brand new release featuring the influential psychedelic soul Detroit guitarist. Perfect balance of instrumentals and songs featuring guest vocalists - including this 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) cover (he also played on the original version) with Lisa Kekaula
The Temptations “Plastic Man”
from Power to the Motown People! - Civil Rights Anthems and Political Soul (1968-1975) (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)JAD 2007) —1973 song written by Norman Whitfield & found on this impressive 2-CD collection of political Motown songs.
The Funk Brothers “6 By 6”
from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers Single (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. 1966 Motown single.
Roy Orbison “Paper Boy”
from The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (Sony 2011) N —2-CD set featuring all of his A & B sides recorded for Monument Records from 1960-64. Also including a 1965 concert DVD recorded in Holland. This track was written by Roy Orbison and the guitar by Hank Garland is so great. Recorded in Nashville in 1959.
Camera Obscura “I'm Into Something Good”
from Anything For Progress (From Our Hopeful Hands) (iTunes 2011) N —Written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin & found on this new release featuring tracks by various artists to help with the tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Herman's Hermits meets Scottish indie-pop.
Sébastien Tellier “Fantino”
from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Ryko/WEA 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental from the soundtrack to the 2003 Sofia Coppola film.
Jim Roll “Eddie Rode The Orphan Train”
from Inhabiting The Ball (Telegraph 2002) —Written by Jim Roll. Interesting that some of the songs on this release feature lyrics by authors Denis Johnson & Rick Moody but they don't seem as strong to me as the lyrics written by songwriter Jim Roll. Different disciplines, I suppose.
Los Lobos “Man of Somebody's Dreams”
from Man Of Somebody's Dreams: Tribute To Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc 2009) —2009 Chris Gaffney cover featuring lead vocals by David Hidalgo & background vocals by Louie Pérez. Produced by Dave Alvin.
Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys “Sold American”
from Old Testaments & New Revelations (Fruit Of The Tune 2000) —Appearing Friday (4/29) at Off Broadway along with Mary McBride. This song is a live recording from 1973 and probably the only song off this album that wouldn't greatly offend a sizable amount of listeners.
Patty Griffin “I Love”
from I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2011) N —In 1974, Tom T. Hall made a childrens album called "Songs of Fox Hollow (For Children of All Ages)." This forthcoming release is produced by Peter Cooper & Eric Brace & features various artists performing songs off that release. Beautiful lead vocal by P