Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jul 28th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Small Faces “Sorry She's Mine” from The Small Faces (Remastered) (Decca Music Group Ltd. 1996) —Written by Kenny Lynch and found on their 1966 debut release. Featuring Steve Marriott on lead vocals.Buy it!
Steve Cropper and Sharon Jones “Messin' Up” from Dedicated: A Salute to The 5 Royales (429 2011) N —Written by Lowman Pauling of The 5 Royales who was a big influence on the guitar-playing of Steve Cropper. This new tribute to the 5 Royales features a number of different vocalists such as Sharon Jones, Bettye LaVette, B.B. King, Dan Penn, Steve WinBuy it!
The San Remo Golden Strings “Festival Time” from Double Cookin': Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1966 soul instrumental written by Joanne Bratton & Linda Bunten.Buy it!
Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse “Valerie” from Version (RCA Records Label 2007) —RIP Amy Winehouse. You would be hard pressed to find a better track from 2007 than this Zutons cover with Amy Winehouse on lead vocals & backing by the Dap-Kings and ?uestlove.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “You Know I'm No Good” from Back to Black (Universal 2006) —Written by Amy Winehouse & produced by Mark Ronson. This one also has a number of Dap-Kings in the backing band. So much talent -- very sad.Buy it!
The City Champs “Love Is a Losing Game” from The Safecracker (Bonus Track Version) (Electraphonic Recording-Digital ELECTRAPHONICRecording.com 2009) —Music bed. 2009 instrumental version of the Amy Winehouse song performed by this Memphis-based trio.Buy it!
John Legend & The Roots “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” from Wake Up! (G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia 2010) —Written by Billy Taylor & made famous by Nina Simone. John Legend & Sade are performing tonight (7/28) at the Scottrade Center. Not inexpensive but highly recommended.Buy it!
Honey & The Bees “Love Addict” from The Return of the Funk Soul Sisters (BGP url 2005) —Soul & funk recorded in 1969 for the Philadelphia-based Arctic label. Oh, and for you Christmas music lovers out there, get their song called Jing Jing A Ling.Buy it!
Cold Grits “It's Your Thing (Single Version)” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —1969 instrumental version of the Isley Brothers hit recorded for Atlantic.Buy it!
Brother Jack MC Duff “Can't Get Satisfied (Part II)” from Gin and Orange (Dusty Groove 2008) —Music bed. Hammond B-3 instrumental found on this reissue of a 1969 album he originally recorded for the Cadet label.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Superstition” from Talking Book (Motown 1972) —Mark your calenders for Higher Ground: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder and Benefit for 88.1 KDHX taking place at Off Broadway in September (Friday 9/30). Why would you even think of missing this?Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “The Way You Do The Things You Do” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Original backing track for the Temptations hit.Buy it!
Viva Voce “Analog Woodland Song” from The Future Will Destroy You (Vanguard 2011) N —Originally out of Muscle Shoals, this husband & wife team is now based out of Portland, OR. Written by Anita & Kevin Robinson .Buy it!
The Standells “Riot On Sunset Strip” from Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets (1965-1968) (Rhino 2009) —Written by John Fleck & Tony Valentino of The Standells & originally found on the 1967 original soundtrack album for the movie, Riot On Sunset Strip.Buy it!
The Keymen “Boy Blue” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Previously unreleased 1964 recording from the band based out of Borger, TX.Buy it!
Lesley Gore “Maybe I Know” from Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry (Ace 2008) —1964 song written by Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry and produced by Quincy Jones. Lesley Gore will be appearing at the Ponderosa Stomp at Lincoln Center on 7/30. For more details, http://www.ponderosastomp.com/lincoln-center-2011_shes-got-the-power.phpBuy it!
Lesley Duncan “Everything Changes” (GM Recordings 1974) —Written by Lesley Duncan & recorded in 1974. In addition to being a fine songwriter, she was a session vocalist on recordings by artists such as Elton John, the Dave Clark Five & Pink Floyd. This song can also be found on Vol. #55 of The Krusty 70's.Buy it!
Janet and The Jays “Without A Reason” from Cheatin' Soul (Trikont 2005) —1966 song written by Don Bryant & one of the first soul recordings made at Hi Records. And what a tremendous lead vocal by Janet Wallace. Then you throw in a lurid sax solo and there you have it -- instant cheating song.Buy it!
Buddy Lucas “Deacon John” from Instrumental Classics (Classic Music International 2010) —Music bed. 1959 instrumental composed by Buddy Lucas & recorded for the VIM label. VIM stood for Variety In Music for those of you keeping track of record label acronyms.Buy it!
Neko Case “John Saw That Number” from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti- 2006) —Traditional gospel song with additional music by Neko Case. Featuring Neko Case & Kelly Hogan on vocals. The intro to this was recorded in a stairwell.Buy it!
Ed Burkey “Night Rider” from Intoxica! Strange and Sleazy Instrumental Sounds from the SoCal Suburbs (Ace 2006) —Music bed. Previously unreleased garage instrumental recorded for Downey Records in 1965.FBuy it!
Gillian Welch “Hard Times” from The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony 2011) N —Written by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and found on their highly recommended new release. They will be at The Pageant in September (Saturday 9/3).Buy it!
Syd Straw “Hard Times” from Surprise (Virgin 1989) —Written by Stephen Foster (back in 1859) & featuring John Doe on harmony vocals. With Ry Cooder, Sid Page, Van Dyke Parks, Jim Keltner & Jorge Calderon as the backing band.Buy it!
Bill Morrissey “Birches” from Night Train (New Rounder 1993) —RIP Bill Morrissey who passed away last Saturday at the age of 59. This 1993 Bill Morrissey song gets me every time. Just a masterful, affecting piece of songwriting.Buy it!
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings “Another Free Woman Gets To Walk Away” from Kings and Queens (FU:M 2011) N —Written by Stephen Fearing & Tom Wilson & featuring Sara Watkins on vocals & violin. This new release teams the Ontario, Canada band with a different female vocalist on each song including artists such as Rosanne Cash, Pam Tillis & Cassandra Wilson.Buy it!
Willie Nile “One Guitar” from The Innocent Ones (River House www.willienile.com 2010) —Written by Willie Nile & Frankie Lee (who also plays drums on this album) & found on his most recent 2010 release.Buy it!