Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 17th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Boogaloo and His Gallant Crew “Cops And Robbers” from Clothes Line (Wrap It Up) / Cops and Robbers 45 single (Crest 1956) —1956 song written by Kent Harris (aka Boogaloo). Bo Diddley later covered this in 1957. This is one of the best singles I've ever heard. Both sides are fantastic.Buy it!
Little Willie John “Leave My Kitten Alone” from The King Sessions 1958-1960 CD COMP (Ace 2005) —1959 song co-written by Willie John, James McDougal & Titus Turner and found on this compilation of recordings he made for Cincinnati's King Records from 1958-60.Buy it!
James Carr “Let It Happen” from The Complete Goldwax Singles (Kent Soul - UK 2001) —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded for the Goldwax label in 1967. Featuring Jeanie Greene, Sandy Posey and Mary Halliday on background vocals.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “Good Things Don't Come Easy” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Originally unissued 1967 Chess recording made at Muscle Shoals. Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Sweet Inspiration” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —Reissue of their 1967 debut album by the singers who backed up everybody from Wilson Pickett & Aretha Franklin to Van Morrison & Elvis Presley. Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham. You can't go wrong with any of the songs on this album.Buy it!
The Upsetters “The Shimmy” from The Upsetters (La Cienaga 2003) —Music bed. Compilation of 50s & 60s recordings from the band who backed Little Richard on some of his singles. This instrumental originally was released in 1959 on the Palm label.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “I've Been Loving You Too Long” from Bold Soul Sister - The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings (Hip-O 1969) —Written by Otis Redding & Jerry Butler and originally released in 1968 on the Blue Thumb label.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Prodigal Son (Live)” from Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones In Concert (40th Anniversary Deluxe Version) (Universal Music Group International 2009) —One of five previously unreleased live Stones' recordings from 1969 included on this expanded version. Written by Robert Wilkins. Stripped down live performance & sounding amazing.Buy it!
Bonnie Bramlett “Your Kind of Kindness” from Country Got Soul - Volume 2 (Casual 2004) —Originally released on her first solo album in 1974. Written by Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett & Jerry Allison.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” from Let England Shake (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2011) N —Written by PJ Harvey and found on her new release which just came out this week. Just one of several odes to England on this album.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait (Sunset Sound Session - Circus Version)” from Sunset Sound Session (Ekektra 2010) —Alternate version recorded live in the studio. Written & produced by Beck.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Happy Mediums” from Cameras In The Sky (self 2011) N —New release which just came out this week. Only available through her web site as part of a music subscription called Long Play. This was the final release of the subscription. What a great offering of music over the last year by Sam Phillips.Buy it!
Jackie De Shannon “Dream Boy” from What The World Needs Now is...Jackie De Shannon (EMI 1994) —1964 recording written by Jackie De Shannon & previously unreleased until inclusion on this 1994 compilation.Buy it!
Old 97s “She's Got Everything” from Sweetheart 2005 (Hear Music 2005) —2005 cover of a Kinks song. The Old 97's will be appearing at The Pageant this Friday (2/18). Also on the bill are Those Darlins & Whiskey Folk Ramblers.Buy it!
Doris Troy “You Tore Me Up Inside” from I'll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996 (Kent 2011) N —Written by Doris Troy & Ray Schinnery and originally released in 1970 on the Apple label.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Golden Rule” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2010) N —From this recommended debut full-length release by the 62-years old soul singer. Featuring backing by the Menahan Street Band.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Breakfast in Bed” from Dusty In Memphis (Deluxe Edition) (Rhino Atlantic 1999) —Expanded reissue of her classic 1969 release. Written by Eddie Hinton & Donnie Fritts and recorded at American Studios in Memphis.Buy it!
The Band “It Makes No Difference” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (Remastered) (CAPITOL 2001) —Expanded reissue of their 1975 release. Written by Robbie Robertson & featuring a tremendous lead vocal by Rick Danko.Buy it!
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “You Ain't Goin' Nowhere” from I'm Not There (Music from the Motion Picture) (Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrack 2007) —Bob Dylan cover from the 2007 soundtrack for the Todd Hayes film.Buy it!
Wayne Hancock “Brand New Cadillac” from That's What Daddy Wants CD ALBUM (Ark 21 Records 1997) —Appearing at Off Broadway this Saturday (2/19). Also on the bill are Pokey LaFarge & The South City 3.Buy it!
The Crazy Teens “Crazy Date” from The Oxford American Southern Music CD - No. 12 (Oxford American 2010) N —This song was written by Dave Reynolds when he was age 15 & not recorded much later than that. 1959 recording out of Tuscaloosa, AL.Buy it!
Prairie Rehab “Dublin Blues” from Philology (self-released 2011) N L —Guy Clark cover from their forthcoming release. They will be having their CD release party at Off Broadway next Saturday (2/26).Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “The Boyfriends” from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River CD ALBUM (El Cortez 2009) —Featuring the lyrics & vocals of Willie Vlautin. This Portland, OR band seems to tour Europe way more than they tour the U.S.Buy it!
Faces “Debris” from The Best of Faces: Good Boys... When They're Asleep (Rhino 1999) —Written & sing by Ronnie Lane and originally released in 1971. There is an elegance to this track that serves as a reminder that Ronnie Lane left this world way too soon.Buy it!