Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 2nd 2012 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Maurice & Mac “Why Don't You Try Me” from The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (Kent 2011) —Recorded at Fame Studios for Chess Records in 1968. Written by Billy Young & produced by Rick Hall. Ry Cooder later covered this on his "Borderline" release. Let the soul duo set begin.Buy it!
James & Bobby Purify “Shake a Tail Feather” from Shake a Tail Feather! The Best of James and Bobby Purify (Sundazed 1966) —This 1967 version of the Five Du-Tones hit was recorded at American Recording Studios in Memphis for the Bell label. Written by Andre Williams, Otha Hayes & Verlie Rice .Buy it!
Bob & Earl “Don't Ever Leave Me” from Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures: Vol. 4 (Kent 2004) —Known best for the original version of "Harlem Shuffle" (which they also wrote) but this song is pretty amazing in its own right. Written by Bob & Earl (Robert Relf & Earl Nelson) & recorded for the Tempe label in 1962.Buy it!
Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto “Do I Make Myself Clear” from Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 (Kent 2009) —Written by Shena DeMell & Sugar Pie DeSanto and found on this fine Sugar Pie DeSanto compilation. Recorded in 1966. Her real name was Umpeylia Marsema Balinton. I see why she went with Sugar Pie DeSanto.Buy it!
Etta James “I Found a Love” from Heart & Soul: A Retrospective (Hip-O Select 2011) —This set goes out in tribute to Etta James. Last week's set didn't begin to scratch the surface of how much she contributed to the musical landscape. This Wilson Pickett song was recorded in 1971 for Chess.Buy it!
Etta James “Champagne And Wine” from The Dreamer (Verve Forecast 2011) N —One of two Otis Redding covers found on her final release which came out in November, 2011. She could still sing & interpret songs like this at the age of 73. Amazing.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “This Time” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Really soulful take on this not often covered Los Lobos song. Written by David Hidalgo & Louie Pérez. Found on her new album which just came out this week. Coming to the Old Rock House in March (3/29).Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Hold On” from Boys & Girls (ATO www.atorecords.com 2012) N —From the Athens, Alabama-based band's forthcoming album slated for release on April 10th. Featuring the lead vocals of Brittany Howard.Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) N —New Orleans band made up of members of marching bands from Southern, Grambling, and Texas Southern University. Now you know what you get when you cross the Eurythmics with a brass band.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend” from Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (Columbia Records/Legacy 2006) —From the Broadway musical, "Gentleman Prefer Blondes." Written by Jule Styne & Leo Robin. Recorded when his backing band was David Kemper, David Mansfield & David Miner. Confusion reigned.Buy it!
Michael Friedman “Cool of the Coming Dark” (Perdition 2002) —Written by Michael Friedman & Alan Griffith and with a backing band of Andy Ploof, Todd Schnitzer, Adam Reichmann, Merv Schrock & John Wendland.Buy it!
Neko Case “John Saw That Number” from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti- 2006) —The intro was recorded in the back stairwell of the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. The vocals of Neko Case & Kelly Hogan together are a thing of beauty.Buy it!
The Pastel Six “Bandido” from Intoxica! (Ace 2006) —Music bed. 1962 Southern California garage rock single recorded for the Zen label. This band has provided countless music beds for M2M and for that I am grateful. I'd like to find them on vinyl .Buy it!
Buffy Sainte-Marie “He's a Keeper of the Fire” from Mojo Presents: Well...All Right! (Mojo Magazine www.mojo4music.com 2011) —Written by Buffe Sainte-Marie & originally released in 1969 on the Vanguard label. "He's as heavy as a lead weight, baby."Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Lay Down Your Weary Tune” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Universal unk 2012) N —From this new bargain-priced 4-CD collection of Bob Dylan songs performed by a wide array of artists with proceeds going to Amnesty International. All songs are previously unreleased.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hold Down the Fort” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) L —Written by Seth Porter. The Blind Eyes, Sleepy Kitty, Bo & The Locomotive, and the Mutts will be at the Firebird this Saturday (2/4) for the Firebird’s 3-year anniversary.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Sugar the Pill” from Dust Bunnies (Matador / Capitol 1997) —Recorded by the Amsterdam-based band at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock in 1996. Lyrics and lead vocals by Carol van Dijk.Buy it!
The Gaslight Anthem “Changing of the Guards” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —Pretty great version from this new 4-CD compilation of various artists performing Bob Dylan songs.Buy it!
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