Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jun 16th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Mulatu Astatke “Yèkèrmo Sèw (A Man of Experience and Wisdom)” from Éthiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale (1969-1974) (Buda Musique 2004) —1969 Ethiopian jazz instrumental composed by Mulatu Astatke who also plays keyboards and is the bandleader for these recordings. I never noticed the English translation of this song title, before.Buy it!
Big Joe Turner “Cherry Red” from Hommage A Nesuhi (Rhino 2008) —Written by Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson (who also plays piano on this track) and recorded for Atlantic in 1956. Produced by Nesuhi Ertegun & Jerry Wexler and found on this 5-CD collection of jazz tracks recorded for Atlantic from 1955-1976.Buy it!
The Coasters “Young Blood” from There's A Riot Goin' On (Rhino Handmade 2007) —This goes out in tribute to Carl Gardner who passed away last Sunday at the age of 83. This 1957 recording was written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller & Doc Pomus & features Carl Gardner on lead vocals.Buy it!
Joe Tex “S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song)” from The Love You Save/I've Got To Do A Little Better (Connoisseur 2001) —Reissue of two Atlantic albums from 1966-67 plus four additional singles tracks. Written by Joe Tex & recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Sugar Pie DeSanto “Go Go Power” from Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 (Ace 2009) —1966 Chess single written by Sugar Pie DeSanto and Shena DeMell. She's still performing live shows in 2011 & sounding impressive.Buy it!
Doris Troy “You Tore Me Up Inside” from I'll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996 (Kent 2011) —Written by Doris Troy & Ray Schinnery & originally released on Apple in 1970. Also found on the Krusty 70's - Vol. 56 compilation.Buy it!
Billy Preston “You've Been Acting Strange” from Encouraging Words (Expanded) SINGLE (Apple 1970) —Expanded reissue of his 1970 Apple release. Written by R.L. Williams and a pretty great way to end an album.Buy it!
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears “Livin' In The Jungle” from Scandalous (Lost Highway 2011) N —Written by Black Joe Lewis and on his 2011 release. Appearing tonight (Thursday 6/16) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Anna King “If You Don't Think” from Back to Soul (smash 1964) —Anna King was one of the singers in the James Brown Revue and this 1964 release was produced by James Brown. This track was also written by James Brown.Buy it!
James Brown and The Famous Flames “What Do You Like” from The Singles Vol. 4: 1966-1967 (Disc 2) (Hip O Select/Universal 2007) —Music bed. 1967 b-side Smash 45 instrumental written by Alfred Ellis.Buy it!
Ann Sexton “You're Gonna Miss Me” from Anthology (Soul Brother Records 2004) —Written by Paul Kelly & recorded in 1070 for the Nashville-based Seventy 7 label. She is really an underrated (or, at least, overlooked) soul singer.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Stealin' In the Name of the Lord” from Warner Brothers Groove Masters - Vol. 1 (Warner Bros. 2000) —Written by Paul Kelly & recorded in 1970 for Warner Bros. Songs about hypocrisy never seem go out of style.Buy it!
The Five Du-Tones “Shake A Tail Feather” from Hairspray (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (MCA 1988) —1963 recording for the One-derful label written by Otha Hayes, Andre Williams & Verlie Rice.Buy it!
Classie Ballou “Classie's Whip” from Twistin Rumble-Vol. 2 (Twistin) —1968 insrumental recorded for the San Antonio-based Soulsville label. Classie Ballou will be appearing at The Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans this September. If you make the trek, don't miss him!Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Cement Slippers” from Cannibal Courtship (Concord 2011) N —Highly recommended new release from the Los Angeles-based band featuring the vocals of Cambodian-born Chhom Nimol & Zac Holtzman.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hermetically Sealed” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) L —Insanely catchy sing-a-long background vocals on this song off the St. Louis-based band's new release. Really fine anticipation of Summer song.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “The Contortionist” from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) N —New release which just came out last week -- his first release in 13 years. This really fine Stones-influenced track also features Lou Reed on background vocals. Recommended to me by Rick Cornell of WCOM 103.5 (Carrboro, NC) & www.taprootradio.Buy it!
Candi Staton “Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness” from Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters (Ace 2011) N —OK, this is the motherlode. All of Candi Staton's Fame recordings including 12 previously unreleased titles -- including this 1971 song written by Ann Peebles & Don Bryant.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “Until You Came Into My Life” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1974) —Reissue of her 1974 album recorded for the Hi label. Written by Ann Peebles & Don Bryant and produced by Willie Mitchell.Buy it!
Ian McLagan & the Bump Band “Never Say Never” (00:02:59 LLC www.2minutes59.com 2009) —Appearing at Off Broadway this Sunday (6/19). This is an early 8 PM Sunday show. This track was written for his late wife and features Patty Griffin on harmonies.Buy it!
Robert Plant “Harm's Swift Way” from Band Of Joy (Rounder 2010) —Written by Townes Van Zandt and one of many highlights in the Robert Plant and Band of Joy show last night at the Fox Theatre. Staggeringly great show.Buy it!
Chris Mills “Suicide Note” from The Silver Line (Powerless Pop Recorders 2006) —Written by Chris Mills and with Kelly Hogan on harmony vocals. Appearing at Off Broadway next Thursday (6/23) along with Magnolia Summer.Buy it!
Bap Kennedy “On the Mighty Ocean Alcohol” from The Big Picture (Loose 2005) —Written by Bap Kennedy from Belfast and featuring a vocal turn at the end by Shane MacGowan. Makes sense given the song title.Buy it!
Faces “Glad And Sorry” from The Best of Faces: Good Boys... When They're Asleep (Rhino 1999) —Written by Ronnie Lane & released in 1973 on the Ooh La La album.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Isis” from Desire VINYL ALBUM (Columbia 1975) —Written by Bob Dylan & Jacques Levy. "I married Isis on the fifth day of May/But I could not hold on to her very long/So I cut off my hair and rode straight away/To the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong." From there it gets strange.Buy it!
Joe South “Hush” from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz 2011) N —Written by Joe South & recorded in 1969.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “Gone, Gone, Gone” from Gone Gone Gone SINGLE (Warner Bros. 1964) —1964 song written by Don & Phil Everly and found on this release made up of songs primarily written by other songwriters. This is the standout, though.Buy it!
The Coasters “Three Cool Cats” from There's A Riot Goin' On (Rhino Handmade 2007) —Another one in memory of Carl Gardner. He sang lead on this song written by Leiber & Stoller and recorded in 1959.Buy it!