Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Mar 31st 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Friendship” from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Written by Louis Jordan & Claude Demetrius and recorded in 1947. "Now I don't get mad like the average cat would do/When she buys me one shirt & she buys you two/But when she feeds you chicken & steak & gives me Irish stew/You is a lizard in the bushes"Buy it!
Howard Tate “How Come My Bulldog Don't Bark” from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —Written by Peter Chatman (aka Memphis Slim) and found on this reissue of his debut 1966 release which includes 16 additional mono single mixes plus additional bonus tracks. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “People Get Ready” from Lady Soul (Atlantic 1967) —Slower, majestic version of the Curtis Mayfield song with Bobby Womack on guitar and backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations.Buy it!
Baby Huey “Running” from The Baby Huey Story - The Living Legend (Water rhino.com 2004) —Written & produced by Curtis Mayfield. This Chicago soul vocalist died at the age of 26 in 1970 and, sadly, didn't get to see the release of his debut album in 1971. We'll call this the Curtis Mayfield-influenced portion of the show.Buy it!
Young-Holt Unlimited “The Beat Goes On” from The Best of Young-Holt Unlimited (EMI 2002) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Sonny & Cher hit originally released in 1967 on the Brunswick label.Buy it!
Etta James “I Got You Babe” from Tell Mama - The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (MCA Chess 2001) —Written by Sonny Bono & recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1968 and released as a single on the Cadet label.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Chained” from Mavis Staples (stax 1969) —Written by Frank Wilson (who wrote many Motown songs -- including this one for Marvin Gaye) and recorded for Stax in 1969. Backing was by the MGs (sans Booker T.) and Marvell Thomas on piano. This album was produced & arranged by Steve Cropper.Buy it!
The New Mastersounds “Looking for an Answer (feat. Dionne Charles)” from Plug & Play (One Note 2007) —One regret I had at SXSW was missing this UK-based soul & funk band. Hey, you can't see everything but it isn't like they'll be in St. Louis any time soon. Recorded in 2007 and featuring some fine vocals by Dionne Charles.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “No Time For Dreaming” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2010) N —Really fine title track written by J. Quarterman (I don't know who he is) & found on this debut full-length release by the NY-based soul singer born in 1948. Surely, one of the ten best 2011 releases, I would think.Buy it!
The Evolution Control Committee “Rebel Without a Pause” from The Best in the World Ever.... (no label 2002) —Mash-up of Public Enemy's "Rebel Without a Pause" and Herb Alpert's "Bittersweet Samba." C'mon, it succeeds, wildly.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” from Let England Shake (Vagrant 2011) N —"Take me back to England & the grey, damp filthiness of ages / Fog rolling down behind the mountains & on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains"Buy it!
The Kinks “Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues” from Muswell Hillbillies (Remastered) (Velvel Records 1998) —Written by Ray Davies & released in 1971. The Kinks are another band whose material still holds up really well over the years.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Sexuality” from Must I Paint You a Picture?: The Essential Billy Bragg (Rhino 2003) —Written by Billy Bragg & Johnny Marr and produced by Grant Showbiz & Johnny Marr. Recorded in Manchester in 1990.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Heart of Gold” from Heart of Gold single (Daptone 2011) N —Just released single of Charles Bradley doing a soulful version of the Neil Young song. With backing by the Menahan Street Band.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Far Green Hills” from The Innocent Ones (River House www.willienile.com 2010) N —Written by Willie Nile & Frankie Lee (who also plays drums & sings background vocals on this release). And Willie Nile continues his string of impressive releases.Buy it!
Villagers “Famous Blue Raincoat” from Daytrotter Studio 03/11/11 (daytrotter.com www.daytrotter.com 2011) N —Pretty great cover version of the Leonard Cohen song sung by Dublin-based singer, Conor J. O' BrienBuy it!
Sam Phillips “Happy Mediums” from Cameras In The Sky (self 2011) N —Off her new February, 2011 release. Only available on her web site. This last year has to have been her most prolific year, ever.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Lately” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) —Written by Isobel Campbell & featuring the lead vocals of Mark Lanegan backed by a gospel choir. Way too many people overlooked this really fine 2010 release, I tell you.Buy it!
Pretty Little Empire “Now Is Not the Time” from Reasons and Rooms (Bellevue Box 2010) N L —Written by Justin Johnson. Pretty Little Empire will be appearing at the Firbird on Monday (4/4) along with Blackfoot Gypsies and Bo & The Locomotive.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Usual Suspects” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —From the Springfield, MO band's latest release. Now I have to see what their appearance on Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" show is all about.Buy it!
The Del McCoury Band “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” from Oxford American 2003 Southern Music CD - No. 6 (Oxford American 2003) —The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be at the Family Arena on Wednesday (4/13). This Richard Thompson cover was originally released in 2001.Buy it!
James Brown “Your Cheatin' Heart” from Dirty Laundry: The Soul of Black Country (Trikont 2004) —Hank Williams cover recorded in 1969 with the big band of Louie Bellson. Produced by Oliver Nelson.Buy it!