Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 1st 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Civil Tones “Soul to Go” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —Hey, what better way to kick off the show than with something new from the Civil Tones? This instrumental is from the St. Louis band's new (and fourth) full-length release.Buy it!
Marlena Shaw “California Soul” from The Spice of Love (CADET 1969) —Written by Nick Ashford (who passed away last week at the age of 70) and and his songwriting partner and later wife, Valerie Simpson. Marlena Shaw will be at Jazz at the Bistro in 2012 (04/11/12 thru 04/14/12). It never hurts to plan ahead.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Night Fo' Last” from The Complete Motown Singles-Vol. 8: 1968 (Hip-O Select 2007) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental b-side written by Clarence Paul & Shorty Long (who also plays B-3 on this track). The a-side is the same song but with vocals.Buy it!
The Martinis “Late Late Party” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) N —New compilation of singles featuring the contributions of saxophonist & songwriter, Packy Axton. His mother was co-founder of Stax, Estelle Axton. The Martinis also included guitarist Teenie Hodges, bassist Leroy Hodges, and Hubbie Turner on keys.Buy it!
Christine Perfect “I'd Rather Go Blind” from The Legendary Christine Perfect Album (Columbia 1970) —Etta James cover recorded in 1969 with featuring Christine Perfect, later to become Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, on vocals & keyboards.Buy it!
James & Bobby Purify “She Ain't Gonna Do Right” from Shake a Tail Feather! The Best of James and Bobby Purify (Sundazed 2002) —Previously unreleased 1967 Muscle Shoals recording written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham.Buy it!
The Bee Gees “Lonely Days” from 2 Years On (Polydor 1971) —Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb & Robin Gibb & released in 1971. This is the first album they after Robin Gibb rejoined the band. Probably a good move for all concerned, I would suspect.Buy it!
Earl Van Dyke (aka The Funk Brothers) “He Was Really Sayin' Something” from A Cellarful of Motown (Motown 2002) —Previously unreleased 1964 instrumental version of the song which was recorded by the Velvelettes in 1964 and by Bananarama in 1982. Written by Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Edward Holland, Jr.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “You Keep Me Hangin' On” from Rare and Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign of The Queen of Soul (Rhino 2007) —Previously unreleased 1969 outtake of the Motown hit written by Holland, Dozier & Holland. This one has Duane Allman on guitar & was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin.Buy it!
Patti Smith “So You Want to Be a Rock'n'Roll Star” from Outside Society (Arista 2011) N —1979 Byrds cover found on this new 2-LP collection of songs recorded from 1975 through 2007 that were released on the Arista and Columbia labels.Buy it!
The Pretenders “Boots of Chinese Plastic” from Break Up the Concrete (Shangri-La 2008) —2008 song written by Chrissie Hynde. Great use of this song on this week's episode of Breaking Bad (aka The Best Show on TV).Buy it!
The Bangles “If She Knew What She Wants” from Different Light (Columbia 1986) —Written by Jules Shear & released in 1986. The Bangles will be appearing at the Pageant in October (Saturday 10/8).Buy it!
'Til Tuesday “J for Jules” from Everything's Different Now (Epic 1988) —Written by Aimee Mann. And the moral of the story is never break up with somebody who is a gifted songwriter if you don't want it on public record.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “Hold on Hope” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records) N —Gorgeous song written by Robert Pollard. Glen Campbell is appearing at Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts next Friday (9/9). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Maria McKee “If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)” from Pulp Fiction (Music from the Motion Picture) (MCA 1994) —Written by Maria McKee. I would guess that the couple of songs she has had on film soundtracks have probably made more money for her than all her solo albums put together.Buy it!
Kelly Willis “That's How I Got To Memphis” from Real: The Tom T. Hall Project (Delmore 1998) —From one of the better tribute albums out there featuring Tom T. Hall songs performed by artists such as Johnny Cash, Calexico, Iris Dement, Joe Henry, Syd Straw and the Skeletons, & Ron Sexsmith.Buy it!
Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine “Gonna Be a Long Day” from Weathered Hands, Weary Eyes (self-released 2010) L —Appearing this Friday (9/2) at Off Broadway. Headlining is a band out of Memphis called Star & Micey.Buy it!
Magic City “Lament” from Les Animaux Épouvantables (Tower Groove Records 2011) N L —Appearing at the Tower Groove Records Carnival taking place at Off Broadway on Sunday (9/4) from 2PM-Midnight. A cornucopia of St. Louis bands all found in one fun-filled setting.Buy it!
Fred Friction “Engaged to Get Divorced” from Jesus Drank Wine (self-released 2008) L —Fred Friction will be one of the eighteen St. Louis bands taking part in the Tower Groove Records Carnival at Off Broadway this Sunday (9/4).Buy it!
T Bone Burnett “No Love At All” from T Bone Burnett (MCA 1994) —Written by David Mansfield & Billy Swan. Backing musicians on this include David Hidalgo, Jerry Douglas, Jerry Scheff & Byron Berline. One could do worse.Buy it!
Shirley Caesar “Gotta Serve Somebody” from Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Somgs of Bob Dylan (Columbia 2003) —Pretty great full-on gospel version of the Bob Dylan song.Buy it!