Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 9th 2010 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Mel & Tim “Backfield In Motion” from Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino 1997) —Hey, it's the start of football season, isn't it? That means I have to play this. It's written into my KDHX contract. Written by Tim McPherson & Mel Harden and recorded in 1969 for the Bamboo label.Buy it!
Sam & Dave “Don't Turn Your Heater On” from I Thank You SINGLE (Atlantic 1968) —Written by Steve Cropper & Al Bell and recorded in 1968 for Atlantic. Some great interplay between Steve Cropper's guitar & the horn section on this.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “Can't Buy My Love” from The Jamie Singles Collection (Jamie Record Co. 2008) —Written by Billy & Bobby Babineaux & released in 1965. Produced by Huey Meaux. Barbara Lynn will be at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans on Saturday (9/25).Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?” from Yes We Can/Night People (Raven 2005) —Written by Allen Toussaint & recorded in 1970 for the "Yes We Can" album. Taken off this fine reissue of "Yes We Can" and "Night People" (1978) with some additional non-LP singles.Buy it!
Lee Allen “Rockin' At Cosmo's” from Earl Palmer - Backbeat: The World's Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Drummer (Ace 1999) —Music bed. Taken off this single CD collection of songs featuring Earl Palmer on drums. This instrumental was written by Lee Allen & recorded in 1956 for the Aladdin label.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “Brand New Day (Theme from "The Landlord")” from The Gospel Truth (BGP url 2010) N —New compilation of songs from Stax's 70s gospel label. This track was written by Al Kooper and was recorded in 1970 for a soundtrack to a movie called "The Landlord."Buy it!
Tom Jones “Lord Help” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) N —Written by Jessie Mae Hemphill and found on this new release made up of gospel and spiritual songs. Did I mention he's in extremely fine voice on this recording?Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Come Undone” from Hawk (Vanguard 2010) N —Written by Isobel Campbell & found on their new release. For me, this album has it all...two vocals that sound great together, really strong songs, two Townes Van Zandt covers, a K-Yule song candidate, a sax freakout & Mark Lanegan with gospel singers.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis & Solomon Burke “Railroad to Heaven” from Mean Old Man (Verve Forecast 2010) N —Gospel tune featuring Jerry Lee Lewis and Solomon Burke on call and response vocals. Found on this new release which just came out this week. At 75 years of age, Jerry Lee Lewis can still turn it out.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “I Just Want to See His Face” from Exile on Main St. (Remastered) (Universal 2010) —Released in 1972 & featuring gospel singers Clydie King, Vanetta Field, and Jesse Kirkland on backing vocals.Buy it!
John Grant “Two of Us” from Let It Be Revisited (Mojo 2010) N —Taken from this collection of various artists reinterpreting songs from the Beatles' "Let It Be" album. Most of it fails miserably but I think this is a nice vocal from somebody I know nothing about. This CD accompanied the Oct. issue of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
The Hollies “Dear Eloise” from Dear Eloise / King Midas In Reverse (Epic 1967) —Written by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks & Graham Nash and recorded in 1967. Graham Nash left the band soon after this release.Buy it!
Vetiver “I Used to Be a King” from Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash’s Songs for Beginners (Grassroots Records 2010) N —From this compilation of various artists performing songs from Graham Nash's 1971 "Songs for Beginners" solo album. Co-produced by his daughter, Nile Nash, and songs are presented in the same order as the original release.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “What's It Gonna Be” from Complete A & B Sides 1963-70 (Eclipse 1967) —1967 single released by Mercury and written by Jerry Ragovoy & Mort Shuman. Featuring background vocals by Carole King, Ashford & Simpson and Madeline Bell.Buy it!
Fabienne Delsol “I Feel So Blue” from On My Mind (Damaged Goods 2010) N —New release which just came out this week by the ex-Bristols lead-singer. Fans of pre-Brokeoffs Holly GoLightly should really like this.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Lonely Avenue” from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) [Remastered] (Atlantic Records/ATG 1960) —Written by Doc Pomus and released in 1958.Buy it!
Brian Auger & The Trinity featuring Julie Driscoll “Light My Fire” from Version Excursion (Harmless 2000) —Doors cover from 1969. Brian Auger will be appearing at Off Broadway tonight (Thursday 9/9). Thi is an early seated show that begins at 8:00 PM with no opening act.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “If You Call” from I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone 2010) N —Written by bassist & Daptone label-founder Bosco Mann and found on their 2010 release. They will be appearing at The Pageant on Sunday (9/19). Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Animals “Story of Bo Diddley” from The Best of The Animals CD ALBUM (MGM 1965) —Recorded in 1964. Fictitious, yet, wildly entertaining account of an encounter The Animals had with Bo Diddley. Plus they give a great account of "the rock and roll scene, in general."Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Tom Boy” from Palomine (Matador 1992) —Appearing in October (Friday 10/22) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Highly recommended. This 1992 release still ranks as one of my favorite albums of the 90s.Buy it!
Thee Midniters “Empty Heart” from Thee Complete Midniters (MicroWerks 2009) —Rolling Stones cover from 1965. Thee Midniters is another band who will be performing later this month at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans.Buy it!
Sir Douglas Quintet “One Too Many Mornings/Got To Sing A Happy Song” from Together After Five (Smash/Mercury 1969) —You don't hear many medleys on M2M. This is a Bob Dylan song & a Doug Sahm song released in 1969.Buy it!
Jon Dee Graham “Swept Away” from Full (Freedom 2006) —They sure kept this show a secret. According to Jon Dee Graham's web site, he will be appearing in St. Louis tonight (Thursday 9/10). The venue is listed as Joe's Bar. It may or may not be happening -- proceed with caution.Buy it!
Terry Allen “Cocktails for Three” from Lubbock (On Everything) (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1995) —From his classic 1979 release. Terry Allen will be taking part in the Larry J. Weir Memorial Concert this Sunday (9/12) at the Sheldon Concert Hall. This is a really rare chance to see Terry Allen and a wonderful time to celebrate much of the music broughBuy it!
The Geyer Street Sheiks “Cakewalk” from Great Dream CD ALBUM (Bjam 1993) L —Taj Mahal cover from 1979. Members of the Geyer Street Sheiks will also be performing this Sunday (9/12) at the Sheldon Concert Hall to celebrate the life of Larry Weir.Buy it!