Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 20th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Jeanne and the Darlings “How Can You Mistreat The One You Love” from We're The Soul Girls! The Complete Volt Recordings 1967-1969 (Ace 2012) N —Jeanne Dolphus aka Jeanne Darling sings lead on this 1967 Volt recording. Written and produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.Buy it!
Carla Thomas “I've Got No Time To Lose” from Atlantic Soul 1959-1975 (Atlantic/Rhino Handmade 2007) N —1964 Atlantic single written by Deanie Parker and Steve Cropper. One of my favorite Carla Thomas vocals and Steve Cropper's guitar playing is so great on this.Buy it!
William Bell “Everybody Loves a Winner” from The Soul of a Bell (Fantasy 2002) —Written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones. 1967 Stax recording with backing by Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, and The Memphis Horns.Buy it!
The Otis and Carla Band “Tramp” from Stax Breaks (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Lowell Fulson/Jimmy McCracklin-penned song featuring the same musicians as the preceding song.Buy it!
Quantic & Alice Russell with The Combo Bárbaro “Travelling Song” from Look Around The Corner (TruThoughts 2012) —One of my favorite songs of 2012. This Pentangle English folk song gets the Latin soul treatment from Quantic and The Combo Bárbaro and adds the soulful vocals of the U.K. singer Alice Russell.Buy it!
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker “Own Thing” from Live at KDHX: Vol. 6 SINGLE (KDHX 2008) —Recorded live at KDHX on 01/01/08. Appearing tonight (9/20) as part of the Thursdays @ The Intersection concert series at Strauss Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Buy it!
Margie Joseph “I'd Rather Go Blind” from Margie Joseph (Rhino 1973) —1973 version of the soul classic written by Bill Foster and Ellington Jordan. Produced and arranged for Atlantic by Arif Mardin. This contains not one but two spoken word recitations by Margie Joseph.Buy it!
Jean Wells “Sit Down And Cry” from Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration (Ace 2009) —Recorded in 1968 for the Calla label. Produced, arranged, and conducted by Horace Ott. Worth nothing because the arrangements add so much to this song and Jean Wells just sings the hell out of it.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Walk On By” from Hot Buttered Soul (stax url 1969) —Epic version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song with the Bar-Kays as the rhythm section. If I have to end hour #1 of M2M, I might as well end big.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “Day For Night” from Girlfriend (Zoo 1991) —Matthew Sweet will be playing this album in its entirety at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Saturday (9/22). Take note that the show is sold out. Time to call in favors, I suppose.Buy it!
Fairground Attraction “Perfect” from The First of a Million Kisses (RCA 1988) —Written by Mark E. Nevin and featuring the sublime lead vocals of Eddi Reader. "It's got to be-e-e-e-e-e-e perfect."Buy it!
Nils Lofgren “Keith Don't Go (Ode To The Glimmer Twin)” from Nils Lofgren (Hip-O Select Retail/A&M 1975) —Nils Lofgren's ode to Keith Richards from his 1975 solo debut. Sometime after Grin and Crazy Horse and before the E Street Band.Buy it!
Los Lobos “One Time One Night” from By the Light of the Moon (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1987) —Written by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez. Los Lobos will be appearing at Plush in October (Sat 10/13). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Glen Hansard “Love Don't Leave Me Waiting” from Rhythm and Repose (Anti- 2012) N —Appearing at The Pageant this Tuesday (9/25). Glen Hansard is a tremendous live performer but I wouldn't use this album to get a party started.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “(I'm Gonna Start) Living Again if it Kills Me” from Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe (Fiesta Red www.fiestaredrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Nick Lowe, Carlene Carter, and Dave Edmunds.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “What Lack of Love Has Done” from Dig My Mood (Upstart 1998) —Nick Lowe will be at the Sheldon Concert Hall next Wednesday (9/26). And as an added bonus, Eleni Mandell is opening. I can't miss this show.Buy it!
Spectator “Walk With Me” from In The Brick (self-released 2012) N L —Debut release from the St. Louis band and featuring the songwriting of Jeffrey Albert and Megan Rooney (who also sings lead on this track).Buy it!
Bill Fay “There Is a Valley” from Life Is People (Dead Oceans 2012) N —New release by the English singer-songwriter. His last release was 1971. You don't want to rush into things, I always say. Some terrific songs on this release.Buy it!