Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 3rd 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
FONTELLA BASS “Now That I've Found A Good Thing” from Free (The Paula Recordings) (Paula 1972) —RIP Fontella Bass who passed away on Dec. 26 at the age of 72. St. Louis just lost one of its greatest artists. This song was written by Fontella Bass and was produced by Oliver Sain.Buy it!
FONTELLA BASS “The Soul Of A Man” from Chess Soul - A Decade of Chicago's Finest (Chess/MCA 1997) —1965 recording of a song written by Oliver Sain. Oliver Sain also played tenor sax, piano, and did the arrangements for this track. What an amazing vocal on this.Buy it!
Ramsey Lewis “Wade In The Water” from Chess Soul: A Decade of Chicago's Finest (The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection) (MCA Records 1997) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental version of the traditional gospel song. Conducted by Richard Evans.Buy it!
James Brown & Marva Whitney “Sunny” from It's My Thing (Soul Brother Records 2000) —Sublime duet version of the Bobby Hebb song recorded in 1969. Marva Whiney pased away on Dec. 22 at the age of 68.Buy it!
Marva Whitney “It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To), Pts. 1 & 2” from It's My Thing (Soul Brother Records 2000) —RIP Marva Whitney who was the lead female vocalist in the James Brown Revue from 1967 to 1969. This James Brown/Marva Whitney song was originally released in 1969 and was produced by James Brown.Buy it!
Yuna “Live Your Life” from Yuna ((RED) FADER Label 2012) —From the Malaysian singer/songwriter's debut album. Written by Yuna and Pharrell Williams (who also produced this track) and two others on the album.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “Dirty Water” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2012) —Soul version of the Standells song found on this all instrumental 2012 release which could provide the musical backdrop for any good party.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Suzanne” from Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) —This album featuring all versions of songs written or interpreted by Nina Simone made my Top 10 albums list. # 7, in fact. Written by Leonard Cohen.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Faithful Man” (Truth and soul 2012) —One of my favorite albums and one of my favorite concerts of 2012. Channeling James Brown on this one with some terrific arrangements by Leon Michels and Toby Pazner.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Dirty Old Town” from Thankful n' Thoughtful (Anti-Records 2012) —As a whole this album is uneven but there are some tremendous song interpretations on this release. This Ewan MacColl song and Tom Wait's "Yesterday Is Here" among them.Buy it!
Rumer “Soulsville” from Boys Don't Cry (Atlantic Records UK 2012) —I absolutely love this version of the Isaac Hayes song. Her voice is just a gorgeous instrument. I ranked this album #9 on my top 10 albums of 2012. You can see a whole lot of KDHX DJs' top 10 lists at http://tinyurl.com/amk763f.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “Lights Out” from The Crossing (Daptone 2012) N —Highly recommended 2012 release of all instumentals written by this band made up of members from the Budos Band, the Dap-Kings, and Antibalas.Buy it!
Lianne La Havas “Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye” from Is Your Love Big Enough? (Deluxe Edition) (Warner Music UK 2012) N —Beautiful version of the Leonard Cohen song found on the London singer/songwriter's debut release.Buy it!
Quantic & Alice Russell with The Combo Bárbaro “Travelling Song” from Look Around The Corner (TruThoughts 2012) —Amazing version of the Pentangle song. I was so happy to get to see this band at SXSW in March. I don't think they will be in St. Louis any time soon.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “You Know I'm No Good” from Amy Winehouse At The BBC (Republic Records 2012) N —2012 CD/DVD release made up of previously unreleased live performances recorded for the BBC. Written by Amy Winehouse and performed in 2007.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “The Wolf is Getting Married” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? (One Little Indian 2012) —How the hell did I not put this on my list of top 10 albums of 2012? I hang my head in shame.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “You Ain't Alone” from Boys & Girls (ATO www.atorecords.com 2012) —Uneven songwriting on this album, to be sure, but what is good is very good, indeed, and Brittany Howard is a force of nature on lead vocals.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Country Girl” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch 2012) —Written by Rhiannon Giddens, Lalenja Harrington, and Adam Matta. Rhiannon Giddens also sings lead and play fiddle on this track.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “The Night I Learned How Not to Pray” from Sing the Delta (Flariella Records 2012) —A long time has passed (16 years) since her last album of all original material but the wait was worth it. This is an example of songwriting at its finest. #3 on my top 10.Buy it!
Spectator “Walk With Me” from In The Brick (self-released 2012) L —Excellent debut EP by the St. Louis band. Written by Megan Rooney and Jeffrey Albert and featuring the lead vocals of Megan Rooney.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Bus to Shreveport” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) —Written by Kevin Gordon and produced by Joe V. McMahan. One of his best releases, yet, and this is coming from someone who had a lot of strong releases.Buy it!