Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 24th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Staple Singers “For What It's Worth” from The Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair 1955-1984 (KENT/ACE 2000) —If you want a great overview of the Staple Singers, look no further than this 2-disc/44-song collection . This Buffalo Springfield cover was written by Stephen Stills and was recorded for the Epic label in 1967.Buy it!
Bill Withers “Harlem” from Just as I Am (Sony/Legacy 1971) —Opening track from this ridiculously good soul debut written by Bill Withers and produced by Booker T. This song just builds and builds.Buy it!
Marion Gaines Singers “Grandma's Hands” from Soul Gospel (Soul Jazz 2005) —Written by Bill Withers and recorded in 1972 for Stax's gospel imprint label, The Gospel Truth. Marion Gaines plays piano and Rance Allen plays guitar on this track.Buy it!
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Deacon Jones” from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Recorded in 1943 and featuring Louis Jordan on lead vocal, tenor sax, and alto sax. Written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath, and Richard Loring. "Who gets all the chicken breast and leaves the giblets for the rest? Lordy, Lord Hallelujah Deacon Jones."Buy it!
Boogaloo and His Gallant Crew “Clothes Line (Wrap It Up)” from Clothes Line (Wrap It Up) / Cops and Robbers 45 single (Crest 1956) —Written by Kent Harris aka Boogaloo and later recorded by the Coasters and renamed "Shopping for Clothes."Buy it!
Bo Diddley “Cops & Robbers” from I'm A Man: The Chess Masters 1955-1958 (Hip-O Select 2007) —Recorded in 1956 and released on Checker. This liner notes say this was written by Ellas McDaniel aka Bo Diddley but this song was originally recorded by Boogaloo and his Gallant Crew (see previous entry) and written by Kent Harris.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Jaguar and Thunderbird” from You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings1960-1966 (Hip-O Select/Geffen 2009) —Written by Chuck Berry and recorded in 1960.Buy it!
Spooner's Crowd “Two In the Morning” from The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (Kent 2011) —1966 Cadet instrumental recorded at FAME Sudios and written by Spooner Oldham, Albert Lowe, and Roger Hawkins.Buy it!
Mitty Collier “Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes” from Shades of Mittly Collier: The Chess Singles 1961-1968 (Kent 2008) —Written by Eddie Floyd and Al Bell and recorded for Chess in 1968. Mitty Collier still performs and is a preacher at a church in Chicago.Buy it!
Soul Brothers Six “She's Some Kind of Wonderful” from Sweet Soul Music: Voices From The Shadows (sire 1992) —1967 original version of this song found on this compilation CD which is meant to be a companion piece to Peter Guralnick's 'Sweet Soul Music' book. Both the book and the CD are highly recommended.Buy it!
James Carr “To Love Sombody” from The Complete Goldwax Singles (Kent Soul - UK 2001) —Terrific 1969 soul version of the Bee Gees song written by Barry and Robin Gibb. Recorded for the Memphis-based Goldwax label.Buy it!
The Contours “First I Look At The Purse” from The Very Best of the Contours CD ALBUM (Classic Music International 2011) —1965 Motown hit written by Smokey Robinson and Robert Rogers. Smokey Robinson produced this, as well.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Here Comes The Judge” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) —One of my favorite reissues of 2012. This is from his 1968 Motown release and was written by Shorty Long, Suzanne De Passe, and Billie Jean Brown.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Night Fo' Last (Instrumental)” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Shorty Long and Clarence Paul.Buy it!
David Hildago and Louie Pérez “Till the Hands Fall Off the Clock” from The Long Goodbye (Big Stink Research 2010) —Written by two of Los Lobos' principal songwriters, David Hildago and Louie PérezBuy it!
Yo La Tengo “Is That Enough?” from Fade (Matador 2013) N —Yo La Tengo and Calexico will be appearing at the Pageant next Thursday (1/31). This song is off their new release which just came out a couple of weeks ago.Buy it!
Mark Lanegan “Same Old Man” from Mark Lanegan "Same Old Man" / Karen Dalton "Same Old Man" split 45 (Light In The Attic 2012) N —New single featuring Mark Lanegan covering a traditional song made (relatively) famous by Karen Dalton in 1971. Her version is on the flip-side.Buy it!
Peter Case “Lakes Of Ponchartrain” from Peter Case Sings Like Hell (Vanguard Records vanguardrecords.com 1993) —I've never heard a better reading of this traditional song. And a whole lot of people have done versions of this song. Produced by Marvin Etzioni.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Mansion On The Hill” from Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers At the Ryman (Reprise Records 1992) —1991 live version of a Bruce Springsteeen song. Sun 3/17 Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Richard Thompson – Peabody Opera HouseBuy it!