Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 7th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Eugene Church “Sixteen Tons” from R&B Hipshakers: Just A Little Bit Of The Jumpin' Bean (Vampisoul 2012) N —One of the best versions of the Merle Travis song I've heard, mainly, due to the vocal arrangements on this 1963 King recording.Buy it!
Little Willie John “My Love-Is” from The King Sessions 1958-1960 CD COMP (Ace 2005) —Previously unissued take recorded in 1959. Written by Billy Myles. - Billy Myles: "I wrote it in New York. Actually, I did it in the vein of 'Sixteen Tons' and also, the other one was 'Fever'."Buy it!
John Gary Williams “The Whole Damn Word Is Going Crazy” from Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (Light In The Attic 2012) —Rare 1974 Stax single written by John Gary Williams who was also in the Mad Lads. He is still writing songs and performing to this day.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” from Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) —Written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Marcus Sol and found on this excellent 2012 release made up of cover versions of songs originally written by or interpreted by Nina Simone.Buy it!
The Como Mamas “Soon I Will Be Done” from Get an Understanding (Daptone Records 2013) N —New release of a cappella gospel out of Como, MS featuring the vocals of Ester Mae Smith, and sisters Angela Taylor and Della Daniels. This whole album was recorded live in Mt. Mariah Church on June 4, 2005.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Sweet Inspiration” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —Written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. In addition to recording their own albums, they have provided backing vocals for Elvis Presley, Aretha Frankin, Dusty Springfield and so many more.Buy it!
The James Hunter Six “Minute by Minute” from Minute By Minute (Go Records, under license to Concord Music Group 2013) N —New release by the English soul and R&B singer produced by Bosco Mann of Daptone Records. They really need to come back to St. Louis.Buy it!
Nina Simone “Feeling Good” from To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (RCA 2008) —Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and recorded in 1965. Add this to the list of songs I'll never grow tired of.Buy it!
Darondo “Let My People Go” (Luv N' Haight 2006) —70s San Francisco soul and funk song written by Darondo and found on this compilation that is made up of six tracks from singles recorded in the 70s, plus three more previously unissued tracks.Buy it!
Daniele Luppi “Fashion Party” from An Italian Story (Belmondo/Rhino 2004) —Instrumental album recorded with some the most famous Italian film music session people. The whistling is done by Alessandro Alessandroni. If you've seen any spaghetti westerns, you've probably heard this whistle sometime during the film soundtrack.Buy it!
The Last Shadow Puppets “My Mistakes Were Made for You” from Age of the Understatement (Domino 2008) —Written by Alex Turner (of Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (of the Rascals - no, not those Rascals).Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Had2Byou” from Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion Records 2013) N —New release from the Amsterdam-based band which just came out this week. This makes me happy. Lead vocals by Carol van Dijk.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Incandescent Innocent” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Salford Sunday” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) —I've been waiting a long time for this album. Produced by Buddy Miller. Harmony vocals by Siobhan Maher Kennedy on this track. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Joe Stickley “Tumblin' Baby” from Wasn't It Pretty - EP (Peola 2013) N L —Fri 2/15 Joe Stickley and Chicago Farmer Dual CD Release Party with Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu – Off Broadway. Twice the entertainment for your CD release party dollar.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Saskatchewan To Chicago” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2013) —One of the finest songs that Steve Dawson has ever written. And Steve Dawson has written a lot of fine songs. Buy this! 2013 is off to a great start.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Birds Without a Wire” from Lines from the Frame (Undertow 2008) L —Written by Chris Grabau and featuring harmony vocals by Kelly Kneiser of Glossary. Absolutely nothing can go wrong with that scenario.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Barely Exist” from Let Freedom Ring (Yep Roc 2009) —Chuck Prophet is not a political songwriter but he sure can sing about the human condition in an extremely fine manner. Like on this affecting song.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “I Wish I Was Your Mother” from Mott (Columbia 1973) —Written by Ian Hunter. - ""I wish I was your mother/I wish I'd been your father/Then I would have seen you, would have been you as a child/I'd have played houses with your sisters/And wrestled all your brothers/And then who knows, I might have felt a famiBuy it!
Dean & Britta “Herringbone Tweed” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “Tragic” from Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus 2013) N —Written by Luke Jacobs and Carrie Rodriguez and found on her new release. Carrie Rodriguez will be at the Old Rock House on Wednesday (2/13)Buy it!
Tift Merritt “Live Till You Die” from See You On the Moon (Universal Music Group International 2010) —Written by Emitt Rhodes. This Saturday (2/9 at Off Broadway will be the Speakers in Code 3rd Anniversary Party with Tift Merritt and David Wax Museum.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “You Better Believe It” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) —Vintage Trouble with DJ "The Soul Selector" aka Tom ""Papa" Ray will be at The Demo (new venue at Atomic Cowboy) next Friday (2/15).Buy it!