Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 16th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Johnny Griffith & Billy Sha-Rae's Band “Do It (Instrumental)” from The World Needs Changing: Street Funk & Jazz Grooves 1967-1976 (BGP url 2013) N —Music bed. 1970 instrumental featuring the keyboards of Johnny Griffith. He was one of Motown's Funk Brothers and has played on hundred of Motown songs.Buy it!
Esther Marrow “Walk Tall” from The World Needs Changing: Street Funk & Jazz Grooves 1967-1976 (BGP url 2013) N —Recorded in 1969 by the jazz singer who sang with Duke Ellington, Harry Belafonte, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She co-wrote this with Joe Zawinul and it was originally recorded by Cannonball Adderly.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Too High” from Innervisions (Motown 1973) —This is your mind on drugs. Written, produced, arranged, and all instruments played by Stevie Wonder. Props to the liner notes for taking on the not-so-easy task of spelling out all the scat-sung "do do's" in the song lyrics.Buy it!
The O' Jays “Back Stabbers” (Epic 1972) —Composed by Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, and Leon Huff. Produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and arranged by Thom Bell. Philadelphia soul at its finest.Buy it!
Norma & the Heartaches “Nice & Slow Part 2” from The Philly Sound Get Down - Funky Philly Instrumentals (Funkadelphia Records 2005) —Music bed. Philadelphia soul instrumental.Buy it!
Katie Love & Four Shades Of Black “It Hurts So Good” from Something New to Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook (Kent 2013) N —Recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1971 and found on this new compilation of various artists performing songs written by Phillip Mitchell. This was later recorded by Millie Jackson and became a big hit.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “She Didn't Know (She Kept On Talking)” from Turning Around (Atlantic 1970) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg), Gary U.S. Bonds, and Robert Wrightsil. A cheating soul song that belongs on a cheating soul box set. Now, that would be fun to compile. So much to draw from.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “If We Can't Trust Each Other” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1974) —Written by Earl Randle and produced by Willie Mitchell. Really, almost every track on this is a gem. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Jack and Ginger” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) —Appearing at Off Broadway this Friday (5/17). Also on the bill are Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby. If you miss them there, they will be at Webster Grooves-A Retro Soul Festival taking place on Saturday (5/18). Wow!Buy it!
Laura Mvula “That's Alright” from Sing to the Moon (RCA Victor 2013) N —Debut release by the artist based out of Birmingham, England. Written by Laura Mvula and impossible to pigeon-hole. Serious misstep missing her at SXSW.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Sundown On Beale” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) —Music bed. For the whole line-up of the Webster Groovefest taking place on Saturday (5/18), go to http://tinyurl.com/bzv7s3t. That is one action-packed line-up.Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder 2012) —Appearing at the Old Rock House next Thursday (5/23). I would expect this New Orleans brass band to put on quite a live show.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Pure Delight” from Hope, Fear, Youth (self 2013) N L —New single from their forthcoming album featuring Coco Soul and Tom Papa Ray. A stripped-down acoustic version of Brothers Lazaroff will be at the KDHX Harvest Sessions this Saturday at the Tower Grove Park Farmer's Market. Music begins at 10 AM.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “(You Caught Me) Smilin'” from There's a Riot Goin' On (Epic 1971) —Written by Sylvester Stewart. Sometimes trippy, sometimes despair-filled, sometimes infectious, and always groove-filled.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Time and Tide” from Spring and Fall (Gawdaggle 2012) —Written by Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly, and found on his latest release. Highly recommended. I just got to see him last week in Madison, WI and was blown away.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Dusty Groove” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) —Written by Catherine Irwin and found on my favorite release of 2012. One of the best vocalists going.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Fifth In Line To the Throne” from Desire Lines (Desire Lines 2011) N —From their forthcoming album slated for release on 6/4 and featuring harmony vocals by Neko Case. They are touring the U.S. in June. The closest they get is Kansas City and Chicago. I sense a road trip coming on.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Oh! No, Not My Baby” from Reason to Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (Mercury 2002) —1973 Mercury single witten by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.Buy it!
Dwight Twilley “You Close Your Eyes” from Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc. 2011) —The Dwight Twilley Band will be at Off Broadway this Saturday (5/18). Also on the bill are Old Lights.Buy it!
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker “Own Thing” from Live at KDHX: Vol. 6 SINGLE (KDHX 2008) —Charles Walker & the Dynamites will be at the Duck Room a week from Friday (5/24). This track was recorded live at KDHX on 01/01/2008.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right” from If Loving You Is Wrong: 20 Cheatin' Heartbreakers (Kent 2002) —Written by Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson, and Carl Hampton and recorded in 1974 for the Spring label. One of the greatest soul vocals, ever.Buy it!
David Lindley & El Rayo-X “Talkin' to the Wino Too” from Very Greasy (Ekektra 1988) —Written by Bob "Frizz" Fuller and David Lindley. David Lindley is appearing at the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, IL one week from Friday (5/24).Buy it!
Ryan Bingham “That's How Strong My Love Is” from Levi's Pioneer Sessions: 2010 Revival Recordings (www.levispioneersessions.com 2010) —Ryan Bingham will be appearing at the Pageant this Wednesday (5/22). Also on the bill are the Wild Feathers.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Birds Without a Wire” from Lines from the Frame (Undertow 2008) L —Written by Chris Grabau and featuring the lead vocals of Chris Grabau and Kelly Kneiser (of Glossary). Beautiful.Buy it!