Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 30th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Gene Chandler “A Song Called Soul” from The Scene Club: Ham Yard, London 1963-66 (Charly 2013) N —New compilation made up of Northern Soul and R&B songs emanating from a London club, 'The Scene', in the mid-60s. This 1962 Chicago soul song was written by Billy Butler (Jerry Butler's younger brother).Buy it!
Donny Hathaway “Jealous Guy” from Soul Sides: Volume One (Zealous Records 1972) —1972 live version of a John Lennon song found on this highly recommended soul collection compiled by Oliver Wang of www.soul-sides.com. Your basic Chicago soul set.Buy it!
The Facts of Life “Sometimes” from Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul - Vol. 2 (Kent 2013) N —Written by country artist Bill Anderson. This 1977 soul version of the cheating song was recorded by these protégés of Millie Jackson. The original version was recorded in 1975 by Bill Anderson and Mary Lou Turner.Buy it!
Smith “Baby, It's You” from The Best of Burt Bacharach: Anyone Who Had a Heart (Universal Music 2013) N —1969 version of the Burt Bacharach song that was previously recorded by the Shirelles. This features the powerful and soulful vocals of Gayle McCormick who was born in St. Louis and attended Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, MO.Buy it!
Lulu “To Love Somebody” from To Sir With Love (EMI UK 1967) —Written by Barry and Robin Gibb. Produced by Mickie Most and arranged by John Paul Jones and Peter Knight. As the album states - "Her skirts are mini. Her talent is maximum."Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “So Much Love” from Dusty In Memphis (Atlantic 1969) —Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded at American Studios in Memphis. Well, the instruments, anyway. Your basic songs written by sublime songwriters set.Buy it!
The Marvelettes “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers” from The Marvelettes: The Essential Collection (Spectrum 1999) —Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, Jr. and recorded in 1964 for Motown.Buy it!
Eddie Holland “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal unk 2005) —Previously unreleased 1964 track written by Holland, Dozier, and Holland. Doesn't surpass the Kim Weston version but it's pretty great.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Night Fo' Last (Instrumental)” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) —Music bed. 1968 Motown instrumental.Buy it!
The Staves “Dead & Born & Grown” (Atlantic Records UK 2012) —This trio of sisters out of Watford, England will be at Off Broadway tonight (Thursday 5/30). Also on the bill are Musikanto and Dubb Nubb.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “The Thing You Love Is Killing You” from The Dumbest Magnets (evil teen 2001) —Written by Steve Dawson and featuring the lead vocals of Diane Christiansen. - Sat 6/8 Twangfest featuring Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets, The Bottle Rockets and Dolly Varden – Duck RoomBuy it!
Richard and Linda Thompson “Has He Got a Friend For Me” from I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight (Hannibal 1974) —Written by Richard Thompson. Devastating lyrics sang perfectly by Linda Thompson.Buy it!
Faces “Glad And Sorry” from The Best of Faces: Good Boys... When They're Asleep (Rhino 1999) —1973 song written by Ronnie Lane. Still elegant and moving after all these years. Hard to imagine this song without the keyboards of Ian McLagan.Buy it!
Marshall Crenshaw “I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)” from Downtown (Remastered) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1985) —Written by Ben Vaughn. - Sat 6/8 Twangfest featuring Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets, The Bottle Rockets and Dolly Varden – Duck Room.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “Somebody Ought To Write A Song About You” from The Man That Time Forgot (Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum 2011) —Joe Pug, Motel Mirrors (with John Paul Keith and Amy LaVere), Shivering Timbers, and Scarlet Tanager will be at Blueberry Hill on Thursday (6/6) for day 2 of Twangfest. Go to twangfest.com for the entire 4-day line-up.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Dory Previn” from Let's Get Out of This Country CD ALBUM (Merge 2006) —They have a new release called 'Desire Lines' coming out next Tuesday (6/3). This will just have to tide you over until then.Buy it!
Peter Case “Hidden Love” from The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2004) —Mon 6/3 Peter Case – Off BroadwayBuy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “Low Man on a Totem Pole” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —Music bed. 1954 instrumental written by Jimmy Bryant.Buy it!
Joe Pug “Stronger Than the World” from The Great Despiser (Lightning Rod 2012) —Joe Pug, Motel Mirrors (with John Paul Keith and Amy LaVere), Shivering Timbers, and Scarlet Tanager will be at Blueberry Hill on Thursday (6/6).Buy it!
Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, and Taj Mahal “Home Again” from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County COMP (Hear Music 2013) N —Written by John Mellencamp.Buy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “Bustin' Thru” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —Music bed. 1954 instrumental composed by Speedy West and Don Davis.Buy it!