Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Aug 1st 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Otis Redding “Chained And Bound” from The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection (Shout! Factory 2013) N —Taken from this new 3-disc collection of every a and b-side recorded by Otis Redding - all in their original mono mix. 35 singles captured on this and presented in chronological order. - This song was written by Otis Redding and released in 1964.Buy it!
Soul Brothers Six “What Can You Do When You Ain't Got Nobody” from Atlantic Soul 1959-75 (Rhino 2007) —1968 Atlantic single written by Willie Ellison. Great song from a band out of Philadelphia that never had a song that charted. I think it's safe to say this track was influenced by Wilson Pickett.Buy it!
The Emotions “Blind Alley” from Untouched (VOLT 1971) —Written by David Porter and featuring a piano and drum intro that has been sampled on over two dozen major records including artists such as Massive Attack, A Tribe Called Quest, and Mariah Carey.Buy it!
The James Hunter Six “Nothin' I Wouldn't Do” from Minute By Minute (Go Records, under license to Concord Music Group 2013) —The James Hunter Six will be at the Old Rock House on Oct. 10 (Thursday). This makes me very happy.Buy it!
Booker T. “Your Love Is No Love (feat. Vintage Trouble)” from Sound the Alarm (Stax Records url 2013) N —I can't say a good portion of this album is really my thing but this track featuring the lead vocals of Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble is a definite standout - Tues 8/20 Vintage Trouble – Old Rock House.Buy it!
Thelma Jones “The House That Jack Built” from Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration (Ace 2009) —Aretha Franklin had a top 10 hit with her version but this was the original version and was recorded for the Barry label in 1968.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Gone Dead Train” from Performance (Original Soundtrack) (Warner Bros 1970) —As raw as Randy Newman has ever sounded. Written by Jack Nitzsche and Russ Titelman. Slide guitar by Ry Cooder.Buy it!
Merry Clayton “Southern Man” from The Best of Merry Clayton (Sony 2013) N —Amazing 1971 cover version of the Neil Young song found on this new compilation. The fact she was born on Christmas gives you an idea how they arrived at her first name. Hopefully, you saw her in the recent documentary, '20 Feet from Stardom.'Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Total Destruction to Your Mind” SINGLE (unk unk 1970) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. aka Swamp Dogg. Swamp Dogg will be at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans in October (Friday 10/4). I can't wait!Buy it!
Joe Lee and Orchestra “Hang-Out” from Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers 3 (BBE Records 2013) N —Instrumental written by Joe Lee and recorded for the Memphis-based Fernwood label. Produced by Scotty Moore. Yes, that Scotty Moore.Buy it!
The Jody Grind “Love, Love Alone” from One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure (DB records 1990) —Written by John Hardy and featuring the lead vocals of a young Kelly Hogan. Out of Atlanta, GA.Buy it!
The Untouchables “Crawlin' (The Crawl)” from Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers 3 (BBE Records 2013) N —Music bed. Instrumental to remove your clothes by.Buy it!
Bob and Earl “Don't Ever Leave Me” from Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures - Vol. 4 (Kent 2004) —1962 song written by Robert Relf and Earl Nelson. If you don't know this song you probably have heard of another they wrote called 'The Harlem Shuffle.'Buy it!
James & Bobby Purify “I'm Your Puppet” from Shake a Tail Feather! The Best of James and Bobby Purify (Sundazed 2002) —Written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham and recorded for the Bell label in 1966.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “Sweet Dreams” from Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul - Vol. 2 (Kent 2013) N —Written by Don Gibson and originally recorded by him in 1956. This soul cover version of the classic country song was recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Mama, You Been On My Mind (Bonus Track)” from Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' (Reimagine Music 2010) —2010 version of a Bob Dylan song. - Laura Veirs will be at Off Broadway in September (Tuesday 9/24).Buy it!
The Belle Brigade “No Time to Think” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (UMGI - Fontana International 2012) —Sublime version of a Bob Dylan song which originally came out on his vastly underrated 1978 'Street Legal' release.Buy it!
Mavis Staples & Lucky Peterson “Wade In The Water” from Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson (Verve 1996) —Stripped-down version of the traditional gospel tune with just Mavis Staples on vocals and Lucky Peterson on Hammond B3. - Lucky Peterson will be at Beale on Broadway this Friday (8/2).Buy it!
Sam Phillips “All Over Me” from Push Any Button (Littlebox Recordings 2013) N —From her forthcoming album. You know what to expect from Sam Phillips - beautifully put-together slightly off-kilter pop songs which makes her truly unique. You know a Sam Phillps song when you hear it. She doesn't sound like anybody else. Highly rBuy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Cracked The Bottle” from Jungle (self 2013) N L —Middle Class Fashion is having their CD release party this Friday (8/2) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill are Humdrum and Kid Scientist.Buy it!
Elliott Smith “Waltz #2 (XO)” from XO (DreamWorks 1998) —"First the mic then the half cigarette/Singing "Cathy's Clown"/That's the man she's married to now/That's the girl he takes around town/She appears composed, so she is I suppose/Who can really tell?/She stares into space like a dead china doll."Buy it!
Sébastien Tellier “Fantino” from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Ryko/WEA 2003) —Music bed. 2001 instrumental composed by Sébastien Tellier.Buy it!
Court Yard Hounds “Sunshine” from Amelita (Columbia 2013) N —This one could make next year's Rich Reese's and my annual summer songs show. Sure, like I'll remember. Really nice harmonies by Martie Maguire and Emily Robison on this.Buy it!
Salt Of The Earth “Landscape” from Salt of the Earth (self 2013) N L —Recorded live at The Focal Point in October, 2012. Written and lead vocals by Lynne Reif. Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jack Petracek.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “I Bow Down and Pray to Every Woman I See” from No Other Love (New West 2002) —Sat 8/17 Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express – Off Broadway. The Jans Project is opening. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Dive Poets “The Ballad of Phoenix Jackson” from Married to Your Ghost (self-released 2013) N L —The Dive Poets are having their CD release party at the Demo on August 10 (Saturday) with The High Scores. All songs on this new release were written by Eric Sargent (who also sings lead) and the Dive Poets.Buy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “The Night Rider” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars Of Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 2010) —Music bed. 1954 Jimmy Bryant instrumental.Buy it!