Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Aug 29th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Carla Thomas “Heavy Load” from Sweet Sweetheart: The American Studios Sessions and More (Ace/Concord 2013) N —Carla Thomas recorded eleven songs at American Studios with Chips Moman in 1970 for an album that was never released until its inclusion on this new compilation which also has twelve unissued Stax recordings. She sounds wonderful on this Free cover.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Bettye LaVette” from Souvenirs (Art Soul 2000) —12 songs were recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1972 for an album. However, the first single tanked so Atlantic never released it. The album and 6 bonus tracks eventually made it on this French compilation-Written by Ron Davies and covered by David Bowie.Buy it!
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages “I'm Sad About It” from Dig Thy Savage Soul SINGLE (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —Barrence Whitfield just goes kind of Screamin' Jay Hawkins-like nuts on this Lee Moses cover. If you've seen this band, you know it will even be better live.Buy it!
Black Joe Lewis “Come To My Party” from Electric Slave (Vagrant 2013) N —Alright, I'll never claim that Black Joe Lewis is much of a singer but this one will definitely get the party going. Nice groove from the Austin-based band.Buy it!
Lee Moses “Time and Place (single version)” from Time and Place (Castle 2007) —Atlanta soul track recorded in 1970 for the Front Page label. Now, that's a soul vocal. I went with the single version as opposed to the album for one simple reason. The bongos are less pronounced.Buy it!
The Shangri-Las “I Can Never Go Home Anymore” from Good Vibrations: A Record Shop, A label, A Film Soundtrack (Big Beat rhino.com 2103) N —1965 song written by Shadow Morton and found on the soundtrack for a British film about Terri Hooley, his record shop, and his 'Good Vibrations' label founded during the apex of Belfast punk.Buy it!
The Nevegans “One Armed Bandit” from It Came From the Beach: Surf, Drag & Rockin' Instros From Downey Records (Ace Records 2011) —Music bed. 1963 Southern California guitar instrumental recorded for the -Xpanded label.Buy it!
Sarah Bollinger “Call Me Home” from Both/And (self-released 2013) N L —Sarah Bollinger is having her CD Release Party this Friday (8/30) at the Gramophone. Also on the bill are The Feed and Jeremy Joyce. - This track was written by Sarah Bollinger and Tony Esterly.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” from Ain't That Good News (Remastered) (ABKCO 2003) —This 1964 album was the last of his studio albums released in his lifetime. Written by Sam Cooke and fitting for yesterday which marked the the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “People Get Ready” from Lady Soul (Atlantic 1968) —Majestic take on the Impressions song written by Curtis Mayfield. The brass arrangements and backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations add so much to this.Buy it!
Jesse Dee “On My Mind, In My Heart” from On My Mind/In My Heart (Alligator Records 2013) —Jesse Dee will be at the Gramophone in September (Sat 9/28 ). Sounds like he would be great to see live.Buy it!
Belle and Sebastian “Suicide Girl” from The Third Eye Centre (Matador 2013) N —New compilation featuring non-album tracks, remixes, and exclusive cuts made between 2003 and 2010. This song was a bonus track which originally came with the vinyl edition of Belle and Sebastian’s 2010 album ‘Write About Love’.Buy it!
Field Music “A House Is Not A Home” from Tones of Town (Memphis Industries Ltd 2007) —Indie pop out of Sunderland, England. This song is only 2:36 but there is an album worth of ideas in that 2:36.Buy it!
Holes Ensemble “Laugh at Me” from Good Vibrations: A Record Shop, A label, A Film Soundtrack (Big Beat rhino.com 2013) N —Music bed. Instrumental version of a song written by Sonny Bono.Buy it!
Neko Case “Man (Clean Edit)” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) N —From her forthcoming album coming out next Tuesday (9/3). - Appearing at the Pageant in October (Sunday 10/20). I won't miss this one.Buy it!
Alexandre Desplat “A Veiled Mist” from Moonrise Kingdom (Original Soundtrack) (ABKCO 2012) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Alexandre Desplat. Both the soundtrack and film are well worth seeking out.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” from Let England Shake (Vagrant 2011) —"Take me back to beautiful England / And the grey, damp filthiness of ages / And battered books and fog rolling down behind the mountains / On the graveyards, and dead sea-captains."Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Time Passes Slowly #1” from Another Self Portrait 1969-1971 Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (Columbia 2013) N —Alternate version recorded in 1970. Written by Bob Dylan with George Harrison on backing vocals.Buy it!
Bob Reuter “Had to End Sometime” from Trouble Writing Love Songs When I Should Have Just Been Strumming My Guitar (self released 1990) —Thanks to Chris King for making me aware of this song included on a early 1990 Bob Reuter tape and thanks to Rick Wood for digitizing it.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Only A Hobo” from Another Self Portrait 1969-1971 Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (Columbia 2013) N —Previously unreleased version of a Bob Dylan song recorded in 1971. Happy Traum accompanies him on vocals and backing vocals.Buy it!
Woody Jackson “Pear Shaped” from Good Vibrations: A Record Shop, A label, A Film Soundtrack (Big Beat rhino.com 2013) N —Music bed.Buy it!
The Animals “The Story of Bo Diddley” from The Best of The Animals CD ALBUM (MGM 1965) —Alright, this never really happened but it's still a great story. Plus you get to hear the whole story "of the rock and roll scene, in general." Recorded circa 1964.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” from Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) —Composed by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Marcus Sol and found on this release made up of songs written by and/or interpreted by Nina Simone.Buy it!
Mary Gauthier “You Don't Know Me” from You Don't Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold (Plowboy Records, Llc 2013) N —Written by Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold and found on this compilation of various artists performing songs previously recorded by Eddy Arnold.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “I'll Trade You Money For Wine” from Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —Written by Robbie Fulks and found on this highly recommended (by me) new release.Buy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “Truck Driver's Ride” from Swingin' on the Strings: The Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Collection - Vol. 2 (Razor & Tie 1999) —Music bed. 1951 instrumental.Buy it!
Cree Rider Family Band “Straight From The Bottle” from One Night Stand (self 2014) N L —Sun Sep 1 The Cree Rider Family Band will be having their CD release party at the Gramophone this Sunday (9/1) as part of the Americana Festival & BBQ. Also appearing are the Hobosexuals, Pistols & the Sisters, The Thin DImes, Junebug, Jack Grelle,Buy it!
Linda Ronstadt “I Won't Be Hangin' Round” from Linda Ronstadt (Capitol Records 1971) —Written by Eric Kaz and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1971. - This one goes out to Linda Ronstadt who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease which has taken away her ability to even sing a note. Very sad news.Buy it!