Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 12th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Shorty Long “Devil with the Dress” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) —This 1964 original version of the song is still the best. Written by Frederick "Shorty" Long and William "Mickey" Stevenson.Buy it!
Maskman & The Agents “One Eye Open” (Dynamo 1969) —Soul & funk band out of Washington D.C. fronted by Harmon Bethea (aka The Maskman) who would wear a Lone Ranger mask while performing. Written by Harmon Bethea and J. Burston.Buy it!
James & Bobby Purify “You Don't Love Me” from Shake a Tail Feather! The Best of James and Bobby Purify (Sundazed 1966) —Written by Willie Cobb and originally recorded for the Bell label in 1967.Buy it!
Chris Clark “Do Right Baby Do Right (Single Version)” from The Complete Motown Singles - Vol 5: 1965 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —Written by Motown impresario Berry Gordy and recorded in 1965. Chris Clark will be performing at the Ponderosa Stomp which is taking place in New Orleans on 10/4 & 10/5.Buy it!
Maxine Brown “One Step at a Time” from Best Of The Wand Years (Ace 2009) —Another artist who will be performing at the Ponderosa Stomp. This 1965 Wand label recording was written by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Jo Armstead.Buy it!
The Rayons “You Confuse Me Baby” from Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label (The Numero Group 2013) N —New 2-LP compilation of rare late 60s/early 70s soul from the Kansas City-based Forte label. This band was fronted by three female vocalists and this track was recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Trombone Shorty “Fire and Brimstone” from Say That To Say This (Verve 2013) N —New release and the third full-length album from the New Orleans trombonist (actually he plays all kinds of instruments but the trombone is his main one), singer, and songwriter. Co-produced by Raphael Saadiq.Buy it!
Cody ChesnuTT “That's Still Mama” from Landing On A Hundred (Vibration Vineyard 2013) —Cody Chesnutt will be appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Friday (9/27). AS an added bonus, Myron are opening. & EBuy it!
Eddie Holland “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal 2005) —Previously unreleased Motown track from 1964 written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland. Maybe not as great as Kim Weston's version but pretty close.Buy it!
The Funk Brothers “Come See About Me” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Supremes hit.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Show-Biz Blues” from Then Play On (Warner 1969) —Written by Peter Green and found on one of their finest albums. Rather hard to compare one Fleetwood Mac era with another, though.Buy it!
Beth Hart “I'd Rather Go Blind (Bonus Track)” from Bang Bang Boom Boom (Mascot Records 2013) —Ridiculously great live version of the soul classic performed with Jeff Beck at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors in tribute to Buddy Guy. Composed by Bill Foster and Ellington Jordan.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “Something to Sing About” from Regardless (Fruitcake 2013) —From the UK singer-songwriter's latest album which came out in May. She's incredibly prolific. I wonder what that's like?Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Herringbone Tweed” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Arctic Monkeys “Mad Sounds” from AM (Domino 2013) N —From the Sheffield, England band's new release. Written by Alan Smyth and Alex Turner. I think Alex Turner has one of the finest voices in indie-rock (for lack of a better term).Buy it!
Billy Bragg & Wilco “California Stars” from Mermaid Avenue (Ekektra 1998) R —I had a request for this song which took the lyrics of Woody Guthrie and put them to music composed by Jay Bennett and Jeff Tweedy.Buy it!
The Nerves “Working Too Hard” from One Way Ticket (Alive Records 2008) —Written by Paul Collins and recorded in 1976. - Paul Collins' Beat will be at Off Broadway on Monday (9/16). Also on the bill are The High Dives.Buy it!
Neko Case “Night Still Comes” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) N —Written by Neko Case with backing vocals by Kelly Hogan, Rachel Flotard, and Jim James. - Neko Case will be at the Pageant Sun 10/20. Both the show and this new release are highly recommended.Buy it!
Sean Sennett “There's a Girl At the Cinema Who Looks Like Beth Orton” from The Beautiful Game (Supa Fury 2012) —Sean Sennett is a music critic out of Australia who also happens to write fine songs. C'mon, how am I not going to listen to this song with that title?Buy it!
Jackson Browne “Don't Let Us Get Sick” from Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven (Vanguard 2013) N —Written by Warren Zevon and found on this new compilation of various artists performing some of their favorite songs with proceeds going to the Sweet Relief Foundation which helps musicians with medical needs.Buy it!
Neil Young “From Hank to Hendrix” from Harvest Moon CD ALBUM (Reprise 1992) —"Sometimes it's distorted / Not clear to you / Sometimes the beauty of love / Just comes ringin' through" - Backing vocals by Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor.Buy it!
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers “Let's Just Be Friends for Tonight” from Starlight Hotel (Signature Sounds Recordings Company 2011) —Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers will be at Off Broadway this Tuesday (9/17). Also on the bill are the Cree Rider Family Duo.Buy it!
Johnny Paycheck “He's In A Hurry (To Get Home To My Wife)” from The Real Mr. Heartache: The Little Darlin' Years (Country Music Foundation 1996) —Sad, sad cheating tale written by Joe Poovey and recorded in 1966.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Truckin'” from Deadicated (Arista 1991) —Found on this compilation of various artists covering Grateful Dead songs. Some other artists on this are Warren Zevon, Dr. John, Lyle Lovett, and Los Lobos.Buy it!
Bob Reuter and Kamikaze Cowboy “Circles” from Down in America (Magoo Records 2000) L —So many great songs were presented at the Bob Reuter Memorial at the Casa Loma Ballroom last Sunday yet it only scratched the surface of how much fine material he wrote.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “The Left Hand and the Right Hand (live)” from Live at KDHX - Vol. 11 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2013) N —Live performance from this new collection of live performances recorded at KDHX. Quite an impressive lineup on this.Buy it!