Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 10th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Booker T And The MGs “Soul Dressing” (Stax Records url 1965) —Music bed. 1965 memphis soul instrumental written by Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, Jr., and Lewis Steinberg. Pledge, baby, pledge!Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Don't Fight It” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper and sung by this quartet of soul singers who have backed up everyone from Elvis Presley to Aretha Franklin to Dusty Springfield.Buy it!
Barbara & The Browns “If It's Good To You (It's Good For You)” from Can't Find Happiness: The Sounds of Memphis Recordings (Kent 2007) —Written by Dan Greer and Stanley Carter and recorded in 1972 for the Sounds Of Memphis label.Buy it!
James Hunter “No Smoke Without Fire” from People Gonna Talk CD ALBUM (Go 2006) —The James Hunter Six will be at Old Rock House tonight (Thurs 10/10). But wait, there's more. Jesse Dee is opening. See you there!Buy it!
Janet & the Jays “Without A Reason” from Cheatin' Soul (Trikont 2005) —Downright lurid-sounding (thanks to the saxophone) soul song written by Don Bryant and recorded for the Hi label in 1966 by this trio of soul vocalists from Holly Springs, MS.Buy it!
Shirley Scott “Soul Shoutin'” from The Very Best of Prestige Records (60th Anniversary) (Concord Records, Inc. 2009) —Music bed. 1963 soul jazz instrumental written by her husband, Stanley TurrentineBuy it!
James Carr “Dark End Of The Street” from You Got My Mind Messed Up (Kent 1967) —Reissue of his classic 1967 soul album plus twelve extra tracks. A must-have album, I think. As for this song, I'm not messing around, dammit. This is pledge drive. Written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman. One of the greatest soul recordings, ever.Buy it!
Valerie June “You Can't Be Told” from Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord 2013) —Folk, soul, blues, and Appalachian music all make their way onto this fine debut solo release by the singer-songwriter out of Tennessee.Buy it!
Nina Simone “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” from To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (RCA 2008) —This is the original version of the song composed by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Sol Marcus. The Animals recorded it shortly, thereafter.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Feeling Good” from Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) —Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and found on this album made up of all songs written or previously interpreted by Nina Simone.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Come On Over (Turn Me On)” from Sunday at Devil Dirt (V2 2008) —I don't know why this vocal combination works so well. It just does. Produced, arranged, and written by Isobel Campbell.Buy it!
Grace Basement “We're Gonna Rock This Town” from Wheel Within A Wheel (Avonmore 2013) N L —It has been four years since Grace Basement's last album so it's good to hear new music by one of St. Louis's finest bands. Written and sung by Kevin Buckley.Buy it!
Badfinger “Baby Blue (2010 - Remastered)” from Straight Up (Apple Records 1971) —Composed by Pete Ham and produced by Todd Rundgren. I wanted to play this last week after the Beaking Bad finale but my CD case was empty. These things happen.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Truth #2” from Silver Bell (A&M 2013) N —Strange thinking of this as a new release when she recorded it circa 2000 but her record company chose not to release it. Well, this week it finally was officially released. Don't miss Patty Griffin w/ Scott Miller at the Pageant this Mon (10/14).Buy it!
Los Straitjackets with Big Sandy “Dame Una Sena (Gimme Little Sign)” from Rock En Espanol Vol. One (Yep Roc 2007) —Cover version of the Brenton Wood hit with new Spanish lyrics written by L'il Luis Arriaga.Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “England 2 Colombia 0” from Tropical Brainstorm (Instinct 2001) —"You lied about your status You lied about your life / You never mentioned your three children / And the fact you have a wife / Now it's england 2 colombia 0 / And I know just how those Colombians feel"Buy it!
The Plugz “Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man)” from Repo Man: Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (MCA 1984) —Your basic Spanish version of Johnny River's "Secret Agent Man."Buy it!
The Rumblers “Blockade aka That's It” from Intoxica! Strange and Sleazy Instrumental Sounds from the SoCal Suburbs (Ace Records 2006) —Music bed.Buy it!
Lindi Ortega “I Want You” from Tin Star (Last Gang Records Inc. www.lastgangrecords.com 2013) N —Written by Dave Cobb and Lindi Ortega and found on her new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
The Pastel Six “Bandido” from Intoxica! Strange And Sleazy Instrumental Sounds From the SoCal Suburbs (Ace Records 2006) —Music bed. 1962 Southern California garage rock instrumental. If they put out a box set of these guys, I'd buy it just for the music bed potential alone.Buy it!
Bob Reuter “I Don't Think I Can Fly” from Production Masters 7-18-00 (Unreleased 2000) L —Just a beautiful version of this song that was never released. Found on a CDR he gave me a long time ago that only indicated "Production Masters 7-18-00" on the label.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Most Of The Time (Alternate Version)” from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia 2008) —1989 alternate version recorded during the "Oh Mercy" sessions. Stripped down to just Bob Dylan on vocal, acoustic guitar, and harmonica.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “That's How I Got To Memphis” from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) —Written by Tom T. Hall with just the majestic vocals of Solomon Burke backed by Buddy Miller on acoustic guitar and Byron House on upright bass.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Dark End Of The Street” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —Music bed. 1972 instrumental version of the soul classic recorded at Muscle Shoals.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “The Price Of Love” from Walk Right Back: The Every Brothers on Warner Bros. 1960 to 1969 (Warner 1993) —1965 song written by Don and Phil Everly.Buy it!