Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 24th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Sly and the Family Stone “I Want to Take You Higher” from Stand! (Epic 1969) —Soul at its very finest. Written by Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart. They don't credit who plays harmonica on this album but it sure adds to this track.Buy it!
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band “Twenty-Five Miles” from In the Jungle, Babe (Warner Brothers 1969) —Cover version of the Edwin Starr hit written by Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, and Gerald Wexler. - A set of California soul & funk to kick things off.Buy it!
Sly and the Family Stone “Never Do Your Woman Wrong” from Dance To The Music (Expanded) (Epic 2007) —Music bed. Previously unreleased 1967 instrumental written by Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart.Buy it!
La La Brooks “All or Nothing” (Norton Records Inc. 2013) N —New album out by the Crystals singer who sang lead on Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me at the age of 14. This Small Faces cover was written by Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott and was produced by Mick Collins (Dirtbombs, Gories).Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “It Don't Come Easy” from Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook CD ALBUM (Anti www.anti.com 2010) —Talk about making a song your own. This Ringo Starr song is transformed into a smoldering, slow blues groove and works really well.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Sweet Thing” from Astral Weeks (Warner Bros. 1968) —Written by Van Morrison with backing by Jay Berliner, Richard Davis, Connie Kay, John Payne, and Warren Smith. The word "masterpiece" gets bandied around too easily but this really is a masterpiece.Buy it!
Willie Wright “It's Only Life, That's All” from Telling The Truth (The Numero Group 2011) —This album feels like a kindred spirit to Astral Weeks to me. I'm sure it's only me but that's how my mind works. Rare 1977 soul out of Nantucket Island (of all places) unearthed by The Numero Group.Buy it!
Honey Ltd. “Eli's Coming” from The Complete LHI Recordings (Light In The Attic www.lightintheattic.net 2013) N —Written by Laura Nyro and originally released as a 1969 single for Lee Hazlewood's LHI label. Produced by Mike Post.Buy it!
La Honda “Solid Gold” from I See Stars (La Honda Music Ltd 2013) N —From their forthcoming album. This album was recorded 12 years ago and is finally seeing the light of day. Lead vocals by Sarah Joyce (aka Rumer) who was eighteen at the time of this recording.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Russian Blue” from Big Soul (Tower Groove Records 2013) N L —One of many fine local bands playing the aforementioned Marvin Gaye trubute show and KDHX benefit. Ransom Note will be playing with the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra at this event. We're talking entertainment value here, folks!Buy it!
Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell “Two Can Have a Party” from The Complete Duets (Tamla 2001) —1967 Motown recording written by John Bristol / Harvey Fuqua / Thomas Kemp. — KDHX Presents: How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye at Off Broadway, November 15.Buy it!
Earl Van Dyke (aka The Funk Brothers) “The Flick - Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4” from The Motown Sound: The Complete Albums and More (Hip-O Select/Motown Records 2012) —Music bed. 1965 Motown instrumental written by Earl Van Dyke, James Jamerson, and Robert White.Buy it!
The Sundowners “Shifting Sands” from Don't Come Knockin' - Single (Skeleton Key Records 2013) N —Terrific new single by the Wirral, UK quintet. Produced by James & Ian Skelly from the Coral at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool.Buy it!
Motel Mirrors “Meet Me on the Corner (feat. Amy LaVere & John Paul Keith)” from Motel Mirrors (feat. Amy LaVere & John Paul Keith) (Archer Records 2013) N —I love a good cheating pop song. Written by John Paul Keith.Buy it!
Jonny “Gloria” from Free EP (Merge 2011) —Beautiful ode written about Gloria Estefan by the band fronted by Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci frontman Euros Childs.Buy it!
Linda Thompson “Won't Be Long Now (feat. Teddy Thompson, Amy Helm, Tony Trischka)” from Won't Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds www.lindathompsonmusic.com 2013) —I love being at a radio station where a new release by somebody like the great Linda Thompson elicits much excitement from a sizable amount of KDHX DJs.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Salt Of The Earth” from Beggars Banquet (Universal unk 2002) —Featuring electric slide guitar by Keith Richards who also sings the first verse. The Watts Street Gospel Choir provides backing vocals.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “For What It's Worth” from The Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair 1955-1984 (KENT/ACE 2000) —Great 1967 soul gospel version of the Buffalo Springfield song written by Stephen Stills.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Herringbone Tweed” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Sean Wareham.Buy it!
Brandi Clark “The Day She Got Divorced” from 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records 2013) N —Highly recommended new debut release by the singer-songwriter who has written songs for country artists such as Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, and LeAnn Rimes.Buy it!
Sébastien Tellier “Fantino” from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Ryko/WEA 2003) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Parson Red Heads “Every Mile” from Orb Weaver (Fiesta Red www.fiestaredrecords.com 2013) N —New release from the band formerly based out of Oregon but now based out of Los Angeles. Written by Sam Fowles.Buy it!
Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy “Just What I Was Looking For” from What The Brothers Sang (Drag City / Palace Records 2013) —Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and found on this release of songs written by or previously recorded by the Everly Brothers.Buy it!
Neko Case “Magpie to the Morning (Bonus Track)” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) —Her show at the Pageant last Sunday was one of the best of the year.Buy it!
Coulson, Dean, McGuinness & Flint “Eternal Circle” from Lo and Behold (Airmail Archives 1972) —Bob Dylan cover done before this song was ever released by Bob Dylan. This and so many other songs on this album were learned off Bob Dylan bootlegs.Buy it!