Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Dec 5th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Ricky Lewis “Cupid” from Feel The Harlem Beat: The Legendary Bobby Robinson Productions (P-Vine 2013) N —Taken from this 3-disc compilation of 50s and 60s recordings that came out of the Harlem-based Fire and Fury labels. This revved-up version of the Sam Cooke song is from 1968.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Feel It (Don't Fight It)” from live at the harlem square club (RCA 1985) —Great live performance from 1963. Basically, Sam Cooke and band going nuts. This was written by Sam Cooke and some of his backing live band included King Curtis (sax), Clif White (guitar), Cornell Dupree (guitar), and June Gardner (drums).Buy it!
George Jackson “It's Up To His Woman” from Old Friend: The Fame Recordings - Vol. 3 (Kent 2013) N —This song was written by O.B. McClinton and recorded at Muscle Shoals. Found on this new compilation of rare and unreleased George Jackson recordings from the Fame vaults.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “Back In Your Arms” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino 2009) —Written by George Jackson, Raymond Moore, Larry Chambers, and Melvin Leakes and recorded at Fame Studios in 1968. That's the Sweet Inspirations on back-up vocals.Buy it!
Nikki Hill, Deke Dickerson & The Bo-Keys “Lovey Dovey” from Soul Meets Country! - EP (Major Label Records 2013) N —Duet by Nikki Hill and Deke Dickerson on this new version of the Otis and Carla song written by Ahmet Ertegun and King Curtis.Buy it!
Arthur Alexander “Where Have You Been” from Saint Etiene Presents Songs For a Central Park Picnic (Cherry Red 2013) N —Written by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and released in 1962 as the flip side to "Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)."Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Taxi Dancer” from Girl from the North EP (Tuk Tuk Records 2013) N —A new three-song EP by Dengue Fever. Life is good. Thanks to bobEE Sweet from Uncontrollable Urge (heard every Wednesday from Noon-2 PM) for making me aware of this. A groove which can't be denied.Buy it!
Mulatu Astatke “Gubèlyé (My Gubel)” from Éthiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale (1969-1974) (Buda Musique 2004) —Music bed. 1974 Ethiopian jazz instrumental.Buy it!
Joe Henry “The Man I Keep Hid” from Blood from Stars (Anti 2009) —"Nobody knows the man that I keep hid / He's raised my face like a pirate's flag / Of any Nations tattered rag / Nobody knows the man that I keep hid."Buy it!
Tom Waits “New Year's Eve” from Bad As Me (Anti 2011) —Written and produced by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. David Hidalgo from Los Lobos plays accordion on this. Sounds like a memorable New Year's Eve if nothing else.Buy it!
Maggie Siff “Lullaby For a Soldier (Arms of the Angels)” from Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 3 (Music From Sons of Anarchy) (Sony 2013) N —Alright, this was completely unexpected. The actress who demonstrates a considerable lack of judgment in her choice of men on this TV show from which this soundtrack come from has a beautiful voice.Buy it!
Richard and Linda Thompson “Walking On A Wire” from Shoot Out The Lights (Hannibal 1982) —Devastating and beautiful every time I hear it. This just in! Richard Thompson will be at the Pageant on Feb. 19 and Teddy Thompson is opening.Buy it!
Jeff Tweedy “Ballad of the Opening Band” from Songs for Slim: Rockin' Here Tonight - A Benefit Compilation for Slim Dunlap (New West Records www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —From this new compilation of singles recorded by a wide array of musical friends to raise money for Slim Dunlap who has suffered a severe stroke and will require extensive medical treatment for the rest of his life. All songs written by Slim Dunlap.Buy it!
The Incurables “Famous Last Words” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) L —Written by and featuring lead vocals by Jimmy Griffin. Paige Brubeck of Sleepy Kitty sings harmony on this track.Buy it!
Lulu “The Boat That I Row” from To Sir With Love - The Complete Mickie Most Recordings 1967-1969 (Remastered) (EMI UK 2011) —Written by Neil Diamond and released in 1967.Buy it!
Glen Hansard “Drive All Night (feat. Eddie Vedder & Jake Clemons)” from Drive All Night - EP (Anti/Epitaph 2013) N —Written by Bruce Springsteen and featuring harmony vocals by Eddie Vedder and sax by Jake Clemons (Clarence's nephew). Produced by Joe Henry.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Jesse James” from The Long Riders (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1980) —Music bed.Buy it!
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones “Long Time Gone” from Foreverly (Reprise 2013) N —Composed by Frank Harford and Tex Ritter. This is from the new album out which features covers of songs from the 1958 Everly Brothers album, "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us."Buy it!
Brandi Clark “The Day She Got Divorced” from 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records 2013) N —Highly recommended new debut release from the singer/songwriter who has written all kinds of songs for other country artists.Buy it!
Jennifer O'Connor & The Forest Rangers “Running Blues” from Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 3 (Music From Sons of Anarchy) (Columbia 2013) N —New song from Jennifer O'Connor found on this third volume of songs used on the "Sons of Anarchy" television show.Buy it!