Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 30th 2014 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Roy Montrell “(Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone”
from Blowing The Fuse - 30 R&B Classics that rocked the Jukebox in 1956 (Bear Family Records GmbH 2006) —1956 recording featuring the vocals of New Orleans session guitarist Roy Montrell and the really memorable sax of Lee Allen. Written by Roy Montrell, John Marascalco, and Bumps Blackwell and recorded for the Specialty label.
Bob & Earl “Baby It's Over”
from Kent's Cellar of Soul - Volume 3 (Kent 2014) N —Now, this is a soul ballad! Recorded for the Mirwood label in 1966 by Bob Relf and Earl Nelson. They are best known for "Harlem Shuffle" but this is terrific. Arranged by Gene Page, spoken recitation in the middle, soulful backing vocals - just great.
Bettye Swann “Victim Of a Foolish Heart”
from The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Real Gone Music 2014) N —Written by Mickey Buckins and George Jackson and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1972. This was the first single she recorded for Atlantic and can be found on this new compilation of all 23 recordings she made for Atlantic.
Arthur Wright & His Orchestra “Make Me Yours”
from Double Cookin': Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals (Kent Dance 2010) —Music bed. Mostly instrumental version of the Bettye Swann hit.
Gladys Knight & The Pips “Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone”
from Dusty Heard Them Here First (Ace 2014) N —From this new compilation of original versions of various soul songs later covered by Dusty Springfield. Written by Cornelius Grant, Sylvia Moy, and Norman Whitfield and recorded in 1967.
Garland Jeffreys “'Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me”
from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) —He took 13 years since his previous release to put this out in 2011. It proved to be a great return to form and he put out another fine album in 2013. "…not gettin' any younger/and I'm not feelin' very old."
The Staple Singers “For What It's Worth”
from Version Excursion (Harmless 2000) —Sublime 1967 version of the Buffalo Springfield song. - Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot will discuss his new book, "I'll Take You There," about Mavis Staples this Monday (2/3) at 7 PM at the St. Louis County Library. Highly recommended.
The Consolers “This May Be The Last Time”
from I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label 1951-1983 (Tompkins Square 2013) N —Recorded in 1957 for the Nashboro label. Ridiculously good.
The Keymen “Boy Blue”
from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Previously unissued instrumental from 1964.
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Helpless”
from The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing 1962-1979 (Ace 2005) —1971 version of a Neil Young song co-produced and arranged by Jack Nitzsche.
Bob Dylan “Most Of The Time (Alternate Version)”
from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia 2008) —This will always remain one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs. This 1989 alternate take works so well wth just Bob Dylan on guitar and harmonica. Far removed from the version that ended up on "Oh Mercy" - a version I also really like.
Pete Seeger “Little Boxes”
from Pete Seeger at Carnegie Hall (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1963) —RIP Pete Seeger who just passed away on Monday at the age of 1994. Pete Seeger - " "I'd really rather put songs on people's lips than in their ears." - This live version of the Malvina Reynolds song was recorded in 1963.
Pete Seeger “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy”
from Classic Protest Songs from Smithsonian Folkways (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2009) —1967 song written by Pete Seeger. Set in 1942 but it had parallels to the Vietnam War. He did this live on the Smothers Brothers show in 1967 but CBS censors removed it. After negative publicity, he got to do it in 1968.
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “Bustin' Thru”
from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars Of Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie/CEMA Special Markets 1995) —1954 instrumental written by Speedy West & Don Davis.