Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 30th 2014 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
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.Buy it!
Otis Clay “You Don't Miss Your Water” from Hall of Fame - Volume 3 (Kent 2014) N —This is the third installment of "rare and unissued gems" from the FAME vaults. I've never heard this version of the William Bell song. Recorded at Muscle Shoals and the b-side to a 1968 Cotillion single.Buy it!
Quiet Elegance “After You” from Quiet Elegance: The Hi Records Single Collection (Solid Records 2013) N —Written by Barbara Acklin and Eugene Record and originally released as a single by Hi Records in 1976. Pretty great lead vocal by Yvonne "Frankie" Gearing.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Stranger To My Happiness” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will be at the Pageant in March (Sunday 3/2) with Valerie June opening. Highly recommended.Buy it!
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."Buy it!
Chuck Berry “You Can't Catch Me” from The Great Twenty-Eight (MCA 1984) L —Written by Chuck Berry and recorded in 1955 for Chess with Otis Spann on piano, Wllie Dixon on bass, and Ebby Harding on drums.Buy it!
Levon Helm “Stuff You Gotta Watch” from Electric Dirt (Vanguard Records vanguardrecords.com 2009) —Written by Muddy Waters and produced by Larry Campbell (who also plays guitar and sings backing vocals on this track).Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Watoo Watoo “Ce Vide” from Un Si Longue Attente (Jigsaw Records 2014) N —This release by the French duo also came out this week. This one features the lead vocals of Pascale Korchia. Airy but it still grooves.Buy it!
The New Mendicants “Cruel Annette” from Into the Lime (One Little Indian Records Ltd 2014) N —Yet another new release which came out this week. Really fine pop song from the band made up of Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers), and Mike Belitsky (Sadies).Buy it!
Daniele Luppi “Fashion Party” from An Italian Story (Belmondo/Rhino 2004) —Music bed. Instrumental written and arranged by Daniele Luppi with backing by i Marc 4 -a legendary group of session musicians who were responsible for playing on many Italian film and TV soundtracks.Buy it!
Quilt “Mary Mountain” from Held In Splendor (Mexican Summer 2014) N —Psychedelic pop from the trio's 2nd full-length album. Also out this week. I missed the memo stating January 28 was "Indie Pop Release Day."Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Damn Love Song” from Stranger Me (Archer Records 2011) —My only regret from the Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith, and Motel Mirrors show at Off Broadway a couple of weeks back was that she did not do this song.Buy it!
The Keymen “Boy Blue” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Previously unissued instrumental from 1964.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Faulty Designs” from The Hill or the Climb (Undertow 2014) N L —You can pretty much take any track off this and not go wrong. Written and sung by Chris Grabau. Really pretty melody on this.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “A Feather's Not A Bird” from The River & The Thread (Blue Note 2014) N —Written by Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal. It has been almost eight years since her last album of original material. Well worth the wait.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “All the Girls Are Complicated” from No Way There From Here (Thrift Shop Recordings 2014) N —From her new release which just came out this week. Her usual collection of really well-written songs.Buy it!
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.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) —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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Pete Seeger “Talking Atom (Old Man Atom)” from If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope and Struggle (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1998) —Written by Vern Partlow in 1945. Pete Seeger recorded this version in 1948. Both Sam Hinton and Sons of the Pioneers later put out singles of the song in 1950.Buy it!
Rhonda Vincent “Drivin' Nails” from Only Me (Upper Management Music 2014) N —Written by Jerry Irby and previously recorded by the country artists such as Ernest Tubb, Floyd Tillman, and Hank Thompson.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones “I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail” from Foreverly (Reprise 2013) —Country song from the 30s written by Harty Taylor / Karl Davis. This is from their release of all versions of songs from the Everly Brothers' "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" album.Buy it!
Uncle Tupelo “Atomic Power” from March 16-20, 1992 (Rockville 1992) L —Sat 2/1 at Off Broadway.. No Depression - A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo The Dive Poets, The Vondrukes, Melody Den, Brothers Lazaroff, The Trophy Mules, Fred Friction, Cree Rider Family DuoBuy it!
The Gaslight Anthem “The '59 Sound (Acoustic)” from The B-Sides (SideOneDummy Records 2014) N —New release of all acoustic songs - some versions of previously released songs and some new songs.Buy it!
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