Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 6th 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
Syl Johnson “Soul Drippin'” from Complete Mythology (Numero Group 2010) —1969 Chicago soul track originally released in 1969 and found on this 80-track, six-LP, four-CD set which compiles Syl Johnson recordings from labels such as Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, One-Derful, P-Vine and more.Buy it!
Bobby Patterson “Soul Is Our Music” from Soul Is My Music - The Best of Bobby Patterson (Sundazed Music 2003) —Texas soul track written by Bobby Patterson and recorded for the Jetstar label in 1967. As he says in the liner notes, "That was a record, man! That was kind of Arthur Conley-ish."Buy it!
Dyke and the Blazers “We Got More Soul” (BGP Records 2007) —Another soul artist name -dropping song and this is one of the best. Recorded in 1969 and written by Arlester "Dyke" Christian. Soul and funk at its finest.Buy it!
Arthur Conley “Sweet Soul Music” from Sweet Soul Music (Atlantic 1967) —Otis Redding took Arthur Conley under his wing and produced this album as well as co-writing three songs with Arthur Conley (including this one) and including two additional compositions he wrote by himself.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)” from Sweetheart 2014 COMP (Hear Music 2014) N —Stevie Wonder cover found on this new compilation of various artists singing love songs. - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings w/Valerie June will be at the Pageant in March (Sunday 3/2).Buy it!
Margie Joseph “Stop! In the Name of Love (Single Version)” from Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings Songs Of Motown Records (Concord Records, Inc. 2008) —1970 version of the Supremes hit written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland Jr. recorded at Stax. The opening recitation about cheating kicks this off in grand style.Buy it!
Doris Duke “I Don't Care Anymore” from I'm A Loser (Alive Natural Sound 2014) —Deep southern soul track written by Gary U.S. Bonds, Jerry Williams Jr (aka Swamp Dogg), and Maurice Gimbel. This whole album is a gem and is highly recommended for southern soul music aficionados.Buy it!
Ben & Spence “A Stone Loser” from Hall of Fame Volume 3 (Kent 2014) N —Previously unreleased 1968 recording made at FAME studios and written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. This soul duo featured the lead vocals of Ben Moore and Spencer James.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “A Long Time” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) —Mayer Hawthorne will be at the Pageant on Thursday (2/20). Also on the bill is Quadron. - This ode to Detroit which talks about Henry Ford and Berry Gordy Jr. was written by Mayer Hawthorne.Buy it!
Rumer “Aretha” from Seasons of My Soul (Warner Music UK 2010) —Gorgeous vocals and production on this song written by Sarah Joyce (aka Rumer) and producer-multi-instrumentalist, Steve Brown. Talk about a really strong debut album.Buy it!
Paul Rodgers “That's How Strong My Love Is” from The Royal Sessions (429 Records www.429records.com 2014) N —Paul Rodgers has always been one of rock music's finest vocalists as his stint with Free and Bad Company proved. On this new album recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, he does lots of great takes on some of his favorite soul songs.Buy it!
Brenton Wood “Gimme Little Sign” from Kent's Cellar of Soul - Volume 3 (Kent 2014) N —1967 soul classic written by Joseph Hooven, Alfred Smith (aka Brenton Wood, and Jerry Winn and recorded for the Double Shot label.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “I'm Doing Fine” from I Want To Be With You /I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Expanded) (Soul Music Records 2013) —Reissue of her 1967 Mercury album along with seven bonus single sides from 1965-1968. This song from the album was written by Horace Ott.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Jo Jo Gunne” from Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings (Hip-O Select 2007) —1958 single recorded in Chuck Berry's offices in St. Louis, MO. He plays all the instruments on this track.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Maybe Yes” from Let's Fly a Kite (Yep Roc 2014) N —This album features backing by Nick Lowe's backing band and was produced by Neil Brockbank (who has produced many Nick Lowe albums). - Tue 2/11 Eleni Mandell and Vikesh Kapoor – Firebird.Buy it!
Dum Dum Girls “Are You Okay?” from Too True (Sub Pop Records www.subpop.com 2014) N —Written and sung by Dee Dee and produced by Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner. Tuneful and melancholy in one package.Buy it!
The New Mendicants “Sarasota” from Into the Lime (One Little Indian Records Ltd 2014) N —Beautiful pop song from the band made up of Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers), and Mike Belitsky (Sadies).Buy it!
Jenny O. “1941” from This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 1 COMP (The Royal Potato Family www.royalpotatofamily.com 2014) N —I'm not going to say all the tracks on this new tribute to Harry Nilsson are stellar but this is a really nice take.Buy it!
Water Liars “Ray Charles Dream” from Water Liars (Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum 2013) N —New release from the Mississippi-based band featuring the songs of Justin Kinkel-Schuster, formerly of the St. Louis band, Theodore.Buy it!
The Dream Syndicate “Outlaw Blues (Live At KPFK)” from The Day Before Wine and Roses (Live At KPFK, September 5, 1982) (OMNIVORE RECORDINGS (OMN) 2014) —Live in-studio KPFK radio recording made in 1982 shortly before their release of "Days of Wine and Roses." Steve Wynn has always had a way with Bob Dylan covers. He's done a lot of them. This recording was made at 2:00 AM in the morning.Buy it!
The Last Shadow Puppets “The Age Of The Understatement” from The Age of the Understatement (Domino Records 2008) —Written by Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) - he also sings lead on this - and Miles Kane (Rascals). The London Metropolitan Orchestra is used to good effect on this album.Buy it!
Arctic Monkeys “No. 1 Party Anthem” from AM (Domino 2013) —I think Alex Turner has one of the best voices singing rock these days. Despite the title, you probably wouldn't use this song to get the party started. You would be glad to hear it at the end of the party, though.Buy it!
Dean and Britta “Silver Factory Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Leyla McCalla “Song for a Dark Girl” from Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes (Fat Possum 2014) N —New solo debut with most of the tracks featuring her musical arrangements of various Langston Hughes poems. She plays cello, banjo, and guitar on this album.Buy it!
Pete Seeger “What Did You Learn In School Today?” from Broadside Ballads, Vol. 2 (Folkways Records www.folkways.si.edu 1963) —Written by Tom Paxton. Been hearing so much Pete Seeger on KDHX in memory of his passing. It does the heart good.Buy it!
The Haden Triplets “My Baby's Gone” from The Haden Triplets (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2014) N —New debut album from Petra, Rachel, and Tanya Haden, the daughters of jazz bassist Charlie Haden. This song was written by Hazel Houser and originally recorded by the Louvin Brothers.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “I'll Be Your Baby Tonight” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) —Why just do one Bob Dylan song when you can do a whole album's worth? This UK singer is a really fine interpreter of other artists' music.Buy it!
The Hold Steady “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You” from Teeth Dreams (Razor & Tie 2014) N —From their forthcoming album slated for release on 3/25. What a show at Off Broadway last Saturday.Buy it!
Nikki Hill, Deke Dickerson & The Bo-Keys “Feelins” from Soul Meets Country! - EP (Major Label Records 2013) N —New cover version of a song originally recorded by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Poor Side Of Town” from The Convincer (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2001) —Of course Nick Lowe is going to a great version of this Johnny Rivers song. Was there ever any doubt?Buy it!
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