Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Mar 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
Lorraine Ellison “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)” from Stay With Me (Warner Bros. - Seven Arts 1969) —This whole album is really good and the title track is a soul classic but this version of a composition written by Chip Taylor and Jerry Ragovoy and made famous by Janis Joplin is also a standout.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Shoot 'Em All Down” from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —1967 non-LP Verve single written by Jerry Ragovoy and Mort Shuman.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “Time Is On My Side” from Wish Someone Would Care (Imperial 1964) —Written by Norman Meade aka Jerry Ragovoy and covered soon after by the Rolling Stones in a version which mirrored this one real closely - recitation in the middle and all.Buy it!
Garnet Mimms And The Enchanters “Cry Baby” from The Best of Garnet Mimms - Cry Baby (EMI 1993) —1963 United Artists single written by Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy. This set answers the following questions. 1) Has Jerry Ragovoy written any great soul songs? 2) Are there any recommendation for must-have discs to be in a soul music collection?Buy it!
The Jones Family Singers “Down on Me” from The Spirit Speaks (Arts+Labor 2014) N —New song from their forthcoming album with a 4/1 release date. This gospel band consisting in part of five sisters, two brothers and their father, will be at SXSW a week from Friday (3/14). How can I miss this?Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Now I See” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —Written by Dap-Kings drummer, Homer Steinweiss. Their show at the Pageant last Sunday was just flat-out great.Buy it!
John Edwards “Stop This Merry-Go-Round” from One In A Million: The Songs of Sam Dees (Kent 2014) N —New compilation made up entirely of versions of songs written by Sam Dees. John Edwards was born in St. Louis in 1944 and recorded this song for the Aware label in 1973.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “When You Took Your Love From Me” from Giant of Southern Soul 1965-1975 (Connoisseur 2001) —Recorded in 1971 for the Backbeat label. "Would you take a fish out of water knowing that little feller is going to die? / That's what you did when you took your love from me."Buy it!
Norrie Paramor “Theme From New Scotland Yard” from Inner City Beat: Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1977 (Soul Jazz Records 2014) N —Music bed. 1974 instrumental out of the U.K.Buy it!
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages “I'm Sad About It” from Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot 2013) —Great cover version of a song written by Lee Moses. Slightly unhinged which works well for this song.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Rip This Joint” from Exile on Main St. (Rolling Stones/Atlantic 1972) —This whole song is fantastic but it wouldn't sound the same without Bobby Keys on sax and Nicky Hopkins on piano.Buy it!
Dr. Feelgood “She Does It Right” from Down By the Jetty (EMI 1975) —Written by Wilko Johnson who has pancreatic cancer and sadly doesn't have long to live. He recently recorded an album with Roger Daltrey and they played it live in its entirety at a date in London last month. Looking forward to hearing it.Buy it!
The Nevegans “One Armed Bandit” from It Came From the Beach: Surf, Drag & Rockin' Instros From Downey Records (Ace Records 2011) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental recorded for the -Xpanded label in 1963.Buy it!
Courtney Barnett “Out Of The Woodwork” from The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Mom + Pop 2013) —First full-length release from the singer based out of Melbourne, Australia. It's actually made up of a 2012 EP and 2013 EP strung together and it works quite nicely as a full-length album.Buy it!
The Byrds “She Don't Care About Time” from Set You Free 1964-73 (Raven 2004) —Written by Gene Clark and recorded in 1965. - This is huge! Eight Miles High: A Tribute to the Byrds and KDHX benefit at Off Broadway on March 28. Can't wait!Buy it!
The Love Experts “Your Shining Hour” from Cuba Street - EP (Undertow Music Collective 2004) L —One listen to this song and it will become readily apparent why they will fit in so well at the aforementioned Byrds tribute. For the whole lineup, go to http://kdhx.org/calendar/kdhx-presents-eight-miles-high-a-tribute-to-the-byrds-53709Buy it!
The New Mendicants “Sarasota” from Into the Lime (One Little Indian Records Ltd 2014) N —One of my favorite songs of 2014, so far. From the band made up of Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers), and Mike Belitsky (Sadies).Buy it!
Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton & George Harrison “My Back Pages” from Bob Dylan - 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (Deluxe Edition) (Columbia 2013) N —New remastered versions of songs from the 1993 live concert. That's some assemblage of artists on this song.Buy it!
Benmont Tench “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress” from You Should Be So Lucky (Blue Note url 2014) —Written by Benmont Tench and recorded live in the studio with a backing band made up of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Jeremy Stacey, and Blake Mills.Buy it!
Cherlene “Baby Please Don't Go (from Archer)” from Cherlene (Songs from the TV series ARCHER) (FX Networks 2014) N —I've never seen the show so my knowledge of Cherlene is not vast. I like her country vocals on this John Lee Hooker song, though.Buy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “Opus 1” from Swingin' on the Strings: The Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Collection - Vol. 2 (Razor & Tie 1999) —Music bed. 1953 instrumental written by Speedy West.Buy it!
Hurray For The Riff Raff “The Body Electric” from Small Town Heroes (ATO www.atorecords.com 2014) —Written and sung by Alynda Lee Segarra - "Like an old sad song, you heard it all before/Delia's gone but I'm settling the score"Buy it!
Townes Van Zandt “Lungs” from Rear View Mirror (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1993) —Written by Townes Van Zandt. - "Well, won't you lend your lungs to me? / Mine are collapsin' / Plant my feet and bitterly breathe / Up the time that's passin'"Buy it!
Dawn Landes “Love Song” from Bluebird (Western Vinyl 2014) N —Written by Dawn Landes. - "I can't count on anything but the day and night / I wanna write you a love song with my life." Norah Jones plays piano and sings harmonies on this track.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Bunkhouse Theme” from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) (Columbia 1973) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Everything But Fine” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) L —The Vondrukes will be at Plush this Saturday (3/8). Also on the bill are This City of Takers and The Takedown.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Incandescent Innocent” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
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