Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 20th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Lil Greenwood “I'm Crying” from The Oxford American Southern Music CD # 12 (Oxford American 2010) N —1953 song written by Lil Greenwood & released on the Federal label. The blues & gospel singer was from Alabama & is included on this CD which accompanies the latest issue of Oxford American magazine.Buy it!
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup “That's All Right” from When the Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock & Roll (RCA Bluebird/BMG Heritage 2002) —Written by Arthur Crudup & recorded in Chicago in 1946. Elvis Presley went on to record this in 1954. Found on this excellent 4-CD compilation of blues songs which became the precursor for rock & roll.Buy it!
Ray Charles “I Got a Woman” from We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll (Proper 2005) —Written by Ray Charles & recorded for Atlantic in 1954. Found on this 4-CD, 118-song collection of 40s & 50s blues, R & B, hillbilly, country, and doowop songs that influenced rock & roll.Buy it!
Magic Sam “21 Days In Jail” from The Complete Cobra Singles (P-Vine 2008) —Written by Willie Dixon & L.P. Weaver and recorded in 1958. Found on this collection of singles released by the Cobra label in the 50s.Buy it!
The Animals “Hit The Road, Jack” from Animalism (Hip-O Select 2006) —Reissue of their classic 1966 release. Written by Percy Mayfield. This incarnation of the Animals features Dave Rowberry on keyboards (replacing Alan Price).Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Maggie's Farm” from How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan (Ace 1966) N —Recorded in 1965 for Atlantic & found on this new compilation of Dylan songs covered by various soul artists.Buy it!
Jeanne & The Darlings “Soul Girl” from Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles (1959-1968) (Atlantic 1991) —Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter and recorded in 1967 for Stax/Volt. Jeanne & The Darlings were from Little Rock & had never sung secular songs until they hooked up at Stax with Isaac Hayes & David Porter.Buy it!
The Goodees “Have You Ever Hurt The One You Love” from Condition Red! The Complete Goodees (Ace 2010) N —Previously unreleased '67 track recorded at Stax and produced by Isaac Hayes & David Porter. Fans of 60s girls groups really need to check out this new compilation. Surprises galore!Buy it!
Carla Thomas “I Like What You're Doing (To Me)” from Stax Profiles: Carla Thomas (stax 2006) —Written by Bettye Crutcher, Homer Banks & Raymond Jackson and recorded for Stax in 1968. If you're looking for a good introduction to Carla Thomas, this compilation isn't a bad place to start. None of her sublime Christmas songs are included, however. HeyBuy it!
Isaac Hayes “I Stand Accused” from The Isaac Hayes Movement (Enterprise 1970) —I don't think that Isaac Hayes ever did anything that surpassed this. Written by Jerry & (his younger brother) Billy Butler and recorded for Stax in 1970. Plus some really fine guitar by Michael Toles. The guitar fills add so much.Buy it!
Jerry Butler “For Your Precious Love” from Jerry Butler: The Best of the Vee-Jay Years (Shout! Factory 2007) —1958 Vee-Jay single written by Jerry Butler, Arthur Brooks & Richard Brooks. Recorded with The Impressions.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Green Fields of Summer” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve 2010) —Written by Peter Wolf & Will Jennings and featuring Neko Case on duet vocals. Alright, somebody ought to bring him to St. Louis.Buy it!
The Easybeats “Women (Make You Feel Alright)” from Gonna Have a Good Time SINGLE (Retroactive 1999) —1966 song written by lead singer Stevie Wright & rhythm guitarist George Young and released on the Parlophone label.Buy it!
The Nerves “One Way Ticket” (Alive Records 2008) —Previously unreleased single recorded in 1977 shortly before the band imploded. Written by Peter Case & included on this compilation of their 4-song EP, an unreleased single, live tracks & demos.Buy it!
Villagers “Old Man” from Harvest Revisited (Mojo 2011) N —Villagers is really just Irish singer/songwriter Conor J. O’Brien. This Neil Young cover is included on the CD which accompanies the latest issue (Feb 2011) of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Last Train” from City of Refuge (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —Written by Abigail Washburn & Kai Welch. I agree with Roy Kasten (Feel Like Going Home) when he says that this is the first great release of 2011. Really interesting arrangements add a whole lot to this collection of well-written songs.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Dory Previn” from Let's Get Out of This Country CD ALBUM (Merge 2006) —Written & sung by Tracyanne Campbell. Quite a different style than most of their songs. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Ass Ponys “Last Night It Snowed” from Lohio (Checkered Past Records 2001) —"A blanket white / At least it was when it came down last night / The morning brings the rain / The blanket's washed away / Now everything turns back to grey"Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Silver Factory Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) N —Music bed. Instrumental included on this album of songs written to accompany 13 short B&W Andy Warhol silent films made from 1964-1966.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Cooksferry Queen (live)” from Semi-Detached Mock Tudor (Beeswing 2002) —Live 1999 recording. Uh, this one kind of tears it up. This tour came through St. Louis & took place at Mississippi Nights. Amazing show.Buy it!
Christine Collister “How Will I Ever Be Simple Again” from The World is a Wonderful Place (Green Linnet 1993) —Gorgeous vocal on this song found on this 1993 compilation of various artists performing songs written by Richard Thompson.Buy it!
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers “Middle of Nowhere” from Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers (Zoe Muth/Signature 2009) —Written by Zoe Muth & found on their debut 2009 release. This band is based in Seattle & haven't made it to St. Louis, yet.Buy it!
The Flying Burrito Brothers “My Uncle” from ...Next Stop is Vietnam: The War on Record 1961-2008 (Bear Family 2010) —Written by Gram Parsons & Chris Hillman and found on this 14-CD collection of songs from the Vietnam War-era.Buy it!
Michael Nesmith “Different Drum” from Silver Moon (Unknown 2002) —Written by Michael Nesmith and later made famous by Linda Ronstadt. Found on this 25-track compilation of post-Monkees songs recorded between 1970-73.Buy it!