Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 27th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
J.J. Jackson “But It's Alright” from Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino 1997) —Might as well start out with a bang. Co-written & arranged by J.J. Jackson and released on the Calla label in 1966. One you can move to.Buy it!
Soul Blenders “Blending Soul” from Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg (The Numero Group 2011) N —New 2-LP reissue of Phoenix soul produced by Mike Lenaburg in the late 60s/early 70s. This song was written by recording artist Michael Liggins & Mike Lenaburg and was recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Mary Gresham “Get on Back on the Right Track” from Oxford American Southern Music 12th Edition (Oxford American 2010) N —Mary Gresham was born in Selma, AL & recorded this soul track in 1972. Yet another gem found on this CD which accompanies the annual Southern music edition of Oxford American magazine.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2010) N —Really strong soul release that just came out this week. At age 62, this is Charles Bradley's full-length debut release. Backed by the Menahan Street Band & Daptone continues its hot streak.Buy it!
Baby Huey “Hard Times” from The Baby Huey Story - The Living Legend (Water rhino.com 2004) —The Chicago-based soul singer died at 26 in 1970 before this first & only LP was released. This is one of two Curtis Mayfield-penned songs on this release.Buy it!
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “Am I Asking Too Much?” from What Have You Done, My Brother? (Daptone 2009) —2009 song written by Bosco Mann (bassist of the Dap-Kings and Daptone label founder). Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens play every week in a club in NYC. Now, this I would love to see!Buy it!
Willie Wright “It's Only Life, That's All” from Telling The Truth (The Numero Group 2011) N —Willie Wright was from Bayland, MS & later moved to Massachsetts. In 1977, he recorded this release & 1,000 copies were pressed. I don't know how The Numero Group finds these things but they reissued this soul-folk gem this week.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “We've Got to Get Ourselves Together” from Soul Folk in Action (Stax Records url 1968) —Reissue of their 1968 Stax recording. This Delaney & Bonnie cover features backing by Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr. & The Memphis Horns.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops & Luminescent Orchestrii “Short Dress Gal” from Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch 2011) N —From a 4-song EP released this week which combines the Carolina Chocolate Drops with the NYC Gypsy/ Middle Eastern/ Hip-Hop /European music band, Luminescent Orchestrii. This has Tim Rakel's "Mystery Train" airplay written all over it.Buy it!
Al Wilson “Do What You Gotta Do” from Searching for the Dolphins (Soul City 1968) —Written by Jimmy Webb and released in 1968 on Johnny River's Soul City label. Produced by Johnny Rivers & featuring Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon, Joe Osborne, Larry Knechtel, James Burton & Joe Horn as the backing band.Buy it!
Joe Tex “One Monkey Don't Stop No Show” from Hold What You've Got / The New Boss (Connoisseur 2001) —Written by Joe Tex & found on this reissue which combines his two 1965 Atlantic album releases & four bonus tracks.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Jo Jo Gunne” from Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings (Hip-O Select 2007) —Written by Chuck Berry & released as the b-side of a Chess single in 1958. This was recorded in St. Louis in Chuck Berry's offices & he plays all of the instruments on this track.Buy it!
The Goodees “Double Shot” from Condition Red! The Complete Goodees (Ace 2010) N —Alright, I know I've played the Goodees four weeks in a row but none of the tracks sound remotely close to each other. This Swingin' Medallions cover was recorded in 1969 & was produced by Jim Stewart (the ST in Stax). This compilation is wildly entertainBuy it!
Shadows of Knight “Shake” from Blow Up a Go-Go! (V2 1999) —Recorded in 1969 for Team Records. This recording was made by the only remaining original member of the Chicago-based band, vocalist Jim Sohns, & session musicians. It rocks mightily, though.Buy it!
The Pretty Things “Don't Bring Me Down” from Come See Me: The Very Best Of The Pretty Things (Shout! Factory 2004) —Recorded in 1964 for the Fontana label. From this highly-recommended single-disc compilationBuy it!
Abigail Washburn “City of Refuge” (Rounder 2011) N —Written by Abigail Washburn & James Wallace and found on this fine new release. Featuring Abigail Washburn on banjo and a whole host of musicians including people like Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss & Kenny Malone.Buy it!
Doug Paisley “Out On The Weekend” from Harvest Revisited (Mojo 2011) N —Found on this CD collection of various artists performing songs from Neil Young's "Harvest" album. This CD accompanied the February, 2011 issue of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
Neil Young “Walk On” from On the Beach (Reprise Records 1974) —Seriously, this album was savaged by critics when it came out in 1974. It still remains one of my favorite Neil Young albums. This track features slide guitar & vocals by Ben Keith who passed away in 2010. Hard to imagine this song without that sound.Buy it!
Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 “Consider The Source” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc 2010) N —Written by Steve Wynn and found on this new release. Highly recommended. Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 and The Baseball Project are both slated to play at the KDHX/Twangfest party at SXSW. Stay tuned for further details.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Farewell, Farewell” from Liege and Lief (A&M 1969) —Reissue of their 1969 release. Written by Richard Thompson and featuring Dave Swarbrick on fiddle & Sandy Denny on vocals. Out of fairness to other vocalists, I put this at the end of the set.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Red Vines” from Bachelor No. 2 (Superego 2000) —Written by Aimee Mann & found on this 1999 release. I believe this was the time where her record company woes came to an end & she began putting out her own releases.Buy it!
The Beatles “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite” from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Parlaphone 1967) —Mono version from their 1967 landmark album. John Lennon got most of the lyrics from this off a poster advertising a traveling show coming through town.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Cracking Up” from Labour of Lust (Columbia 1979) —Written by Nick Lowe & recorded in 1979. The same personnel (Rockpile) was used to record Dave Edmund's "Repeat When Necessary" in the same time frame.Buy it!
Bobby Bare Jr. “Things I Didn't Say” from From the End of Your Leash (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2004) —Wriiten by Shel Silverstein. Bobby Bare, Jr. will be appearing this Saturday (1/29) at Off Broadway along with Langhorne Slim & Samantha Crain.Buy it!
Johnny Paycheck “He's In a Hurry To Get Home (To My Wife)” from The Real Mr. Heartache (Country Music Foundation 1996) —Written by Joe Poovey & recorded in 1966. This compilation features 24 tracks Johnny Paycheck recorded from 1964-1968.Buy it!
O.C. Smith “The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp” from More Dirty Laundry (Trikont 2008) —Taken from this 2nd volume in Trikont’s anthology of country music performed by various soul artists. This track was written by Dallas Frazier & recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Reason to Believe” from Nebraska VINYL ALBUM (Columbia 1982) —Taken from this 1982 stripped-down album of demos recorded on four-track. "At the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe."Buy it!