Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 29th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Funk Brothers “Soul Stomp” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Too often I've just used this as a music bed. Not this time. 1964 instrumental from the sublime backing band on a teaming multitude of Motown songs.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “I'm Wondering” from The Complete Motown Singles - Vol.7:1967 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2007) —Alternate mix of the 1967 song written by Henry Cosby, Stevie Wonder & Sylvia Moy. Higher Ground: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder and Benefit for 88.1 KDHX is taking place at Off Broadway this Friday (9/30). Go to http://tinyurl.com/6gx876s for details.Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “Feeling Alright” from If I Were Your Woman / Standing Ovation (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) 2006) —Soul version of the Traffic song written by Dave Mason & found on this reissue of two 1971 Motown albums.Buy it!
Jr. Walker and The All Stars “Three Four Three” from Soul Session (Motown 1966) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Harvey Fuqua who was the founder of the Moonglows, a producer for various Motown artists & a composer.Buy it!
Willie Tee “I'm Only a Man” from I'm Only A Man (Get On Down 2011) —New reissue of a previously hard-to-find 1969 Capitol release by the New Orleans artist. Written by Marcene Harris, arranged & conducted by H.B. Barnum & produced by David Axelrod.Buy it!
The San Remo Golden Strings “Festival Time” from Double Cookin': Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals (Ace 2010) —1966 instrumental recorded for the Ric Tic label.Buy it!
Brother Smith and His Stars of Harmony “God Don't Take No Vacation” from This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM 1957-1982 (Tompkins Square 2011) N —Gospel funk out of Chicago recorded circa 1972 for the Valberst label. Found on this new highly recommended 3-CD compilation featuring 72 rare independent gospel 45 tracks.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “I'm Going Home (To Live With God)” from Memphis Unlimited (Backbeat 1973) —Traditional gospel song with backing by the Hi Rhythm section & production by Willie Mitchell. Oh, and with a fantastic soul vocal by O.V. Wright and backing vocals by Rhodes, Chalmers & Rhodes.Buy it!
Trombone Shorty “Then There Was You” from For True (Verve 2011) N —This track features the searing vocals of Ledisi on a song she co-wrote with Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) among others. Another really strong release by the New Orleans artist.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Damn Love Song” from Stranger Me (Archer Records 2011) N —Written by Amy LaVere & David Brookings and found on the Memphis artist's latest release. One of my favorite songs from 2011.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “You Don't Know Me At All” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —Written by fellow Sonora High School (La Habra, CA) graduate, Jeff West. Nick Lowe will be opening for Wilco at the Peabody Opera House in October (Tues 10/4).Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “Ebb Tide” from The Lonely Surfer (Collectors' Choice Music 1963) —Music bed. Instrumental from this reissue of his 1963 album with backing by Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Leon Russell & David Gates (of Bread).Buy it!
The Bangles “Anna Lee (Sweetheart Of The Sun)” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) N —From their new release which just came out this week. Written by Susanna Hoffs and Vicki & Debbi Peterson. Highly recommended. The Bangles will be at the Pageant in October (Sat 10/8).Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “NYC Really Has It All” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) N L —Debut release from the St. Louis band made up of Paige Brubeck & Evan Suit. Just voted Best Rock Band - 2011 by the Riverfront Times. - 2011Buy it!
The Mekons “Geeshie” from Ancient & Modern (Bloodshot 2011) N —New release which just came out this week. This track features the vocals of Sally Timms. Some nice violin on this by Suzie Honeyman.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “That Bangle Girl” from The Very Best of Robbie Fulks (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2000) —Appearing at Off Broadway in October (Sun 10/16). Willy Porter is also on the bill. Should be a fine show.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hold Down the Fort” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) N L —Just voted Best Pop Band - 2011 by the Riverfront Times. This song about St. Louis was written & sung by Seth Porter.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” from Let England Shake (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2011) N —Another one of my favorite songs from 2011. This song is not likely to be used by the England Tourism Board anytime soon. PJ Harvey plays sax on this track.Buy it!
The Beatles “I Need You” from Help! CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 1965) —1965 mono version of a song written by George Harrison. Martin Scorsese's "GEORGE HARRISON: Living In The Material World" is coming to HBO on October 5 & 6.Buy it!
The Liverbirds “Talking About You” from Destroy That Boy! (Ace 2009) —1965 Chuck Berry cover by the all-girl band based out of, you guessed it, Liverpool. They did play in clubs like the Cavern & the Star Club and became big in Germany.Buy it!
The Goodees “Jilted” from Condition Red! The Complete Goodees (Ace 2010) —Why can't all songs be like this? Recorded in 1969 for the Hip label which was a sub-label of Stax. Written & produced by Don Davis & Freddie Briggs.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts “Papa Was a Rodeo” from Beneath the Country Underdog (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2000) —Magnetic Fields cover written by Stephin Merritt.Buy it!