Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Nov 24th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Yardbirds “A Certain Girl” from Mojo Presents The Road To Quadrophenia (Mojo 2011) N —Written by Naomi Neville (aka Allen Toussaint) & recorded in 1964. This was taken off a compilation CD that accompanied the December, 2011 issue of Mojo magazine.Buy it!
A.J. Jones & The Soulettes “Hole In Your Soul” from Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (The Numero Group 2011) N —1965 mainly instrumental song with some backing vocals by the Soulettes. Taken from this new 3-CD, 57 track compilation of rare 60s and 70s soul, funk & gospel released by the Cleveland-based Boddie Recording Company.Buy it!
Billy Clark & The Maskman “Soul Party Pt. 1” from Dynamic Grooves (BGP url 2011) N —Washington DC soul from 1968 released by the Dynamo label & found on this new compilation of songs released by various New York independent labels. This track was written by Harmon Bethea (aka The Maskman) & Billy Clark.Buy it!
Tony Alvon & The Belairs “Sexy Coffee Pot (Single Version)” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —Music bed. 1969 soul & funk instrumental recorded for Atlantic at Virtue-Stiles Studio in Philadelphia.Buy it!
Spooner's Crowd “Two In The Morning” from The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (Kent 2011) N —1966 instrumental written by Spooner Oldham (who plays piano & organ on this), Albert Lowe & Roger Hawkins and recorded for the Cadet label. Produced by Rick Hall. One heck of a cool instrumental and one I've never heard before.Buy it!
Erma Franklin “Gotta Find Me A Lover (24 Hours A Day)” from Super Soul Sister (Vampi Soul vampisoul.com 2003) —Reissue of Aretha's older sister's 1968 album. Written by Chicagoans Eugene Record & Carl Davis.Buy it!
The Young-Holt Unlimited “Soulful Strut” from Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975 (Brunswick Records 2006) —Music bed. Chicago soul instrumental written by Eugene Record (see previous song) & William Sanders.Buy it!
Lee Charles “Wrong Number” from Brunswick Lost Soul - Vol. 1 (Brunswick 2011) N —Just a terrific soul vocal on this 1969 composition penned by Eugene Record (yes, him again), Gerald Sims & Floyd Sims.Buy it!
Jimmy McGriff “Groove Grease” (LRC Ltd. 2006) —Jimmy McGriff instrumental found on this reissue of his 1971 release with a cover not likely to be found on a Walmart endcap anytime soon. Also found on 'The Krusty 70's - Volume # 60' but that might be a little more difficult to locate.Buy it!
The Genies “Know What To Do When You Get It” from Super Funk presents Funk Soul Sisters (BGP url 2003) —1972 funk song written & produced by Russ Lewis and recorded for the Ronn label in 1972. 'Fellas, we've got a message for you......"Buy it!
The Memphis Horns “Soul Bowl” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —Music bed. 1970 soul & funk instrumental written by Wayne Jackson & Andrew Love and released on the Cotillion label.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Claudine” from Some Girls [Deluxe Edition] (Universal Republic Records 2011) N —New reissue of their 1978 release with an additional disc of some original outtakes & some recently completed in 2011 by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Don Was. Mick Jagger waxes poetic about Claudine Longet in this one.Buy it!
The Who “Bell Boy” from Quadrophenia [Deluxe Edition] (Polydor 2011) N —Reissue of their 1973 album along with eleven demos of songs recorded -- most of which made it on the album after being re-recorded. Written by Pete Townshend.Buy it!
John Cale “Child's Christmas In Wales” from Paris 1919 (Reprise Records 1973) —"With mistletoe and candle green / To Halloween we go / Ten murdered oranges bled on board ship / Lend comedy to shame."Buy it!
Calexico “Gift X-Change” from Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011 (Quarterstick 2011) N —From this new compilation of 16 tracks previously found on tour-only CDs. Written by Joey Burns. One of Calexico's finest songs and, finally, easy to find.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Everything's Got 'Em” from The Point! (RCA 1971) —There will be a Harry Nilsson tribute this Sat. (11/26) at Off Broadway with Ransom Note, Edward Burch, John Krane, Tommy Halloran, Brian Wiegert, Dock Ellis Band &“The Point” narrated by Sherman S. Sherman & members of Rats & People.Buy it!
The Roches with Mark Johnson “Spaceman” from For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters 1995) —From this 1993 compilation of various artists performing the songs of Harry Nilsson including Randy Newman, Aimee Mann, Brian Wilson & Jimmy Webb among others.Buy it!
Neko Case “Don't Forget Me (iTunes Originals Version)” from iTunes Originals - Neko Case (Anti/Epitaph 2009) —Live in the studio 2009 recording of a Harry Nilsson with harmony vocals by Kelly Hogan.Buy it!
Barbara Keith “All Along The Watchtower” from Barbara Keith (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2005) —Bob Dylan cover from this reissue of her 1972 album. Not a bad backing band with the likes of Jim Keltner, Lee Sklar & Spooner Oldham.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Incandescent Innocent” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed. 2010 instrumental written to accompany an Andy Warhol short film.Buy it!
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter “Marble Son” (Station Grey / Thirty Tigers 2011) N —I hated to have to miss this show at the Old Rock House last Tuesday. Title track to their psychedelic-tinged new release written by Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher.Buy it!
Pisces “Dear One” from A Lovely Sight (The Numero Group 2009) —60s psychedelic-rock out of Rockford, IL that would be more forgettable except for the vocals of Linda Bruner who recorded this when she was just 17.Buy it!
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings “In Tall Buildings” from A Tribute to John Hartford (Blue Plate Music www.ohboy.com 2001) —Found on this 2000 live recording of various artists performing John Hartford songs such as Norman Blake, John Cowan & Tim O'Brien. This live recording also features John Hartford performing some of his own songs, as well.Buy it!
Peter Case “Lakes Of Ponchartrain” from Sings Like Hell (Vanguard 1993) —Really affecting version of the traditional song with just Peter Case on guitar & harmonica and Tammy Rogers on violin. Produced by Marvin Etzioni.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Point Blank” from The River (Columbia 1980) —This song was so powerful when I saw him perform the song live in 1980 that I wish he would start including it in his live sets again.Buy it!
Aimee Mann & Michael Penn “Reason to Believe” from Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska (Sub-Pop 2000) —I think this tribute to Bruce Springsteen is one of the strongest tribute albums out there. Usually, they are really spotty affairs. It helps when you have artists such as Johnny Cash, Raul Malo, Chrissie Hynde & Son Volt taking part.Buy it!
Bob Reuter and Kamikaze Cowboy “After the Party” from Down in America (Magoo Records 2000) L —There will be a Bob Reuter book release for his latest collection of photos called 'Light Fuse and Run' at Off Broadway this Sunday from 3-7PM. As an added bonus, Alley Ghost & Doom Town will be performing.Buy it!