Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Apr 12th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Civil Tones “Soul to Go” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) L —Thanks to everybody who pledged to KDHX during the Spring Membership Drive. Because of you, we exceeded our goal! Alright, let's get this going with this Robin Allen-penned soul instrumental from 2011. Me gusta mucho!.Buy it!
Betty Davis “They Say I'm Different” from They Say I'm Different (Expanded) (Light In The Attic 2007) R —Reissue of her 1974 release along with four bonus tracks. This was requested last week by May Soul who made a pledge. Written by Betty Davis. Soul & funk of the highest order.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Sorrow” from Life (Expanded) (Epic 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Sylvester Stewart and one of the bonus tracks found on this expanded reissue of their 1968 album.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Here Comes The Judge” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) N —OK, I know this is the third week in a row I've played something by Shorty Long but this compilation is so good. Written by Billie Jean Brown, Suzanne De Passe & Shorty Long and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
James Brown “There Was A Time” from James Brown: The Singles, Vol. 5: 1967-1969 (Hip-O Select) —Written by James Brown & Bob Hobgood and recorded for the King label in 1967. This one has become a staple in live sets by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Walk On Thru That Door” from Faithful Man (Truth & Soul Records 2012) N —Terrific string & vocal arrangements on this closing track of this highly recommended new release out of NY.Buy it!
Billy Ball and The Upsetters feat. Roosevelt Matthews “Tighten Up Tighter” from The Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw 2001) —A grittier version of the Archie Bell & The Drells song recorded in 1968 for the King label.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “You Can't Fail Me Now” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) N —Absolutely gorgeous vocal on this song written by Joe Henry & Loudon Wainwright III. Having Bill Frisell on guitar doesn't hurt, either. Appearing at the Pageant on Friday, May 18 but the show is already sold out.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1974) —Written by Earl Randle, produced by Willie Mitchell, and string arrangements by James Mitchell.Buy it!
James Carr “The Dark End Of The Street” from You Got My Mind Messed Up (Kent 1967) —The definitive version of one of the greatest soul songs ever written. Penned by Dan Penn & Chips Moman and recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads “Blue Groove” from Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles (1959-1968) (Rhino Atlantic 1991) —Music bed. Instrumental recorded for Stax-Volt in 1965 and featuring Isaac Hayes on piano.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “I Stand Accused” from The Isaac Hayes Movement (Enterprise 1970) —I had to finish the first hour with this because I didn't want to put any artist in the unenviable position of trying to follow this. Written by Jerry Butler & William Butler. Just kills every time.Buy it!
Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen “Last Night” from Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets (RPM 2011) —Pretty great 1966 version of the Mar-Keys song.Buy it!
Bill Doggett “For Once In My Life” from Honky Tonk Popcorn (Expanded) (BGP url 2012) —Music bed. Expanded reissue of his 1969 album including six bonus tracks (one of which is this instrumental version of the Stevie Wonder hit).Buy it!
Patti Smith “People Have The Power” from Dream of Life (Arista 1988) —Written by Patti Smith and her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith. Patti Smith: "Based on a concept of Fred's, we developed this song together in Detroit to hopefully inspire & incite."Buy it!
Sharon Van Etten “Serpents” from Tramp (Jagjaguwar 2012) N —Written by Sharon Van Etten and found on her new release. She and her band put on a really fine show at the Luminary Center for the Arts a couple of weeks back.Buy it!
Air “Alone In Kyoto” from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Emperor Norton 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental from the movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh “Bicinium” from Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh (Drag City Inc. 2008) —Medieval instrumental with Helena Espvall on cello and Masaki Batoh on an instrument called the tingsha which is two small cymbals joined together by a leather strap or chain.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “The Wolf Is Getting Married” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —From her highly recommended new release. Beautiful singing throughout and a complete return to form.Buy it!
Malcolm Middleton “Red Travellin' Socks” from Waxing Gibbous (Full Time Hobby 2009) —Written and produced by Malcolm Middleton. One of my favorite songs of 2009. I don't expect to see the Scottish singer/songwriter in St. Louis anytime soon.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Persuasion (Instrumental)” from Sweet Talker (Original Music from the Movie) (Capitol Catalog 1991) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Richard Thompson & Peter Filleul for the 1991 movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack “Ballad Of The Black Chihuahua” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Jon Rauhouse.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Under the Tree” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —From their new album coming out at the end of the month. They have a series of shows coming up including the Gramophone (Friday 4/20), Focal Point (Saturday 4/21) & Lola (Sunday 4/22).Buy it!
Raul Malo “Downbound Train” from Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska (Sub Pop 2000) —Found on this compilation of various artists doing songs from Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album & songs recorded during the Nebraska sessions.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Mink Coats” from Regrooving the Dream (Vanguard Records vanguardrecords.com 2006) —Appearing this Friday (4/13) as part of La Guitara feat. Patty Larkin, Muriel Anderson and Vicki Genfan – Old Rock HouseBuy it!
Bob Reuter “Oakie Girl” from Cowboy Angel & The Lost American Life (Big Muddy Records 2012) L —Recorded circa 1994 & featuring backing vocals by Jeff Tweedy. Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost are having their album release party this Sunday (4/15) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill are Magic City & Trio Project. This sounds action-packed.Buy it!