Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 3rd 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Rufus Thomas “The Breakdown (Part 1)” from Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975 (stax 2003) —RIP Charles "Skip" Pitts who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 65 after a long bout of cancer. He played guitar on this 1971 Stax recording which was written by Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice & Rufus Thomas.Buy it!
The Isley Brothers “It's Your Thing” from The Essential Isley Brothers (Sony 1972) —Skip Pitts played guitar on this song & who can forget the opening guitar riff that opens this song? Released in 1969 and a #1 R&B & #2 pop hit.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Baby, I'm-A Want You” from Ultimate Isaac Hayes - Can You Dig It? (stax 2005) —Skip Pitts played guitar on this soul version of the Bread hit penned by David Gates. Recorded circa 1970-72 and also featuring lead vocals by David Porter. Of course, Skip Pitts is best known for his iconic wah-wah guitar on "Theme From Shaft."Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Sundown On Beale” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) —Music bed. Skip Pitts played guitar on this 2011 instrumental written by bassist Scott Bomar. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Skip Pitts on a couple of occasions & he was a really nice man and a truly engaging personality on stage.Buy it!
Inez Foxx “Crossing Over The Bridge” from Nobody Wins: Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 (Kent 2012) N —New compilation of deep Southern soul tracks recorded for Stax. This 1973 recording was written by Inez Foxx & Mack Rice and has Skip Pitts and Michael Toles on guitar.Buy it!
The Mad Lads “Gone! The Promises of Yesterday” from Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (Light In The Attic 2012) N —Doo-wop meets soul meets psychedelic on this 1971 Stax recording. Found on this new 10 x 7" collection of reissued Stax singles. Really well done & with an 84-page book.Buy it!
Ralph "Soul" Jackson “You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy” from Hall of Fame: Rare and Unissued Gems From The Fame Vaults (Kent 2012) N —New compilation of 21 previously unissued tracks from the Fame vaults. This was written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham & recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Earl-Jean “I'm Into Something Good” from Something Good From The Goffin & King Songbook (Ace 2012) N —This new release is the third volume of Carole King & Gerry Goffin songs performed by various artists. Earl-Jean McCrea was one of the Cookies but she recorded two solo singles. Recorded in 1964 for the Colpix label.Buy it!
Ellie Greenwich “You Don't Know” from The Red Bird Girls: Very First Time In Stereo 1963-1966 (Real Gone Music 2012) N —Incredibly well arranged 1965 song written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry & George Morton and remixed from the original session tapes in stereo.Buy it!
The Spacemen “The Clouds” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1:1960 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed. Despite the title of this album, this instrumental charted & was recorded in 1959.Buy it!
Andre Williams “Cadillac Jack” from The Chess Story 1965-1975 (MCA 2001) —Appearing this Friday (5/4) at Off Broadway. There will also be a screening of screening of "Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams." As an added bonus, Ransom Note is opening.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “You Better Believe It” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) N —Just recently released in the U.S. & featuring lead vocals by Ty Taylor. I won't make the mistake of missing them again the next time they come through St. Louis.Buy it!
Norah Jones “Happy Pills” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note url 2012) N —New release which just came out this week. Written by Norah Jones & Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse (who also produced this album).Buy it!
Jon Hardy & The Public “Cassius Clay” from Working In Love (Jon Hardy and the Public 2007) L —Is this song really five years old? One of my favorite songs to have come out of St. Louis in the last ten years.Buy it!
Buddy Greco “That Darned Cat” from Feline Groovy (Ace 2008) —The Hepcat Carnival is taking place at the Gramophone this Sunday (5/6) from 3-9 PM to benefit Tenth Life Cat Rescue. Games, food, bands, Arch Rival Roller Girls, kittens(!) & so much more!Buy it!
The Kinks “Phenomenal Cat” from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Reprise 1968) —Written by Ray Davies & recorded in 1968. "There lived a cat, a phenomenal cat."Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Respectable Dive” from Out of the Game (Decca 2012) N —Highly recommended new release which just came out this week. Produced by Mark Ronson. Oliver Wang normally writes about soul music on his Soul-Sides blog but he takes a detour and talks about this release at http://tinyurl.com/74ud952Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Million Miles” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) —Written by Bob Dylan, produced by Joe Henry and featuring Bill Frisell on guitar. She will be at the Pageant in May (Fri 5/18) but the show is already sold out.Buy it!
One Take “Tide Is High” from TBD (self 2012) N L —Danielle Aslanian & One Take will be appearing this Friday (5/4) at the Focal Point. This is a more acoustic fiddle-driven version of the Paragons song later covered by Blondie. Danielle Aslanian sings lead & plays fiddle on this.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “No Bobby Don't” from Because It Feel Good (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —Kelly Hogan is headlining night #2 of Twangfest on Thursday (6/7) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. Also on the bill are Pretty Little Empire, Deano Waco & The Purvs and Wussy.Buy it!
John Doe and Exene Cervenka “See How We Are” from John Doe and Exene Cervenka Singing and Playing (Moonlight Graham Records 2012) N —New release featuring new studio recordings by John Doe & Exene of both older & new songs. John Doe is headlining the final night of Twangfest on Saturday (6/9) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room.Buy it!
Peter Case “Poor Old Tom” from The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2004) —Written by Peter Case & with David Hidalgo from Los Lobos on violin, accordion & ukelele.Buy it!
Jennifer O' Connor “Exeter, Rhode Island” from Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars (Matador 2006) —"The radio plays a power pop song, it keeps me company like a friend."Buy it!
Joe Stickley & Sean Canan “Galway Girl” from Loaded to the Gunwales (Peola Road Music 2010) L —2010 Steve Earle cover. They will be appearing tonight (Thurs 5/3) at Off Broadway along with Reeling Gilly, Auset Music Project, John Joern & others to honor the music of Levon Helm.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Fancy” from An American Quilt 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —1970 song written by Bobbie Gentry and featuring a woman who won't ever be nominated mother of the year. A sordid tale, indeed.Buy it!
Farmer Jason “The Tractor Goes Chug Chug Chug” from A Day At the Farm With Farmer Jason (Remastered) [Bonus Version] (Rhino 2006) —Farmer Jason & Ryan Spearman kick off the Harvest Sessions on Saturday (5/5) from 9:45am-12:45pmBuy it!