Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 10th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Prince Phillip “Keep On Talking” from Hall of Fame: Rare and Unissued Gems From The Fame Vaults (Kent 2012) N —Prince Phillip Mitchell recorded this single at Fame in 1966 & it was released as a single on the Smash label in 1968. Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham. Included on this new compilation made up of 21 previously unissued tracks from the Fame vaults.Buy it!
Johnnie Taylor “Love In the Streets (Ain't Good As the Love At Home)” from Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (Light In The Attic 2012) N —Here's something different for M2M -- this is an anti-cheating soul song. Billed as Johnnie Taylor (The Soul Philosopher) on this reissued 1971 single - one of ten reissued 45s that make up this collection.Buy it!
The Soul Children “Move Over” from Nobody Wins: Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 (Kent 2012) N —This was originally the b-side of a 1968 Stax single written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter and features Steve Cropper on guitar.Buy it!
Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff” from Stax Groove Masters - Vol. 1 (Warner France 2000) —Huge seller for Stax recorded in 1971 and written by Carol Washington, Joseph Broussard & Ralph Williams. Produced & arranged by the late, great Wardell Quezergue.Buy it!
Beastie Boys “Johnny Ryall” from Paul's Boutique (Capitol Records 1989) —This one goes out in memory of Adam Yauch (aka MCA) who passed away from a rare form of cancer on May 4th at the way too early age of 47. "Thunderbird is the word."Buy it!
The Undisputed Truth “You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here On Earth” from The Best of Undisputed Truth - Smiling Faces (Motown 2003) —1971 Motown recording written by Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfeld who also produced the album. Fantastic instrumental workout by the Funk Brothers (including Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Pistol Allen, Earl Van Dyke & James Jamerson) on this.Buy it!
Earl Van Dyke “Behold” from The Motown Sound: The Complete Albums & More (Hip-O Select / Motown 2012) N —Music bed. Previously unreleased 1968 instrumental with James Jamerson on bass & Dennis Coffey on guitar.Buy it!
James Hunter “No Smoke Without Fire” from People Gonna Talk CD ALBUM (Go 2006) —Written by James Hunter & featuring Damian Hand on tenor sax & Lee Badau on baritone sax sax. A tremendous live performer if you ever get the chance to see him.Buy it!
Barbara & The Browns “Watch Dog” from Can't Find Happiness - The Sounds of Memphis Recordings (Simply Grand Music, Inc. 2007) —Written by Dan Greer & recorded for the Sounds of Memphis label in 1972.Buy it!
Norah Jones “She's 22” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note url 2012) N —Do I want all her albums from now on to sound like this? Probably not but it's an interesting detour this time around. Written by Norah Jones and Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse (who also produced the album).Buy it!
The Animals “Bury My Body” from The Best of The Animals CD ALBUM (MGM 1965) —Written by Al Kooper and elevated to a higher plane through the vocals of Eric Burdon & the keyboards of Alan Price. Eric Burdon is playing Bumbershoot in Seattle with The Greenhornes as his backing band. Please bring this to St. Louis.Buy it!
Ray Charles “What'd I Say” from Ray Charles Live in Concert (Concord 2011) —Reissued album of a live recording made at the Shrine Auditorium in 1964 with six additional previously unreleased tracks.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Doodlin'” from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino/Atlantic 2005) —Music bed. Horace Silver-composed instrumental recorded in 1956.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Down In the Bowery” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) —Alejandro Escovedo & Jimmy Griffin will be appearing at Off Broadway this Tuesday (5/15). Highly recommended. This song was written by Alejandro Escovedo & Chuck Prophet & features additional vocals by Ian Hunter.Buy it!
Craig Finn “Honolulu Blues” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) —From his 2012 debut solo release. His Off Broadway show is still one of my favorite shows I've seen this year.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell “Walk Away” from Walk Away - Single (self 2012) N —New single cover version of a song written by the Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand. Too dreamy for drive time? I don't know but the melody is really pretty.Buy it!
The Delgados “All You Need Is Hate” from Hate (Mantra) —"Hate is everywhere, look inside your heart and you will find it there." I feel compelled to play this every time some state votes for something crazy.Buy it!
Mariachi El Bronx “Love Sick” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (Amnesty International 2012) N —Mariachi El Bronx & Two Gallants will be appearing at the Firebird a week from Saturday (5/19).Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “In These Shoes?” from Tropical Brainstorm (Instinct 2001) —Written by Pete Glenister & Kirsty MacColl and found on what was to be her final album due to a tragic accident which ended her life at the early age of 41. This album came about as a result of her love of Cuban music.Buy it!
Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminals' Starvation League “Visit Me in Music City” from From the End of Your Leash (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2004) —Appearing this Saturday (5/12) at Off Broadway. Old Lights are opening.Buy it!
Beth Bombara “All Along” from V12LP Tower Groove Records (Tower Groove Records 2012) N L —From this 2-LP, multi-colored vinyl compilation of all new songs from a wide array of St. Louis local bands.Buy it!
John Doe and The Sadies “It Just Dawned On Me” from Country Club (Yep Roc 2009) —John Doe will be closing out the final night of Twangfest at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Saturday (6/9). Go to www.twangfest.com for details about the entire action-packed lineup.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge “Drinkin' Whiskey Tonight” from Middle of Everywhere (Continental 2011) L —Pokey LaFarge will be closing out night one of Twangfest at the Schlafly Tap Room on Wednesday (6/6). Go to www.twangfest.com for more details.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Drunkard's Blues” from Pine Valley Cosmonauts Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 1998) —Finally, the long-awaited return to St. Louis by Kelly Hogan who will be closing out night 2 of Twangfest at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Thursday (6/7). Also on the bill are Pretty Little Empire, Deano Waco & The Purvs & Wussy.Buy it!
K. McCarty “Like a Monkey In a Zoo” from Dead Dog's Eyeball: Songs of Daniel Johnston (Bar/None Records 2005) —From her 2005 release made up of all interpretations of songs written by Daniel Johnston.Buy it!