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.
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 www.lightintheattic.net 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.
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.
Barbara & The Browns “Watch Dog”
from Can't Find Happiness - The Sounds of Memphis Recordings (Kent Records 2007) —Written by Dan Greer & recorded for the Sounds of Memphis label in 1972.
The Animals “Bury My Body”
from The Best of The Animals CD Album (ABKCO 1987) —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.
Ray Charles “Doodlin'”
from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino/Atlantic 2005) —Music bed. Horace Silver-composed instrumental recorded in 1956.
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.
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).
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.
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.