Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 31st 2012 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Shorty Long “Function At The Junction” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) N —One of my favorite reissues of 2012. Released in 1966 and written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland & Shorty Long.Buy it!
Chris Clark “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) [Alternate Mix]” from A Cellarful of Motown (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) 2002) —These backing tracks were recorded for Frank Wilson's rare 1966 single. She dubbed her vocals to this track in 1967 & this was to be released as a Motown single but it was cancelled. I don't know why. She sounds great on this Frank Wilson-penned rave-upBuy it!
Junior Walker & The All Stars “Come See About Me” from Home Cookin' (Motown 1969) —Another song in this set not in the more usual polished sound of Motown. Written by Holland, Dozier & Holland and recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Monophonics “Bang Bang” from In Your Brain (Ubiquity Recordings, Inc. www.ubiquityrecords.com/ 2012) N —Cover version of the 1966 song written by Sonny Bono. Wish I could have seen this band when they played on Tuesday with Orgone at the Old Rock House.Buy it!
KO and the Knockouts “Black & Blue” from Ko & the Knockouts (Wicked Cool www.wickedcool.com 2007) —Written by Ko Shih (one-time member of the Dirtbombs) who also plays bass & sings lead on this album originally released in 2002 but later reissued in 2007 on Little Steven's Wicked Cool label.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Cry To Me” from Soul Alive! (Rounder New 1988) —This live 1983 recording from Washington, D.C. is one of the best live soul recordings you can hope to hear. This was written by Bert Russell (aka Bert Berns).Buy it!
Ray Charles “Don't Set Me Free” from Ray Charles Live in Concert (Concord 2011) —Written by Teddy Powell & Bobby Sharp & featuring the duet vocals of Raelett Lillian Fort. Recorded live at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1964.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Faithful Man” (Truth and soul 2012) N —James Brown-influenced track from his new release. Some terrific string & horn arrangements on this track. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Quantic, Alice Russell & The Combo Bárbaro “Magdalena” from Look Around the Corner (Tru Thoughts Records 2012) N —Written by British singer Alice Russell and Quantic multi-instrumentalist William Holland.Buy it!
James Hunter “The Hard Way” CD ALBUM (Hear Go 2008) —Sam Cooke-influenced track written by James Hunter & featuring Allen Toussaint on piano & backing vocals. I'd say he's about due for a new release.Buy it!
Saint Etienne “Record Doctor” from Words and Music By Saint Etienne (Heavenly (UK) 2012) N —The British band's eighth release just came out this week. Featuring the vocals of Sarah Cracknell on this release which takes you on a thematic journey through the band's 25 years of existence.Buy it!
Patrice Holloway “Those DJ Shows” from Theme Time Radio Hour - Vol. 1 (Ace 2008) —Written by Smokey Robinson & recorded by Brenda Holloway's younger sister at the age of 13. It didn't get released until she was 54, however. So great.Buy it!
Willie Wright “It's Only Life, That's All” from Telling The Truth (The Numero Group 2011) —Astral Weeks meets Nantucket soul. Recorded in 1977 & with a pressing of 1,000 copies, this was unearthed & reissued in 2011 by The Numero Group.Buy it!
The McCoys “Sorrow” from Smash, Boom, Bang! The Songs and Productions of Feldman-Goldstein-Richard Gottehrer (Ace 2012) N —Recorded in 1965 & written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein & Richard Gottehrer. "With your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue...."Buy it!
Evie Sands “I Can't Let Go” from The Red Bird Girls Very First Time in True Stereo 1964-1966 (Real Gone Music 2011) —Written by Chip Taylor & Al Gorgoni and recorded for the Blue Cat label in 1965.Buy it!
John Doe “Painting the Town Blue” from Keeper (Yep Roc 2011) —Written by John Doe & Exene Cervenka. John Doe will be at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room to close out the last night of Twangfest on Saturday (6/9). Also on the bill are Kevin Gordon, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, and Rough Shop.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Plant White Roses” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. Kelly Hogan is headlining 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, and Wussy. Highly recommended .Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show “Agent Burns (Theme)” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Jon Rauhouse.Buy it!
Francoise Hardy “Le Temps de L'amour” from Moonrise Kingdom (Original Soundtrack) (ABKCO 2012) N —From the movie soundtrack to the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, which opens at the Tivoli Theater next Friday (6/8).Buy it!
Doc Watson “That's Why I Love You Like I Do” from Docabilly (SUGAR HILL 1995) —RIP Doc Watson who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89. This was written by Jack Marrow and has been covered by other artists such as Sonny James, Rick Nelson & Roger Miller.Buy it!
Doc & Merle Watson “Old Joe Clark” from Home Sweet Home (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1998) —Doc & Merle Watson recorded their parts in 1967 on a tape that was never meant for release. Years later, the tape was found and with Doc's blessing & selection of players, additional parts were added in 1998 by Marty Stuart, Sam Bush & others.Buy it!
Bill Monroe & Doc Watson “You Won't Be Satisfied That Way” from Live Recordings 1963-1980: Off the Record Vol. 2 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1993) —Live recording from 1963 of a song written by Jimmie Davis & Lloyd Ellis.Buy it!
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers “You Only Believe Me When I'm Lying” from Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers (Continental Song City 2012) —Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers will be at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on the last night of Twangfest on Saturday (6/9). Also on the bill are Rough Shop, Kevin Gordon, & John Doe to close the evening out with a bang.Buy it!
Beth Bombara “All ALong” from V12LP Tower Groove Records (Tower Groove Records 2012) N L —Written by Beth Bombora & found on this new 2-LP vinyl compilation of a wide array of St. Louis local artists.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “The Left Hand and the Right Hand” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) —Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express will be at the Taste of Downtown Springfield (IL) in July (Sat 7/7). Show at 8:00 PM. The drive is worth it to see Chuck.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Bus to Shreveport” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2010) N —Highly recommended new release from the artist who will be playing on the final night of Twangfest at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Saturday (6/9) along with Rough Shop, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, & John Doe.Buy it!
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