Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jun 28th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Etta James “I'm Gonna Take What He's Got” from Have Mercy! The Songs of Don Covay (Ace 2012) N —1968 song written by Don Covay & recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals Per the liner notes, no female artist recorded more Don Covay compositions than Etta James.Buy it!
Joe Tex “Skip A Rope” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) N —Originally recorded by country artist Henson Cargill in 1967. This country soul version was recorded for the Dial label in 1969. Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives performed this song at their Family Arena show last Sunday.Buy it!
Arthur Alexander “Every Day I Have To Cry” from Lonely Just Like Me (Nonesuch 2005) —Written by Arthur Alexander & recorded in Nashville in 1992. Produced by Ben Vaughn & featuring soul session players such as Reggie Young, Spooner Oldham, and Donnie Fritts..Buy it!
Clarence Carter “Too Weak to Fight” from The Fame Singles Vol. 1 1966-1970 (Kent 2012) N —Written by Clarence Carter, Rick Hall, George Jackson & John Keyes and recorded for Atlantic in 1968. Found on this new terrific collection of a & b sides of singles he recorded at FAME Studios.Buy it!
Margie Joseph “Stop! In The Name of Love (Single Version)” from Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings Songs Of Motown Records (Concord Records, Inc. 2008) —This Supremes hit was written by Holland, Dozier & Holland and Margie Joseph recorded this epic version of the song for Stax in 1970.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Shoot 'Em All Down” from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —1967 Verve mono non-LP single written by Jerry Ragovoy & Mort Shuman.Buy it!
Mulatu Astatke “Netsanet” from Ethiopiques 4 - Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentals 1969-74 (Buda Musique 1998) —Music bed. 1974 Ethiopian jazz instrumental. Highly recommended compilation.Buy it!
Otis Redding “I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” from Monterey International Pop Festival (Live) (Razor & Tie 2008) —The 1968 D.A. Pennebaker film Monterey Pop will be playing as part of the Webster Film series Friday through Monday (6/29-7/2) at 7:30 PM. This 1967 live recording is one of many songs featured in the film.Buy it!
Patti Smith “This Is The Girl” from Banga (Columbia 2012) N —Beautiful ballad written about Amy Winehouse with lyrics by Patti Smith. One of my favorite releases of 2012. Patti Smith is doing a series of shows opening for Neil Young this summer.Buy it!
Jack Nitzsche “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Closing Theme)” from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Original Soundtrack) (Concord Records, Inc. 1991) —Music bed. 1976 instrumental composed, produced, arranged & conducted by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “Coney Island Winter” from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) —Garland Jeffreys is performing again and is putting on tremendous live shows. No St. Louis shows on the horizon, unfortunately.Buy it!
The Keymen “Boy Blue” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Previously unreleased 60s instrumental recorded at Norman Perry's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Pass On By” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —This release is running neck & neck with Chuck Prophet as my favorite releases of 2012, so far. Written by Margaret Ann Rich. Seriously, there is not a weak track on this release. Go buy it!Buy it!
April March “Chick Habit” from Grindhouse: Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) (Warner Bros./Maverick 2007) —1995 rewrite of Serge Gainsbourg's "Laisse Tomber les Filles" with lyrics by Elinore Blake (aka April March).Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “San Antonio Rain” from Big Station (Fantasy 2012) N —Highly recommended new release made up of all songs written by Alejandro Escovedo & Chuck Prophet. Produced by Tony Visconti which has proven to be perfect for his last three releases.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Barely Exist” from ¡Let Freedom Ring! (Yep Roc Records 2009) —Chuck Prophet will be in Springfield, IL as part of Taste of Downtown Springfield on Saturday (July 7). I won't miss this show.Buy it!
The Jans Project “Torn Between” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) L —Also appearing as part of Taste of Downtown Springfield on Saturday (July 7). Make sure you arrive in time to see them.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground & Nico “There She Goes Again” from The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 1967) —Written by Lou Reed. This album holds up so well after all these years.Buy it!
Allo Darlin' “Tallulah” from Europe (Slumberland 2012) N —Don't let this song throw you. This is the only stripped-down song on a record with lots of pop gems. But it showcases the vocals of Elizabeth Morris, beautifully. That voice just kills me. "Tallulah" refers to the Go-Betweens song.Buy it!
Paul Buchanan “My True Country” from Mid Air (Newsroom Records 2012) N —From the Blue Nile's frontman's 2012 solo release. Sung beautifully, of course. Add him to the ever-expanding list of gifted Scottish vocalists.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Cell Phones Ringing (In The Pockets Of The Dead)” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate Music 2006) —Willie Nile flew out of JFK airport the morning of 9/11 and was headed to Spain for a tour. This song came about as a result of hearing the news. It happened just a mile from where he lived so, obviously, hit really close to home.Buy it!