Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jul 12th 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
Ike Turner “Feelin' Good / Please Love Me (from All The Blues, All The Time medley)” from Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace 2012) N —1955 cover versions of a Junior Parker song and a B.B. King song played on his Fender Stratocaster.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay” from Soul Folk in Action (Stax Records url 1968) —Really great interpretation of the soul classic written by Otis Redding & Steve Cropper (who also produced the album). Sung by Mavis Staples who just turned 73 on Tuesday (7/10) and is still touring like crazy.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Tobacco Road” (CAPITOL www.hollywoodrecords.com 1964) —Written by John D. Loudermilk & recorded with the Onzy Matthews Orchestra. Onzy Matthews wrote all the arrangements and conducted the band.Buy it!
The Jacksonians “Vehicle” from Lost Soul Gems From Sounds of Memphis (Kent 2012) N —Slow, soulful re-working of the Ides Of March hit found on this compilation of rare tracks from the Sound of Memphis label, including previously unheard titles (like this one) found recently on tapes & acetates.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “I Saw Me” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) N —Originally recorded by George Jones in 1962. This intense version was recorded in 1965. I've said it before but I have to think that Janis Joplin heard a lot of Esther Phillips recordings. She sure sounds like a major influence on Janis Joplin to me.Buy it!
Willie Tee “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” from I'm Only A Man (Get On Down 2011) —Reissue of his 1969 Capitol album. The New Orleans-based singer does a nice take on this Jimmy Webb song & the arrangements of H.B. Barnum add a whole lot to this album. Produced by David Axelrod.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “30-60-90” from Poppa Willie: The Hi Years 1962-74 (Cream / Hi 2001) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental written by Willie Mitchell & Teenie Hodges and recorded for the Hi label in 1969.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “100 Days, 100 Nights” (Daptone Records 2007) —Title track to their 2007 release written by Bosco Mann. The backing vocals are by The Voices of Thunder (Those Gentlemen of the Gospel).Buy it!
The Bamboos “I Got Burned (feat. Tim Rogers)” from Medicine Man (EMI Label Services 2012) N —Tim Rogers from You Am I delivers some terrific vocals on this song performed by the Australian soul band.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “It's All In The Game” from Sweetheart Love Songs (Hear Music 2004) —Inspired by the 1958 Tommy Edwards recording. Nick Lowe will be at the Sheldon Concert Hall in September (Wednesday 9/26). Can I get a "wahoo!"?Buy it!
Renee Acker “If I Had a Magic Wand” from If I Had a Magic Wand 45 single (The Numero Group 2012) N —I have a subscription series with The Numero Group and this 45 single came in the same shipping carton as a pop compilation of bands out of Illinois. All I know is it's a soul pop track I like recorded for the Edgewood label (Wash. DC).Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Do Re Mi” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —1970 Woody Guthrie cover off his debut album. Don't miss the Saturday (7/14) Just One Big Soul: Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Party, Tribute and 88.1 KDHX Benefit at Off Broadway. This is huge!Buy it!
Dean and Britta “Silver Factory Theme” from 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Every Single Night” from The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Columbia 2012) N —Appearing this Saturday (7/14) at the Peabody Opera House.Buy it!
Dirty Projectors “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” from Levi's Pioneer Sessions 2010 Revival Recordings (www.levispioneersessions.com 2010) —Written by Bob Dylan & recorded in 2010. Appearing next Tuesday (7/17) at the Pageant. Wye Oak is opening.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Just Like A Woman (Live)” from Stage Whisper (Ekektra 2011) —Live Bob Dylan cover recorded in 2010. This blows away her studio recording of the song made for the "I'm Not There" movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie” from The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Columbia 1991) —Poem written about Woody Guthrie recited live during his April 12, 1963 performance at New York City's Town Hall.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Jesus Christ” from Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection (Smithsonian Folkways 2012) N —"This song was written in New York City / Of rich men, preachers and slaves / Yes, if Jesus was to preach like he preaced in Galillee / They would lay Jesus Christ in his grave."Buy it!
Old Crow Medicine Show “Union Maid” from Big Iron World CD ALBUM (Nettwerk Records 2006) —Written by Woody Guthrie. They will be appearing at the Pageant next Friday (7/20). Remember Just One Big Soul: Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Party, Tribute and 88.1 KDHX Benefit at Off Broadway this Saturday (7/14).Buy it!
The Waterboys “Lonesome and a Long Way from Home [Bonus Track]” from Fisherman's Blues, Pt. 2 (Razor & Tie 2001) —Previously unreleased song written by Mike Scott & Andy Thistlewaite and recorded in 1986.Buy it!
Julie Fowlis “Lon-dubh (Blackbird)” from The White Album Recovered (Mojo 2008) —Sublime version of the Beatles song sung in Gaelic by a singer with one of the most beautiful voices on this planet.Buy it!
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