Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jul 19th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band “Scorpio” from Evolution (Sussex 1971) —RIP Bob Babbitt who passed away last Sunday at the age of 74. He played bass on a staggering amount of amazing tracks. For a discography of some of the songs he played on, go to http://www.bobbabbitt.com/disc.htm I'd say his bass solo on this trackBuy it!
The Capitols “Cool Jerk” from Beg, Scream & Shout! (Rhino 1997) —Recorded in 1966 & featuring Bob Babbitt on bass. My friend John Ellis wrote "He played bass on the Capitols' 'Cool Jerk.' Isn't that by itself enough?" I suggested that should be his epitaph.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “We Can Work It Out” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11A: 1971 (Hip-O SELECT/MOTOWN 2008) —Beatles cover recorded in 1969 & featuring Bob Babbitt on bass. He also played bass on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”Buy it!
The Chairman Of The Board “Give Me Just a Little More Time” from Finder's Keepers: The Invictus Anthology (Sanctuary 2002) —1970 track featuring Bob Babbitt on bass and General Johnson on lead vocals. Is there ever a time when this song doesn't sound great? "Brrrrr."Buy it!
The Spinners “They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)” from Pick Of The Litter (Rhino Atlantic 1975) —Babbitt played bass on this 1975 Philly soul masterpiece. Produced, arranged & conducted by Thom Bell.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “I Got to Try It One Time” (Ace Records 1992) —Reissue of her 1974 album. This song was written by Millie Jackson & Brad Shapiro and features Bob Babbitt on bass. An excellent obituary and recap of Bob Babbitt's life can be found at http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2012/07/16/bob-babbitt-fameBuy it!
The Funk Brothers “What's Going On (Instrumental)” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers SINGLE (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Previously unreleased instrumental mix of the Marvin Gaye hit.Buy it!
Cody ChesnuTT “That's Still Mama” from Landing On A Hundred (Vibration Vineyard 2012) N —From his forthcoming album slated for release in October provided he makes his Kickstarter goal. Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis. See http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/codychesnutt/cody-chesnutt-landing-on-a-hundred?ref=search for details.Buy it!
Beth Orton “Something More Beautiful” from Sugaring Season (Anti- 2012) N —From her forthcoming album slated for release on October 2. Beth Orton is touring the U.S. in October. No St. Louis date on the schedule, yet.Buy it!
Gene Chandler “Nothing Can Stop Me” from Up All Night! Hits From the Original Soul Underground (Charly 2012) N —1965 song written by Curtis Mayfield.Buy it!
Ernie Vincent & The Top Notes “Dap Walk” from Soul 7: Seven Funk and Soul Seven Inches from the 60s and 70s (now again www.nowagainrecords.com/ 2003) —Recorded in New Orleans in 1972 at Cossimo Matassa's Studio and originally released on the Fordom label..Buy it!
The Martinis “BullsEye” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic At The Firebird on 2/1 W/ Roky Erickson! 2011) —Music bed. Memphis soul instrumental recorded circa 1965-1967.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Think About Your Troubles” from The Point! (RCA Victor 1972) —C'mon, sing along! "Sit beside the breakfast table / Think about your troubles / Pour yourself a cup of tea / And think about the bubbles"Buy it!
The Bob Crewe Generation “Barbarella” from The Best of the Bob Crewe Generation: Music to Watch Girls By (Varese Sarabande 2006) —Music bed.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Birthday” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) N L —They will be playing at Off Broadway on Saturday (7/28) along with Pretty Little Empire, Red Squad, & headliners Union Electric. Union Electric is having their CD release party for their new album, Time is Gold.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Baby Blue” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —Karate Bikini CD Release Party and Heebie Jeebies Reunion Show with special guests The Boorays at Off Broadway this Saturday (7/21) - 88.1 KDHX Benefit Show. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Heebee-jeebees “I've Been Down” from STL '91 - The Best of the Heebie Jeebies (self 2012) N L —See entry for Karate Bikini. A rare chance to see the (briefly reunited) Heebee Jeebies this Saturday (7/21) at Off BroadwayBuy it!
Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell “God I'm Missing You” from KIN (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 2012) N —Featuring lead vocals by Lucinda Williams who will be appearing in Columbia, MO this Tuesday (7/24) at Stephens Lake Park (2001 E. Broadway). Amy Cook is opening.Buy it!
Kitty Wells “I Can't Stop Loving You” from 20 Century Masters The Millennium Collection (MCA NASHVILLE 2002) —RIP Kitty Wells who passed away this week at the age of 92. The queen of country music recorded this song made famous by Don Gibson in 1958. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hic-owbMyJABuy it!
Laura Cantrell “I Gave My Wedding Dress Away” from Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music (Diesel Only Records 2011) —Originally recorded by Kitty Wells in 1953 for the Decca label.Buy it!
The Union Electric “Truman” from Time Is Gold (Rankoutsider Records 2012) N L —The Union Electric will be celebrating the release of this new album at Off Broadway on Saturday (7/28). Also on the bill are Middle Class Fashion, Pretty Little Empire & Red Squad.Buy it!