Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Aug 23rd 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Esther Phillips “Fever (Single Version)” from Esther Phillips: The Atlantic Years (Rhino 2006) —Recorded in 1966 for Atlantic. Written by Eddie Cooley & John Davenport. A whole lot of artists have covered this song but I've never heard a version that has the same kind of feel as this.Buy it!
Chuck Jackson “I Keep Forgetting (Every Time You're Near)” from Very Best of Chuck Jackson 1961-1967 (Varese 1997) —Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and recorded in 1962. The arrangements on this song by George "Teacho" Wiltshire are brilliant.Buy it!
Bill Moss & The Celestials “You've Got to Serve Somebody” from Holy Spirit: Spiritual Soul & Gospel Funk (Harmless 2012) N —1980 gospel Bob Dylan cover found on this new 2-CD compilation of gospel soul & funk recorded for the Shreveport, LA-based Jewel Records label.Buy it!
J P Robinson “George Jackson” from Change Is Gonna Come: The Voice of Black America 1963-1973 (Kent 2007) —Written by Bob Dylan & recorded in 1972 for the Atlantic label.Buy it!
Jeanne and the Darlings “Soul Girl” from We're The Soul Girls! (Ace 2012) N —1967 song written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter and found on this new single-disc compilation of all the Volt recordings made by Jeanne and the Darlings & The Charmels from 1967-1969.Buy it!
William Bell “Never Like This Before” from The Soul of a Bell (stax 1967) —William Bell was backed by Booker T. & The MGs, the Memphis Horns & Isaac Hayes on this 1966 recording. Written by Isaac Hayes, David Porter & Booker T. Jones.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Faithful Man” (Truth and soul 2012) —James Brown-influenced title track from his latest release. Lee Fields and the Expressions will be at Lola in September (Sunday 9/16).Buy it!
James Brown and The Famous Flames “Ain't That a Groove Part #1” from The Singles Vol. 4: 1966-1967 (Disc 1) (Hip O Select/Universal 2007) —Written by James Brown & Nat Jones and recorded in 1965 for the King label. And, yes, that's a groove.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Wish You Were Here (Instrumental)” from Faithful Man (Instrumentals) (Truth & Soul Records 2012) N —Music bed. New release made up of all the instrumental tracks from their 2012 earlier release, Faithful Man.Buy it!
Johnny Jenkins “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” from Country Funk 1969-1975 (Light In The Attic 2012) N —This Dr. John song was recorded in 1972 and features Duane Allman on guitar. This new 2-LP compilation is highly recommended.Buy it!
Dr. John “Revolution” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) —Appearing at the Big Muddy Blues Fest along with a whole host of others acts on Sat 9/1-Sun 9/2. You have to see artists like Dr. John while you still have the chance to.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Get It While You Can” from Get It While You Can - The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —This 1967 recording was written & arranged by Jerry Ragovoy and Janis Joplin later recorded it, as well.Buy it!
Betty Davis “They Say I'm Different” from They Say I'm Different (Expanded) (Light In The Attic 2007) —Reissue of her 1974 album with four previously unreleased bonus tracks. Written by Betty Davis. Chuck Berry rates three shout-outs on this.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “My Brain (Zig-Zag) (Instrumental)” from Stand! (Expanded) (Epic 2007) —Music bed. This reissue of their 1969 release includes five bonus tracks - one of which is this previously unreleased Sylvester Stewart instrumental .Buy it!
Rodriguez “This Is Not a Song, It's an Outburst: Or, the Establishment Blues” from Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack (Light In The Attic 2012) N —From the soundtrack to this documentary about '70s singer/songwriter Rodriguez. Hopefully, this film makes it to St. Louis, soon. It sounds really intriguing.Buy it!
Cotton Mather “Lily Dreams On” from Kontiki (Deluxe Edition) (Star Apple Kingdom 2012) —Reissue of the Austin band's 1997 album. Written by Robert Harrison. Dressy Bessy, Middle Class Fashion, & Cotton Mather will be at Off Broadway this Friday (8/24). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Fort Atlantic “Let Your Heart Hold Fast” from Fort Atlantic (Dualtone 2012) N —Fort Atlantic is really made up of Jon Black who wrote all the songs & played most of the instruments. This is the first song I've heard off the album & I really like it.Buy it!
Son Volt “Last Minute Shakedown” from Straightaways (Warner Bros. www.warnerbrosrecords.com 1997) L —Appearing at LouFest this Saturday (8/25). Go to www.loufest.com for the entire lineup & schedule.Buy it!
Roky Erickson and The Aliens “Don't Shake Me Lucifer” from I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology disc 1 (Shout! Factory 2005) —Written by Roky Erickson & released in 1980.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “Down By The Water” from To Bring You My Love (Island 1995) —I've said it before but this song sounds particularly menacing through headphones. Written by PJ Harvey & strings arranged by Pete Thomas.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) —From her release of cover versions of all the songs from Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding album.Buy it!
The Blasters “So Long Baby Goodbye” from Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985) (Rhino 2002) —1981 song written by Dave Alvin.Buy it!