Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 13th 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
Harold Melvin AND The Blue Notes “Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)” from The Best of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Epic 1995) —Teddy Pendergrass sings lead on the 1973 song written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Bobby Martin (who also arranged this song). Probably not a bad idea moving Teddy Pendergrass from behind the drums to being the frontman.Buy it!
The O'Jays “992 Arguments” from Back Stabbers (Philadelphia International 1972) —You'll be hard-pressed to find many soul albums where all the songs work together as well as these do. Written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Gene McFadden & John Whitehead and arranged by Thom Bell.Buy it!
Bunny Sigler & Dee Dee Sharp “Conquer The World Together” from Conquer The World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records (Sony 2007) —Originally released as a 1971 single on the Philadelphia International Records label. Co-written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (who also produced this record) along with Bunny Sigler. Once again, arrangements by Thom Bell.Buy it!
Earl Van Dyke “Try It Baby” from The Motown Sound - The Complete Albums & More (Hip-O Select / Motown 2012) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental version of a song written by Berry Gordy & later overdubbed with added vocals by Marvin Gaye in 1965.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “We're Doing Fine” from I Want to Be With You (Mercury 1967) —Written by Horace Ott & recorded by other artists such as Dusty Springfield, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, & Chris Farlowe.Buy it!
The Violinaires “The Upper Way” from Holy Spirit: Spiritual Soul & Gospel Funk From Shreveport's Jewel Records. (Harmless 2012) N —Highly recommended new 2-disc compilation of gospel soul & funk. This Impressions-influenced track was written by Jesse McDaniel and recorded in 1972. The vocals are just so great on this.Buy it!
The John Edwards Singers “It's Alright” from Como Now: The Voices of Panola County, MS (Daptone Records 2008) —A cappella gospel recorded live at the Mt. Mariah church in Panola County, MS in 2006.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Narrow Way” from Tempest (Columbia 2012) N —From his new release which just came out this week. “I’m armed to the hilt, and I’m struggling hard/You won’t get out of here unscarred.” This is his 35th album of original material & he remains a national treasure. Go buy it.Buy it!
Little Richard with Fishbone “Rock Island Line” from Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly (Columbia 1988) —Rave-up version of the Leadbelly song from this 1988 compilation featuring various artists performing Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly songs. Fishbone will be at the Firebird this Tuesday (9/18) with the Murder City Players & the Midwest Avengers.Buy it!
The Funky Butt Brass Band “South Broadway Stumble” from You Can Trust The Funky Butt Brass Band (Funky Butt Brass Band 2011) L —Appearing as part of Funkfest 7 this Saturday (9/15) at Broadway Oyster Bar. Teddy Presberg's Resistance Organ Trio, Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters, Hip Grease, The Service, Dogtown Allstars Funkesta & more!Buy it!
The Cords “Termites” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental recorded for the Rakki label. Yes, I think that lead guitar solo is supposed to conjure up images of termites in a feeding frenzy. Eat your heart out, Jeff Beck.Buy it!
First Aid Kit “Dancing Barefoot” from iTunes Session (Wichita Recordings 2012) N —Patti Smith cover found on this new 8-song live-in-the-studio recording. First Aid Kit & Dylan LeBlanc will be at the Firebird in October (Sat 10/6).Buy it!
Rodriguez “Like Janis” from Searching for Sugar Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Light In The Attic www.lightintheattic.net 2012) N —Dylan-influenced (gee, do you think?) track from 1970. Rodriguez is playing at the RootsnBluesnBBQ festival in Columbia, MO on Friday (9/21). For the entire impressive lineup of the two day festival, go to http://rootsnbluesnbbq.comBuy it!
The Techniques “Dream Theme” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental recorded for the Teen label.Buy it!
Trembling Blue Stars “Lady-O” from Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill (American Dust 2009) —Written by Judee Sill & found on one of the better tribute albums out there.Buy it!
Mariachi El Bronx “Love Sick” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (Amnesty International 2012) —Written by Bob Dylan.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” from Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich (Columbia / Legacy 1997) —1966 Memphis recording written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter.Buy it!
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