Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 27th 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 & Tina Turner “I Wish It Would Rain” from History of R&B (Disky 2000) —Cover version of the Temptations hit written by Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield, and Roger Penzabene. Recorded for the Minit label in 1969.Buy it!
West Coast Revival “Feelin' Alright” from Soul Sides - Volume Two: The Covers (Zealous Records 2007) —There have been a number of fine covers of this Traffic song written by Dave Mason but this 1977 recording by this California soul & funk band is one of the best.Buy it!
Claudia Lennear “Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —Written by Allen Toussaint who also plays piano on this track. The former Ikette recorded this in 1973 for Warner Bros.Buy it!
Shirley Scott “Messie Bessie” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —Music bed. 1970 soul jazz instrumental written by Shirley Scott who also plays Hammond B3 on this track.Buy it!
Nina Simone “Do I Move You ?” from Nina Simone Sings the Blues (RCA Legacy 1967) —What a great lead-off track from her RCA label debut. Written by Nina Simone and something that would sound even better just around midnight. Maybe play this album back to back with Sam Cooke's Night Beat album.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Yesterday Is Here” from Thankful n' Thoughtful (Anti- 2012) N —Her new album just hit the stores this week and this Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan song is one of the highlights. Tom Waits originally recorded this for his 1987 Franks Wild Years release.Buy it!
Percy Mayfield “River's Invitation” from His Tangerine and Atlantic Sides (Rhino Handmade 2003) —Written by Percy Mayfield and recorded in 1963 for the Tangerine label. Produced by Ray Charles who plays piano on this track and has members of his band backing Percy Mayfield on this track.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Doodlin'” from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino/Atlantic 2005) —Music bed. 1960 instrumental written by Horace Silver.Buy it!
Dinah Washington “Soulville” from Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration (Ace 2009) —1963 Roulette label recording written by Dinah Washington, Henry Glover, Morris Levy, and Titus Turner. Aretha Franklin recorded an album "Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington" which was released shortly after Dinah Washington's death in 1963.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “But It's Alright” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2012) N —Instrumental version of the J J Jackson soul classic.This is one of my favorite releases of 2012. As I've said before, put it on and there you have it, an instant party.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “Mellow Meeting” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2012) N —Music bed. Instrumental written by Neal Sugarman, Bosco Mann, Dave Guy, and Joseph Crispiano.Buy it!
Holly Golightly “You Ain't No Big Thing” from My First Holly Golightly Album (Damaged Goods 2005) —Sam & Dave song written by Henry Glover and Morris Levy and recorded in 1996. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs will be at the Firebird in Oct (Thurs 10/18). I wish it was more Holly Golightly and less Brokeoffs but, hey, that's just me.Buy it!
Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers “Money (That's What I Want)” from The Motown Sound - The Complete Albums & More (Motown 2012) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental version of the Barrett String hit written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford.Buy it!
The Brooklyn Allstars “In The Ghetto” from Holy Spirit: Spiritual Soul & Gospel Funk From Shreveport's Jewel Records (Harmless 2012) N —1973 gospel version of the Elvis hit written by Mac Davis and found on this new 2-CD collection of gospel soul and funk which will definitely be on my list of favorite 2012 compilations.Buy it!
Bob and Wisdom “I Believe In Music” from Jamaica to Toronto (Light In The Attic At The Firebird on 2/1 W/ Roky Erickson! 2006) —Written by Mac Davis and recorded in Toronto in 1972 by these two singers raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica.Buy it!
George Jackson “My Nerves Fail” from Let The Best Man Win (Kent 2012) N —Previously unreleased 1960s recording written by George Jackson and recorded at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. The name of this song is My Nerves Fail but it always sounds like he's singing "My nerves fall."Buy it!
Andy Williams “House of Bamboo” from blow up a go-go! (V2 1999) —RIP Andy Williams who just passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84. Andy Williams recorded this song written by William Crompton and Norman Murrells in 1958.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Sensitive Man” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2011) —Nick Lowe put on a fabulous show at the Sheldon Concert Hall last night that was marked by class, warmth, elegance, humor, fine rhythm guitar-playing. songwriting par excellence, and a voice that evens sounds better live than it does on his albums.Buy it!
The Spacemen “The Clouds” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1:1960 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed.Buy it!
Foster & Lloyd “Without Love” from Lowe Profile: A Tribute to Nick Lowe (Brewery Records 2005) —Written by Nick Lowe and when this came out, it was Foster & Lloyd's first studio recording in over 15 years.Buy it!
Griffin House “Cracking Up” from Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe (Fiesta Red www.fiestaredrecords.com 2012) N —Recorded in Nashville and found on this single-disc compilation of various country artists performing Nick Lowe songs.Buy it!
Bill Black's Combo “Smokie (Part 2)” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1 1960 (Hasmick Records 2011) —Music bed. 1960 instrumental written by Bill Black.Buy it!
Susanna Hoffs “Raining” from Someday (Baroque Folk 2012) N —Written by Susanna Hoffs, Mike Campbell, and Andrew Brassell and found on her new & best solo release. Produced and orchestrated by Mitchell Froom.Buy it!
Rumer “P.F. Sloan” from Boys Don't Cry (Atlantic Records UK www.atlanticrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Jimmy Webb. The version is just so damn good. Sarah Joyce aka Rumer has an absolutely gorgeous voice.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “Go On Ahead and Go Home” from Sing the Delta (Flariella Records 2012) N —Off her forthcoming new release which will be out next Tuesday (10/2). You can hear and stream this entire release right now at kdhx.org.Buy it!
Jim Roll “Eddie Rode The Orphan Train” from Inhabiting The Ball (Telegraph 2002) —Jim Roll had novelists Rick Moody & Denis Johnson write lyrics for some of the songs on this album but this is the best track and was written entirely by Jim Roll.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three “Keep Your Hands Off My Gal” from Middle of Everywhere (Free Dirt Records 2011) L —Fri 9/28 Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three and Colonel Ford – Off BroadwayBuy it!
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