Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 4th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Martinis “Key Chain” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) —Music bed. Memphis soul instrumental recorded circa 1965-1967. Written by Packy Axton and Johnny Keyes.Buy it!
Judy Clay “Sister Pitiful” from Hard to Handle: Black America Sings Otis Redding (Ace 2012) N —by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1969. Produced by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd. One of twenty-five songs found on this new compilation of various artists performing songs written by Otis Redding.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled, and Crazy” from Memphis Unlimited (Backbeat 1973) —1973 song recorded and produced by Willie Mitchell with backing by the Memphis Horns, the Hi Rhythm Section, the Memphis Strings, and backing vocals by Rhodes, Chalmers & Rhodes.Buy it!
Otis Redding “I'm Depending On You” from Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul [Collector's Edition] (Atco/Rhino 2008) —Written by Otis Redding and first issued in 1965 as the b-side to "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)."Buy it!
The Showstoppers “Ain't Nothing But a Houseparty” from The Best of The Showstoppers (BGO Records 2011) —1967 soul rave-up written by Joe Thomas and Cark Fisher (aka Del Sharh) and featuring terrific lead vocals by Earl King. Later covered by the J. Geils Band.Buy it!
Barbara & The Browns “Watch Dog” from Can't Find Happiness: The Sounds of Memphis Recordings (Kent 2007) —Written by Dan Greer and recorded in 1972. Lead vocals by Barbara Brown.Buy it!
The Nightingales “Just A Little Overcome” from Tommy Tate: I'm So Satisfied (Kent 2007) —As good as soul music gets. 1971 Stax single featuring the lead vocals of Tommy Tate. Written by Mack Rice of "Mustang Sally" fame. This was the b-side if you can believe that.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “A Long Time” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) —2011 ode to Detroit written by Mayer Hawthorne. It's worth nothing that a new documentary about Detroit called "Detropia" will be part of the Webster University Film Series on October 12, 13 & 14 at 7:30 pm.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Walk On Through That Door (Instrumental)” from Faithful Man (Instrumentals) (Truth & Soul Records 2012) N —Music bed. From this 2012 release made up of all the instrumental backing tracks for Lee Field's "Faithful Man" release.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “Stoned Soul Picnic” from Sassafras & Moonshine: The Songs of Laura Nyro (Ace 2012) N —Written by Laura Nyro and produced by Steve Cropper. Previously unreleased early 70s Stax recording that finally saw the light of day in 1999. This new compilation features twenty cover versions of Laura Nyro songs.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “Curtis on Discovery (interview)” from Interview Excerpt from "Old Grey Whistle Test" (1972) (n/a) —Interview excerpt where Curtis Mayfield discusses how he taught himself to play the guitar by tuning it to the black keys of a piano. Since it was tuned to F#, nobody who picked up his guitar could play it.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “The Contortionist” from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) —Stones-influenced track from his 2011 release - his first in 13 years. Written by Garland Jeffreys with Lou Reed as one of the backing vocalists.Buy it!
Norah Jones “I'll Be Your Baby Tonight” from Don't Know Why 4-song EP (EMI Australia 2003) —2003 cover version of a Bob Dylan song. What did this song have in common with the Beth Orton song? Brian Blade played drums on both tracks. Norah Jones will be at the Peabody Opera House a week from Monday (10/15).Buy it!
The City Champs “Love Is A Losing Game” from The Safecracker (Bonus Track Version) (Electraphonic Recording-Digital ELECTRAPHONICRecording.com 2009) —2009 instrumental version of a song written by Amy Winehouse. Note to self: I really need to return this record to Rick Wood.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal 2011) —Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and produced and arranged by Mark Ronson. Now, this is a production, dammit!Buy it!
Lulu “Here Comes The Night” from The Bert Berns Story: Vol. 1 1960-64 (Ace 2008) —Written by Bert Russell (aka Bert Berns) and recorded for Decca in 1964. This pre-dated the version by Them and was produced (and what a production it is!) by Bert Berns.Buy it!
Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks “Frenesi” from These Boots Are Made for Walkin': The Complete MGM Recordings (Ace 2002) —Music bed. 1966 MGM instrumental composed by Albert B. Dominguez.Buy it!
Lee Hazlewood “No Train to Stockholm” from The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-1971) (Light In The Attic 2012) —Written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded in 1970.Buy it!
Carla Bruni “Those Little Things” from Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited (Verve Forecast 2006) —Welcome to the former French first lady (or whatever the French equivalent of the first lady is) portion of the show. Written by Serge Gainsbourg.Buy it!
Rodriguez “I Wonder” from Searching for Sugar Man (Light In The Attic 1970) N —Originally released in 1970 and found on the soundtrack to this highly recommended documentary coming to the Tivoli on Friday.Buy it!
Wes Dakus' Rebels “Sour Biscuits” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental recorded for the Swan label and a perennial M2M music bed favorite.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack “Ballad Of The Black Chihuahua” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Jon Rauhouse.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “The Night I Learned How Not To Pray” from Sing the Delta (Flariella Records 2012) N —Written by Iris DeMent and found on her new realease with backing by musicians such as Bo Ramsey, Bryan Owings, Richard Bennett, Al Perkins, and Reese Wynans. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Linemen “Wasting Time” from Through Side One (self-released 2006) L —Written and sung by Kevin Butterfield. The Linemen are reuniting to play at KDHX's 25th birthday celebration taking play at Schlafly Bottleworks on Sunday (10/14). http://kdhx.org/calendar/881-kdhx-25th-birthday-bash-34300 for more details.Buy it!
Mike Auldridge, Lowell George & David Bromberg “Everybody Slides” from Dobro / Blues and Bluegrass (TAKOMA 2002) —F 8 Music bed. Instrumental written by Mike Auldridge, David Bromberg, and Lowell George.Buy it!
The Pahinui Brothers “My Old Friend The Blues” from The Pahinui Bros. (Private Music 1992) —Written by Steve Earle and featuring James "Bla" Pahinui on lead vocals and Cyril Pahinui on 12-string slack key guitar.Buy it!