Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 18th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Alvin Cash & The Registers “Let's Do Some Good Timing” from Alvin Cash: Windy City Workout - The Essential Dance Craze: Hits & Rarities 1964-73 (Charly 2012) N —Alvin Cash was born in St. Louis and went to Sumner High School. This dance track (alright, all his songs are dance tracks, really) was recorded for the Fontana label in 1966.Buy it!
The Ikettes “(He's Gonna Be) Fine, Fine, Fine” from Action! The Songs of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart (Ace 2012) N —1965 recording for the Modern label written by Tommy Boyce, Steve Venet, and Toni Wine. Produced by Ike Turner and Steve Venet.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Nine Out of Ten Times” from Hot Runnin' Soul - The Singles 1965-71 (Kent 2012) R —This one goes out in tribute to the soul singer and songwriter who, recently, passed away. Written by Paul Kelly and Clarence Reid and recorded for the Phillips label in 1966.Buy it!
Them Two “Am I a Good Man” from Eccentric Soul, Vol. 7: The Deep City Label (Numero Group 2006) —Late 60s Miami soul masterpiece (though, largely unknown) written by Willie Clarke and Clarence Reid with backing vocals by Helene Smith and a fantastic bass line by Reed Roberts.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Stealing In The Name Of The Lord” from Hot Runnin' Soul - The Singles 1965-71 (Kent 2012) —RIP Paul Kelly. This is probably his best known song and he wrote and recorded it for the Happy Tiger label in 1970.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” from Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) N —Highly recommended new release celebrating the music of Nina Simone. Written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Marcus Sol.Buy it!
Margie Joseph “Stop! In The Name of Love (Single Version)” from Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings Songs Of Motown Records (Concord Records, Inc. 2008) —Great version of the Supremes hit recorded for Stax in in 1970. Written by Holland, Dozier, and Holland.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “I Hear A Symphony” from Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings Songs Of Motown Records (Concord 2008) —Music bed. 60s instrumental version of the Supremes hit recorded for Stax.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Walking The Chalkline Again” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —From the Chicago band's forthcoming album slated for release in early-2013. This track was written by and features the lead vocals of Steve Dawson. Really strong release.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “What The World Needs Now” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2012) —Mainly instrumental version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition with minimal background vocals by the Dapettes.Buy it!
Ellie Greenwich “Another Boy Like Mine” from ...Boys Can Be Mean (Charly 2012) N —New 2-CD compilation chalked full of really great tracks. This was the original demo version of the Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry composition.Buy it!
The Chances “Camelback” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental recorded in 1964 for the Dot label.Buy it!
Tilly and the Wall “Fell Down the Stairs” from Wild Like Children (Team Love Records 2004) —The Omaha band will be appearing at the Firebird on Friday (10/19). They will also be at Mojo's (Columbia, MO) on Saturday (10/20). Yep, that's tap dancing you hear in the background.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “NYC Really Has It All” from Infinity City (Euclid Records Records 2011) —From one of the finest local releases of 2011. Go to sleepykittyarts.com for more information about this band. Definitely worth seeking out to see live, too.Buy it!
John Gregory & His Orchestra “Jaguar” from TV Sound and Image: British Television, Film and Library Composers 1956-80 (Soul Jazz www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/ 2012) N —Music bed. 1974 instrumental.Buy it!
Pretty Little Empire “Let's Say "I Do"” from Reasons and Rooms (Bellevue Box 2010) L —At the Harvest Sessions Finale on Saturday October 20 at Tower Grove Farmers Market, with the Lulus and Auset.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Heart Of The City” from Jesus of Cool (Expanded) (Yep Roc 2008) —Written by Nick Lowe and originally released as a b-side to a Stiff single in 1976. Chuck Prophet was backed by Los Straitjackets and tore up a cover version of this song last Thursday at the Yep Roc festival in NC.Buy it!
The Fun Boy Three “Our Lips Are Sealed” from Waiting (Chrysalis 1983) —Written by Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go's) and Terry Hall (Specials). Terry Hall sings lead on this version. Produced by David Byrne.Buy it!
Keith Mansfield “Soul Thing” from TV Sound and Image: British Television, Film and Library Composers 1956-80 (Soul Jazz www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/ 2012) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Sun King / Mean Mister Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window / I Want You (She's So Heavy)” from McLemore Avenue (Expanded Version) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. 1970 instrumental excerpt from their version of the Beatles medley.Buy it!
Peggy Lipton “Lu” from Sassafras & Moonshine: The Songs of Laura Nyro (Ace 2012) N —The Mod Squad co-star recorded this Laura Nyro song in 1970. Some heavyweights on this - produced by Lou Adler and arranged by Gene Page. Sadly, no Tige Andrews recorded versions of Laura Nyro songs seem to exist.Buy it!
Rumer “Home Thoughts From Abroad” from Boys Don't Cry (Atlantic Records UK www.atlanticrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Clifford T. Ward and found on this new release of beautifully rendered covers.Buy it!
X “The Have Nots” from Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra 1983) R —Written by John Doe and Exene Cervenka. I got to hear this song performed by John Doe with backing by the Sadies & harmony vocals by Tift Merritt last Saturday in NC.Buy it!
Ron Sexsmith “Where's My Everything?” from Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe (Fiesta Red www.fiestaredrecords.com 2012) N —Tribute releases can be sketchy affairs but this new compilation of Nick Lowe songs has plenty of strong tracks.Buy it!