Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Oct 25th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Little Willie John “I'm Shakin'” from The King Sessions 1958-1960 CD COMP (Ace 2005) —Written by Rudy Toombs and recorded in 1960. Found on this first of two volumes of Little Willie John recordings made for the Cincinnati-based King label.Buy it!
Varetta Dillard “That's Why I Cry” from The Dawn of Northern Soul! (Outta Sight 2012) N —Originally released as a 45 on RCA in 1957. Written by Gladyces De Jesus who I really know nothing about. I see she's also had songs of hers performed by Little Esther, Lionel Hampton, Wes Montgomery, and The Clovers which is pretty good company.Buy it!
LaVern Baker & Jimmy Ricks “You're The Boss” from Yet Mo' Mod Jazz (Kent 2000) —1961 song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Jimmy Ricks' bass vocal will give your sub-woofers a workout.Buy it!
Eddie Floyd “I Stand Accused” from Knock On Wood SINGLE (stax url 1967) —Sublime version of the Jerry Butler/William Butler composition. Backing by Booker T. & The MGs, Isaac Hayes, and the Memphis Horns doesn't hurt.Buy it!
The Trinkas “Remember Me” from Eccentric Soul-Omnibus: Volume 1 (The Numero Group 2012) N —Recorded by students out of Oklahoma City's Douglas High and recorded in 1969 in Independence, MO's Cavern Studio. This b-side was written by Debbie Sheffield who was one of the band's singers. Just 1 of 45(!) 7" singles included in this box set.Buy it!
Little Janice “Since You’ve Been Gone” from Loving On The Flipside (Now-Again Records 2012) N —Compilation of little heard "sweet funk and beat-heavy ballads" from 1969-1977. Written by Janice Tyrone (aka Little Janice) and released circa 1970 on Pzazz Records. Earl Palmer plays drums on this track.Buy it!
The Traveling Echoes “I'd Like To Know” from Holy Spirit: Spiritual Soul & Gospel Funk From Shreveport's Jewel Records (Harmless 2012) N —Country blues meets gospel on this 1969 track recorded for the Jewel label. This concludes a set of soul songs that most people probably have not heard.Buy it!
Ornette Coleman “The Disguise” from Something Else! : The Music of Ornette Coleman (Contemporary 1958) —ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Shirley Clarke, 1983, USA, 77 min) will be showing at the Winifred Moore Auditorium as part of the Webster University Film Series this Fri-Sun, October 26, 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Feelin' Good” from Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) N —Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and found on this new release in which Meshell Ndegeocello pays tribute to the songs and interpretations of songs by Nina Simone. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Whistlin' Past The Graveyard” from Used Songs (1973-1980) (Rhino 2001) —Recorded in 1978 with backing by New Orleans session luminaries such as Earl Palmer, Herb Hardesty, and Harold Battiste, Jr.Buy it!
J. Wunderle “Pushin’ Too Hard” from Pushin' Too Hard (Extended Single) (Ayatollah Records 1981) —RIP J. Wunderle who passed away last Thursday. Frontman and lead singer par excellence and longtime Springfield musical mainstay who performed with bands such as the Symptoms, Dog People, Bubble, and the Skeletons.Buy it!
The Jeff Beck Group “All Shook Up” from Beck-Ola (Sundazed Records 1969) —Written by Elvis Presley (uh, OK) and Otis Blackwell. Really terrific lead vocal by Rod Stewart on this. Ron Wood played bass on this track, as well.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In the Shadow?” from Flowers (ABKCO 1967) —The Street Fighting Band will be performing a tribute to the Rolling Stones at the Pageant this Saturday (10/27), featuring Jimmy Griffin on guitar and KDHX's Andy Coco on bass.Buy it!
Don Covay “You've Got Me On The Critical List” from Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don Covay (Razor & Tie 1994) —Written by Don Covay (who was a vocal influence for Mick Jagger) and recorded in 1967. "Ooh, I just got out of the hospital, ya'all / This is my 19th Nervous Breakdown"Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Castro Halloween” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) —Still in the running for my favorite album of 2012. "Halloween was here but now it's gone / Men in skirts and heels are marching on"Buy it!
Ransom Note “Russian Blue” from V12LP (Tower Groove Records 2-LP Compilation) (Tower Groove 2012) L —Recently named Best Local Single of the Past 12 Months by the RFT. I won't argue with that selection.Buy it!
The Bamboos “I Got Burned (feat. Tim Rogers)” from Medicine Man (EMI Label Services 2012) —From the Australian funk and soul band's latest release and featuring the the lead vocals of You Am I singer/songwriter, Tim Rogers.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Done (Done)” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —Written by Steve Dawson and featuring the duet vocals of Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen. From their forthcoming release coming out in January, 2013.Buy it!
Matthew Ryan “The Events At Dusk” from In the Dusk of Everything (self released 2012) N —Currently streaming as the preview, Hear and Now, album of the week at http://kdhx.org/music/news/hear-and-now-stream-the-new-album-in-the-dusk-of-everything-by-matthew-ryanBuy it!
Perry O'Parson “Glove” from Bad Harvest (self-released 2012) N —I would never have guessed this band is from Germany. Written and sung by Marcel Gein. From their new release which just came out in September.Buy it!
Sammi Smith “Saunders Ferry Lane” from Country Soul Sisters: Women in Country 1952-78 (Soul Jazz Records 2012) N —Recorded in 1971 and found on this new 2-LP compilation. Pretty much everything on this is great.Buy it!