Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Nov 1st 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
Herb Hardesty “Nat” from The Domino Effect (Ace 2012) N —This new compilation is made up mainly of instrumentals written by Fats Domino's main tenor sax player, Herb Hardesty. Recorded in 1958 in New Orleans at Cosimo's Studio. One of twelve tracks from a cancelled Mercury LP included along with four singles.Buy it!
Roy Montrell “(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone” from The Specialty Story (Specialty Records 1994) —Composed by Bumps Blackwell, John Marascalco, and Roy Montrell and recorded in New Orleans in 1956. Lee Allen and Alvin "Red" Tyler play sax on this.Buy it!
Betty Harris “Mean Man” from Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul Jazz Records 2001) —This is the finest single-disc compilation of New Orleans funk and soul that I've come across. Written by Allen Toussaint and recorded for the Sansu label in 1968.Buy it!
Dan Penn “Keep On Talking” from Dan Penn : The Fame Recordings (Ace 2012) N —Alright, this new compilation is ridiculously good. 23 previously unreleased demos recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals and sung by Dan Penn. This 1965 demo was written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Take note of Roger Hawkins' drums on this.Buy it!
Etta James “You Got It” from Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (Chess 2001) —There will be a Etta James & Koko Taylor tribute at BBs Jazz Blues & Soups next Sunday (11/11). This Don Covay-penned song was recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1968.Buy it!
Koko Taylor “Fire” from What It Takes: The Chess Years (Geffen 1966) —See previous Etta James entry. This was written by Willie Dixon and recorded in 1968 for the Checker label. Produced and arranged by Willie Dixon and Milton Bland (aka Monk Higgins).Buy it!
Corrine Bailey Rae “Chains” from The Man With The Iron Fists - Original Soundtrack (Soul Temple 2012) N —Written by Corrine Bailey Rae for the movie and the grittiest she has ever sounded. Really well-done soundtrack but a potential FCC landmine.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Don't Take All Night” from Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) N —Written by Benjamin Bennie Claude and Marcus Sol. They were also two of the three co-writers on Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood. Featuring Sinead O'Connor on vocals and it's stunning. Highly recommended.Buy it!
J. Wunderle “Somethin' You Got” from Pushin' Too Hard (Extended Single) (Ayatollah Records 1981) —This one goes out in tribute to J. Wunderle who passed away two weeks ago. To get an idea of how much a Springfield, MO musical fixture he was, go to http://tinyurl.com/dxrakpe. This Chris Kenner cover was recorded circa 1981.Buy it!
Earl Van Dyke (aka The Funk Brothers) “He Was Really Sayin' Something” from The Motown Sound: The Complete Albums and More (Hip-O Select/Motown Records 2012) —Instrumental version of the Velvelettes song written by Eddie Holland, Norman Whitfield, and William "Mickey" Stevenson.Buy it!
The Vandellas “Miss Lonely Heart” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 4 (Universal/Motown 2010) —Recorded in 1965 but unreleased until its inclusion on this 2010 compilation. Written by William "Mickey" Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter.Buy it!
Three Days Ahead “Face It Man” from Eccentric Soul - Omnibus: Vol. 1 (The Numero Group 2012) N —Obscure 1972 Jimi Hendrix-influenced track from this Minneapolis band featuring Bill "little Buddy" Davis on guitar.Buy it!
The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Castles Made Of Sand” from Axis: Bold As Love (Polydor Records 1967) —Written by Jimi Hendrix and produced by Chas Chandler. This one goes out to Chris Buddy. If this came out today, it would still sound as fresh and original as ever.Buy it!
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan “Snake Song” from Hawk (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 2010) —One of two songs written by Townes Van Zandt found on this album which was one of my favorites from 2010.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Let's Get Out of This Country” CD ALBUM (Merge 2006) —Written and sung by Traceyanne Campbell. On a note which can't possibly be of interest to anybody but me, her voice kills me.Buy it!
The School “You Make Me Hear Music (Inside My Head)” from Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything (Elefant 2012) —Alright, let's leave Scotland and head over to Wales. Written and sung by Liz Hunt. Lots of pop gems on this. I think chances of seeing them in the U.S. are nil.Buy it!
Cornershop “Who Fingered Rock 'n' Roll” from Judy Sucks a Lemon For Breakfast (Ample Play www.ampleplay.co.uk/index.php 2009) —Stones-influenced track written by and produced by Tjinder Singh with enough cowbell on there to make Steve Pick reach previously unattained heights of musical bliss.Buy it!
Merry Clayton “Gimme Shelter” (Ode Records 1969) —Merry Clayton sang on the original Rolling Stones recording of this song and recorded this version of the song in 1970. She was born on Christmas which gives you an idea of how she got her first name.Buy it!
Ananda Shankar “Jumpin' Jack Flash” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) [Digital Version] (Rhino 2006) —Sitar-driven (and don't think that this doesn't rock) version of the Rolling Stonesn song recorded in 1970 by the nephew of Ravi Shankar.Buy it!
Frances Yip “Green Is The Mountain” from The Man With The Iron Fists - Original Soundtrack (Soul Temple 2012) N —Francis Yip is a singer from Hong Kong and she has recorded more than 80 albums in a career that has spanned over five decades.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “I'll Be Rolling (With the Punches)” from Rolling With The Punches (Ace Records 2012) N —Recorded in 1976 for the Spring label. This was found on this new compilation featuring recordings from various artists performing songs written by Allen Toussaint.Buy it!
Alvin Youngblood Hart & The Carolina Chocolate Drops “City of Refuge” from The Great Debaters (Atlantic 2007) —Written by Blind Willie Johnson. Alvin Youngblood Hart will be at BB's Jazz Blues & Soups this Saturday (11/3) from 9-11 PM.Buy it!
Rosie Flores “Little But I'm Loud” from Working Girl's Guitar (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Written by Rosie Flores and Rachel Gladstone and found on her new release. She will be at Off Broadway this Friday (11/2).Buy it!
Jean Shepard “Two Whoops And A Holler” from Country Soul Sisters: Women in Country Music 1952-1978 (Soul Jazz Records 2012) N —Written by Joseph Franklin and recorded in 1953.Buy it!
Bill Black's Combo “Smokie Pt. 2” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed. 1960 Bill Black instrumental composition.Buy it!
Chet Atkins “One Mint Julep” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1 (Hasmick 2011) —1960 instrumental written by Rudy Toombs.Buy it!
Linda Ronstadt “I Won't Be Hangin' Round” from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz 2011) —Written by Eric Kaz and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1971.Buy it!
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys “Girl On The Billboard” from Back At the Quonset Hut (Ramseur Records www.ramseurrecords.ocm 2012) —Appearing this Saturday (11/3) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. This is a fine take of the Del Reeves classic country song.Buy it!
The Byrds “Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man” from Dr. Byrds & Mr Hyde (Columbia 1968) —Written by Roger McGuinn and Gram Parsons. Lloyd Green added pedal steel to the track. They give a sarcastic shout-out to WSM DJ, Ralph Emery on this.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You” from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue (Columbia 2002)Buy it!
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Helpless” from The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing 1962-1979 (Ace 2005) —Written by Neil Young and arranged by Jack Nitzsche. Recorded in 1971 for Vanguard.Buy it!
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