Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Nov 15th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Rudy Green “My Mumblin' Baby” from The Best Of Excello Records (Excello 1994) —Thanks to John Ellis for reminding me about how great this song is. Written by Rudy Green and recorded in 1956 for the Nashville-based Excello label.Buy it!
Little Richard “Get Rich Quick” from When The Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock & Roll (RCA Victor 2002) —Alright, we're talking real early Little Richard, here. Recorded in 1951 for the Victor label and his very first recording. Written by Jane and Leonard Feather and found on this 4-CD compilation with liner notes by Colin Escott.Buy it!
Little Walter “Temperature (Alternate 1)” from The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967) (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2009) —Written by Little Walter and Joel Cohen. Recorded for the Chess label in 1957 and featuring Willie Dixon on bass.Buy it!
Dan Penn “It Tears Me Up” from Dan Penn: The Fame Recordings (Ace 2012) N —Previously unreleased 1965 recording made at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. Written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham and later a hit for Percy Sledge.Buy it!
Percy Sledge “Take Time to Know Her” from Percy Sledge - The Atlantic Recordings (Rhino / Atlantic 2010) —Words to live by. Written by Steve Davis and originally released as an Atlantic single in 1968.Buy it!
Don Covay “I Was Checkin' Out While She Was Checkin' In” from Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don Covay (Razor & Tie 1994) N —Written by Don Covay and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1973. The title kind of says it all.Buy it!
Doris Duke “To The Other Woman (I'm The Other Woman)” from I'm A Loser: The Swamp Dogg Sessions...and more (Kent 2005) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg) and Gary U.S. Bonds and found on this Swamp Dogg-produced 1969 album released on the Canyon label.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Real Real” from Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) N —Written by Nina Simone and featuring background vocals arranged & sung by Toshi Reagon.Buy it!
Reverend Organdrum “A Shot In The Dark” from Hi-Fi Stereo (Yep Roc Records www.yeproc.com 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Henry Mancini. Think Elke Sommer and Peter Sellers on this one.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Gotta Get Back” from I Am Shelby Lynne (Island Def Jam 2000) —Written by Shelby Lynne, Dorothy Overstreet, and Bill Botrell. Absolutely no filler on this album. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Plant White Roses” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) —Written by Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields. One of my favorite songs of the year from one of my Favorite albums of the year. She's so underrated it's ridiculous.Buy it!
Adele “SkyFall” from Skyfall - Single (XL Recordings/Columbia 2012) N —Excellent Bond theme song from the new James Bond film which far exceeded my expectations. Written by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth. She's a juggernaut that can't be stopped.Buy it!
The Last Shadow Puppets “Standing Next To Me” from The Age of the Understatement (Domino Records 2008) —Written by the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and the Rascals' Miles Kane. A side project that really works.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Junior's Farm” from Wings Greatest (CAPITOL 1978) —Written by Linda and Paul McCartney and recorded in Nashville in 1974. I won't see a better concert in 2012 than Paul McCartney's Scottrade Center show last Sunday.Buy it!
John Frizzell & Randy Edelman “Lexington Is My Home” from Gods and Generals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony 2003) —Music bed.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “Diamonds Are A Girl'S Best Friend” from Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 2006) —1982 version of a song from the Broadway musical, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin. "Let's rock again......."Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken” from Let's Get Out of This Country CD ALBUM (Merge 2006) —Traceyanne Campbell's answer song to Lloyd Cole's 1984 hit "(Are You) Ready to Be Heartbroken?".Buy it!
The Supersuckers “Eastbound & Down” from Devil's Food (Mid-Fi 2005) —Supersuckers will be at the Firebird this Saturday (11/17). Fat Tramp Food Stamp and Ded Bugs are also on the bill. - This song was written by Jerry Reed.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “She's About A Mover” from Songs of Sahm (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —I've never really heard a bad version of this Doug Sahm song but I particularly like this version. Vocals by Brian Henneman.Buy it!
Tammy Wynette “Tonight My Baby's Coming Home” from Country Soul Sisters: Women in Country Music 1952-78 (Soul Jazz Records 2012) N —Composed by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton and recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “I Want to Be With You Always” from Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings (New West 2011) —Lefty Frizzell song sung by Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin. Predictably great.Buy it!
Willis Alan Ramsey “Muskrat Candlelight” from Willis Alan Ramsey (Shelter 1972) —Alright, add Memphis to Manchester to the list of shows that have played a version of Muskrat Love this week. Blame Aimee Mann. Written by Willis Alan Ramsey with Leon Russell on vibes and piano.Buy it!