Tuesday, October 30, 2007

SoulSheet #1

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Who: Even though I didn't really dig Bettye LaVette's newest record, I still think she is one of the best soul singers of all time ("You'll Never Change" slays. Period). She has a lot to say about the state of soul music in the America and her own story is RIVETING. I found this at Soul Express. All rights reserved by Soul Express.

The Scene of the Crime is Bettye’s second album for the Anti- label after I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise two years ago. Bettye: “I’m not really sure about the sales of that one, but it wasn’t as much as I was expecting. But it did very well, and I got a tremendous amount of publicity from it.” Produced by David Barbe, who also did the engineering and mixing, Patterson Hood, the son of David Hood and Bettye herself, the set was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Actually, that’s where the title of the CD derives from, since Bettye’s early 70s album, Child of the Seventies, was also cut in Muscle Shoals – only at different studios, at 3614 Jackson Highway – but then Atlantic Records shelved it, which still is the biggest disappointment for Bettye in her career. So here we have the crime and the scene. We finally got to hear that masterpiece, when in 2000 a French company, Art & Soul, released it under the title of Souvenirs. “Andrew Kaulkin, the president of Anti-, came up with the idea to record with the Drive-By Truckers. My husband, Kevin Kiley, came up with the idea of recording it in Muscle Shoals, at Fame. They put it together and came up with a great little marketing idea. And I came up with the songs.”

Drive-By Truckers, a southern rock band, plays today in the line-up of Mike Cooley (guitar), Patterson Hood (guitar), Brad Morgan (drums), John Neff (guitar and pedal steel), Shonna Tucker (bass) and also Spooner Oldham (Wurlitzer and piano). David Hood plays bass on three tracks on Bettye’s set. “When Kevin and I got married five years ago, I’ve listened to more music than I’ve listened to in my entire 46-year-career. In the five years we’ve been married I’ve found about thirty songs that I like of all the stuff he listens to all the time. I sent those thirty tunes to the Truckers and the company, and they liked them. So I chose ten out of the thirty. I’ll do the other twenty some other time.”

Southern “swamp” rock and Bettye’s soulful style make an interesting combination. “You know how women are. As long as you’re doing what they want you to do, they’re happy. They did what I wanted them to do, and that was it. I’m 61 years old. I wasn’t going to compromise in any way, shape or form – not musically. I sang the songs the way I wanted to sing them.”

The set begins with a mid-tempo beater called I Still Want to Be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am), which its writer, Eddie Hinton, recorded under the title of I Still Wanna Be Your Man, and along with Talking Old Soldiers it’s Betty’s own favourite on the CD. “I really wanted to sing those two songs. I hated it, when people write songs and close them into the point, where no-one else can sing them. Then I have to rewrite them. I just can’t let the song go by, just because a guy is singing it or it’s about a mouse or whatever…”

Choices is a stripped-down, acoustic and plaintive ballad with a vulnerable interpretation from Bettye. George Jones won a Grammy with the song in the “Best Male Country Vocal Performance” category in 1999. “I’ve always liked the song. I’ve liked it from the time I first heard it. I never thought of it in terms of recording it. Kevin is a great, great George Jones fan, and I’m a great country & western fan. Kevin was very surprised to know that. Kevin just wants you to listen to music. When he finds out what you like, he gets 20,000 of those recordings and plays them. My mother familiarized me with the Grand Ole Opry at a very early age, and over my career I’ve recorded a lot of country & western music.”

Frankie Miller’s Jealousy is a gloomy beat ballad, with occasional vocal spurts. Frankie himself recorded the song for his ’82 Standing on the Edge album, and cut it in Muscle Shoals. “It was one of the tunes I heard by Frankie Miller that I wanted to sing. Not that I liked it, but that I wanted to sing. I’m not a jealous person. I’m too arrogant to be jealous, but I’ve always liked the melody and all the darkness of it. Here again it was something that was written from a different perspective that I wanted to sing it, but it’s the same song. Everybody recognizes it.”

Don Henley co-wrote and recorded a rocking mid-tempo song titled You Don’t Know Me At All in the mid-90s. “It wasn’t a really big song. I like something else by Don Henley, but after we watched him on television my husband brought out everything he had ever recorded. Then I heard this and I said ‘I really like that, but it hasn’t enough words. It just seems to be part of the story’. When I rewrite these songs, I don’t ask anybody for any royalties or anything. I don’t try to make the song better. I just try to make it so that I can sing it.”

Somebody Pick Up My Pieces, a very intimate and slow “hurting” song, was written by Willie Nelson and cut for his ’98 Teatro CD. “He’s one of my greatest writers. I like him as a singer, too. This one my husband didn’t bring to me. In fact, I heard a friend of his sing it in a club one night. I said that if I ever get a chance to do another recording, I’m going to do that. That was about three years ago.”

Ray Charles cut W.T. Davidson’s slow beater named They Call It Love for his Do I Ever Cross Your Mind album in 1984. “I don’t like a lot of singers, but I like Ray Charles three times, so that takes three singers right there. He was one of the earliest people that I liked. I’ve liked him since I was a little bitty girl, way before there was Bettye LaVette. Kevin knew the singers that I liked, so he just recorded a whole bunch of stuff by Ray Charles to take on our honeymoon with us, and this was one of the songs. I said that I really, really liked that song. Always the thing with the Ray Charles songs is that I like the way he did them, so I don’t want to hear it any other way. I like it just like that. So Andrew Kaulkin came into the studio and said ‘why don’t you try it like this’. If he had not changed the groove for me, I would not have recorded it because I just didn’t want to do it the way Ray did it.”

John Hiatt recorded his rocky mover called The Last Time in 2003, and here we can’t avoid the inevitable comparison to Tina Turner again. “She did start before I did, but I’ve never covered one of her recordings, but she’s covered a couple of mine, so what… (laughing). I really love and admire Tina. The whole thing that’s happened to her – that’s the only time I’ve had anything happen to one of my contemporaries, when I felt like it was happening to me. Every time they gave her a reward or something, I cried. I was so happy, plus she is the nicest person next to Smokey Robinson’s first wife, Claudette, and Joe Tex that I’ve ever met in show business.”

“Most of the people, who was happening while I was happening, I wasn’t listening to them. I was hanging with them and singing with them. We were all listening to people, who happened before us. But if you must compare me to someone, why won’t any of you guys look at the guys that I’m patterning myself after – Little Willie John and Bobby Bland and James Brown.”

Elton John co-wrote with Bernie Taupin and recorded for his ’71 Tumbleweed Connection album a pouring song titled Talking Old Soldiers. “First of all, I don’t drink beer and I’m not a soldier. Every time I would hear something that I liked, Kevin put it on a list. Every time he would make a new list, Old Soldiers would be on it, and I would say ‘but I didn’t ask you to put that on there’, but he said ‘I just wanted you to listen to it again’. This went on like five years. When I sent the thirty songs to the record company, of course, he put it in the group, and my record company president – it was one of his favourite songs as well. So then of course they were ganging up on me. Then I just rewrote it the way I wanted to sing it, and then when I got involved in it I just loved it. It was very hard to sing, very hard to rewrite it, but I’m very proud of it. I just thought the music listeners would say ‘oh, my goodness, how melodramatic could you be’! It sounds like a scene out of a soap opera. I really thought they would hate it, but they loved it. I was stunned.”

A rocking mid-tempo song called Before The Money Came (The Battle of Bettye LaVette) was written by Patterson Hood together with Bettye, and this is her first own song after Bettye’s Blues on the Blues Express album in 2003 titled A Woman Like Me. “I wrote Bettye’s Blues, because Dennis Walker told me that any idiot could write a blues song. All you have to write is ‘woke up one morning…’. Patterson said that anybody, who could talk as much as I, could write a song. Patterson really is a writer. He wrote the liner notes, and they are perfectly written. And he thinks that everyone can do that, and I was explaining to him that everyone just can’t do this. If you give me something to write about, then I can write, but if you’re a writer you’re supposed to think of things to write about. He said ‘just write the things that you keep saying to me’. So I just wrote what I would say. But I’m still not a writer.”

The final song, I Guess We Shouldn’t Talk about That Now, is a beautiful, poignant ballad by Ed Pettersen and Kim Mclean. “On the CD, Song of America (a 3-CD set on ‘31 Tigers’ in 2007), I do a Bruce Springsteen song, Streets of Philadelphia, and Ed Pettersen is the producer of that album. When I went to Nashville, he said ‘would you take some of my songs back with you and just give them a listen’. So I brought the songs back with me, and of course Kevin listened to them. So we’re getting ready to go to Muscle Shoals and we had already chosen the songs, but Kevin said ‘you should just listen to this… you never know’. There were five songs on that CD, and the last song was this one.”

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What:

Pieces of Peace - S/T
Track List:

1. Cease Fire
2. Pollution
3. Flunky for Your Love
4. I Still Care
5. Peace and Blessings
6. Yesterday's Visions
7. Pollution (Instrumental)
8. Yesterday's Visions (Alternate Take)

A lost treasure of rare soul from the Chicago scene -- the unreleased, self-titled album by Pieces Of Peace -- a combo with ties both to the late 60s soul of Twinight Records and the early 70s grooves of The Pharoahs! This set was initially recorded by The Pharoahs' Scarab label, but never issued at the time -- and it shows a tremendous growth from the earlier hard funk styles of the Pieces -- a move into fuller, more complicated modes that often had the same righteous blend of jazz, soul, and spirituality as Earth Wind & Fire! The production here is great, and the tapes haven't suffered at all for all their years on the shelf -- and if anything, the album's even more explosive now than if it was issued at the time -- given how long we've had to wait. From Dusty Groove. (AKA "the best record store in America")

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Where: Are you in the Cambridge, Mass area on Friday, November 9th, 2007 at 8:00 PM? If so, The Middle East is hosting Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings with special guests The Budos Band. Holla.

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When: 11/20/07. Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City. Numero Group. 'Nuff said.

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Why: "Good Rapper v. Bad Rapper" from one of the most astute social thinkers Mark Reynolds. From PopMatters.

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Don't forget to slide me some of your hard earned dollars on Thursday the 1st. I am counting on you! Seriously, I can't do alone. Thanks.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

New F*E*A*T*U*R*E on Phonograph Blues!

Every Wednesday I will be putting together a weekly wrap up all things soul music. The SoulSheet: It will have, Reviews, notes, interviews I've found online, juicy tidbits, new releases worthy of your attention, reissue of the week, etc...you know, the shit you should know to be an informed citizen of the Lost & Found Super Soul Review. You can look for the first installment of this new weekly column on Wednesday morning. Until then...

Later.

CdV

p.s. Don't forget to give me your hard earned cash on Thursday!

FUN-RAISING is a-coming this week!

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Starting on Thursday this week, WMBR begins its 2007 fundraiser. Please help me and Lost & Found knock 'em dead this year (as well as helping the station meet its goal of raising $75,000) by pledging to the Thursday Lost and Found. You can pledge via telephone starting on Thursday by calling 617 - 253 - 8810 or via the Interweb at http://wmbr.org. Any amount helps and I am sure I speak for all Lost & Found DJs when I tell you that I couldn't do this community radio thing without your help and involvement! Thank you, in advance, for all your previous support and I hope to hear from you during this year's fundraiser!

Christopher Vyce, Director of Fundraising
Host, Thursday Lost & Found

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Lost & Found playlist for 10/25/07

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: The Ramsey Lewis Trio - Down to Earth

Bobby Womack - "Sweet Caroline"
Otis Williams & the Midnight Cowboys - "How I Got to Memphis"
Clarence 'Frogman' Henry - "I'm in Love"
Lee Moses - "She's a Bad Girl"
Joe Bataan - "Under the Street Lamp"
Swamp Dogg - "Sam Stone"
Charlie Whitehead - "Sweet Bird of Success"
O.V. Wright - "Without You"
The Festivals - "You're Gonna Make It"
Paul Kelly - "Let Your Love Come Down (Let It Fall on Me)"
Pieces of Peace - "I Still Care"
Th Soul Searchers - "Blow Your Whistle"
Eddy Senay - "Ain't No Sunshine"
Els 5 Xics - "Raising Your Hand"
Bob Marley & the Wailers - "It Hurts to Be Alone"
The Rays - "Daddy Cool"
Bobby Charles - "No Use Knockin'"
Bob & Gene - "Which Love"
Timmy Shaw - "I'm a Lonely Guy"
The Dynamic Tints - "No One Else Will Do"
Sam Cooke - "I Belong to Your Heart"
The Dynamics - "Ain't No Sun (Since You've Been Gone)"
The Vibrations - "Ain't No Greens In Harlem"
Otis Redding - "Direct Me"
Marlene Shaw - "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"
Don Covay - "What's In the Headlines"
Aretha Franklin - "Sweet Bitter Love"
Sam & Dave - "Sleep Good Tonight"
Gladys Knight & the Pips - "Don't Let Her Take Your Love From Me"
Clifford Curry - "We're Gonna Hate Ourselves in the Morning"
The Climates - "No You for Me"
The Flaming Ember - "Don't You Wanna Wanna"
The Sensational Cymbals - "When Will It End"

Outro: "Yegelle Tetzeta" - Mulatu Astake

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lost & Found playlist for 10/18/07

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Ike Quebec - Soul Samba

J.J. Jackson - "But It's Alright"
The Purify Brothers - "Hello There"
New York City - "Set the Record Straight"
Eldridge Holmes - "If I Were a Carpenter"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Be Easy"
Arthur Alexander - "All the Time"
Lee Moses - "My Adorable One"
Mavis Staples - "Eyes on the Prize"
Dyke & the Blazers - "Funky Bull (Pt. 1)"
Ike & Tina Turner - "Finger Poppin'"
Demon Fuzz - "I Put a Spell On You"
Pieces of Peace - "Flunky for Your Love"
Mighty Walker Brothers - "God Been Good To Me"
Donny Hathaway - "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)"
Galt MacDermot - "Ripped Open By Metal Explosions"
Aretha Franklin - "Talk To Me, Talk To Me"
Al Green - "Get Back Baby"
Percy Sledge - "Out of Left Field"
Matt Brown - "Sweet Thing"
The Drifters - "Sometimes I Wonder"
J.J. Barnes - "Won't You Let Me Know"
James Brown - "I Know It's True"
Alice Rozier & Little Joe - "I Love You"
Harvey Averne - "You're No Good"
Dee Brown & Lola Grant - "We Belong Together"
Little Jerry Williams - "I'm the Lover Man"
Pieces of Peace - "Pollution"
Ed Sanders - "Calling on Charles and Wallace" [Spoken Word]
Lee Dorsey - "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?"
Bobby Hebb - "Night Train to Memphis"
Arthur Alexander - "In the Middle of It All"
Betty Harris - "Cry to Me"
The Additions - "Under the Moon"

Outro: "Yegelle Tetzeta" - Mulatu Astake

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Lost & Found playlist for 10/11/07

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Mickey & the Soul Generation - Iron Leg

Stevie Wonder - "You Haven't Done Nothin'"
Chico Hamilton - "The Baron"
Baby Huey - "Mighty, Mighty"
Jason Knight - "Our Love Is Getting Stonger"
Lee Moses - "Bad Girl, Pts. 1 + 2"
Arthur Alexander - "If It's Really Got to Be This Way"
Arthur Alexander - "Rainbow Road"
The Knight Brothers - "Temptation 'Bout To Get Me"
Mickey Murray - "How Many Breaks Can One Heart Take"
Ricky Rezell - "What You Bet?"
James Brown - "The Payback"
Lowell Fulsom - "Make a Little Love"
The Vibrations - "Run for Your Life"
Allen Toussaint - "Am I Expecting Too Much?"
Toussaint McCall - "Nothing Takes the Place of You"
Billy Preston - "My Sweet Lord"
The Jewels - "Opportunity"
Harmonettes - "Can't Go Halfway"
Lee Moses - "If Loving You Is a Crime (I'll Always Be Guilty)"
Arthur Alexander - "Lonely Just Like Me" (Demo version)
Joe Simon - "It's Hard to Get Along"
Millie McLaine - "Caught Up"
Gladys Knight & the Pips - "If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave)"
Bobby Hebb - "I Feel So Good"
Hank Sample - "So In Love With You"
The Jive Five - "My True Story"
The Persuasions - "Hurry Back"
Jimmy Church - "Faith In You"
Jay Mitchell & the Mitchellites - "I Am the Man For You Baby"
Bettye LaVette - "I'm In Love"
Ray Gant & the Arabian Knights - "Don't Leave Me Baby"

Outro: "Yegelle Tetzeta" - Mulatu Astake

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Three Ring Circus. A fill-in on 10/5/07

Lucero - "Raising Hell"
Drag the River - "Beautiful and Damned"
William Elliott Whitmore - "Sometimes Our Dreams Float Like Anchors"
Blitzen Trapper - "Wild Mountain Nation"
J.D. Blackfoot - "One Time Woman"
Trampled By Turtles - "Valley"
Langhorne Slim - "In the Midnight"
Leeroy Stagger - "Jealous and Drunk"
Willie Nelson - "I Gotta Get Drunk"
Clean Living - "Red Lord"
Midlake - "Roscoe"
McGuinness Flint - "When I'm Dead and Gone"
Bobby Bare, Jr. - "The Heart Bionic"
Robert Francis - "Good Hearted Man"
Johnny Lunchbreak - "Never Found"
R.L. Burnside - "Goin' Down South"
Bobby 'Blue' Bland - "I'm Not Ashamed"
Lee Moses - "Time and Place"
Nathaniel Mayer - "(I Want) Love and Affection (Not the House of Correction)"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Something's Changed"
Charles Bradley - "Heartaches and Pain"
Ted Taylor - "Be Ever Wonderful"
Eddie Ray - "You Got Me"
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces - "Try My Love Again"

Lost & Found playlist for 10/4/07

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: Eugene Blacknell - We Can't Take Life for Granted

Chuck Berry - "Come On"
Don Bryant - "What Are You Going to Do to My World?"
Manual B. Holcolm - "I Stayed Away Too Long"
Little Charles & the Sidewinders - "Get Her Out of My Heart"
Tony White - "The Twitch"
Percy Sledge - "Too Many Rivers to Cross"
Billy Butler - "Tomorrow Is Another Day"
Bob & Gene - "Sailboat"
Belita Woods - "You Do Your Thing"
Fontella Bass - "Its Hard to Get Back In"
Frankie Crocker - "Ton of Dynamite"
Bobby Valentin - "Use It Before You Lose It"
Billy Paul - "Am I Black Enough For You"
The Detroit Emeralds - "Till You Decide to Come Home"
Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Turn On Your Love Light"
The Malibu's - "My Love"
Arthur K. Adams - "The Same Thing"
Clarence Carter - "Think About It"
James Carr - "Gonna Send Your Back to Georgia"
Soul X 2 - "I'm Alright Now"
The Temptations - "You've Got My Soul on Fire"
Donny Hathaway - "I Believe In Music"
Johnny Adams - "If I Could See You One More Time"
Joe Bataan - "Woman Don't Want to Love Me"
C.Shells - "You Are the Circus"
Gloria Lynne - "You Don't Have to Be a Tower of Strength"
Arthur Conley - "Love Got Me"
Gene Anderson & the International Hook-Up - "Forgive This Foolish Man"
Jean Stanback - "I Still Love You"
The Hi C's - "This Is the Night"
John Byrd - "Dibblin' and Dabblin' (In Somebody Else's Affair)"
Wille & the Mighty Magnificents - "Check It Baby"
The Chellows - "Be My Baby"
Donald Lee Richardson - "I've Learned My Lesson"
Aaron Neville - "Wrong Number (I Am Sorry, Goodbye)"
Larry Saunders - "Love, I Haven't Found You Yet"

Outro: "Yegelle Tetzeta" - Mulatu Astake