14 August 2012

Sunday 12 August 2012

The Surfaris - Wipeout
Album: Wipe Out, Surfer Joe & Other Great Hits
1973 Compilations (out of print) Reissued 2005: Magic

Tom Jones & Jools Holland - Life's too short (to be with you)
Album: Tom Jones & Jools Holland
2004: Warner Music

Macy Gray - The comeback
Album: The Sellout
2010: Concord Music

Elbow - One day like this
Album: The Seldom Seen Kid
2008: Polydor / UMC

Bob Dylan
Album: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
2003: Columbia
   Blowin' in the wind
   A hard rain's a-gonna fall
   Don't think twice, it's all right

Louis Armstrong
Album: The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings
2002: Sony
   Willie the weeper
   Strolling with some barbecue

Artie White - The more you lie to me
Album: Mississippi Blues
2003: Putumayo

Eric Bibb, Rory Block & Maria Muldaur - Don't ever let nobody drag your spirit down
Album: Blues Around the World
2006: Putumayo

Allen Toussaint: The bright Mississippi
Album: The Bright Mississippi
2009: Nonesuch

Rockie Charles - Festis believe in justice
Carol Fran & Clarence Hollimon - Door poppin'
Album: Louisiana Gumbo
2010: Putumayo
Quincy Jones - Soul bossa nova
Album: Big Band Bossa Nova
1998: Verve / UMG

Heritage Blues Orchestra
Album: And Still I Rise
2011: Raisin' Music
   C-line woman
   Big-legged woman
   Catfish blues

Staff Benda Bilili - Sala keba
Album: Tres Tres Fort
2009: Crammed Discs

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Stick with me baby
Album: Raising Sand
2007: Rounder Records

Album: Songlines Music Awards 2011
2011: Songlines Publishing
   Femi Kuti - Dem bobo
   Afrocubism -0 A la luna yo me voy
   Cheikh Lo - Conia
   Bellowhead - Yarmouth Town

Jimmy Somerville - From this moment on
Album: Red Hot + Blue (A Tribute to Cole Porter)
1990: King Cole / Chrysalis

Steve Tyrell - Smile
Album: A New Standard
1999: Atlantic

Ella Fitzgerald - It's only a paper moon
Album: Jazz Legends - Various Artists
2002: Union Square Music

6 August 2012

Sunday 5 August 2012

The Surfaris - Wipeout
Album: Wipe Out, Surfer Joe & Other Great Hits
1973 Compilations (out of print) Reissued 2005: Magic

Trombone Shorty - Buckjump
Album: For True
2011: Verve / UMG

Henry Gray - How could you do it
Album: Louisiana Swamp Stomp
2010: Honeybee

Heritage Blues Orchestra - In the morning
Album: And Still I Rise
2011: Raisin' Music

Joe Bonamassa - Spanish boots
Album: Black Rock
2012: Provogue

Joe Cocker - Ring them bells
Album: Hymn for My Soul
2007: EMI

Album: Raunchy Sugar, The Pure Essence of Memphis Rock & Roll
2011: Fantastic Voyage
   Jimmy Pritchett - That's the way I feel
   Johnny Cash - Oh, lonesome me
   Tommy Tucker - Loving - Lil

Bette Midler - In the cool, cool, cool of the evening
Album: Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook
2006: Sony

Count Basie Orchestra - Corner pocket
Album: Basie is Back
2006: Village Music / Concord

Christian McBride Big Band - Brother mister
   with Melissa Walker - When I fall in love
Album: The Good Feeling
2011: Mack Avenue Records

Wynton Marsalis Hot Seven - Dippermouth blues
Album: Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
2005: Blue Note

Levon Helm - Single girl, married girl
Album: Dirt Farmer
2007: Dirt Farmer Music / Vanguard

Steve Cropper & guests
Album: Dedicated - A Salute to the 5 Royales 
2011: 429 Records
   Steve Cropper instrumental - Help me somebody
   with Brian May - I do
   with Sharon Jones - Messin' up
   with Buddy Miller - The slummer the slum

Bruce Springsteen - Radio nowhere
Album: Magic
2007: Columbia

Santana - Black magic woman
Album: Black Magic Woman, the Best of Santana
2000: Sony

Mariza - Feira de Castro
Album: Fado Curvo
2003: EMI 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK (second helping)
Album: Raunchy Sugar, The Pure Essence of Memphis Rock & Roll
2011: Fantastic Voyage 
   Billy Riley - Too much woman for me
   Conway Twitty - Rock house
   Cliff & The Sun-Rays - No treason in my heart 

Bobby Darin - Beyond the sea
Album: The Legendary Bobby Darin
2004: EMI

Album: Jazz Legends - Various Artists
2002: Union Square Music
   Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie & His All-Star Quintet - Lover man
   Sidney Bechet - Maple leaf rag
   Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Caldonia

Acker Bilk - Stranger on the shore 
Album: Reflections
1993: Spectrum

15 January 2012

Sunday 15 January 2012

The Surfaris - Wipeout
Album: Wipe Out, Surfer Joe & Other Great Hits
1973 Compilations (out of print) Reissued 2005: Magic

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
Album: The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
2002: Rhino / Warner

Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of love
Album: The Essential Bruce Springsteen
2003: Columbia

Michael Buble - Haven't met you yet
Album: Crazy Love
2009: Reprise / Warner

Fleet Foxes - Montezuma
Album: Helplessness Blues
2011: Bella Union

Art Neville - Big Chief
Album: Keys to the Crescent City
1991: Rounder

Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint - Your lovin' man
Album: Memphis Mojo
2011: Ruf

Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama - There will be a light
Album: There Will be a Light
2004: Virgin

The Beatles - Penny Lane
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
2009: EMI

Richard Hawley - Born under a bad sign
Album: Coles Corner
2005: Mute

Asa - Beautiful Imperfection
2011: Iyke the Don
Why can't we
May be
Be my man

Trombone Shorty - Suburbia
Album: Backatown
2010: Verve / Universal

Tony Bennett & KD Lang - Because of you
Album: Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic
2006: Sony BMG

Paul Desmond - When Joanna loved me
Album: Feeling Blue
1996: Camden / BMG

Etta James - What's going on
Album: All the Way
2006: RCA Victor / Sony BMG

Nilsson - Me and my Arrow
Album: The Point
2002: BMG Heritage

Randy Newman - Feels like home
Album: Harps and Angels
2008: Nonesuch / Warner

Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong - You won't be satisfied
Album: Jazz Legends
2002: Union Square Music

Mose Allison - I don't get around much any more
Album: Jazz
2011: Putumayo

Amy Winehouse - The girl from Ipanema
Album: Lioness: Hidden Treasures
2011: Universal Island

Rebirth Brass Band - AP Touro
Album: Rebirth of New Orleans
2011: Basin Street Records

Charlie Rich - Mohair Sam
Album: It Ain't Gonna Be That Way (The Complete Smash Sessions)
2011: Ace

9 January 2012

Sunday 8 January 2012 - Mitch's Musical Review of 2011

The Surfaris - Wipeout
Album: Wipe Out, Surfer Joe & Other Great Hits
1973 Compilations (out of print) Reissued 2005: Magic

Adele - Someone like you
Album: 21
2010: XL

John Barry - James Bond Theme
Album: John Barry - The Best of the EMI Years
1999: EMI

Etta James - I just want to make love to you
Album: The Very Best of Etta James: The Chess Singles
2005: Spectrum

Jessie J - Price tag
Album: Who You Are
2011: Lava

Quincy Jones - Soul bossa nova
Album: Big Band Bossa Nova
1998: Verve

Adele - Rolling in the deep
Album: 21
2011: XL

Buddy Guy - Skanky
Album: Living Proof
2010: Jive / Sony

Charlie Haden Quartet West ftg Melody Gardot - If I'm lucky
Album: Sophisticated Ladies
2010: Universal

Tinariwen, K'naan and Los Lobos - Tamatant tilay / Exodus
Album: Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project
2010: Hancock / Sony

Michael Buble - Haven't met you yet
Album: Crazy Love
2009: Reprise / Warner

Bob Dylan - Don't think twice, it's alright
Album: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
1963: Sony / Columbia

ARTISTIC LOSS of 2011 - RIP Amy Winehouse
Album: Back to Black
2006: Universal Island
With Tony Bennett - Body and soul
Album: Tony Bennett Duets 2
2011: Sony
Our day will come
Album: Lioness: Hidden Treasures
2011: Universal Island

Chris Barber's Six-Piece ftg Jools Holland - Winin' boy blues
Album: Memories of my Trip
2011: Proper

Beverley Knight - Mama used to say
Album: Soul UK
2011: Hurricane

Ben Waters ftg PJ Harvey - Lonely Avenue
Album: Boogie 4 Stu, A Tribute to Ian Stewart
2011: Eagle

John Legend & The Roots - I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
Album: Wake Up!
2010: Sony

Mavis Staples - Wonderful Saviour 
Album: You Are Not Alone
2010: Anti

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Midnight in Harlem
Album: Revelator
2011: Sony Masterworks

25 December 2011

Christmas Day - Reflective Chat

It's Christmas Day. It's quiet, mild for the time of year, and raining. I'm just home from presenting my Christmas radio show on 103FM.

As a chicken roasts in the oven and I'm about to tuck into a snack of cheese, biscuits and strawberries, I reflect how lucky and thankful I am to have a roof over my head and plenty to eat.

For one reason or another many people around the world have been deprived of life's essentials this year, none more so than in Somalia and the neighbouring drought-hit countries of East Africa.

Of all my activities in the past 12 months I'm proudest of what my broadcaster colleagues and I achieved on 30 July during our day-long transmission to raise awareness of the famine in the Horn of Africa, a campaign linking 103FM with the Disasters Emergency Committee, which we called 103DEC.

It was no easy matter persuading either the radio station managers or the Disasters Emergency Committee that local radio had the reach and audience to raise funds, which we as a station weren't able to take on directly. But our enthusiasm and the obvious need couldn't in the end be denied and on the day itself everyone associated with 103 was firmly on board.

We'll never know how much money our day's broadcasting raised although our listener numbers, phone calls, emails and Internet take-up were all substantially increased from usual Saturday figures and we can only hope that those who committed to give money to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal actually did so.

It's quite something that a small radio station, albeit with a substantial geographical reach and listenership, is willing to donate an entire day's output for the greater good of an emergency taking place not just beyond our own East Midlands region but outwith the UK. 

It proves that local radio, so often accused of leaving larger issues to terrestrial broadcasters, is able to construct high quality, meaningful content that reflects the concerns of its audience even when those concerns are bigger, international, humanitarian issues. 

I believe that's something in which everyone involved can be justifiably proud. 

Wishing you good things this Christmas and always. 
Mitch x

For the full 103DEC story visit www.103dec.blogspot.com
Up to date images from East Africa by the BBC available here.

Sunday 25 December 2011 Mitch's Christmas Present

Louis Armstrong & The Commanders - Cool Yule 
Album: Essential Jazz Christmas
2007: Essential Jazz Classics

Leon Redbone & Dr John - Frosty the snowman
Album: Christmas Island
2009: Universal

Dean Martin - Baby it's cold outside
Album: Ultimate Christmas Cocktails
2007: EMI / Capitol

Coldplay - Paradise
Album: Mylo Xyloto
2011: Parlophone

Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas everyone
Album: The Shakin' Stevens Collection
2005: Sony

Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
Album: Christmas Hits 0 50 Festive Favourites
2003: BMG

Elvin Bishop - The little drummer boy
Saffire, the Uppity Blues Woman - One parent Christmas
Album: The Alligator Records Christmas Collection
1992: Alligator

Les Paul - Jingle bells
Album: I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
2007: Viper

Vanelis - Hymn
Album: Theme
2007: Polydor

The Blind Boys of Alabama ftg Me'shell NdegeOcello - Oh come all ye faithful
Album: Go Tell it on the Mountain
2003: Solid Productions

Asa - Why can't we
Album: Beautiful Imperfection
2011: Iyke the Don

Lionel Hampton - Boogie woogie Santa Claus
Album: Noel Jazz
2004: Body & Soul

Amy Winehouse - Will you still love me tomorrow
Album: Lioness: Hidden Treasures
2011: Universal Island

Mighty Blue Kings - All I ask for Christmas
Album: A Jazz & Blues Christmas
2008: Putumayo 

Album: Jazz
2011: Putumayo
Anita O'Day - It don't mean a thing (If it ain't got that swing)
The Nat King Cole Trio - Deed I do
Billie Holiday - Lover come back to me

Lyle Lovett - Christmas morning
Album: The Road to Ensenada
2009: Blue Wrasse

Renee Fleming, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile & others - Touch the hand of love
Album: Yo-Yo Ma & Friends - Songs of Joy & Peace
2008: Sony BMG

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Bound for glory
Album: Revelator
2011: Sony Masterworks

The Flaming Lips - White Christmas (demo for Tom Waits)
Album: It's a Cool, Cool Christmas
2000: Jeepster