Program #581

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ART BRUT . . . . . Just Desserts . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
BOW WOW WOW . . . . . I Want Candy . . . . . . . . . . I Want Candy: The Best of Bow Wow Wow
MILLIE SMALL . . . . . My Boy Lollipop . . . . . Island Story 1962-1987
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS . . . . . Kinky Reggae . . . . . Catch a Fire
JIMMY GILMER AND THE FIREBALLS . . . . . Sugar Shack . . . . . Sugar Shack: The Best of Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Candy Man . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
ANDRE ETHIER . . . . . Honey Bee . . . . . Secondathallam
HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS . . . . . A Taste Of Honey . . . . . Whipped Cream & Other Delights (40th Anniversary Edition)
THE BEATLES . . . . . Savoy Truffle . . . . . The Beatles (The White Album)

CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Careless Love . . . . . My Maudlin Career
NANCY SINATRA . . . . . You Only Live Twice . . . . . The Hit Years
ARCHER PREWITT . . . . . Over The Line . . . . . Three
LOU REED . . . . . My Best Friend . . . . . Coney Island Baby
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Up To Our Necks . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
SYD BARRETT . . . . . Here I Go . . . . . The Madcap Laughs
FEIST . . . . . 1234 . . . . . The Reminder
NEIL DIAMOND . . . . . Sweet Caroline . . . . . In My Lifetime (3CD)

MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Dear God Please Help Me . . . . . Easy Come, Easy Go
DEVOTCHKA . . . . . Undone . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling
BOB DYLAN . . . . . This Dream Of You . . . . . Together Through Life
WILLY DEVILLE . . . . . My Forever Came Today . . . . . Crow Jane Alley
BEN E. KING . . . . . Spanish Harlem . . . . . The Very Best of Ben E. King
NICOLE ATKINS . . . . . Cool Enough . . . . . Neptune City
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Lady’s Bridge . . . . . Lady's Bridge

HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . True Love Will Find You In The End . . . . . Silence of Love
NEKO CASE . . . . . Vengeance Is Sleeping . . . . . Middle Cyclone
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Town Cryer . . . . . Imperial Bedroom
PERCY SLEDGE . . . . . When A Man Loves A Woman . . . . . The Incredible Soul Collection
BOOKER T. . . . . . She Breaks . . . . . The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
RUTHIE FOSTER . . . . . Heal Yourself . . . . . JOE COCKER . . . . . Hitchcock Railway . . . . . Joe Cocker!
DR. JOHN & THE LOWER 911 . . . . . Keep On Goin’ . . . . . City That Care Forgot

Some tunes for those with a sweet tooth to open this program, all of them inspired by the new Art Brut track at the top of the show. From there it was Bow Wow Wow with their revved-up remake of an old Strangeloves song followed by Millie Small with the first ska record to make a dent on the pop charts, which naturally fed to a Bob Marley and the Wailers track with a lyric that featured an imaginative use of brown sugar. Then it was Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs with their big 1963 hit followed by a Roy Orbison track that was the B-side of "Crying," and from there a couple of tunes more inclined to the naturally sweet side from Andre Ethier and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass led to the Beatles, who supplied a suitable ending.

This section began with a new one from Camera Obscura with some strings on it that conjured up an old Nancy Sinatra tune from the James Bond movie of the same name. Archer Prewitt followed with one containing a similar flowing languidness that segued rather nicely into an old Lou Reed track. Then it was Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 blissed out on love leading to Syd Barrett with his own tale of love lost and found. The rhythmic feel of that one brought to mind Feist and then Neil Diamond, who brought me right back to the summer of '69 and my own first fumbling attempts with a hometown girl.

A note of desperation from Marianne Faithfull covering Morrissey is where this set began, and then it was DeVotchKa in a similar place with a tune that features a nice bit of accordian flowing smoothly into a new one from Bob Dylan that includes David Hidalgo on the same instrument. Rebounding from the sadness and loss expressed in that tune, next up was Willy DeVille with one of his romantic specials that, often enough as not, harkens back to songs from the early '60s. Here it was Ben E. KIng and a tune that can also be heard in the Nicole Atkins track about growing up and moving on that followed, which led to Richard Hawley looking for some answers to where it all went wrong.

The final section began with a track from a group of musician gathered together to record a group of relatively obscure cover songs from across the decades. Calling themselves the Headless Heroes, they feature Alela Diane on vocals; her most recent disc from earlier this year was my first exposure to her voice, which has a timeless quality that suits the tunes on this new disc quite well. Another woman with an amazing voice is Neko Case, who here seemingly takes the point of view of a man in trouble in a relationship, and then it was an actual man (Elvis Costello & the Attractions) singing about much the same thing. Percy Sledge continued the thought with his huge 1966 smash, and then it was Booker T. going to town on the Hammond B-3 from his new disc that also features the Drive-By Truckers and Neil Young. The soulful sounds kept coming with some good advice from Ruthie Foster followed by a young Joe Cocker teaming up with Leon Russell and on into Dr. John and the Lower 911 attempting to take a philosophical approach about the sorry response from various goverments after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans.

Here's another one from Joe Cocker