Playlist: 07/26/08

Dear Listeners,

Today I featured Hi Records, a Memphis-based label. In the mid-50s, it started out releasing rockabilly records, then moved to grittier R&B, until 1970, when Willie Mitchell took over as president and ushered them into about a decade’s worth of smoothly orchestrated soul. Mitchell acted as both producer and president, directing the label artistically and financially. Al Green was the label’s biggest success, though Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, O.V. Wright, and Syl Johnson also had hits. By the late-70s, however, the label had begun to stagnate and Mitchell sold it to L.A.-based Liberty Records. Though he spent a few years in L.A. continuing to produce for Hi, by 1979, Mitchell had left.

As usual, concert announcements are first, followed by the playlist.


Friday, August 1st: Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves @ Union Hall
Sunday, August 10th: Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves @ McCarren Park Pool
Friday, August 15th: Booker T. & the MG’s @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sunday, August 17th: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Central Park SummerStage
Thursday, August 21st: Bobby “Blue” Bland @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Saturday, August 23: 5:00 PM, Lincoln Center Out of Doors – free, no tickets required
          Featuring The Hot 8 Brass Band featuring Shamarr Allen;
          Betty Harris with the Marc Stone All Star Soul Band;
          The Campbell Brothers’ Sacred Funk featuring Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Horns;
          John Boutté & the Hot Calas;
          and Irma Thomas & the Professionals


Across 110th St.
Date: July 26, 2008
Host: Ashraya Gupta

1. Bobby Womack – Across 110th St.
2. Al Green – I Can’t Get Next to You
3. Al Green – Are You Lonely for Me Baby
4. Al Green – One Woman
5. Al Green – Talk to Me
6. Bill Black’s Combo – Smokie, Part 2
7. Ace Cannon – Tuff
8. Murray Kellum – Long Tall Texan
9. Jumpin’ Gene Simmons – Haunted House
10. Charlie Rich – Love Is After Me
11. Jerry Jaye – My Girl Josephine
12. Willie Mitchell – 20-75
13. Willie Mitchell – Soul Serenade
14. Ann Peebles – Part Time Love
15. Ann Peebles – (I Feel Like) Breaking Up Somebody’s Home
16. Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand the Rain
17. Syl Johnson – Back for a Taste of Your Love
18. Syl Johnson – I Want to Take You Home (To See Mama)
19. Syl Johnson – Any Way the Wind Blows
20. Syl Johnson – Please Don’t Give Up On Me
21. Syl Johnson – ‘Bout to Make Me Leave Home
22. Syl Johnson – Steppin’ Out
23. Syl Johnson – Could I Be Falling in Love
24. Syl Johnson – Wind, Blow Her Back My Way
25. O.V. Wright – Medley: God Blessed Our Love, When a Man Loves a Woman, That’s How Strong My Love Is
26. Willie Mitchell – Mercy
27. Otis Clay – Trying to Live My Life Without You
28. Willie Mitchell – I Say a Little Prayer
29. Ann Peebles – Respect
30. Quite Elegance – You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up
31. George Jackson – Aretha, Sing One For Me
32. Phillip Mitchell – Turning Over the Ground
33. Otis Clay – It Was Jealousy
34. Jean Plum – Look at the Boy
35. O.V. Wright – Precious, Precious
36. Quiet Elegance – Tired of Being Alone
37. Willie Hutch – I Choose You
38, Willie Hutch – Mack’s Stroll / The Getaway (Chase Scene)
39. O.V. Wright – Trying to Live My Life Without You
40. Don Bryant – Land of 1000 Dances
41. Don Bryant – Shop Around
42. Don Bryant – Soul Man
43. Al Green – My Girl [Green is Blues, 1969]
44. Al Green – Pretty Woman [I’m Still In Love with You 1972]
45. Al Green – I Gotta Be More (Take Me Higher) [Al Green is Love, 1974-75]
46. Al Green – Eli’s Game [Let’s Stay Together, 2003 reissue bonus track]
47. Al Green – Starting All Over Again
48. Al Green – One Nite Stand
49. Al Green – Rhymes
50. Al Green – King of All
51. Al Green – Summertime

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