Monday, October 20, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - October 19, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

This wet morning inspired in us "tezeta," or nostalgia - and for the first half of the program we danced  and pined to the love and party music of our forbears, R'n'B classics from the late Fifties and early Sixties. Curtis Mayfield introduced the program with the Impressions' hit "Gypsy Woman," and returned halfway through the show with "Eddie You Should Know Better," from the soundtrack album Superfly. True to form, we ended this week's "Love Is a Real Thing" with a disco free-for-all. Fun and heartfelt. Next week, we'll return to the Blues.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Tezeta - Mulatu Astake
Gypsy Woman - The Impressions
He's a Rebel - The Crystals
Eternal Life - Mosby Family Singers
I'm Your Puppet - James and Bobby Purify
Speedo - The Cadillacs
Lucille - Little Richard
Lollipop - The Chordettes
South Street - The Orlons
Wah-Wahtusi - The Orlons
Gravy (for My Mashed Potatoes) - Dee Dee Sharp
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
Row-Row-Row My Boat - The Four Mints
You Send Me (demo) - Sam Cooke
Bring It On Home to Me (live) - Sam Cooke
Ya-Ya - Lee Dorsey
Four Corners - Lee Dorsey
A Little Bit of Soap - The Jarmels
Along Came Jones - The Coasters
Quarter to Three* - Gary "U.S." Bonds
You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles
Road Runner - Bo Diddley
Eddie You Should Know Better - Curtis Mayfield
You and Me - Penny and the Quarters
Why Can't We Live Together? - Timmy Thomas
Bridge Over Troubled Water (live) - Aretha Franklin
You've Got a Friend (live) - Donny Hathaway
Trouble in Mind (live) - Nina Simone
Trouble in Mind - Clifton Chenier
Who Knows Where the Time Goes (live)* - Nina Simone
Just Like a Baby - Sly and the Family Stone
Everybody Is Going to Make It - Funkadelic
People Get Ready (live) - The Chambers Brothers
You Haven't Done Nothing - Stevie Wonder
Pass It On - Pieces of Peace
Check It Out - Bobby Womack
The Love I Lost - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
Get on the Floor - Michael Jackson
Jimmy - M.I.A.
Tomorrow Never Knows - Junior Parker

* - by request

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Love Is a Real Thing - October 12, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

The final of our programs dedicated to Stevie Wonder's inimitable career from 1972 to 1976 - culminating in the double album Songs in the Key of Life. Along with Mr. Stevland Morris's own compositions, we also touched on music by his Tamla/Motown label mates, including Diana Ross, the Four Tops, and Edwin Starr. A great morning of spiritual music after a weekend of celebrations.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
#Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
#Joy Inside My Tears - Stevie Wonder
#Ngiculela - Es Una Historia - I Am Singing - Stevie Wonder
My Girl - Orlando Julius
#Ordinary Pain - Stevie Wonder
#If It's Magic - Stevie Wonder
Fool on the Hill - The Four Tops
Come Together - Diana Ross
#Have a Talk with God - Stevie Wonder
Locking Up My Heart - The Marvelettes
My Sweet Lord - Edwin Starr
#Love's in Need of Love Today - Stevie Wonder
#Pastime Paradise - Stevie Wonder
#Village Ghetto Land - Stevie Wonder
Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5
I Want You - Marvin Gaye
#Contusion - Stevie Wonder
#Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
#Summer Soft - Stevie Wonder
It Don't Mean a Thing - Duke Ellington
In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Rockit - Herbie Hancock
#As - Stevie Wonder
#I Wish - Stevie Wonder
#Knocks Me Off My Feet - Stevie Wonder
#Black Man - Stevie Wonder
#Another Star - Stevie Wonder
Nathan Jones - The Supremes
M-Anvi Chante Peyi-M - Atis Indepandan
D'Jorolen - Bela Fleck
In Paradise - The Cookies
Brand New Day - Van Morrison

# - from Songs in the Key of Life

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - October 5, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

This morning we drifted away from our usual format, eschewing the traditional R'n'B and blues fare for a little Doors, Stones, Love, John Lennon, and a Lennon-produced track by Harry Nilsson. Nevertheless, we dedicated the October 5 program to Stevie Wonder's 1974 album Fulfillingness' First Finale, which features collaborations with Minnie Riperton, The Persuasions, Sergio Mendes, Funk Brother mastermind James Jamerson, and the Jackson 5.

Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
Go Now - The Moody Blues
Faraway Eyes - The Rolling Stones
Sympathy for the Devil (live) - The Rolling Stones
Many Rivers to Cross - Harry Nilsson
#Smile Please - Stevie Wonder
#Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away - Stevie Wonder
Mind Games - John Lennon
Tell All the People - The Doors
Hyacinth House - The Doors
#Too Shy to Say - Stevie Wonder
#Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
Orange Skies - Love
#Creepin' - Stevie Wonder
I'll Fight - Wilco
#You Haven't Done Nothin' - Stevie Wonder
Catch the Wind - Donovan
B.O.B. - Outkast
L.A. Woman - The Doors
#It Ain't No Use - Stevie Wonder
#They Want to Go When I Go - Stevie Wonder
Tuesday Heartbreak* - Stevie Wonder
Tenderness - General Public
Modern Love - David Bowie
#Bird of Beauty - Stevie Wonder
#Please Don't Go - Stevie Wonder
The In Crowd - Dobie Gray
Vehicle - The Ides of March
Hey Bulldog - The Beatles
Love the One You're With - The Isley Brothers
She's Gone - Hall and Oates

# - from Fulfillingness' First Finale
* - by request

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - September 28, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

This morning, another exploration into Stevie Wonder's string of classic releases from 1972 through 1976 - 1973's Innervisions. We also dipped into to some earlier (with Curtis Knight) and later (posthumous) tracks featuring Jimi Hendrix. Bobby Womack laid some smooth rhythm guitar behind Gabor Szabo, and then bowled us over with his powerful voice. Thank you to all the listeners.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
South Saturn Delta - Jimi Hendrix
Get That Feeling - Curtis Knight (featuring Jimi Hendrix)
If You Don't Want My Love - Gabor Szabo
Check It Out - Bobby Womack
#Too High - Stevie Wonder
You Don't Know How Glad I Am - Nancy Wilson
The Godfather - The Professionals
Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett
#Visions - Stevie Wonder
Think (Instrumental) - Curtis Mayfield
#Livin' for the City - Stevie Wonder
#Golden Lady - Stevie Wonder
Ol' Man River - Ray Charles
A Change Is Gonna Come - Otis Redding
#Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
#Jesus Children of America - Stevie Wonder
#All in Love Is Fair - Stevie Wonder
Hare Krishna - Marion Williams
#Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing - Stevie Wonder
#He's a Misstra Know It All - Stevie Wonder
Who Knows Where the Time Goes (live) - Nina Simone
Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (live) - Nina Simone
My Sweet Lord (live) - Nina Simone
Stone Junkie (live) - Curtis Mayfield
Makin' Whoopee (live) - Ray Charles
Ohio / Machine Gun (live) - The Isley Brothers
Lay Lady Lay (live) - The Isley Brothers
I Lost Someone / Please, Please Please (live) - James Brown
L-O-V-E (live) - Al Green

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - September 21, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

This week we continued our celebration of Stevie Wonder's inimitable series of LP's from 1972 to 1976. Talking Book, released the same year as Music of My Mind, extends Wonder's musical thought (synths, jazz-inflected melodies), incorporating additional collaborators (Ray Parker, Jr., Jeff Beck, David Sanborn) in order to achieve greater breadth of inspiration. The classics are here ("You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "I Believe [When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever]") and so are the funky weird ones that never leave you once they make their presence known ("Maybe Your Baby," "Big Brother," "Tuesday Heartbreak"). On Talking Book, Wonder also begins a brief examination of contemporary social issues, which he will explore further (and we will hear next week) in 1973's Innervisions.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Flashlight - Parliament
Like a Rolling Stone (live) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Distant Lover (live) - Marvin Gaye
Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye
Mercy, Mercy - Don Covay
#Maybe Your Baby - Stevie Wonder
Goodbye World - The Relatives
#You Got It Bad Girl - Stevie Wonder
Tracks of My Tears - Aretha Franklin
#You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
I Can't Turn You Loose - Otis Redding
Private Number - William Bell and Judy Clay
Ninety-Nine and a Half - Wilson Pickett
Beechwood 45789 - The Marvelettes
#You and I - Stevie Wonder
#Tuesday Heartbreak - Stevie Wonder
Patches - Clarence Carter
The First Cut is the Deepest - Norma Fraser
#Superstition - Stevie Wonder
#Big Brother - Stevie Wonder
I'll Go Crazy / Try Me (live) - James Brown
You Keep Me Hangin' On - Bonnie and Sheila
Yakety Yak - The Coasters
#Blame It on the Sun - Stevie Wonder
In the Sunlight - Checkmates, Ltd.
Ex-Factor - Lauryn Hill
In My Room - Verdelle Smith
#Lookin' for Another Pure Love - Stevie Wonder
#I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) - Stevie Wonder
Peace of Mind - The Magnificent Men
Who's That Lady - The Isley Brothers
Why - The Cues
Shop Around (live) - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Right Place, Wrong Time - Ray J.
You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles
I Miss You - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

# - from Talking Book

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - September 14, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

Beginning a chain of Stevie Wonder classic albums from 1972 to 1976, this morning's program took an in-depth look at Music of My Mind, released when Wonder was only 21 years old.  Synth-heavy but far from soulless, Music of My Mind provides a funky, experimental template for what was to come in later albums. And at the edge of the show, we gave you plenty of other Motown artists singing and swinging to the times.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Tighten Up - Archie Bell and the Drells
Shame Shame Shame - The Harmonettes
The Golden Lady - Sun Ra
I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
#Love Having You Around - Stevie Wonder
Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force
MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
#Superwoman - Stevie Wonder
Cry Baby - Garnett Mims
#I Love Everything About You - Stevie Wonder
#Sweet Little Girl - Stevie Wonder
Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5
Walk Away Renee - The Four Tops
Ooo Baby Baby (live) - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
#Happier Than the Morning Sun - Stevie Wonder
Abraham, Martin and John (live) - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
#Girl Blue - Stevie Wonder
#Seems So Long - Stevie Wonder
Someday We'll Be Together - The Supremes
#Keep on Running - Stevie Wonder
#Evil - Stevie Wonder
God Is Love - Marvin Gaye
Mercy, Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye
Everybody Is a Star - Sly and the Family Stone
Color Me True - Sly and the Family Stone
My Girl - Orlando Julius
Biological Speculation - Funkadelic
Controversy - Prince
The Ballad of Dorothy Parker - Prince
Soul Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Isaac Hayes

# - from Music of My Mind

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - September 7, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

After a mind-boggling palate and brain cleanser of rock opera, a little Kiss, a heavy dose of the Kinks, and even some Queen (yes, it was a very strange spirit that overtook me) I felt I had to strip it down this Sunday, get back to the essence of what Love Is a Real Thing is supposed to be. That essence, as I've said time and time again, is the Blues. You can have your soul music, your R'n'B, your funk and your hip-hop, but the same foundation has elevated these monuments to the upper peaks of our collective consciousness--the Blues. Man, it went down pretty and sad this Sunday. Thank you for the calls, and thank you as always for the support.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Everyday I Have the Blues - Lowell Fulson
Trouble in Mind - Nina Simone
Deep Sea Blues - Lonnie Johnson
Dark Road - Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry
Mellow Down Easy - Little Walter
Ol' Man River - Ivory Joe Hunter
Sittin' on Top of the World - Howlin' Wolf
It Hurts Me Too - Tampa Red
Strange Fruit - Josh White
I Cover the Waterfront - Billie Holiday
It Was Early One Morning - Leadbelly
Midnight Special - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Wrote a Song for Everyone - Mavis Staples
Sick and Tired - Fats Domino
The Sun Is Shining - Jimmy Reed
Come On in My Kitchen - Robert Johnson
Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
Let It Loose - The Rolling Stones
Love in Vain (live) - The Rolling Stones
I Be's Troubled - Muddy Waters
Standin' Around Cryin' - Muddy Waters
I Just Want to Make Love to You - Etta James
Crackin' Up - Bo Diddley
You're Gonna Need that Pure Religion - Lucinda Williams
Greenville - Lucinda Williams
Satisfied Mind - Lucinda Williams
Long Way to Tipperary (live) - Rev. Gary Davis
Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
Milk Cow Blues - The Kinks
From a Buick 6 - Bob Dylan
Temporarily Like Achilles - Bob Dylan
Just Like a Woman (live) - Danny Cox
Boogie Chillen - John Lee Hooker
Serves Me Right to Suffer (live) - John Lee Hooker
How Blue Can You Get (live) - B.B. King
The Thrill Is Gone (live) - B.B. King
Hideaway - Freddie King
Crosscut Saw - Albert King
Father Death - Allen Ginsberg
Jesus Gonna Be Here - Tom Waits

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