History could have dictated that the album under focus for this episode was called Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette In New York - the artist’s real name and the city of choice for her to record her vocals for the album otherwise recorded in Memphis. In the end, the album was called Dusty In Memphis. What’s in a name? Plenty as it turns out.
I am joined by Shannon Hurley (aka Numbers Girl of the All Time Top Ten podcast) to discuss Dusty In Memphis. The album was ignored on release back in 1969, but it has since reached large levels of respect and love over the years. Its most famous cut Son of a Preacher Man is ubiquitous. In a rare return to the old format, Shannon and I discuss the album track by track, but also discuss the album’s place in the soul canon. We ask whether the album really qualifies as a "soul" album, can the Memphis Cats bring the groove (sort of a rhetorical one, really), could Randy Newman have sung the songs he wrote for this album, and does sex really beat a cup of coffee first thing in the morning?
Shannon has been releasing music under her own name, but also as part of the duo Lovers and Poets with husband Ben Eisen (previous LTA presenter and host of All Time Top Ten). We chat a little about Shannon's own musical work and I'm proud to present the premiere presentation of L&P's new song, You And Me In The Summer. A wonderful tune, and great going into the Australian summer. DIG IT!!!
Eric Reanimator returns with his Album I Love segment to discuss an EP by Ronnie Spector called She Talks To Rainbows. Produced by Joey Ramone, it features Spector's take on some classic punk.
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