Muscle Shoals (ost) CD (2013)

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 254525389
UPC 602537548651
UPC 14 00602537548651
Format CD
Release Date 9/24/2013
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
CatalogID 3754865
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 09/24/2013
Original Release n/a
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 34s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602537548651
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Gregg Allman.
Muscle Shoals, a small Alabama town with no more than 8,000 residents, would seem like an odd place for a gazillion classic hit records to be recorded, but with artists like Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Jimmy Cliff, Etta James, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd,Traffic, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tony Joe White, the Oak Ridge Boys, and countless others rolling in to do just that, all aided by a crackerjack group of white southern sessions players known officially as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (and unofficially and lovingly called "the Swampers"), Muscle Shoals became known internationally for its loose and undeniably funky R&B sound, a sound that generated some 75 gold and platinum hits in the late 1960s and through the '70s. It's a fascinating story, and the story starts with Rick Hall, an enterprising producer who grew up surrounded by relentless poverty and tragedy (Hall's brother, father, and first wife all died hellish deaths, and his mother topped things off by leaving home and becoming a prostitute). Hall had a vision of better times, though, and opened a recording studio called FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, recruiting musicians from various local bands to form his session pool, a pool that included Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass), Jimmy Johnson (guitar), Pete Carr (guitar), and Spooner Oldham (organ), among others. These were "the Swampers," as Lynyrd Skynyrd immortalized them in the song "Sweet Home Alabama," and they gelled into a top-notch R&B band whose recognizable sound put them on a par with Motown's Funk Brothers, Stax's MG's, and California's Wrecking Crew. Hit after hit poured out of FAME, and after the Swampers jumped ship in 1969 to open their own Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, more hits followed with them. This set, the soundtrack to Greg Camalier's 2013 documentary film Muscle Shoals, plays like a dream with classic sides like Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," Etta James' "Tell Mama," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," Jimmy Cliff's "Sitting in Limbo," and Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" providing a snapshot of the genius and history of the Swampers, and it's just the tip of the archival iceberg. ~ Steve Leggett
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Soul treasures like Arthur Alexander's 'You Better Move On' will be revelations to the uninitiated."
Disc 1
1 You Better Move On
2 Steal Away
3 When a Man Loves a Woman
4 I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
5 Tell Mama
6 Patches
7 Hey Jude
8 Free Bird
9 I'll Take You There
10 Sitting in Limbo
11 (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired
12 Kodachrome
13 Pressing On
Product Attributes
Label Universal Music Group

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