Memphis Boys:story American Studios CD (2012)

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Product Overview


Label Ace
SKU 228241875
UPC 029667048828
UPC 14 00029667048828
Format CD
Release Date 3/13/2012
Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID CDCHD 1330
Lable Name Ace (Label)
Released 02/27/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 66m : 5s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00029667048828
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Authors: John Broven; Roben Jones; Tony Rounce.
Though it doesn't quite have the reputation or mystique of the studios for Sun Records and Stax Records, American Studios was also a major generator of rock and soul hits in Memphis. Produced as a soundtrack/companion to Roben James' book of the same name, Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios has a couple dozen hits and other noteworthy tracks recorded at the facility between 1966 and 1970. Indeed, it's more oriented toward familiar hit records than the usual Ace compilation. When a studio cut distinctive, richly arranged soul and rock hits of such quality, however, that's nothing to complain about. And there are plenty of classic smashes here: the Box Tops' "The Letter," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," Merrilee Rush's "Angel of the Morning," the Gentrys' "Keep on Dancing," Sandy Posey's "Born a Woman,' Wilson Pickett's "I'm in Love," Joe Tex's "Skinny Legs and All," James & Bobby Purify's 'Shake a Tail Feather," and Danny O'Keefe's "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues," to name some. For those looking for something a little or a lot less famous, there are Southern soul sides by the likes of Bobby Womack, Spencer Wiggins, Clay Hammond, Percy Milem, and L.C. Cooke (brother of Sam Cooke). Elvis Presley is represented by a cover of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On," and while Mark James' original version of "Suspicious Minds" (a number one hit for Elvis in 1969) has been reissued before, its inclusion guarantees it will be heard by quite a few appreciative listeners who might have been previously unaware of its existence. Expert annotation (including a track-by-track rundown) and Ace's typically ace vintage graphics/photos complement a collection that makes you eager to read the much lengthier book that inspired it. ~ Richie Unterberger
Disc 1
1 Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis
2 Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
3 Shake a Tail Feather - James Purify/Bobby Purify
4 Letter, The - The Box Tops
5 Born a Woman - Sandy Posey
6 You've Got My Mind Messed Up - James Carr
7 Keep On Dancing - The Gentrys
8 Nine Pound Steel - Joe Simon
9 Angel of the Morning - Merrillee Rush
10 I'm In Love - Wilson Pickett
11 Suspicious Minds - Mark James
12 I've Been Down That Road Before - B.J. Thomas
13 Funky Street - Arthur Conley
14 For Your Precious Love - Oscar Toney, Jr.
15 Shame On Me - Solomon Burke
16 Dark End of the Street, The - The Glories
17 Skinny Legs and All - Joe Tex
18 Power of a Woman, The - Spencer Wiggins
19 More Than I Can Stand - Bobby Womack
20 Let's Do It Over - L.C. Cooke
21 Suzy Do It Better Than You - Clay Hammond
22 I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me) - Percy Milem
23 Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - Danny O'Keefe
24 I'm Movin' On - Elvis Presley
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