Various - MEMPHIS SOUL '66 - LP (RSD 2020)



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Memphis has long been a key city for African-American music. Pre-war musicians played the blues not just to local citizens but also to the large transient population drawn to the port city. The post-war blues boom led by the likes of Little Milton, Rufus Thomas, BB King and Howling Wolf also found a ready audience for their music, especially after Sam Phillips opened his legendary Sun studios.

Into the 60s and more music was recorded in Memphis than ever before. New studios opened their doors as did an ever larger number of labels, all looking for that elusive hit. By 1966, the Soul revolution was in full swing. Stax was into powerhouse mode scoring twenty top 30 R&B hits in the year, including 45s cut at the studio by Atlantic artists such as Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave. Goldwax was well into its stride too with excellent releases from stalwarts like James Carr and Spencer Wiggins to the fore. And almost half of the tracks on this album owe their place here to Willie Mitchell’s increasing influence as the producer of the “Hi Sound”.

Limited to 500 copies. Record Store Day 2020


Side A
1.  Little Buster I Got A Good Thing Going
2. 1 + 1 Love’s Gonna Live Here
3. Janet & The Jays   Without A Reason
4. Marjorie Ingram A Good Man Is Hard To Find
5. Junior Parker  Way You Make Me Feel
6. Rodge Martin When She Touches Me
7. Norm West Baby Please
8. The Triumphs  Turn Out The Light

Side B
1.  Janet & The Jays Hurting Over You Boy
2. Marjorie Ingram  I Have No Right To Love You
3. Jeb Stuart  I’ve Got To Cut You Loose
4. Modern Soul Trio That’s Where It’s At
5. Rodge Martin  Lovin’ Machine
6. Veniece Let’s Stop
7. Norm West  Hey Little Girl
8. Bobby Foster  Soothe Me Baby

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