It Came from Memphis [Upstart]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Compilations can by their nature be very diverse affairs. You'd have to search for quite some time, though, to find one that squeezes as much unnerving variety into 19 cuts as this one does. Devoted to odds'n'sods of Memphis popular music from the 1950s to the '90s, this was compiled by Robert Gordon as a companion CD to his book of the same title. Memphis has a rich rock, soul, and blues tradition, and Gordon does not plumb for the obvious Sun Records, Stax, and B.B. King cuts. This is truly obscure stuff, taken from unreleased tapes and the kinds of things you'll only find at garage sales, and defying easy capsule-review summary. Atonal one-string blues from Moses ...
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USA 1995 CD VG+/VG Strange 19 track collection of Memphis' rock & folk-blues fringes. Mud Boy's MONEY TALKS, Furry Lewis's GOING TO BROWNSVILLE and Selvidge's BOLL WEEVIL. ... Scuff on disc will not affect play. Read more Show Less

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Compilations can by their nature be very diverse affairs. You'd have to search for quite some time, though, to find one that squeezes as much unnerving variety into 19 cuts as this one does. Devoted to odds'n'sods of Memphis popular music from the 1950s to the '90s, this was compiled by Robert Gordon as a companion CD to his book of the same title. Memphis has a rich rock, soul, and blues tradition, and Gordon does not plumb for the obvious Sun Records, Stax, and B.B. King cuts. This is truly obscure stuff, taken from unreleased tapes and the kinds of things you'll only find at garage sales, and defying easy capsule-review summary. Atonal one-string blues from Moses Williams; over the top '60s garage rock featuring noted producer and session musician Jim Dickinson; 1977 noise rock in the tradition of Beefheart and Pere Ubu from the inimitable Drive Inn Danny with the Killers from Space; a ridiculous but charming soul novelty from Cliff Jackson; eccentric alternative rock from Lorette Velvette; Booker T.-like instrumental soul from the Martinis; a wacko cover of the Velvet Underground's "Story of My Life" by Lesa Aldridge with Alex Chilton on guitar; Othar Turner's Rising Star Fife and Drum Band; electronic symphonic experimentation by William Eggleston; bursts of '50s Memphis radio by Dewey Phillips. And that's only about a half of it. Much of it's very interesting, and much of it's very wacky, but it's probably too erratic and wide-ranging to connect with listeners who don't possess extremely eclectic tastes. The mad variety also prohibits an even-keeled listening experience, but that's what programmable CD players are for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1995
  • Label: UPSTART
  • UPC: 011671802220
  • Catalog Number: 22

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Radio Show Excerpt - Dewey Phillips (2:11)
  2. 2 Money Talks - Mud Boy & the Neutrons (5:51)
  3. 3 Which Way Did My Baby Go - Moses Williams (3:27)
  4. 4 Boll Weevil - Sid Selvidge (1:46)
  5. 5 Going To Brownsville - Furry Lewis (5:08)
  6. 6 Uptight Tonight - Flash & The Memphis Casuals (2:18)
  7. 7 Batarang - Avengers (3:00)
  8. 8 Frank, This Is It - The Naturals (2:29)
  9. 9 Rocket Ship Rocket Ship - Drive Inn Danny (2:09)
  10. 10 Radio Show Excerpt - Dewey Phillips (1:07)
  11. 11 She-Wolf - Jessie Mae Hemphill (4:40)
  12. 12 Wet Bar - Ross Johnson (2:05)
  13. 13 Hung Over - The Martinis (2:03)
  14. 14 Story of My Life - Lesa Aldridge (2:05)
  15. 15 Glory Hallelujah - Rising Star Fife & Drum Band (2:47)
  16. 16 Cocaine Katy - Moloch (3:41)
  17. 17 Oh, How It Rained - Lorette Velvette (3:53)
  18. 18 I'm a Ram - Big Ass Truck (2:59)
  19. 19 Symphony #4 Bonnie Prince Charlie - William Eggleston (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jessie Mae Hemphill Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Track Performer
Furry Lewis Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Alex Chilton Guitar
Al Green Keyboards
Terry Manning Organ, Vocals
Moloch Track Performer
Neutrons Track Performer
Avengers Track Performer
Sid Selvidge Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Charles "Packy" Axton Saxophone
Lee Baker Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Carl Cunningham Drums
James Luther Dickinson Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Doug Easley Bass
Al "Fish" Herring Trumpet
Joe Hicks Drums
Leroy Hodges Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
Ross Johnson Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Spake Saxophone
Donald W. Spicer Guitar
Mud Boy & the Neutrons Track Performer
Big Ass Truck Track Performer
Lesa Aldridge Vocals, Track Performer
Robert Barnett Drums
Joe Boon Bass
Colin Butler DJ
Captain Memphis Guitar
Joe Junior Carrera Drums
Jimmy Carstein Drums
Jellean Delk Vocals, Track Performer
Bobby Dodds Drums
Bill Donati Drums
Drive Inn Danny Vocals, Track Performer
Dr. David Evans Guitar
David "Flash" Fleishman Vocals
Joe Frank Bass
Joe Gaston Bass
Goat Dancers Group
Robby Grant Guitar
Alex Greene Guitar
Rick Ivy Bass
Michael "Busta" Jones Bass
Bongo Johnny Keys Percussion
Bobby Lawson Vocals
Joe Lee Guitar, Vocals
Hubby Mitchell Keyboards
Kurt Ruleman Drums
Jimmy Segerson Guitar
Steve Selvidge Guitar
Mark Tidwell Guitar
Lorette Velvette Vocals, Track Performer
Narvell Watson Bass
Moses Williams Guitar, Track Performer
Col. Lightnin' Tim Wincheter Bass
Nik Zoos Drums
Dewey Phillips Track Performer
Cliff Jackson Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
William Eggleston Track Performer
Otha Turner Fife, Vocals
Technical Credits
Terry Manning Producer
Jerry Williams Producer
Charles "Packy" Axton Producer
Jim Crosthwait Sound Effects
Doug Easley Producer
Davis McCain Producer
Jerry Phillips Producer
Vernon Reid Composer
Jimmy Blake Producer
Teddy Paige Producer
Steve Blockman Producer
Dr. David Evans Producer
Sheer Desperation Producer
Uncle John's Gang Producer
Robert Gordon Liner Notes
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