Late Late Party: 1965-1967

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Charles "Packy" Axton was a little known character, a gritty saxophonist, producer, and songwriter, who died at the age of 33 from complications due to alcoholism. He has heretofore only been regarded as a footnote in the history of Memphis soul. Light in the Attic, however, in their infinite wisdom, saw worth in a catalog of singles he played on and/or produced the mid-'60s. They assembled this wonderful package as a tribute to Axton's legacy. Born in Memphis, Tennessee into the Stax Records family (his mother Estelle Axton and her brother Jim Stewart founded the label). His early associates were Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Wayne Jackson, Ronnie Stoots, and Don Nix ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Charles "Packy" Axton was a little known character, a gritty saxophonist, producer, and songwriter, who died at the age of 33 from complications due to alcoholism. He has heretofore only been regarded as a footnote in the history of Memphis soul. Light in the Attic, however, in their infinite wisdom, saw worth in a catalog of singles he played on and/or produced the mid-'60s. They assembled this wonderful package as a tribute to Axton's legacy. Born in Memphis, Tennessee into the Stax Records family (his mother Estelle Axton and her brother Jim Stewart founded the label). His early associates were Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Wayne Jackson, Ronnie Stoots, and Don Nix -- the Royal Spades, later renamed by Estelle as the Mar-Keys, led by Cropper and, after he left, by Axton. Included here are 17 glorious tracks Axton played on including the million-selling hit, "Hole in the Wall," by the Packers. The band is actually the MG's and the Stax Revue in Los Angeles with Booker T. Jones playing piano and Leon Haywood on organ. It reached the number one spot on the R&B charts. Axton recorded with L.H. White as the L.H. & the Memphis Sounds on the soul singles "House Full of Rooms," "Out of Control," and "I'm a Fool (In Love)," that borrowed as much from Motown as they did from Stax. The real greasy slammers here were recorded by the Martinis, a band Axton played in that included members of the Hi Rhythm Section with guitarist Teenie Hodges, bassist Leroy Hodges, and Hubbie Turner on keys. The Martinis released two singles, "Hung Over" b/w "Late Late Party" on BAR and "Bullseye" b/w "Holiday Cheer" on USA. That said, there are also three unreleased Martinis cuts here all of them killer. Another significant Axton group was the Pac-Keys, who cut grooved-out instrumental singles "Stone Fox," "Greasy Pumpkin," "Hip Pocket," and "Dig In." Axton played on a single as part of a band that backed vocalist Stacy Lane on BAR; the song are an uptempo stomper called "No Ending" b/w the ballad "No Love Have I." Axton wasn't a great saxophonist. But his solos are easy to detect: pure meat and potatoes, played with heat and grit and an excellent sense of phrasing. This is an essential collection for any follower of classic soul and R&B, with excellent liner notes by Andria Lisle, and full discographical information.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853006729
  • Catalog Number: 67
  • Sales rank: 119,113

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holiday Cheer - The Martinis (2:05)
  2. 2 Bullseye - The Martinis (1:52)
  3. 3 Hung Over - The Martinis (2:06)
  4. 4 No Ending - Stacy Lane (2:23)
  5. 5 House Full of Rooms - L.H. & the Memphis Sounds (2:31)
  6. 6 Stone Fox (2:17)
  7. 7 Hole In The Wall - The Packers (2:50)
  8. 8 South American Robot - The Martinis (2:18)
  9. 9 Dig In (1:56)
  10. 10 Out of Control - L.H. & the Memphis Sounds (2:59)
  11. 11 Key Chain - The Martinis (2:46)
  12. 12 Hip Pocket (2:28)
  13. 13 I'm a Fool (In Love) - L.H. & the Memphis Sounds (2:56)
  14. 14 No Love Have I - Stacy Lane (2:51)
  15. 15 Greasy Pumpkin (2:01)
  16. 16 I'll Always Love You - The Martinis (1:59)
  17. 17 Late Late Party - The Martinis (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles "Packy" Axton Primary Artist, Saxophone
Steve Cropper Guitar
Leon Haywood Organ
Earl Grant Bass
Lee Baker Guitar
Carl Cunningham Drums
Leroy Hodges Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
Booker T. Jones Piano
Archie Turner Keyboards
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Jimmy King Guitar
James Alexander Bass
Johnny Keyes Conga, Kazoo
Stacy Lane Vocals
Magnificent Montague Conga
L.H. White Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Don Nix Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Charles "Packy" Axton Composer, Producer
Homer Banks Composer
Carl Cunningham Composer
John Fry Engineer
Ray Harris Engineer
Leroy Hodges Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Jimmy King Composer
Dave Cooley Remastering
Scott Bomar Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Johnny Keyes Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Matt Sullivan Executive Producer
Josh Wright Executive Producer
Mr. Fine Wine Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
Andria Lisle Liner Notes
Daniel Mathis Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
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