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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Road to Memphis[Original Soundtrack]
     

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Road to Memphis[Original Soundtrack]

 
Many blues artists have passed through Memphis, Tennessee, on their way to fame, infamy, or obscurity, and The Road to Memphis compiles recordings from some of the more prominent performers. The set opens with Gatemouth Moore strolling down Beale, now a sort of blues-club theme park, and talk/singing about how the street has changed since he played there. B. B.

Overview

Many blues artists have passed through Memphis, Tennessee, on their way to fame, infamy, or obscurity, and The Road to Memphis compiles recordings from some of the more prominent performers. The set opens with Gatemouth Moore strolling down Beale, now a sort of blues-club theme park, and talk/singing about how the street has changed since he played there. B. B. King, who was a DJ in Memphis, brings his big, bright guitar sound to an early recording of "Three O’clock Blues” and a later version of the hymn “Precious Lord.” Elmore James’s classic “Dust My Broom” and the Ike Turner–produced version of “Rocket 88,” sung by Jackie Brenston, portray the up-tempo, rockin’ side of Beale Street. Bobby Bland and Little Junior Parker’s soul shines through on “I Pity the Fool” and “Mystery Train,” respectively. Rendering the Memphis blues sound of today are Bobby Rush, Killing Floor, and Bring It on Home.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Filmmaker Richard Pearce's documentary The Road to Memphis, one of the seven films included in the PBS-TV series The Blues presented by Martin Scorsese, nominally follows the career of B.B. King, but in a more general sense it is an examination of the blues and R&B music of Memphis. This focus is even more pronounced on the soundtrack album, on which King rates only two tracks, which is as many as Howlin' Wolf, Rosco Gordon, and Pearce's real favorite, Bobby Rush, get. The album works as a collection of classic Memphis blues tracks, including King's "Three O'Clock Blues," Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years," Elmore James' "Dust My Broom," Bobby Bland's "I Pity the Fool," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Bring It on Home," and Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88." The newer tracks are less impressive, but perhaps inevitable; there seems to have been direction from the top that each soundtrack must mix the old with the new, as if to demonstrate that the blues is a living music and, incidentally, create cross-marketing opportunities. Of course, such a combination is inevitable in order for the filmmakers to have something new to shoot and not just rely on archival footage. So, while David Johansen may not be most people's idea of a Memphis bluesman, he is here and, as it happens, his cavernous bass-baritone is not unsuited to "Killing Floor." But the best numbers remain the old reliables.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602498603758
catalogNumber:
000070502

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Vocals
Henry Gray   Keyboards
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Charioteers   Vocals
Johnny Ace   Piano
Rosco Gordon   Piano,Vocals
David Johansen   Vocals
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Bobby Rush   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Bob Margolin   Guitar
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass
Kenneth Banks   Bass
Gordon "Sax" Beadle   Saxophone
Wayne Bennett   Guitar
Jackie Brenston   Baritone Saxophone,Vocal Ad-Libs
Howlin' Wolf   Harmonica,Vocals
Rayfield Davers   Baritone Saxophone
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Duncan   Drums
Earl Forest   Drums
Forest Gordon   Drums
Willie James Hatten   Bass
Raymond Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Howard   Drums,Vocals
Ike Turner   Piano
Vasti Jackson   Guitar
Doug James   Saxophone
Elmore James   Guitar,Vocals
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals
Jesse Knight   Bass
Lafayette Leake   Organ
Frock O'Dell   Drums
Junior Parker   Vocals
Charles Polk   Vocals
Milton Rector   Bass
Richard Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
Hamp Simmons   Bass
Willie Sims   Drums,Saxophone
John Starks   Drums
Leonard Ware   Bass
Albert Williams   Piano
Sonny Boy Williamson   Harmonica,Vocals
John Murray Daley   Drums
Tuff Green   Bass
Willie Kizart   Guitar
Willie Wilkes   Saxophone
John Bowers   Drums
Adolph Duncan   Tenor Saxophone
L.A. Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Johnson   Guitar
Floyd Murphy   Guitar
William "Cat" Johnson   Piano
Gatemouth Moore   Vocals
Fred Robinson   Bass
Billy "The Kid" Emerson   Organ
Jeffery McAllister   Drums
Teddy Reynolds   Piano
Terry Richardson   Bass
Russ Wilson   Drums
John Alford   Keyboards
Robert Belfour   Guitar,Vocals
William C. Brown   Vocals
Stacey Robinson   Drums
Joe Scott   Trumpet
Little Ray   Guitar
John Packer   Bass
Mick Rodgers   Guitar
Rev. Robert Skinner   Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Jackson   Trumpet
Steve Johnson   Guitar
Dexter Allen   Guitar
Big Rickey   Bass
Paul Brown   Keyboards
Darron Daniel   Keyboards
James Taylor   Drums
Willie Steele   Drums
Saint Luther Choir   Vocals
Carolyn Minor   Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Rosco Gordon   Composer
Duke Robillard   Producer
Rufus Thomas   Liner Notes
Bobby Rush   Composer,Producer
Junior Kimbrough   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Vasti Jackson   drum programming
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Riley King   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Junior Parker   Composer
Dick Pearce   Producer,Liner Notes
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer,Producer
Gatemouth Moore   Composer
Willie Dixon Band   Producer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jules Taub   Composer
Robert Gordon   Liner Notes
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Alex Gibney   Producer
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Tommy Dils   Engineer
Ellen Nygard   Icon
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
Thomas Dorsey   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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