Memphis 60: Soul, R&B and Pronto Funk from Soul City USA

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The concept behind this 20-track compilation of Memphis soul, blues, and R&B from the 1960s is a little vague around the edges. Basically the idea seems to be to compile some of the best such material that's both raw and rare, taken from the vaults of a bunch of Memphis labels. That includes not just Stax which is well represented, but also smaller imprints, including the Goldwax and XL labels, both of which have cults among collectors. The Memphis 60 title is pretty awkward too. But the quality of the music counts more than being able to neatly classify and file it, and on that score, this is a pretty good anthology, though not one that's a starter Memphis '60s ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The concept behind this 20-track compilation of Memphis soul, blues, and R&B from the 1960s is a little vague around the edges. Basically the idea seems to be to compile some of the best such material that's both raw and rare, taken from the vaults of a bunch of Memphis labels. That includes not just Stax which is well represented, but also smaller imprints, including the Goldwax and XL labels, both of which have cults among collectors. The Memphis 60 title is pretty awkward too. But the quality of the music counts more than being able to neatly classify and file it, and on that score, this is a pretty good anthology, though not one that's a starter Memphis '60s best-of due to the absence of big hits or star artists. Spencer Wiggins, Barbara & the Browns, Ruby Johnson, the gospel group the Dixie Nightingales, and Isaac Hayes on the rare 1965 single "Blue Groove" by Sir Isaac & the Doo-Dads all have some name recognition, and the original version of Willie Cobbs' blues standard "You Don't Love Me" is a highlight, but otherwise it's doubtful even big Memphis '60s soul collectors have much of this. The material tends toward the bluesier end of the Memphis R&B/soul scene, and while the grooves and the performances are more impressive than the material, it's a good cross-section of the style at its swampiest and funkiest. There are some near-gems in Prince Conley's brooding "I'm Going Home"; the Dixie Nightingales' spooky "Assassination," about the killing of president John F. Kennedy; and the Cobras' instrumental "Restless," which is like a very unrefined Booker T. & the MG's. Too, Junior Kimbrough who became far more famous about 25 years later is represented by his rare, and very gutbucket, 1967 cover of Lowell Fulsom's "Tramp." There's no sense in getting hot and bothered about the fuzziness of the CD's focus when the music is good, and this is recommended to soul fans looking for something different on a well-annotated compilation where rarity and quality aren't mutually exclusive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667520126
  • Catalog Number: 201
  • Sales rank: 207,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hawg, Pt. 1 - Eddie Kirk (2:51)
  2. 2 The Spoiler (2:46)
  3. 3 I Ain't Gonna Cheat on You No More (2:31)
  4. 4 Double Up (2:06)
  5. 5 I Don't Know (2:57)
  6. 6 Let the Best Man Win (2:48)
  7. 7 I'm Going Home (2:50)
  8. 8 You Don't Love Me (2:35)
  9. 9 Tramp - Junior Kimbell (3:41)
  10. 10 Blue Groove - Sir Isaac & The Doo-Dads (2:34)
  11. 11 Assassination (3:40)
  12. 12 When My Love Comes Down (2:38)
  13. 13 Man Around the House (2:51)
  14. 14 Ticket to Ride (2:33)
  15. 15 Shake Shake Shake - William Bollinger (2:55)
  16. 16 Soul City USA (2:03)
  17. 17 She's About a Mover (2:20)
  18. 18 Restless - Cobras (2:25)
  19. 19 Nothing But the Truth (2:29)
  20. 20 The Side Wind - The Lyrics (2:22)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Willie Cobbs Composer
Lowell Fulson Composer
Eddie Kirkland Composer
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Charlie Feathers Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Carmol Taylor Composer
Roger Armstrong Memorabilia
Charles "Packy" Axton Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Quinton Claunch Composer, Photo Courtesy
Donald "Duck" Dunn Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
George Hudson Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
David Porter Composer
Tony Rounce Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Dean Rudland Memorabilia, Sleeve Notes
Ollie Hoskins Composer
Peter Gibbon Memorabilia
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Larry Chambers Composer
Prince Conley Composer
Johnny Keyes Composer
Brian Nevill Cover Photo
Raymond Moore Composer
Jimmy Johnson Composer
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