Memphis 70

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All Music Guide - John Bush
There's no disputing that Memphis was the mecca for soul music in the late '60s and early '70s. Stax had taken over where Motown began to leave off, with giant hits from Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, the Staple Singers, and dozens more. Then, when Stax itself began to slow down, Willie Mitchell and his Hi Records stable Al Green, Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright picked up the baton. And, as with most other hot musical cities, there was a plethora of other labels, simply bubbling with moderate hits or great songs that would have succeeded with more promotion. Memphis 70 expands the game from Stax and Hi to such worthy subjects as Sounds of Memphis and Select-O-Hits. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
There's no disputing that Memphis was the mecca for soul music in the late '60s and early '70s. Stax had taken over where Motown began to leave off, with giant hits from Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, the Staple Singers, and dozens more. Then, when Stax itself began to slow down, Willie Mitchell and his Hi Records stable Al Green, Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright picked up the baton. And, as with most other hot musical cities, there was a plethora of other labels, simply bubbling with moderate hits or great songs that would have succeeded with more promotion. Memphis 70 expands the game from Stax and Hi to such worthy subjects as Sounds of Memphis and Select-O-Hits. The disc has 20 nuggets of deep soul and funk, all recorded during the ten years after Otis Redding's death in 1968. Stax and its subsidiaries are represented, all with deep or previously unreleased cuts, and although Hi doesn't appear, Sounds of Memphis, has several tracks here. Although few of the artists are well-known, the fraternal Memphian underground creates dozens of connections: a single by Stacy Lane was produced by Packy Axton a member of the family who owned Stax, and the track was recorded at Jim Dickinson's Ardent Studios, home to much of the great Memphis music that wasn't recorded at Stax or Hi. David Porter, one of the brightest songwriters at Stax, appears with a track of his own performance, "I Can't Tell No Difference." Most of the tracks here feature the same deep grooves and funk backbone that made Hi such a special place during the '70s, and there's definitely something funky about the subject matter too -- just get a load of titles like "Tip Toeing" by Alvin Cash, "Who's Been Warming My Oven?" by Sir Walter, and "Papa Killed a Chicken" by Willie Toliver.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667519229
  • Catalog Number: 192
  • Sales rank: 206,998

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mississippi Mud (3:04)
  2. 2 I Can't Tell No Difference - David Porter (3:18)
  3. 3 Two Paces Ahead of Love - Willie Walker (3:26)
  4. 4 Pullin' - The Minits (2:17)
  5. 5 Strange Things - Art Jerry Miller (4:16)
  6. 6 Shake - The Ovations (3:42)
  7. 7 No Ending (2:19)
  8. 8 Tip Toeing - Alvin Cash (2:53)
  9. 9 It's Bump Time - Gene Miller (2:31)
  10. 10 Blackrock Yeah Yeah - Black Rock (2:55)
  11. 11 Keep the Faith (3:58)
  12. 12 Who's Been Warming My Oven? (3:47)
  13. 13 Come What May - John Gary Williams (3:56)
  14. 14 Watch Dog (2:33)
  15. 15 The Way of Me - Kannon (2:39)
  16. 16 Don't Boom Boom - Lillian Hale (2:43)
  17. 17 Take a Giant Step (2:47)
  18. 18 Papa Killed a Chicken - Willie Toliver (2:41)
  19. 19 Hard Times - Billy Cee (2:58)
  20. 20 Dig It (She's in the Groove) (2:42)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Carolyn Franklin Composer
Bill Adkins Composer, Producer
Charles "Packy" Axton Producer
Alvin Cash Composer
Quinton Claunch Producer
Willie Hall Composer, Producer
Cornell McFadden Composer
Gene Miller Composer
David Porter Producer
Jimmy Radcliffe Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
V. Jeffrey Smith Producer
Archie Turner Composer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Mack Vickery Composer
John Gary Williams Producer
Brian Nevill Cover Photo
Johnny Phillips Producer
Willie Toliver Composer
Ronnie Williams Producer
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