Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Though it doesn't quite have the reputation or mystique of the studios for Sun Records and Stax Records, American Studios was also a major generator of rock and soul hits in Memphis. Produced as a soundtrack/companion to Roben James' book of the same name, Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios has a couple dozen hits and other noteworthy tracks recorded at the facility between 1966 and 1970. Indeed, it's more oriented toward familiar hit records than the usual Ace compilation. When a studio cut distinctive, richly arranged soul and rock hits of such quality, however, that's nothing to complain about. And there are plenty of classic smashes here: the Box Tops' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Though it doesn't quite have the reputation or mystique of the studios for Sun Records and Stax Records, American Studios was also a major generator of rock and soul hits in Memphis. Produced as a soundtrack/companion to Roben James' book of the same name, Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios has a couple dozen hits and other noteworthy tracks recorded at the facility between 1966 and 1970. Indeed, it's more oriented toward familiar hit records than the usual Ace compilation. When a studio cut distinctive, richly arranged soul and rock hits of such quality, however, that's nothing to complain about. And there are plenty of classic smashes here: the Box Tops' "The Letter," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," Merrilee Rush's "Angel of the Morning," the Gentrys' "Keep on Dancing," Sandy Posey's "Born a Woman,' Wilson Pickett's "I'm in Love," Joe Tex's "Skinny Legs and All," James & Bobby Purify's 'Shake a Tail Feather," and Danny O'Keefe's "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues," to name some. For those looking for something a little or a lot less famous, there are Southern soul sides by the likes of Bobby Womack, Spencer Wiggins, Clay Hammond, Percy Milem, and L.C. Cooke brother of Sam Cooke. Elvis Presley is represented by a cover of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On," and while Mark James' original version of "Suspicious Minds" a number one hit for Elvis in 1969 has been reissued before, its inclusion guarantees it will be heard by quite a few appreciative listeners who might have been previously unaware of its existence. Expert annotation including a track-by-track rundown and Ace's typically ace vintage graphics/photos complement a collection that makes you eager to read the much lengthier book that inspired it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667048828
  • Catalog Number: 6704882
  • Sales rank: 42,056

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis (2:59)
  2. 2 Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield (2:27)
  3. 3 Shake a Tail Feather - James Purify (2:08)
  4. 4 The Letter - The Box Tops (1:54)
  5. 5 Born a Woman - Sandy Posey (1:48)
  6. 6 You've Got My Mind Messed Up - James Carr (2:25)
  7. 7 Keep On Dancing - The Gentrys (2:10)
  8. 8 Nine Pound Steel - Joe Simon (2:54)
  9. 9 Angel of the Morning - Merrillee Rush (3:11)
  10. 10 I'm In Love - Wilson Pickett (2:30)
  11. 11 Suspicious Minds - Mark James (3:03)
  12. 12 I've Been Down That Road Before - B.J. Thomas (2:49)
  13. 13 Funky Street - Arthur Conley (2:24)
  14. 14 For Your Precious Love - Oscar Toney Jr. (3:13)
  15. 15 Shame On Me - Solomon Burke (3:31)
  16. 16 The Dark End of the Street - The Glories (2:28)
  17. 17 Skinny Legs and All - Joe Tex (3:05)
  18. 18 The Power of a Woman - Spencer Wiggins (2:51)
  19. 19 More Than I Can Stand - Bobby Womack (3:17)
  20. 20 Let's Do It Over - L.C. Cooke (3:32)
  21. 21 Suzy Do It Better Than You - Clay Hammond (2:33)
  22. 22 I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me) - Percy Milem (2:59)
  23. 23 Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - Danny O'Keefe (3:01)
  24. 24 I'm Movin' On - Elvis Presley (2:53)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Hank Snow Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Arthur Conley Composer
Joe Tex Composer
Andre Williams Composer
Bobby Womack Arranger, Composer
Clay Hammond Composer
Don Covay Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Don Bryant Composer
Mark James Composer
Dan Penn Arranger, Composer, Producer
Arthur Brooks Composer
Richard Brooks Composer
Darryl Carter Composer
Gene Chrisman Producer
Quinton Claunch Composer, Producer
Tommy Cogbill Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Bobby Emmons Producer
John Hurley Composer
Felton Jarvis Producer
Buddy Killen Producer
Mike Leech Arranger
Andrew Love Composer
Arif Mardin Producer
Chips Moman Arranger, Composer, Producer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Earl Simms Composer
Glen Spreen Arranger
Jerry Wexler Producer
Ronnie Wilkins Composer
Reggie Young Producer
Freddy DeMann Producer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Martha Sharp Composer
Curtis Ousley Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson Composer
Verlie Rice Composer
Otis Hayes Composer
Papa Don Schroeder Producer
John Broven Liner Notes
Allen Jones Composer
Rudolph Russell Producer
Osbie Burnett McClinton Composer
Roben Jones Liner Notes
Richard Shann Composer
J R Enterprises, Inc. Producer
Eric Crews Cover Photo
Daniel O'Keefe Composer
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