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Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll
     

Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll

 
From the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, Memphis was the creative cauldron and epicenter of American music. Positioned where the Delta meets the modern urban world, Memphis pushed country and blues together and gave the world rock & roll, then tossed in the fervor of deep gospel and gave it soul. The single that is credited as rock & roll's Big Bang is included on this

Overview

From the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, Memphis was the creative cauldron and epicenter of American music. Positioned where the Delta meets the modern urban world, Memphis pushed country and blues together and gave the world rock & roll, then tossed in the fervor of deep gospel and gave it soul. The single that is credited as rock & roll's Big Bang is included on this delightful compilation, Elvis Presley's 1954 cover of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right," but this wasn't a case of spontaneous combustion, and the disc opens with "Rocket '88," a particularly propulsive jump blues tune issued in 1951 (credited to Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, it was actually Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm doing a little moonlighting) that carries the clear strands of rock DNA. One of the strengths of this anthology is that it is arranged chronologically, and Presley's hit is followed by famous tracks from his Sun Records labelmates Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and then by two of the greatest instrumental singles in the history of rock & roll, the Mar-Keys' "Last Night" from 1961 (and the first official Stax Records release) and 1962's "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MG's. James Carr's bleak and cheerless masterpiece "The Dark End of the Street," written by Chips Moman and Dan Penn, is a highlight here, as are acknowledged soul classics from the Stax hit factory like Aretha Franklin's "Respect," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," and Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." Al Green's 1971 Hi Records hit "Let's Stay Together," a soft, soulful croon over a slow shuffle beat done by Al Jackson of the MG's, shows how endlessly and effortlessly Memphis musicians could make magic happen. That "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers is the final track here is fitting, since the combustible and joyous music of Memphis has been taking listeners there for a very long time, and it is impossible to imagine modern pop music without it.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2004
Label:
Bmg Marketing
UPC:
0828766094626
catalogNumber:
60946

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Booker T. & the MG's   Producer
Steve Cropper   Composer,Producer
Green   Composer,Producer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer,Producer
Billy Miller   Memorabilia
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer,Producer
Charles "Packy" Axton   Composer
Bell   Producer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Producer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Isaac Hayes   Composer,Producer
Jack Hammer   Composer
John Hudson   Memorabilia
John Hurley   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Stan Kesler   Producer
B.B. King   Composer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Chips Moman   Composer
Floyd Newman   Composer
David Porter   Composer,Producer
Domingo "Sam" Samudio   Composer
Willy Sparks   Composer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Ronnie Wilkins   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Miriam Linna   Memorabilia
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell   Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Bob Irwin   Memorabilia
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Rob Santos   Memorabilia
Joe Josea   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Joe Bihari   Producer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Betty Ann Rizzo   Licensing
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Dick Penner   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer

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