Rockin' Memphis: 1960s-1970s, Vol. 1

Rockin' Memphis: 1960s-1970s, Vol. 1

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This Lucky 7 compilation detailing the activities around Memphis' famed Ardent Studios during the late '60s and early '70s is amazing and a complete tease. Here are the obscure tracks you knew existed but never heard, and some you've heard but never in this way. Set producer Terry Manning was the man in charge at Ardent when this music was made, roughly between

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This Lucky 7 compilation detailing the activities around Memphis' famed Ardent Studios during the late '60s and early '70s is amazing and a complete tease. Here are the obscure tracks you knew existed but never heard, and some you've heard but never in this way. Set producer Terry Manning was the man in charge at Ardent when this music was made, roughly between 1968-1978, with the majority of the tracks registering the span of 1972-1975. Yes, Big Star is here with "September Gurls," but more importantly even than that are works by Chris Bell and Jody Stephens working as sidemen with Manning and in their own band called Rock City. So there is the price of admission right there: the fact that Bell and Stephens are featured on a total of three cuts. But the first-ever Hot Dogs tracks -- an amazingly woolly garage version of "I Walk the Line" and "Just Can't Take It Anymore" -- also surface here for the first time on CD (an entire album is due from Lucky 7 later). One of the few Manning solo tracks is a cover of Lennon and McCartney's "One After 909" before they ever recorded it! The version here is revised with a bridge to the song that did not exist in the original Beatles demo and was later added for the Let It Be sessions. Manning re-recorded it with a killer guitar break -- and bridge -- by Bell. And sacrilege be damned, it lays waste to the Beatles' version. Manning's version of the Star Trek theme is also amazing, full of camp and satire and some of the most unusual synth sounds west of Germany. On Rock City bassist Thomas Dean Eubanks' "Oh Babe," listeners hear the Ardent Studios cats trying on their best Marc Bolan. In addition to Big Star obscurities, there is the first-ever musical comedy A-side by Martin Mull and various appearances by great studio musicians who would become well-known later, such as Barry Beckett, Rocky Hill, and Doyle Bramhall. Featuring 22 tracks in all, this is a hell of a way to kick off a series of solid garage and psychedelic rock, boogie, country-rock, and Memphis blue-eyed soul, all from the cradle of the indie rock sound. This is one of the best compilations to come out in the early 21st century, bar none.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Lucky Seven Records
UPC:
0752977921023
catalogNumber:
9210

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Mull   Guitar,Vocals
Alex Chilton   Guitar,Vocals
Rocky Hill   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Van Duren   Vocals
Terry Manning   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Batter   Synthesizer,Piano
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
John Boyd   Saxophone
Doyle Bramhall   Drums,Background Vocals
Steve Buslowe   Bass
Paul Cannon   Guitar,Soloist
Bill Cunningham   Bass
Mickey Curry   Drums
Steve Hardin   Harmonica,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Randy Jo Hobbs   Bass
Jack Holder   Guitar,Vocals
David Hood   Bass
Andy Hummel   Bass
Larry Moore   Drums
Wayne Perkins   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Fred Prouty   Drums
Greg Redding   Organ,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bill Rennie   Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Richard Rosebrough   Drums
Steve Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Keith Spring   Piano
Jody Stephens   Drums
Eddie Harrison   Vocals
Joe Gaston   Bass,Background Vocals
Tommy Joe Richard   Guitar,Vocals
Walter Wright   Keyboards,Vocals
William C. Brown   Vocals
Jeff Smith   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jim Johnson   Bass
Roberto Murray   Drums
Tim Benton   Drums
Reid Farrell   Rhythm Guitar
Bill Phillips   Keyboards,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Martin Mull   Producer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Big Star   Producer
Alex Chilton   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Gary Wright   Composer
Sean Bonniwell   Composer
Van Duren   Producer
Terry Manning   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Cover Photo
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
C. Bell   Composer
Doyle Bramhall   Composer
Thomas Cavalier   Executive Producer
Alexander Courage   Composer
Bill Cunningham   Horn Arrangements
John Fry   Producer,Engineer
Bill Ham   Producer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
David Hood   Producer
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Gene Roddenberry   Composer
Steve Smith   Composer
Tommy Joe Richard   Composer
Richard Robinson   Producer,Executive Producer
Tim Smith   Composer

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