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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Soulsville U.S.A. was the Memphis neighborhood where the great Stax label was located during the '60s and '70s, so it only makes sense that Huey Lewis & the News decided to call their album-length salute to Stax Soulsville, saluting a place that has, some 40 years later, turned into a state of mind. The group headed to Memphis to cut this 14-track album but since the Stax studio has long since shuttered, they went to Ardent, yet another legendary Memphis studio, to record with producer Jim Gaines, who helmed the band's big '80s hits Sports and Fore! Not surprisingly, Soulsville winds up like a bunch of old friends having fun revisiting their favorite tunes. ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Soulsville U.S.A. was the Memphis neighborhood where the great Stax label was located during the '60s and '70s, so it only makes sense that Huey Lewis & the News decided to call their album-length salute to Stax Soulsville, saluting a place that has, some 40 years later, turned into a state of mind. The group headed to Memphis to cut this 14-track album but since the Stax studio has long since shuttered, they went to Ardent, yet another legendary Memphis studio, to record with producer Jim Gaines, who helmed the band's big '80s hits Sports and Fore! Not surprisingly, Soulsville winds up like a bunch of old friends having fun revisiting their favorite tunes. It's an unhurried, affectionate tribute, the News riding grooves that are considerably cleaner than the classic Stax sides they love so much, but they nevertheless wind up with a warm, soulful vibe. They don't reinvent or reinterpret these songs but stay true to the spirit of Stax, and what makes the album successful is that Huey Lewis & the News don't choose the obvious tunes (only the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself" was a genuine crossover smash); they cherry-pick their favorite sides from the label's deep catalog. It's clear that the bandmembers love this music, and their love is infectious, making this a nice, relaxed good time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: W.o.w. Records
  • UPC: 634457536128
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 16,899

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Huey Lewis & the News Primary Artist
Huey Lewis Indexed Contributor, Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
Bill Gibson Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Larry Batiste Background Vocals
Bertram Brown Background Vocals
Stef Burns Guitar, Group Member
Johnny Colla Percussion, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Sandy Griffith Background Vocals
Sean Hopper Keyboards, Group Member
Jackie Johnson Background Vocals
Marvin McFadden Trumpet, Group Member
Dorothy Morrison Vocals
John Pierce Bass, Group Member
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals
Rob Sudduth Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
John Gove Trombone
Bill Hinds Guitar, Group Member
Rick Steff Piano
Bryan Dyer Background Vocals
Reba Russell Background Vocals
Johnny Bamont Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Daunielle "Pie" Hill Background Vocals
Ashling Cole Background Vocals
Niko Ellison Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Solomon Burke Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Wilson Pickett Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Joe Tex Composer
Bob Brown Executive Producer
Johnny Colla Arranger, Director, Engineer
Jim Gaines Producer, Engineer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Huey Lewis Liner Notes
Dorothy Morrison Duet
Ed Tuton Composer
Ralph Arista Guitar Techician
Huey Lewis & the News Producer
Lamar Sorrento Cover Art
Curry Weber Engineer, Remixing
Emmanuel "Manu" Goodwin Monitor Engineer
Vadim Canby Engineer
R. Turner Composer
Johnny Bellmon Composer
Jerry Akines Composer
Bruce Melick Merchandising
Ann Pfeffer Stage Sound
Lol Halsey Tour Manager
Jerry Pfeffer Stage Sound
Robb Davenport Drum Technician
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