Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings Songs of Motown Records

Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings Songs of Motown Records

     
 

This delightful and often revelatory collection features Southern soul makeovers of Motown hits by the musicians and producers at Stax Records, a sort of Memphis meets Detroit knock down that pretty much reveals that soul is soul wherever it's found, whether north or south. Here the elegant pop veneer of several Motown hits are given a layer of grit, grease and gospel…  See more details below

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This delightful and often revelatory collection features Southern soul makeovers of Motown hits by the musicians and producers at Stax Records, a sort of Memphis meets Detroit knock down that pretty much reveals that soul is soul wherever it's found, whether north or south. Here the elegant pop veneer of several Motown hits are given a layer of grit, grease and gospel fire, and while these renditions don't replace the classic originals, they certainly augment them, revealing new grooves and pockets. Among the highlights are the Staple Singers' 1971 version of the Temptations' "You've Got to Earn It" which morphs the song into revival meeting territory, a blistering "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" by the Mar-Keys, also from 1971, a sparse and striking (and brief) take on "I Hear a Symphony" by Booker T. & the MG's, a country soul make over of "I Wish It Would Rain" by O.B. McClinton, and an epic, 12-minute horn-driven instrumental (and previously unreleased) rave-up of the ominous riff and rhythm of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by the Bar-Kays from 1973. The end result of all this is the sound of Motown plunged into deep soul territory, and it underscores the solid, brilliant songwriting that Motown Records stood for in its prime, because nothing here suffers one bit for the restructuring. Oh, and it makes for one hell of a party record.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Stax
UPC:
0888072303911
catalogNumber:
30391
Rank:
290436

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Technical Credits

Clifton Davis   Composer
Frederick Knight   Arranger,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Lee Garrett   Composer
Johnny Allen   Arranger
Bell   Producer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Harrison Calloway   Arranger
Darryl Carter   Arranger,Producer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Arranger,Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Don Hunter   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Clarence Paul   Producer
Paul Riser   Composer
Lester Snell   Arranger
Tommy Strong   Producer
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Arranger
Aaron Varnell   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Joel Selvin   Liner Notes
Jim Stewart   Producer
Al Jackson   Producer
Ollie McLaughlin   Producer
Mickey Gregory   Arranger
O.B. McClinton   Arranger,Producer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
John Gary Williams   Producer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Jackey Beavers   Composer
Fred Briggs   Arranger,Producer
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Alexandre Levy   Concept
Allen Jones   Arranger,Producer
Henry Bush   Arranger,Producer

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