Take Me to the River [Music from the Motion Picture]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Memphis has long been one of America's greatest cities for music; it's hard to imagine what the history of blues, jazz, soul, gospel, R&B, or rock would be without the input of the many legendary musicians who came out of Memphis over the years, from Rufus Thomas to Alex Chilton. Even if you narrowed Memphis' role in popular music to the output of the Stax Records studio and Royal Recording Studios (the home of the Hi Records Rhythm Section), you would still have a mighty legacy to contend with, and filmmaker Martin Shore sets out to honors the past and present of Memphis music in his documentary Take Me to the River. In part, the film documents a series of sessions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Memphis has long been one of America's greatest cities for music; it's hard to imagine what the history of blues, jazz, soul, gospel, R&B, or rock would be without the input of the many legendary musicians who came out of Memphis over the years, from Rufus Thomas to Alex Chilton. Even if you narrowed Memphis' role in popular music to the output of the Stax Records studio and Royal Recording Studios (the home of the Hi Records Rhythm Section), you would still have a mighty legacy to contend with, and filmmaker Martin Shore sets out to honors the past and present of Memphis music in his documentary Take Me to the River. In part, the film documents a series of sessions held at the Royal Studios where a number of legendary Memphis musicians recorded alongside a younger generation of Southern artists, including several where legendary vocalists like William Bell, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Otis Clay teamed up with rap artists Snoop Dogg, Yo Gotti, and P-Nut. The best moments on Take Me to the River belong to Mavis Staples, who sings two numbers with the North Mississippi Allstars in which they play up a storm and she sounds like the glorious force of nature she truly is; in addition, the Stax Music Academy, a group of youngsters steeped in classic Memphis soul, show the city still can groove hard as they back William Bell on "Knock on Wood." Take Me to the River shows that the giants of Memphis soul can still shake the earth, and pays homage to Bobby "Blue" Bland, Teenie Hodges, and Charles "Skip" Pitts, participants who passed on between the recording and release of these sessions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2014
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072362147
  • Catalog Number: 36214
  • Sales rank: 61,647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't No Sunshine - Yo Gotti (4:29)
  2. 2 Wish I Had Answered - North Mississippi Allstars (4:05)
  3. 3 They Wanna Be Like Me - 8Ball (3:51)
  4. 4 Push and Pull - Frayser Boy (4:04)
  5. 5 Supposed To Be - North Mississippi Allstars (3:56)
  6. 6 Trying To Live My Life Without You - P-Nut (3:48)
  7. 7 I've Been Buked - North Mississippi Allstars (4:52)
  8. 8 I Forgot To Be Your Lover - Stax Music Academy (4:00)
  9. 9 If I Should Have Bad Luck - The City Champs (4:24)
  10. 10 Knock On Wood - Stax Music Academy (3:34)
  11. 11 Hen Pecked - Frayser Boy (5:19)
  12. 12 Walk Away - Terrence Howard (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby "Blue" Bland Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica, Vocals
William Bell Vocals
Otis Clay Vocals
Bobby Rush Harmonica, Vocals
Snoop Dogg Vocals
Ben Cauley Trumpet
Charles Hodges Organ
Leroy Hodges Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
David Hood Bass
Booker T. Jones Organ
Susan Marshall Background Vocals
Lester Snell Organ, Piano
Jim Spake Baritone Saxophone
Mavis Staples Vocals
Marvell Thomas Wurlitzer
Scott Thompson Trumpet
Archie Turner Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Kirk Whalum Horn
Al Kapone Vocals
Al Gamble Keyboards
Dave Smith Bass
Stefanie Bolton Background Vocals
MJG Vocals
George Sluppick Drums
Rod Bland Drums
Marc Franklin Trumpet
8Ball Vocals
Kirk Smothers Baritone Saxophone
Preston Clark Bass
Yo Gotti Vocals
Chris Chew Bass
Luther Dickinson Guitar
Cody Dickinson Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
Frayser Boy Vocals
Clifton Jackson Horn
Terrence Howard Vocals
Edward "Hot" Cleveland Drums
Paul McKinney Horn
Tameka Goodman Background Vocals
Kirk Smithhart Guitar
Joe Restivo Guitar
Tony Gentry Guitar
Charles "Skip" Pitts Guitar
Steve Potts Drums
Larry Dodson Vocals
Shontelle Norman Background Vocals
Lannie McMillan Tenor Saxophone
Sharisse Norman Background Vocals
Benjamin Flores Jr. Vocals
Doc Samba Bass
Derrick Smith II Horn
Brandon Chornes Drums
Andrew Saino Guitar
Kelvin Walters Horn
Technical Credits
Charlie Musselwhite Composer
William Bell Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Jerry Harrison Producer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Robert Gordon Liner Notes
Bobby Rush Composer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Arranger
Al Bell Mentor
Booker T. Jones Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Lester Snell Horn Arrangements
James Alexander Composer
Premro Smith Composer
Calvin Broadus Composer, Lyricist
Scott Bomar Engineer
Kevin Houston Engineer
Traditional Composer
Luther Dickinson Composer
Cody Dickinson Producer, Liner Notes
Ezra Williams Composer
Terrence Howard Composer
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Leo Goff Engineer, Additional Production
Manny Sanchez Engineer
Larry Dodson Composer
Mario Mims Composer, Lyricist
Martin Shore Producer, Liner Notes
Alphonzo Bailey Composer
Cedric Coleman Composer, Lyricist
Eugene Williams Composer
Marlon Jermaine Goodwin Composer
Benjamin Flores Composer, Lyricist
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