Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973

Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973


Certain studios and labels occupy almost mythical stature in American musical history and FAME Studios, home of the Muscle Shoals sound, is among the elite. During the '60s and into the early '70s, the rotating crew at FAME Studios cranked out single after single, building a legacy that rivals such '60s stalwarts as Motown, Stax/Volt, and Chess, yet despite being the… See more details below


Certain studios and labels occupy almost mythical stature in American musical history and FAME Studios, home of the Muscle Shoals sound, is among the elite. During the '60s and into the early '70s, the rotating crew at FAME Studios cranked out single after single, building a legacy that rivals such '60s stalwarts as Motown, Stax/Volt, and Chess, yet despite being the point of origin for such timeless 45s as Wilson Pickett's "Land of 1000 Dances," Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On," Joe Tex's "Hold What You've Got," Etta James' "Tell Mama," Clarence Carter's "Patches," James & Bobby Purify's "I'm Your Puppet," and Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," the label and studio aren't as well known as their peers. Ace's peerless three-disc box The FAME Studios Story: 1961-1973 should go a long way in firming up the label and studio's reputation in the eyes of the mass public. Anchored on those big hits, the compilation tells the story of FAME in exhaustive yet exciting detail, digging up a wealth of rarities (ranging from an unedited acoustic version of "You Left the Water Running" by Otis Redding and a version of "Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man" whose singer is unknown to a bunch of singles that rarely pop up on reissues), but this is hardly something for crate-diggers. This is a big, bold set filled with surprises for even seasoned record collectors and much of that has to do with context. Expertly compiled by Alec Palao, Tony Rounce, and Dean Rudland, The FAME Studios Story doesn't shy away from the moments when the Muscle Shoals sound seeped into the mainstream: very early in the set, teen idol Tommy Roe pops up with "Everybody" and toward the end the Osmonds come in with their Jackson 5 knockoff "One Bad Apple" and the revelation is how the FAME musicians gave these teenybopper stars some real swing and funk. That turns out to be the key to the FAME sound -- while Stax/Volt always had grit on the soles of their shoes, FAME was a little lighter, able to ease into slicker crossover material, something that served them well whenever they cranked out some bubblegum or backed Bobbie Gentry or, especially, when they cut effervescent pop-soul/Northern soul singles by Spooner & the Spoons ("Wish You Didn't Have to Go") and David & the Giants ("Ten Miles High"). Which isn't to say FAME didn't get down and dirty (of course they did -- witness Wicked Wilson Pickett's "Hey Jude," complete with guitar from Duane Allman), but they were versatile, adapting to the needs of either the performer or the song. And that very versatility may be part of the reason why FAME isn't as immediately recognizable a name as Motown or Stax -- the Muscle Shoals crew could cop both of those sounds, after all -- but it's also the reason why this set is such a wildly entertaining listen, in addition to being a historically necessary document housed in a very handsome hardcover book.

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Release Date:
Kent Records Uk


Disc 1

  1. You Better Move On  - Arthur Alexander
  2. Laugh It Off  -  Tams
  3. Night Rumble, Pt. 1  -  Mark 5
  4. Everybody  - Tommy Roe
  5. I Hope They Get Their Eyes Full  - Arthur Alexander
  6. Steal Away  - Jimmy Hughes
  7. Let Them Talk  - Dan Penn
  8. Hold What You've Got  - Joe Tex
  9. A Man is a Mean, Mean Thing  - Barbara Perry
  10. Fortune Teller  -  Del-Rays
  11. Funny Style  - Bobby Marchan
  12. Almost Persuaded  - June Conquest
  13. Too Much  -  Entertainers
  14. Keep On Talking  - James Barnett
  15. Searching For My Love  -  Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces
  16. Wish You Didn't Have To Go  -  Spooner & the Spoons
  17. Let's Do It Over  - Joe Simon
  18. Neighbor, Neighbor  - Jimmy Hughes
  19. Feed the Flame  - Billy Young
  20. I'm Your Puppet  -  James & Bobby Purify
  21. I Can't Stop (No, No, No)  - Arthur Conley
  22. Gonna Make You Say Yeah  - Terry Woodford
  23. Two In the Morning  -  Spooner's Crowd
  24. Why Not Tonight  - James Gilreath
  25. Land of 1000 Dances  - Wilson Pickett

Disc 2

  1. You Left the Water Running  - Otis Redding
  2. A Shot of Rhythm & Blues  - Clyde McPhatter
  3. Slippin' Around With You  - Art Freeman
  4. Without a Woman  - Kip Anderson
  5. Sweet Soul Music  - Arthur Conley
  6. Thread the Needle  -  Clarence & Calvin
  7. I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)  - Aretha Franklin
  8. Miss You So  - Ted Taylor
  9. You Put Something On Me  -  Don Covay & the Goodtimers
  10. Tell Mama  - Etta James
  11. Keep Your Cool  -  Terry & the Chain Reaction
  12. Cheater Man  - Irma Thomas
  13. Don't Make Me Hate Loving You  - Jeanie Greene
  14. Everytime  - Linda Carr
  15. I Stayed Away Too Long  -  Wallace Brothers
  16. As Long As I Got You  - Laura Lee
  17. Don't Lose Your Good Thing  -  Blues Busters
  18. Slip Away  - Clarence Carter
  19. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man  - Otis Clay
  20. Once In a While (is Better Than Never At All)  - Spencer Wiggins
  21. Thief In the Night  -  Ben & Spence
  22. Take Me Just As I Am  - Mitty Collier
  23. Why Don't You Try Me  -  Maurice & Mac
  24. Search Your Heart  - George Jackson
  25. Ten Miles High  -  David & The Giants

Disc 3

  1. Lady In the Rain  - Lowell Fulson
  2. Hey Jude  - Wilson Pickett
  3. Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man
  4. Snatching It Back  - Clarence Carter
  5. I Got You Babe  - Etta James
  6. Wanted: Lover (No Experience Necessary)  - James Govan
  7. Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Forget 'Em  - George Jackson
  8. I'm Just a Prisoner (of Your Good Lovin')  - Candi Staton
  9. Grits and Gravy  -  Fame Gang
  10. One Bad Apple  -  Osmonds
  11. I'd Rather Go Blind  - Spencer Wiggins
  12. Take Me Back  -  Brothers Unlimited
  13. Walk a Mile In My Shoes  - Willie Hightower
  14. Patches  - Clarence Carter
  15. Fancy  - Bobbie Gentry
  16. Double Lovin'  - George Jackson
  17. Greenwood, Mississippi  - Little Richard
  18. What Color is Love  - Roscoe Robinson
  19. Bring It On Home To Me  - Lou Rawls
  20. I Can't Let You Break My Heart  - Bettye Swann
  21. Back Road Into Town  - Willie Hightower
  22. The Thanks I Get For Loving You  - Candi Staton
  23. Get Involved  - George Soulé
  24. Put On Your Shoes and Walk  - Clarence Carter
  25. You Better Move On  - Travis Wammack

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Ray Stevens   Arranger
Candi Staton   Composer
Arthur Alexander   Composer
Clarence Carter   Composer
Arthur Conley   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Jimmy Hughes   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Laura Lee   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Little Richard   Arranger,Producer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer,Producer
Tommy Roe   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Travis Wammack   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
David Axelrod   Producer
J.R. Bailey   Composer
Gene Barge   Composer,Producer
Don Covay   Composer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
General Johnson   Composer
Carmol Taylor   Composer
Morgan Babb   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Dan Penn   Arranger,Composer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Sonny Bono   Composer
Jesse Boyce   Composer,Producer
Freeman Brown   Composer
Mickey Buckins   Composer,Producer
Harrison Calloway   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pete Carpenter   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Leonard Caston   Composer
Charles Chalmers   Arranger
Quinton Claunch   Composer,Producer
Marcus Daniel   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Bobbie Gentry   Composer
Rick Hall   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Larry Hamby   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,String Arrangements
Roger Hawkins   Composer,Producer
Clayton Ivey   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Gene Kent   Producer
Buddy Killen   Producer
Albert Lowe   Composer,Producer
Drew Miller   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Papa Don   Producer
Curtis Thompson   Composer
Aaron Varnell   Composer,Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Ray Whitley   Composer
Terry Woodford   Composer
Billy Young   Composer
Quin Ivy   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
William Armstrong   Composer
Martin Greene   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
James Gilreath   Composer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Phil Wright   Arranger,Producer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Melvin Leakes   Composer
Earl Cage   Composer
Larry Chambers   Composer
Ferdinand Washington   Composer
Wilbur Terrell   Composer
Don Schroeder   Arranger
Ken Williams   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Bobby Moore   Composer,Producer
Bob Jones   Composer
Ellington Jordan   Composer
David Huff   Composer
Willie Hightower   Composer
Lloyd Webber   Composer
Billy Foster   Composer
Bob Killen   Composer
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller   Arranger
Bob Montgomery   Producer
Richard Williams   Foreword
Jimmy Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Ronny Shannon   Composer
Dan Greer   Composer
Ronald Eades   Composer
Bettye Jean Champion   Composer
Oscar Franck   Composer
Rudolph Russell   Producer
Osbie Burnett McClinton   Composer
Alton Valier   Composer
David Hall   Composer
Tom Stafford   Composer
Helen Keep   Composer
Gene Miller   Composer
Eugene Williams   Composer

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