The Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667010009
  • Catalog Number: 6701000
  • Sales rank: 38,034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander (2:45)
  2. 2 Laugh It Off - The Tams (2:38)
  3. 3 Night Rumble, Pt. 1 - The Mark 5 (1:50)
  4. 4 Everybody - Tommy Roe (1:57)
  5. 5 I Hope They Get Their Eyes Full - Arthur Alexander (2:37)
  6. 6 Steal Away - Jimmy Hughes (2:26)
  7. 7 Let Them Talk - Dan Penn (2:06)
  8. 8 Hold What You've Got - Joe Tex (3:06)
  9. 9 A Man is a Mean, Mean Thing - Barbara Perry (2:08)
  10. 10 Fortune Teller - The Del-Rays (2:35)
  11. 11 Funny Style - Bobby Marchan (2:14)
  12. 12 Almost Persuaded - June Conquest (2:40)
  13. 13 Too Much - The Entertainers (2:01)
  14. 14 Keep On Talking - James Barnett (2:35)
  15. 15 Searching For My Love - Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces (2:28)
  16. 16 Wish You Didn't Have To Go - Spooner & the Spoons (2:09)
  17. 17 Let's Do It Over - Joe Simon (2:22)
  18. 18 Neighbor, Neighbor - Jimmy Hughes (2:38)
  19. 19 Feed the Flame - Billy Young (2:32)
  20. 20 I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify (3:00)
  21. 21 I Can't Stop (No, No, No) - Arthur Conley (2:28)
  22. 22 Gonna Make You Say Yeah - Terry Woodford (2:20)
  23. 23 Two In the Morning - Spooner's Crowd (2:30)
  24. 24 Why Not Tonight - James Gilreath (2:40)
  25. 25 Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett (2:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Left the Water Running - Otis Redding (4:09)
  2. 2 A Shot of Rhythm & Blues - Clyde McPhatter (2:22)
  3. 3 Slippin' Around With You - Art Freeman (2:57)
  4. 4 Without a Woman - Kip Anderson (2:50)
  5. 5 Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley (2:20)
  6. 6 Thread the Needle - Clarence & Calvin (3:37)
  7. 7 I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin (2:50)
  8. 8 Miss You So - Ted Taylor (2:17)
  9. 9 You Put Something On Me - Don Covay & the Goodtimers (2:42)
  10. 10 Tell Mama - Etta James (2:21)
  11. 11 Keep Your Cool - Terry & the Chain Reaction (2:46)
  12. 12 Cheater Man - Irma Thomas (2:29)
  13. 13 Don't Make Me Hate Loving You - Jeanie Greene (2:13)
  14. 14 Everytime - Linda Carr (2:26)
  15. 15 I Stayed Away Too Long - The Wallace Brothers (2:15)
  16. 16 As Long As I Got You - Laura Lee (2:11)
  17. 17 Don't Lose Your Good Thing - The Blues Busters (2:48)
  18. 18 Slip Away - Clarence Carter (2:57)
  19. 19 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Otis Clay (2:24)
  20. 20 Once In a While (is Better Than Never At All) - Spencer Wiggins (3:33)
  21. 21 Thief In the Night - Ben & Spence (2:34)
  22. 22 Take Me Just As I Am - Mitty Collier (2:49)
  23. 23 Why Don't You Try Me - Maurice & Mac (2:24)
  24. 24 Search Your Heart - George Jackson (2:41)
  25. 25 Ten Miles High - David & The Giants (2:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Lady In the Rain - Lowell Fulson (2:46)
  2. 2 Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett (4:05)
  3. 3 Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man (3:23)
  4. 4 Snatching It Back - Clarence Carter (2:49)
  5. 5 I Got You Babe - Etta James (2:27)
  6. 6 Wanted: Lover (No Experience Necessary) - James Govan (2:59)
  7. 7 Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Forget 'Em - George Jackson (2:33)
  8. 8 I'm Just a Prisoner (of Your Good Lovin') - Candi Staton (3:09)
  9. 9 Grits and Gravy - Fame Gang (2:40)
  10. 10 One Bad Apple - The Osmonds (2:44)
  11. 11 I'd Rather Go Blind - Spencer Wiggins (2:50)
  12. 12 Take Me Back - Brothers Unlimited (2:09)
  13. 13 Walk a Mile In My Shoes - Willie Hightower (3:20)
  14. 14 Patches - Clarence Carter (3:11)
  15. 15 Fancy - Bobbie Gentry (4:14)
  16. 16 Double Lovin' - George Jackson (2:38)
  17. 17 Greenwood, Mississippi - Little Richard (3:30)
  18. 18 What Color is Love - Roscoe Robinson (3:56)
  19. 19 Bring It On Home To Me - Lou Rawls (2:58)
  20. 20 I Can't Let You Break My Heart - Bettye Swann (3:29)
  21. 21 Back Road Into Town - Willie Hightower (3:48)
  22. 22 The Thanks I Get For Loving You - Candi Staton (2:40)
  23. 23 Get Involved - George Soulé (3:23)
  24. 24 Put On Your Shoes and Walk - Clarence Carter (2:51)
  25. 25 You Better Move On - Travis Wammack (3:10)
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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
Dr. 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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