More Lost Soul Gems from the Sounds of Memphis

More Lost Soul Gems from the Sounds of Memphis

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More Lost Soul Gems from the Sounds of Memphis

The "more" in the title of this 2014 Ace Records compilation refers to how often the label has mined the Sounds of Memphis vaults in the 2010s. The 22-track set -- all but three of which are unearthed for the first time here -- is the explicit sequel to the 2012 compilation Lost Soul Gems from Sounds of Memphis, but Ace also had a three-volume series called The XL & Sounds of Memphis Story, as well as individual collections on a handful of artists. All of which is a very lengthy way of saying the Sounds of Memphis well is hardly running dry and it's still yielding treasures. By definition, the music on this collection is obscure: it's not just that the music was unreleased, but even the names are by and large unrecognizable, with the notable exception of Barbara & the Browns, whom Ace had already anthologized, and George Jackson, who wound up establishing a reputation as a songwriter and having his history well-preserved by the label. Perhaps the particulars aren't familiar, but the sounds are. This is earthy Southern soul that sometimes flirts with the danceable effervescence and pop hooks drifting from up north, but sometimes has the grit of what was further South, but it's distinguished by songs as tight as its rhythms. Although some of these tracks were cut as early as 1964 and as late as 1974, the set relies primarily on music made in the back half of the '60s, which was the heyday of soul, and the strength of this music is proof of that claim. Certainly, there are some rough edges here, and some songs don't stray from a generic blueprint, but the craft in construction is as palpable as the passion and professionalism of the playing. It's a collection for those who want to dive deep, and if that's you, you won't be disappointed.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667242127
catalogNumber: 1160303
Rank: 70952

Tracks

  1. Tempted
  2. Hold On Hold Out
  3. Since My Baby Left Me
  4. That's Why I Keep Her
  5. One Man's Poison
  6. Human Emotions
  7. It Don't Bother Me No More
  8. A Great Big Thing
  9. Misery
  10. That's How I Take To You
  11. I Care For You
  12. Don't Matter If It's in the Past
  13. You Can Always Depend On Me
  14. If I Could Build My World
  15. You Don't Understand Me
  16. Lost In a Dream
  17. Memphis Funk
  18. Hey Little Girl
  19. You Don't Love Me
  20. You're Using Me
  21. Your Own Free Will
  22. Poor Side of Town

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