Various Artists - Memphis 60 (Soul, R&B And Proto Funk From Soul City USA) (Music CD)

Release Date: 06 June 2009
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The concept behind this 20-track compilation of Memphis soul, blues, and R&B from the 1960s is simple enough: compile some of the best such material that's both raw and rare, taken from the vaults of a bunch of Memphis labels. That includes not just Stax (which is well represented), but also smaller imprints, including the Goldwax and XL labels, both of which have cults among collectors. Given the quality of music here, this is a pretty good anthology, though not one that's a starter Memphis '60s best-of, due to the absence of big hits or star artists. Spencer Wiggins, Ruby Johnson, the gospel group the Dixie Nightingales, and Isaac Hayes (on the rare 1965 single "Blue Groove" by Sir Isaac & the Doo-Dads) all have some name recognition, but generally it's doubtful even big Memphis '60s soul collectors have much of this. The material tends toward the bluesier end of the Memphis R&B/soul scene, and provides a good cross-section of the style at its swampiest and funkiest. There are some near-gems in Prince Conley's brooding "I'm Going Home"; the Dixie Nightingales' spooky "Assassination", and the Cobras' instrumental "Restless". Also, Junior Kimbrough (who became far more famous about 25 years later) is represented by his rare, and very gutbucket, 1967 cover of Lowell Fulsom's "Tramp". This is recommended to soul fans looking for something different on a well-annotated compilation where rarity and quality aren't mutually exclusive.
Release Date: 06 June 2009

1. Hawg, The (part 1) - Kirk, Eddie
2. Spoiler, The - Purrell, Eddie
3. I Ain't Gonna Cheat On You No More - Walker, Willie
4. Double Up - LH & The Memphis Sounds
5. I Don't Know - Dixie Nightingales
6. Let The Best Man Win
7. I'm Going Home - Prince Conley
8. You Don't Love Me - Cobbs, Willie
9. Tramp - Kimbell, Junior
10. Blue Groove - Sir Isaac & The Dodads
11. Assassination - Dixie Nightingales
12. When My Love Comes Down (alt. take) - Johnson, Ruby
13. Man About The House - Barbara & The Browns
14. Ticket To Ride - Walker, Willie
15. Shake Shake Shake - Bollinger, William
16. Soul City USA - Wiggins, Spencer
17. She's About A Mover - Millem, Percy
18. Restless - Cobras
19. Nothing But The Truth - Hodge, Ann
20. Side Wind, The - Lyrics & The Top Notes

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Catalogue No: CDBGPD201