Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios


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Though it doesn't quite have the reputation or mystique of the studios for Sun Records and Stax Records, American Studios was also a major generator of rock and soul hits in Memphis. Produced as a soundtrack/companion to Roben James' book of the same name, Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios has a couple dozen hits and other noteworthy tracks recorded at the facility between 1966 and 1970. Indeed, it's more oriented toward familiar hit records than the usual Ace compilation. When a studio cut distinctive, richly arranged soul and rock hits of such quality, however, that's nothing to complain about. And there are plenty of classic smashes here: the Box Tops' "The Letter," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," Merrilee Rush's "Angel of the Morning," the Gentrys' "Keep on Dancing," Sandy Posey's "Born a Woman,' Wilson Pickett's "I'm in Love," Joe Tex's "Skinny Legs and All," James & Bobby Purify's 'Shake a Tail Feather," and Danny O'Keefe's "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues," to name some. For those looking for something a little or a lot less famous, there are Southern soul sides by the likes of Bobby Womack, Spencer Wiggins, Clay Hammond, Percy Milem, and L.C. Cooke (brother of Sam Cooke). Elvis Presley is represented by a cover of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On," and while Mark James' original version of "Suspicious Minds" (a number one hit for Elvis in 1969) has been reissued before, its inclusion guarantees it will be heard by quite a few appreciative listeners who might have been previously unaware of its existence. Expert annotation (including a track-by-track rundown) and Ace's typically ace vintage graphics/photos complement a collection that makes you eager to read the much lengthier book that inspired it.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2012
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667048828
catalogNumber: 6704882
Rank: 20747

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Hank Snow   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Arthur Conley   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Andre Williams   Composer
Bobby Womack   Arranger,Composer
Clay Hammond   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Chip Taylor   Composer
Don Bryant   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Dan Penn   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Arthur Brooks   Composer
Richard Brooks   Composer
Darryl Carter   Composer
Gene Chrisman   Producer
Quinton Claunch   Composer,Producer
Tommy Cogbill   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Bobby Emmons   Producer
John Hurley   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Buddy Killen   Producer
Mike Leech   Arranger
Andrew Love   Composer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Chips Moman   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Earl Simms   Composer
Glen Spreen   Arranger
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Ronnie Wilkins   Composer
Reggie Young   Producer
Freddy DeMann   Producer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Martha Sharp   Composer
Curtis Ousley   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Verlie Rice   Composer
Otis Hayes   Composer
Papa Don Schroeder   Producer
John Broven   Liner Notes
Allen Jones   Composer
Rudolph Russell   Producer
Osbie Burnett McClinton   Composer
Roben Jones   Liner Notes
Richard Shann   Composer
J R Enterprises, Inc.   Producer
Eric Crews   Cover Photo
Daniel O'Keefe   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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