Muscle Shoals [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Muscle Shoals [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]


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Muscle Shoals, a small Alabama town with no more than 8,000 residents, would seem like an odd place for a gazillion classic hit records to be recorded, but with artists like Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Jimmy Cliff, Etta James, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd,Traffic, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tony Joe White, the Oak Ridge Boys, and countless others rolling in to do just that, all aided by a crackerjack group of white southern sessions players known officially as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (and unofficially and lovingly called "the Swampers"), Muscle Shoals became known internationally for its loose and undeniably funky R&B sound, a sound that generated some 75 gold and platinum hits in the late 1960s and through the '70s. It's a fascinating story, and the story starts with Rick Hall, an enterprising producer who grew up surrounded by relentless poverty and tragedy (Hall's brother, father, and first wife all died hellish deaths, and his mother topped things off by leaving home and becoming a prostitute). Hall had a vision of better times, though, and opened a recording studio called FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, recruiting musicians from various local bands to form his session pool, a pool that included Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass), Jimmy Johnson (guitar), Pete Carr (guitar), and Spooner Oldham (organ), among others. These were "the Swampers," as Lynyrd Skynyrd immortalized them in the song "Sweet Home Alabama," and they gelled into a top-notch R&B band whose recognizable sound put them on a par with Motown's Funk Brothers, Stax's MG's, and California's Wrecking Crew. Hit after hit poured out of FAME, and after the Swampers jumped ship in 1969 to open their own Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, more hits followed with them. This set, the soundtrack to Greg Camalier's 2013 documentary film Muscle Shoals, plays like a dream with classic sides like Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," Etta James' "Tell Mama," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," Jimmy Cliff's "Sitting in Limbo," and Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" providing a snapshot of the genius and history of the Swampers, and it's just the tip of the archival iceberg.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602537548651
catalogNumber: 001927802
Rank: 35819

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Hood   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Marie Lewey   Background Vocals
Spooner Oldham   Wurlitzer
Cindy Richardson Walker   Background Vocals
Larry Byrum   Guitar
Bryan Owings   Drums
Alicia Keys   Piano,Vocals
Carla Russell   Background Vocals
Galilee Missonary Baptist Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Arthur Alexander   Composer
Gregg Allman   Liner Notes
Clarence Carter   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jimmy Hughes   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Marlin Greene   Producer
General Johnson   Composer
Bell   Producer
Marcus Daniel   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Rick Hall   Producer,Executive Producer
Ronnie Shannon   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Andrew Wright   Composer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Holly George-Warren   Liner Note Revision
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Wilbur Terrell   Composer
Alicia Keys   Producer
James Capaldi   Composer
Greg Camalier   Executive Producer
Stephen Badger   Executive Producer

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capotegirl More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! An historical treasure! Keith Richards mentions Muscle Shoals in his autobiography as one of the must-go-to places of the Rolling Stones. I saw the Muscles Shoals documentary and knew I had to have the CD. Now I'm ordering one for my sister and one for my husband. Love this CD!