Tag Archives: Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

CULT CLASSIC: MILLIE JACKSON-STILL CAUGHT UP.

Cult Classic: Millie Jackson-Still Caught Up. There’s nothing worse than not hearing how a story ends, and that was how many record buyers felt after hearing Millie Jackson’s critically acclaimed fourth album Caught Up, which was released in 1974. Caught Up was essentially a concept album, but in truth was like a musical soap opera about …

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FAME NORTHERN SOUL.

Fame Northern Soul . Label: Kent. Mention Southern Soul, and there are certain record labels that spring to mind, including Stax, Hi Records and Fame Records. It’s no exaggeration to say that these three labels are synonymous with Southern Soul. Together they released some of the greatest music in the history of Southern Soul.  Indeed, the …

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PRIMAL SCREAM-GIVE OUT BUT DON’T GIVE UP: THE ORIGINAL MEMPHIS RECORDINGS.

Primal Scream-Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings. Label: Sony Music. It’s never easy to followup a classic album, and countless bands have discovered that over the last fifty years.  In 1994, the latest band to realise that were Primal Scream, who three years earlier, at the height of the Acid House era  had …

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MILLIE JACKSON-STILL CAUGHT UP.

Millie Jackson-Still Caught Up. Label: Southbound Records. There’s nothing worse than not hearing how a story ends, and that was how many record buyers felt after hearing Millie Jackson’s critically acclaimed fourth album Caught Up, which was released in 1974. Caught Up was essentially a concept album, but in truth was like a musical soap …

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DAN PENN-CLOSE TO ME-MORE FAME RECORDINGS.

DAN PENN-CLOSE TO ME-MORE FAME RECORDINGS. Wallace Daniel Pennington was born in Vernon, Alabama on the 19th of May 1941. The Pennington family were respectable church going people. They were regarded as pillars of the local community. Each week the Pennington family attended church en masse. However, by the time Wallace Daniel Pennington was a …

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JIMMY HUGHES-STEAL AWAY.

JIMMY HUGHES-STEAL AWAY. Fifty years ago, Jimmy Hughes released what was the first album to bare the Fame Records logo, Steal Away. It was released after the title-track, Steal Away gave Jimmy Hughes the biggest single of his career. On its release, Steal Away gradually climbed the charts. Its rise wasn’t meteoric. Instead, it was …

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HALL OF FAME VOLUME 3.

HALL OF FAME VOLUME 3. Eventually, when someone decides to write a definitive history of Southern Soul, Fame Records name will loom large. There’s two reasons for this. The first is the music released on Fame Records. Then there’s the artists who recorded at Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals. Back in the sixties, Fame Recording …

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LIGHTNIN’ SLIM-HIGH AND LOW DOWN.

LIGHTNIN’ SLIM-HIGH AND LOW DOWN. When Lightnin’ Slim recorded his 1971 album High and Low Down, it only took three days to record the album. There’s a good reason for this. Three days holidays was all Lightnin’ Slim could get from the lock factory he was working in, in Pontiac, Michigan. However, for three days …

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HALL OF FAME VOLUME 2.

HALL OF FAME VOLUME 2. Without doubt, one of the most influential record labels in the history of Southern Soul is Fame Records. It released some of the most important music in the history of not just Southern Soul, but soul music. Then there’e the music recorded at Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals.  The artists …

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CLARENCE CARTER-THE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 2 1970-73.

CLARENCE CARTER-THE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 2 1970-73. It was in 1966, that Clarence Carter released his first single for Rick Hall’s Fame Records, Tell Daddy. Clarence was already thirty when he released Tell Daddy, his debut solo single. His life had taken a few twists and turns before that. Born in January 1936, when Clarence …

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BOBBY WOMACK-COMMUNICATION.

BOBBY WOMACK-COMMUNICATION. Recently, I was reading an article about Bobby Womack collaborating with Damon Albarn for Bobby’s forthcoming album The Bravest Man In the Universe. Bobby had chosen Damon to produce his new album, which will be his first secular album since 1994s Soul Seduction Supreme, a stunning live set. Since then, Bobby hasn’t produced …

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ARETHA FRANKLIN-I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVED YOU.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVED YOU. Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that the most overused word in the English language is the word “classic.” Nowadays, something can’t just be good, it must be a classic. It doesn’t matter if someone is talking about a book, cuisine, technology, a building …

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