Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Memphis 70 is a great collection of rare Soul gems released in the wake of the death of Otis Redding in late 1967. This comp shows what happened next as local musicians emerged from Otis' shadow and created new and exhilarating sounds. The earliest cut is the in-demand Funk/ R&B groove of Stacy Lane's 'No Ending' produced by the legendary Packy Axton, the founder of the Mar-Keys. We have plenty of funky grooves for those that want to keep the dancefloor moving, such as Alvin Cash's duet with Doris Porter, 'Tip Toeing', the incredibly rare 'Hard Times' by Billy Cee, the collectable break-beat 'Mississippi Mud' by the Smithstonian, and an amazing unreleased version of 'Shake' by the Ovations. There are also great slices of Funk by the Optimistics, Lillian Hale, Blackrock and Bow-Legs Miller. The whole lot is rounded up with some fantastic pictures, in-depth notes and an amazing cover image to make this a fine set.