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    Ann Peebles Greatest Hits

    Compilation of soul singer, Ann Peebles, greatest hits!


    Ann Peebles is an African-American singer and songwriter who gained celebrity for her Memphis soul albums of the 1970s for Hi Records. Two of her most popular songs are I Can't Stand the Rain, which she wrote with her husband Don Bryant and radio broadcaster Bernie Miller, and I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down. In 2014, Ann Peebles was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

    1. Walk Away
    2. Give Me Some credit
    3. Part Time Love
    4. I Pity the Fool
    5. Slipped, Tripped, Fell in Love
    6. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
    7. Somebody's On Your Case
    8. I'm Gonna Tear your Playhouse Down
    9. I Can't Stand the Rain
    10. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On
    11. Do I Need You
    12. Beware
    13. Come to Mama
    14. Dr. Love Power
    15. I Didn't Take Your Man
    16. Old Man With Young Ideas
    Ann Peebles
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    I Can't Stand The Rain

    This wonderful album, originally released in 1974 on the Memphis-based Hi Records label, deserved a wider audience than it ended up getting at the time. It played to Ann Peebles' greatest strength, her poised and sultry voice, and surrounded by the sparse, easy funkiness of the trademark Hi rhythm section and producer Willie Michell's perfect use of horns and strings, she sings like a resilient but scorned angel on this impressive set of songs about the darker side of love.


    Her best song is here, the eccentric but brilliant I Can't Stand the Rain, along with a marvelous version of Joe Simon's (You Keep Me) Hangin' On, and perfect readings of a pair of Earle Randle songs in If We Can't Trust Each Other and I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down. Peebles sings her heart out, and with those bright-sounding Hi grooves behind her, it all comes together to make a classic album of dark, bouncy and beautiful Southern soul.

    1. I Can't Stand The Rain
    2. Do I Need You
    3. Until You Come Into My Life
    4. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On
    5. Run, Run, Run
    6. If We Can't Trust Each Other
    7. A Love Vibration
    8. You Got To Feed The Fire
    9. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
    10. One Way Street
    Ann Peebles
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  • Precious Soul Precious Soul Quick View

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    Precious Soul

    Long Out Of Print Debut Solo Album from One of Hi Records' Most Successful Staff Songwriters!


    Best-known as a staff songwriter under Willie Mitchell at Hi Records and as the husband of Hi star Ann Peebles, Don Bryant was also a fine, underappreciated singer in his own right. Bryant was born in Memphis on April 4, 1942; his father, Edward, sang with a gospel group called the Four Stars of Harmony, and Bryant himself began singing in church at age five. In 1955, he and four brothers formed their own gospel group, the Five Bryant Brothers, which soon switched to doo wop under the name the Quails.


    Not long after, Bryant joined several high school friends in another doo wop group, the Four Canes, who were named after their manager, local DJ D. Cane Cole. When the group split with Cole, Bryant changed their name to the Four Kings, and they caught the attention of trumpeter/bandleader Willie Mitchell, who began performing with them around the Memphis club scene. Through Mitchell, Bryant got his original composition "Is There Someone Else on Your Mind" recorded by the 5 Royales and made his first solo recording in 1964 with a cover of Chris Kenner's "I Like It Like That."


    Over the next five years, Bryant recorded several duets with Marion Brittnam and numerous cover songs, the latter of which constituted his first full-length LP, 1969's Precious Soul (issued on Hi). However, his behind-the-scenes career soon became more lucrative, specifically when Mitchell assigned him to work with new Hi signee Ann Peebles. No longer the label's focal point, Bryant resisted at first, but quickly discovered a creative and personal chemistry with Peebles that blossomed into a relationship in 1972 and marriage two years later.


    In the meantime, Bryant co-wrote a number of Peebles' signature songs, including "I Can't Stand the Rain" and "99 Pounds"; his success led to a staff songwriting position, where he penned material for other Hi stars like Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright and Otis Clay.


     

    1. She's Looking Good
    2. (You're A) Wonderful One
    3. Funky Broadway
    4. Can I Change My Mind
    5. Soul Man
    6. Land of 1000 Dances
    7. Slip Away
    8. For Your Precious Love
    9. Expressway To Your Heart
    10. Try Me
    11. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
    12. Cry Baby
    Don Bryant
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  • Straight From The Heart (Speakers Corner) Straight From The Heart (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Straight From The Heart (Speakers Corner)

    Ann Peebles' climb up the career ladder was rather more conventional than spectacular in the tough, rough days of rhythm and blues. She was first discovered when she appeared in Memphis nightclubs, was given a break by the big-band leader Gene 'Bowlegs' Miller, and landed her first top hit with the celebrated song I Can't Stand The Rain.



    Towards the end of the Seventies she made a well-timed retreat just before the outbreak of the highly commercialised disco wave, only to return many years later with a revival of her old songs.
    Her album from 1972 has certainly not mellowed with age. Her singing is sharp and soulful, and comes right from the heart (Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love). The beat is powerful, throbbing, young and fresh (What You Laid On Me) or surging and groovy (How Strong Is A Woman?). The arrangements come across as sophisticated and well balanced, yet do not baulk at harsh attacks from the winds nor from the use of Hammond and Hohner keyboards, which were so popular at that time. Melody, singers and big band are airy and finely interwoven (Somebody's On Your Case), while a fusion of soft swing and snappy acerbity (I Pity The Fool) rounds off this album which is filled with pure emotion, heart and soul.



    Musicians:



    • Ann Peebles (vocal)

    • James Mitchell (bassoon)

    • Jack Hale (trombone)

    • Andrew Love, Ed Logan (tenor saxophone, vocals)

    • Charles Hodges (organ, piano)

    • Wayne Jackson (trumpet)

    • Teenie Hodges (guitar)

    • Leroy Hodges (bass)

    • Howard Grimes (drums)



    Recording: August 1971 at Royal Recording Studios, Memphis, TN, by Willie Mitchell

    Production: Willie Mitchell





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love
    2. Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness
    3. What You Laid On Me
    4. How Strong Is A Woman
    5. Somebody's On Your Case
    6. I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home Tonight
    7. I've Been There Before
    8. I Pity The Fool
    9. 99 Pounds
    10. I Take What I Want
    Ann Peebles
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • I Can't Stand The Rain (Pure Pleasure) I Can't Stand The Rain (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    I Can't Stand The Rain (Pure Pleasure)

    This wonderful album, originally released in 1974 on the Memphis-based Hi Records label, deserved a wider audience than it ended up getting at the time. It played to Ann Peebles' great strength, her poised and sultry voice, and surrounded by the sparse, easy funkiness of the trademark Hi rhythm section and producer Willie Mitchell's perfect use of horns and strings, she sings like a resilient but disappointed angel on this impressive set of songs about the darker side of love. Her best song is here, the eccentric but brilliant I Can't Stand the Rain, along with a marvelous version of Joe Simon's (You Keep Me) Hangin' On, and perfect readings of a pair of Earl Randle songs, If We Can't Trust Each Other and I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down. Peebles sings her heart out, and with those somehow bright-sounding Hi grooves behind her, it all comes together to make a classic album of dark, bouncy, and beautiful Southern soul.



    Musicians:



    • Ann Peebles (vocal)

    • James Mitchell (bassoon)

    • Jack Hale (trombone)

    • Charles Hodges (keyboards)

    • Archie Turner (piano)

    • Leroy Hodges (bass)

    • Howard Grimes (drums)

    • Memphis Sanctified Singers (horn section)



    Recording: 1973 at Royal Recording Studios, South Lauderdale, Memphis, Tennessee

    Production: Willie Mitchell





    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. I Can't Stand The Rain
    2. Do I Need You?
    3. Until You Came Into My Life
    4. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On
    5. Run, Run, Run
    6. If We Can't Trust Each Other
    7. A Love Vibration
    8. You Got To Feed The Fire
    9. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
    10. One Way Street
    Ann Peebles
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Straight From The Heart Straight From The Heart Quick View

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    Straight From The Heart

    Ann Peebles' climb up the career ladder was rather more conventional than spectacular in the tough, rough days of rhythm and blues. She was first discovered when she appeared in Memphis nightclubs, was given a break by the big-band leader Gene 'Bowlegs' Miller, and landed her first top hit with the celebrated song I Can't Stand The Rain.


    Towards the end of the Seventies she made a well-timed retreat just before the outbreak of the highly commercialised disco wave, only to return many years later with a revival of her old songs. Her album from 1972 has certainly not mellowed with age. Her singing is sharp and soulful, and comes right from the heart (Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love). The beat is powerful, throbbing, young and fresh (What You Laid On Me) or surging and groovy (How Strong Is A Woman?). The arrangements come across as sophisticated and well balanced, yet do not baulk at harsh attacks from the winds nor from the use of Hammond and Hohner keyboards, which were so popular at that time. Melody, singers and big band are airy and finely interwoven (Somebody's On Your Case), while a fusion of soft swing and snappy acerbity (I Pity The Fool) rounds off this album which is filled with pure emotion, heart and soul.

    1. Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
    2. Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness
    3. What You Laid On Me
    4. How Strong Is A Woman
    5. Somebody's On Your Case
    6. I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home Tonight
    7. I've Been There Before
    8. I Pity The Fool
    9. 99 Pounds
    10. I Take What I Want
    Ann Peebles
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  • Part Time Love Part Time Love Quick View

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    Part Time Love

    There were so many competent records coming out of Memphis that any burgeoning greatness can only be detected by a careful listening. Ann Peebles deserves that kind of extra care.
    Her style is so subtle and economical that the fi ner qualities of her talents might be passed
    over as being merely competent. This would be a crime because little Ann has so very much
    to offer.


    Ann stresses the melody (rather than rhythm for its own sake). This is not to say she can't
    sing funky; she can and does very effectively. It just means Ann shines extra brightly on the
    slower bluesy numbers. For example "Give Me Some Credit" is such a moving lament, filtering faint traces of early Smokey Robinson and the album's two most tender cuts, "I Still Love
    You" and "Steal Away" are the places where Ann Peebles makes such a great impression.
    These are the kinds of song that become "personal" classics.


    Ann sings seven up-tempo numbers on which she illustrates her tight, full-bodied voice and
    shows why she's presently way up on R & B charts all over the country. Her renditions of "It's
    Your Thing," "Part Time Love," and "Make Me Yours" are unfettered delights.


    Ann Peebles goes past the apparent and into the sublime. She stands beyond the predictably
    competent. And you know that's where it's at.

    1. Part Time Love
    2. I'll Get Along
    3. I Still Love You
    4. Make Me Yours
    5. It's Your Thing
    6. Generation Gap Between Us
    7. Crazy About You Baby
    8. Give Me Some Credit
    9. Steal Away
    10. Solid Foundation
    Ann Peebles
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  • The Handwriting Is On The Wall The Handwriting Is On The Wall Quick View

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    The Handwriting Is On The Wall

    On Vinyl For The First Time In Over 30 Years!


    Released in 1979, The Handwriting Is on the Wall boasted some high-powered funk backdrops, but for the most part the album finds Peebles taking on a set of straight-ahead soul numbers in which she was usually either taking a man away from some woman who didn't know how to hold on to him, or was warning the ladies why they should stay away from her significant other. Peebles is a tower of defiant sass on I Didn't Take Your Man and You've Got the Papers (I've Got the Man), she leaves no doubt about why she's dating outside her age group on Old Man with Young Ideas, and Bip Bam Thank You Mam alerts listeners to the consequences of not pleasing Ms. Peebles. Willie Mitchell pairs Peebles up with some full-bodied soul and funk arrangements for these songs, and while unfortunately most of the great Hi Rhythm Section were unavailable for this record, the players on board do fine work, even if the groove lacks the ineffable touch of Peebles' finest work. The Handwriting Is on the Wall was Ann Peebles' last album for Hi, and the last new set she would release until 1988, but it captures one of the great R&B singers of the 1970s doing what she does best, and here she bows out on a high point.

    1. Old Man with Young Ideas
    2. Bip Bam Thank You Mam
    3. The Handwriting Is on the Wall
    4. I Didn't Take Your Man
    5. You've Got the Papers (I've Got the Man)
    6. Lookin' for a Lovin'
    7. You're More Than I Can Stand
    8. Lovin' Out Livin' In
    9. If I Can't See You
    10. Let Your Love Light Shine
    Ann Peebles
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • MEmphis Rock And Soul MEmphis Rock And Soul Quick View

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    MEmphis Rock And Soul

    Melissa Etheridge has announced the release of her new album MEmphis Rock and Soul, a tribute to Stax Records and the rich history of classic Southern soul, scheduled for release via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. The album is a collection of deep soul covers associated with the original Stax label, including songs recorded by Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, William Bell and more. The album also features new, original verses written by Melissa on two of the tracks.


    While the original Stax studio is long gone, Etheridge took to another hallowed local spot, Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios (home to Al Green, Ann Peebles and others), to channel the classic Memphis sounds found on these soulful standards. MEmphis Rock and Soul was produced by Willie's son Boo Mitchell, and features a backing band comprised of Hodges Brothers and other top Memphis musicians who are legends in their own right. Etheridge even recorded with Al Green's famed RCA 77DX ribbon microphone (No. 9"). MEmphis Rock and Soul also spotlights the empowering role Stax played in the Civil Rights Movement, a fitting theme for Melissa, who has become a pivotal voice of the modern LGBT rights movement.

    1. Memphis Train
    2. Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)
    3. Who's Making Love
    4. Hold On, I'm Coming
    5. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
    6. Any Other Way
    7. I'm A Lover
    8. Rock Me Baby
    9. I Forgot to Be Your Lover
    10. Wait A Minute
    11. Born Under A Bad Sign
    12. I've Got Dreams to Remember
    Melissa Etheridge
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  • On The Loose On The Loose Quick View

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    On The Loose

    Hi Records producer Willie Mitchell constructed his vaunted house rhythm section around three talented Hodges Brothers during the late-'60s: guitarist Mabon (nicknamed Teenie); bassist Leroy; and organist Charles. With drummer Howard Grimes (and on some of Al Green's sides, MG's trapsman Al Jackson Jr.) rounding out the lineup, this skintight Memphis quartet laid down surging, simmering grooves behind the entire Hi stable during the label's 1970's heyday: Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, and Mitchell himself, to name but a few. Mitchell had patiently molded the unit since when the Hodges Brothers were just in their teens.


    As the succinctly named Hi Rhythm, they recorded the 1976 LP, On The Loose, and remained a cohesive unit well into the '90s, even providing luxurious backing on Johnson's wonderful 1994 comeback set for Delmark, Back in the Game. Meanwhile, as the Hodges Brothers, they released a 1994 record called Perfect Gentlemen on the tiny Velvet Recording of America logo that also featured a fourth brother Fred on keys and veteran soul singer Percy Wiggins on several tracks. Fat Possum now has the distinction of reissuing the Hi Rhythm's long out-of-print 1976 offering On The Loose here on vinyl once again!

    1. Black Rock
    2. On The Loose
    3. Superstar
    4. Since You've Been Gone
    5. Purple Rain Drops
    6. I Remember Do You
    7. Save All My Lovin'
    8. You Got Me Comin'
    9. Skinny Dippin'
    Hi Rhythm
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  • Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Quick View

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    Indian Ocean

    Best known as the lead singer for well loved alt folk band The Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford's new album
    confirms what we have always suspected - that a great unexplored talent for soul music lay just below
    the surface.


    Following up her critically acclaimed solo album Obadiah, Miss Ford returns with the lush, redemptive
    Indian Ocean, fulfilling a lifelong dream of working with the Hi Rhythm Section (made famous for
    backing up Al Green and Ann Peebles) in the historic Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.


    The album's creative cycle spanned over two years, involving two recording trips to Memphis and multiple
    studio sessions with Frazey's Vancouver musicians. The iconic architects of the Al Green instrumental
    sound-Teenie Hodges (guitar), Charles Hodges (organ) and Leroy Hodges (bass) lent their almighty talents
    to help Frazey's songs find their distinctive groove. The end result of all of this collective creative meshing
    is Frazey's folk-soul hybrid record that feels both familiar and innovative simultaneously.


    Indian Ocean was co-produced and mixed by Frazey's longtime creative partner John Raham in Vancouver
    at Afterlife Studios

    1. September Fields
    2. Runnin'
    3. You're Not Free
    4. Done
    5. Three Golden Trees
    6. You Got Religion
    7. Season After Season
    8. Natural Law
    9. Weather Pattern
    10. Indian Ocean
    11. September Fields (Acoustic)
    Frazey Ford
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  • The Royal Sessions The Royal Sessions Quick View

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    The Royal Sessions

    200-Gram Audiophile Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release
    of "The Royal Sessions"-a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis' Royal
    Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks.


    Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with "The Royal Sessions" as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s
    released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records-recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on
    the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer. Produced by Perry Margouleff, "The Royal Sessions" is an extraordinary recording which
    captures the music in its pure form-live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians.


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    About the record, Michael Fremer says, Sonically, what do you think results from live in the hallowed studio basic tracks and vocals recorded all analog, mixed to analog tape and cut from analog tape? It's spectacular! Play this record and then the CD for your friends who think CD is transparent to the source. Let them compare the drum sound, the cymbal crashes, the space and the image three dimensionality. Let them consider Rodgers in the room and then on CD not quite in the room. A musical triumph and a sonic in the studio spectacular.


    - Michael Fremer (Analog Planet)

    Click here to read the full review: Review By Michael Fremer

    1. I Thank You
    2. Down Don't Bother Me
    3. I Can't Stand The Rain
    4. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
    5. That's How Strong My Love Is
    6. Walk On By
    7. Any Ole Way
    8. It's Growing
    9. I've Got Dreams To Remember
    Paul Rodgers
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  • Total Explosion Total Explosion Quick View

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    Total Explosion

    During his eight-year stint with Hi Records, Johnson was in the shadows of both Al Green and Ann Peebles. His albums never flew off the shelves but he could be trusted to release two or three good singles a year. By 1975, Johnson's partnership with Hi Records started to yield even more success. As this album's predecessors had Johnson vacillating between being a romantic and a wretch, Total Explosion explores his unrepentant side with good results. I Only Have Love for You is a classic Memphis shuffle and finds Johnson all but boasting about his lack of financial savvy, as he sings, All I got to give is me. With all of the ill will and venom spewed on Total Explosion, the innocent Star Bright, Star Lite just still doesn't ring true. Johnson comes back to his senses on Steppin' Out. The dramatic, hard-edged track is all anger and domestic unrest as he sings, Excuse me, excuse me while I get dressed; you get the feeling he won't be back anytime soon. The album's biggest single was Johnson's slowed-down take on Green's Take Me to the River. Although the religious/sexual imagery is lost in the translation, Johnson does a good job with it. The best track, the brilliantly arranged Watch What You Do to Me has Johnson playing the role of cuckold, and as he sings I carry my piece, everywhere I go, it certainly made him more a menace than romantic balladeer. Total Explosion was Johnson's most successful album at Hi Records and was one of the best in the label's catalog.

    -AllMusic
    1. I Only Have Love
    2. Bustin' Up Or Bustin' Out
    3. Star Bright Star Lite
    4. Whatch What You Do To Me
    5. Steppin' Out
    6. Take Me To The River
    7. It Ain't Easy
    8. 'Bout To Make Me Leave Home
    9. That's Just My Luck
    Syl Johnson
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    Total Explosion (Pure Pleasure)

    During his eight-year stint with Hi Records, Syl Johnson was in the shadows of both Al Green and Ann Peebles. His albums never flew off the shelves but he could be trusted to release two or three good singles a year. By 1975, Johnson's partnership with Hi Records started to yield even more success. As this album's predecessors had Johnson vacillating between being a romantic and a wretch, Total Explosion explores his unrepentant side with good results. I Only Have Love for You is a classic Memphis shuffle and finds Johnson all but boasting about his lack of financial savvy, as he sings, »all I got to give is me«. With all of the ill will and venom spewed on Total Explosion, the innocent Star Bright, Star Lite just still doesn't ring true. Johnson comes back to his senses on Steppin' Out. The dramatic, hard-edged track is all anger and domestic unrest as he sings, »excuse me, excuse me while I get dressed«; you get the feeling he won't be back anytime soon. The album's biggest single was Johnson's slowed-down take on Green's Take Me To The River. Although the religious/sexual imagery is lost in the translation, Johnson does a good job with it. The best track, the brilliantly arranged Watch What You Do to Me has Johnson playing the role of cuckold, and as he sings »I carry my piece, everywhere I go«, it certainly made him more a menace than romantic balladeer. Total Explosion was Johnson's most successful album at Hi Records and was one of the best in the label's catalog.



    Musicians:



    • Syl Johnson (vocal)

    • Wayne Jackson (trumpet)

    • Andrew Love, Lewis Collins (tenor saxophone)

    • James Mitchell (bassoon)

    • Jack Hale (trombone)

    • Archie Turner & Earl Randle (piano)

    • Charlie Hodges (organ, piano)

    • Leroy Hodges (bass)

    • Howard Grimes (drums)




    Recording: 1973 by Willie Mitchell at Royal Recording Studios, South Lauderdale, Memphis, Tennessee

    Production: Willie Mitchell




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. I Only Have Love
    2. Bustin' Up Or Bustin' Out
    3. Star Bright Star Lite
    4. Whatch What You Do To Me
    5. Steppin' Out
    6. Take Me To The River
    7. It Ain't Easy
    8. 'Bout To Make Me Leave Home
    9. That's Just My Luck
    Syl Johnson
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Southern Avenue

    Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue "The most talked about band in Memphis."


    Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue's upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.


    Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience.


    Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.


    The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as Don't Give Up, What Did I Do, It's Gonna Be Alright, Love Me Right and Wildflower. The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love.


    The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band. Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects.


    According to Ori, When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing.


    I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project, Tierinii remembers. Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same musically.


    We started over, Naftaly continues. We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly.


    Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band,' Tierinii recalls. We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special. Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label.


    I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility, says Tierinii. I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home. Tierinii views Southern Avenue as a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. It's been a real crash course, she continues. We've haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now.


    This band has already made our dreams come true, Ori concludes. I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy.

    1. Don't Give Up
    2. What Did I Do
    3. It's Gonna Be Alright
    4. Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
    5. Love Me Right
    6. 80 Miles From Memphis
    7. Wildflower
    8. No Time To Lose
    9. Rumble
    10. Peace Will Come
    Southern Avenue
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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