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VA - The Muscle Shoals Sound (1993)

Blues Rock, Jazz, Blues | Author: artmuss | 23-07-2015, 13:25
VA - The Muscle Shoals Sound (1993)
Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: The Muscle Shoals Sound
Year Of Release: 1993
Label (Catalog#): Rhino Records [R2 71517]
Country: International
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Funk / Soul
Quality: FLAC (tracks +.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 56:19 min
Full Size: 328 mb

In a series of nondescript studios in tiny towns tucked in the corner of northwest Alabama, a small band of musicians, singers, and producers sculpted a sound that revolutionized rhythm and blues in the 1960s. Dubbed the "Muscle Shoals Sound" after one of those towns, this region gave birth to the grittiest and funkiest Southern soul music of the era. The 18-song compilation The Muscle Shoals Sound presents a cross section of some of the most influential grooves laid down in these studios during its golden decade (1962-1972). Besides hits by soul giants like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett, it includes influential sides by lesser stars like Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), Etta James ("Tell Mama"), Arthur Conley ("Sweet Soul Music"), and Clarence Carter ("Patches"). It also includes the very first hit cut in the region, Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On." Behind the scenes, songwriters and musicians like Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn, and Duane Allman were equally important in crafting a style distinguished by rock-solid rhythms and passionate performances. With thorough liner notes about the songs, performers, and musicians, this is a fine introduction to the "deep soul" music that was envied by such heavyweights as the Rolling Stones.


1. You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander
2. Steal Away - Jimmy Hughes
3. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
4. I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify
5. You Left The Water Running - Otis Redding
6. Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
7. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
8. Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
9. Tell Mama - Etta James
10. Up Tight, Good Man - Laura Lee
11. Take Time To Know Her - Percy Sledge
12. Slip Away - Clarence Carter
13. Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett
14. Take A Letter Maria - R.B. Greaves
15. Patches - Clarence Carter
16. I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
17. Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim
18. Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street) - Clarence Carter

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