Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Memphis Soul Greats- Hi Records: Located In Memphis
Hi Records possessed one of the most revered session bands in the soul genre and was renowned as "the" soul label in Memphis. It also catapulted the careers of Al Green and Ann Peebles. As such, the music accompaniment is flawless throughout this collection of smooth and deep soul numbers from the late 60's/early 70's. George Jackson contributes some real gems: "So Good To Me" is a take-off on Marvin Gaye's hit "How Sweet It Is", "Aretha, Sing One For Me" Jackson's biggest hit and most well-known composition that was also covered by Cat Power on her Jukebox record, and the silky smooth groove of the 1973 penned track "Let Me Know You Care". James Fry supplies some spot-on, emotive vocals to a stone cold horn section on a trio of tunes, "Tumbling Down", "Still Around", and "I've Got Enough". Hi Records stands as a great example of the power of a strong, seasoned backing band to elevate and inspire vocalists to turn it up to 11, so to speak. It doesn't hurt when the song-writing is of such a high caliber also.
Buy this record if there's a blackout in town, but you got some candles and a joint at the ready.