100 great records from Memphis

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Recorded in Memphis, not necessarily by a native; single, album or 78

100 - I'll start with Al Green Explores your Mind
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sonofstan, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 17:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

99 - Otis Redding - "That's How Srong My Love Is"

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^^strong^^^

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

98. Oblivians "Big Black Hole"

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

97. Elvis Presley--From Elvis In Memphis

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

96. Grifters - "Soda Pop"/"She Blows Blasts of Static" 45

city worker, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

95. Jay Reatard - Blood Visions

bendy, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

94. The Cramps - Gravest Hits

bendy, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

93. ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

will, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

bendy beat me to the Reatard love

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

93. ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

Wow, really? Awesome album!

Bill Magill, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

future thread: "100 Great Records You Had No Idea Were Recorded In Memphis"...

henry s, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

THe thread starter's name should be sonofstax.

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 19:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

92. "Disco Duck"

whisperineddhurt, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 19:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

91. "Ahab the Arab"

will, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 19:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

eddhurt beat me to my joek post

will, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 19:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

90. Elvis: any Sun single

whatever, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

89. 3-6 Mafia, 8ball & MJG, Young Buck - "Stay Fly"
88. Jack Oblivian - "I'm Too Old For You"
87. Booker T. & the MG's - "Time is Tight"
86. Knaughty Knights - "Death Has Come Over Me"
85. The Oblivians - "Live the Life"
84. Project PAt - "Chickenheads"
83. PAvement - "FAther To a Sister of Thought"
82. Al Green - Call Me
81. GBV - "The Official Ironmen Rally Song"

will, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

80.) All right. I'll do it:
Pleased to Meet Me by the Replacements

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

79-77. big star

tipsy mothra, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

76 Grifters - Corolla Hoist/THUMBNAIL SKETCH (best b side ever)
By the Grifters anyhow at least

75 Blue Moon - Elvis

Fer Ark, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 23:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

74. Charlie Feathers

whatever, Thursday, 14 February 2008 00:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

73. Ross Johnson, "Nudist Camp" (on the new Make It Stop! compilation of his Memphis singles--easily one of the year's best releases so far.
72. "Rattled by the Rush," Pavement

whisperineddhurt, Thursday, 14 February 2008 00:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

whisperineddhurt & Ross Johnson otm.

will, Thursday, 14 February 2008 01:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

71. James Carr, "The Dark End of the Street"

Brad C., Thursday, 14 February 2008 01:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

70. Isaac Hayes, "Walk On By"

Dimension 5ive, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

69. Isaac Hayes "Hung Up on My Baby"

will, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

68. Howlin' Wolf, "Chocolate Drop"
67. Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, "Cry, Cry, Cry"
66. Billy Lee Riley and His Little Green Men, "Flying Saucers Rock and Roll"

Dimension 5ive, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was GOIng to SAVe thiS FOR NUMber one because it's the greatest song ever recorded but screw it

65. Ann Peebles, "I Can't Stand the Rain"

Dimension 5ive, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

64. Compulsive Gamblers, Gambling Days Are Over

Rock Hardy, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

63. Thirteen - Big Star
62. Hold on, I'm Coming - Sam & Dave

outdoor_miner, Thursday, 14 February 2008 03:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

64. Compulsive Gamblers, Gambling Days Are Over
^^^ yep

61. Compulsive Gamblers - Crystal Gazing, Luck Amazing
60. Silver Jews - Starlite Walker
59. ZZ Top - "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide"
58. Jack O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers - Flipside Kid
57. Otis Redding - "Shake"
56. Fuck - Conduct

will, Thursday, 14 February 2008 03:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

55. Wendy Rene - Bar-B-Q

pauls00, Thursday, 14 February 2008 03:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

54. The Gentrys, "Cinnamon Girl" (on Sun)

whisperineddhurt, Thursday, 14 February 2008 04:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was GOIng to SAVe thiS FOR NUMber one because it's the greatest song ever recorded but screw it

65. Ann Peebles, "I Can't Stand the Rain"
OTM
and add
53 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
52 One Way Street

sonofstan, Thursday, 14 February 2008 07:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

51. Lost Sounds Rat Brains and Micro-chips
50. Lost sounds Black Wave

Nate Carson, Thursday, 14 February 2008 08:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

49. King Curtis - "Memphis Soul Stew"

mike t-diva, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I want to nominate Shelby Bryant but I don't quite dare so I'm just gonna go with
49. The Clears - s/t

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

xposted, 48, sorry.

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

47. All The Way From Memphis - Mott The Hoople

(Well, maybe not, but, kinda, in a way ;) )

Memphis is of course the most overrated city in the history of music.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

of course

whatever, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Memphis is of course the most overrated city in the history of music
wal, Geir, it's the only city that ever made a record that beat yer damned old Beetles at their own game--Radio City, so maybe that's why you'd say that. It's the only place I've ever been in the USA where the "psychological freedom" that Sam Phillips spoke of in his infomercial was palpable underneath the haze of Bible Belt All-American cheez-whiz blandout that the city carries with it, making it impossible for people like you to ever figure it out. don't worry Geir, there's probably some rednecks down there trying to put together a Split Enz cover band at this very moment.

whisperineddhurt, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

46.Sonic Youth <i>Washing Machine</i>

Trip Maker, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fuck me.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Memphis is of course the most overrated city in the history of music.

Black or African American persons, 61.4%
White persons, percent, 34.4%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, 3.0%
Asian persons, percent, 1.5%
Persons reporting some other race, 1.5%
Persons reporting two or more races, 1.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, 0.2%

Tom D., Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm down with Memphis...overrated legacy or not, it just feels like a city that births great music (as opposed to Nashville, a city which records great music)...

henry s, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

US Maple - "Stuck" 45

city worker, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

44. Eddie Floyd, "Big Bird"

Sara Sara Sara, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Memphis has too much rhythm, not enough melody for Geir.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

That's one way of putting it

Tom D., Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Do you think that the worst Beatles song is better than the best Chris Bell song?

No, surely "The Ballad Of El Goodo" and "September Gurls" (OK, the latter isn't Bell) are miles and miles better than "Revolution #9" or even "Come Together" and "Helter Skelter". It may even be better than "Yellow Submarine" or "Don't Pass Me By". I'll give you that. :)

Geir Hongro, Monday, 18 February 2008 23:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

"The Long And Winding Road" is a fantastic song though. One of their best.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 18 February 2008 23:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

I thought I had unwrapped a gold ticket to the Wonka Works when I heard the Godfather say Bobby Hebb was from Memphis, but apparently he was from Nashville.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Saturday, 23 February 2008 03:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Sid Selvidge The Cold Of The Morning
Sid Selvidge Portrait
Moloch Moloch
James Luther Dickinson Dixie Fried
Van Duren Are You Serious?
Cargoe Cargoe
Tommy Hoehn Spacebreak
The Hot Dogs Say What You Mean

Hatch, Wednesday, 26 August 2009 20:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

http://redkelly.blogspot.com/2013/03/roosevelt-jamison-1936-2013.html

RIP Roosevelt Jamison, songwriter of O.V. Wright's "That's How Strong My Love Is"

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 April 2013 06:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Jamison led an impressive life. Here's another obit (thanks J. Redd for posting these over on ILE obit thread)

http://www.peterguralnick.com/post/47106712366/roosevelt-jamison-1936-2013

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 April 2013 12:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I need a Goldwax collection

http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Ovations.html

RIP Nathan Pedro Lewis

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 April 2013 13:06 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP songwriter George Jackson too, who did more than write for Bob Seger and the Osmonds and ZZ Hill

http://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/George-Jackson.html

He was rejected by the fast-growing Stax Records, but in 1965, while in Memphis, Jackson linked up with the Ovations on the newly formed Goldwax Records label, penning their biggest hit, ‘It’s Wonderful To Be In Love’. Goldwax soon recognized Jackson’s writing ability and he provided material for other artists on the label, including ‘Old Friend’ and ‘He’s Too Old’ for Spencer Wiggins, and ‘Coming Back To Me Baby’ for James Carr. He also joined fellow singer-songwriter Dan Greer to cut the Goldwax single ‘Good Times’/‘You Didn’t Know It But You Had Me’ as George And Greer. By 1968, Jackson had left Goldwax for the nearby Hi Records label, where he initially recorded one single, ‘I’m Gonna Wait’/‘So Good to me"

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 April 2013 13:09 (five years ago) Permalink

He wrote songs for Otis Clay too (I guess when Clay was on Hi Records)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 13:44 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Sid's "Little bit of Rain" is a nice quiet #

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 May 2013 11:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm still learning this stuff (plus its been awhile since I read Robert Gordon's great book about Memphis musicians). Met a guy from Memphis recently who is writing a grad school thesis paper on Furry Lewis. I wonder if he talked to Sid before Sid passed on.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 May 2013 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Did that guy turn your money green, curmudgeon?

Blue Yodel No. 9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 3 May 2013 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 May 2013 15:09 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
four months pass...

The John Paul Keith album Memphis Circa 3 Am may not be one of Memphis' greatest releases but its a pretty nice slab of easy-going rockabilly meets Marshall Crenshaw powerpop rock in 2013

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/10/08/12-oclock-track-everythings-different-now-a-clean-cut-slab-of-vintage-power-pop-from-john-paul-keith

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:26 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/dec/10/party-line-memphis-music-movie-take-me-to-the/

The musical pairings in the movie include Bell with Snoop Dogg, Stax veterans Snell and the late Skip Pitts and members of the Stax Music Academy; the late Bobby “Blue” Bland with Yo Gotti; Rush with Frayser Boy; Charlie Musselwhite with The City Champs; Otis Clay with Lil’ P-Nut; Booker T. Jones with Al Kapone; Mavis Staples with the North Mississippi All-Stars; and Terrence Howard with the Hi Rhythm Section. “We videotaped each session and pretty much the making of the song,” Boo said. Five of the nine sessions were recorded at Boo’s Royal Studios.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:19 (four years ago) Permalink

http://vimeo.com/79138363

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:19 (four years ago) Permalink

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/feb/20/ann-peebles-girl-with-the-big-voice

Didn't realize Ann had a stroke a few years ago.

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 February 2014 06:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Nice interview by an ilxor

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 February 2014 15:17 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
eleven months pass...

http://prestonlauterbach.com/2015/03/16/the-real-beale/

http://www.commercialappeal.com/go-memphis/book-reviews/preston-lauterbachs-beale-street-dynasty-reveals-colorful-forgotten-history-of-memphis_38561510

Lauterbach, who wrote a great book on the Chitlin' Circuit, has a new book on the early days of Beale Street, from the civil war to the 1940s or so. The links highlight the Beale Street Symposium this weekend at Rhodes College there, which includes a walking tour led by Lauterbach and 12:30 p.m.Lunchtime lecture with Charles Hughes, author of “Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South.”

I saw Hughes talk once and he's aslo worth hearing if you're in Memphis this weekned.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 March 2015 16:47 (three years ago) Permalink

I despise the blues, and Mempis is way too much based on the blues.

― Geir Hongro, Saturday, February 16, 2008 3:05 PM (7 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Good lord the exchanges from 7 years ago. Robert Gordon has some Stax records outtakes on his website that are more interesting to me than "The Long And Winding Road."

http://therobertgordon.com/ghost-of-stax-past/

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:14 (three years ago) Permalink

classic geir thread

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:19 (three years ago) Permalink

x-post-Wow, Gordon found those tapes in the debris at Stax

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:13 (three years ago) Permalink

I know, I think that's fascinating. I wandered around the vacant lot in the late 80s and brought home what I think is a piece of floor tile.

I love the riff in "Early Mar Keys 1" so much I think I'm going to try to learn it for my band.

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Thank you for that link, Dan -- those outtakes are great! And the lore of something being rescued from literal rubble is too much to resist.

city worker, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:45 (three years ago) Permalink

I know! I just finished the book "Respect Yourself," and Gordon mentions the rescued tapes in the appendix. (Note to Hollywood: The Stax Records story is BEGGING to be made into a movie - but don't screw it up a la Cadillac Records.) I told my friend who owns a record store I'd pretty much rather listen to Mar Keys outtakes right now than anything released in 2015.

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 18:45 (three years ago) Permalink

lol Cadillac Records was SO bad

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 18:51 (three years ago) Permalink

beyonce as etta oh yeah there's a match

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 18:52 (three years ago) Permalink

I sometimes want to rewatch it to see if it could possibly be as bad as I thought the first time, but nah... life is too short.

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Am curious about Memphis the musical, but this advertising blurb for it kinda scares me

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical,

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:45 (three years ago) Permalink

5 years after its NYC run, a touring version is coming to my hood, for theatre typical pricing--$50 an up

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Never heard of that, would totally see. (But yes, the blurb is yucky.)

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:12 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

RIP Chips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzcdNwIkmYA

Brad C., Tuesday, 14 June 2016 02:07 (one year ago) Permalink

What? RIP :(

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 02:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Bummer. RIP

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 02:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Would post "Luckenbach Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" but the only Youtube video I can find of it is super cheesy.

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 02:12 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP Chip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aikUcvbTQE

earlnash, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:31 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP. Wow, From co-writing with Dan Penn "Dark End of the Street" to his American Studios involvement with , per that obit, the hits of Dusty Springfield ("Son of a Preacher Man"), Neil Diamond ("Sweet Caroline), Merrilee Rush ("Angel of the Morning") , B.J. Thomas ("Hooked on a Feeling"), Joe Tex ("I Gotcha"), Bobby Womack ("Fly Me To The Moon") and, perhaps most famously, Elvis Presley ("Suspicious Minds").,,,

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:22 (one year ago) Permalink

don't think i ever knew his name but damn that's some resume

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 June 2016 04:48 (one year ago) Permalink

yep

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 June 2016 15:21 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

***** EAST COAST DATES ANNOUNCED *****
Hey Los Angeles, been good to know ya.
Carrying the MEMPHIS RENT PARTY eastward!
Rare videos, reading, Q&A, signing.
5/14 – Baltimore, Creative Alliance
5/15 – Philadelphia, Penn Book Center – with Jonny Meister
5/16 – DC Solid State Books
5/17 – Brooklyn, Kings County Distillery – with a set by Jonathan Kane’s February
Thanks in LA to the Grammy Museum—really fun night, and to Skylight Books, great place!
Further.

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 May 2018 02:25 (one week ago) Permalink

That’s Memphis author Robert Gordon for his new book

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 May 2018 02:26 (one week ago) Permalink

I am looking forward to this. Hoping to see rare video, like at the reading I saw him do years ago, with Alex Chilton and the Cramps on a Memphis tv local station, obscure blues folks , etc

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2018 14:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Bookstore popup wasn't full set up for tech, so writer Robert Gordon just showed a few clips on his laptop-- Furry Lewis footage and also some Mudboy & the Neutrons film. Great stuff. Plus he talked about buying booze at 14 and bringing it to Lewis when he went to see him play at his home; an uh interesting lunch with James Carr; hanging with Tav Falco; Bobby Bland being unhappy with Gordon's pick of a roadhouse diner rather than Peabody's Hotel for an interview

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:36 (one week ago) Permalink


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