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  • Audio CD (8 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B00005V53G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Memphis Underground 7:09Album Only
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Listen  3. Hold On, I'm Comin' 8:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chain Of Fools10:44Album Only
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A seminal figure in the New York Jazz scene of the 1960s and 1970s, flautist Herbie Mann pursued authenticity in a way that led him to many corners of the musical world. Memphis Underground was recorded in Memphis with Roy Ayers, the young vibraphonist who would make his own mark on the jazz-funk landscape in the 70s with Ubiquity. It also features Larry Coryell and Sonny Sharrock, two outstanding rock-inclined guitarists, and there's backing from the Memphis Rhythm Section.

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i had this many years ago on vynl and these thing get lost when one keep moving . it was lovely to hear it again
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 April 2014
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Great music and this and have been very glad to find this album can recomend this to all jazz fans
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mat Snow on 22 Oct. 2014
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Not As Simple As It First Seems 12 Jan. 2006
By a consumer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK, let's get the simple part out of way first--this is a well-made late '60's jazz-pop album played by solid musicians and the title track is infectious and bears repeated listenings. I think that Mann is not an all-time great flute player, but he is a very good one and he's at his best when he gets to work in an easy, lazy groove, like the title cut or "Chain of Fools": he has a nice languid style on those cuts that brings out the essence of the tunes. I'm not that wild about his "Battle Hymn of the Republic", which seems like a pretty corny concept, and the problem is that the album is only 35 minutes long to begin with, so cut out that tune and you're left with 28 minutes. Seems like Rhino could have reissued this on a disc with another of Mann's albums, like they've done with reissues of other Atlantic stuff like Charles Lloyd.

Anyway, that being said, there are some truly unusual things going on in this album. Mann used to get a bad rap for being too pop, too "commercial", and admittedly he can tend to play with a pretty light touch, at least when compared to, say, Roland Kirk. But when he wanted to do this jazz-rock album, he teamed up with a fairly gritty bunch of guys, i.e. the Stax studio hounds, rather than a line-up of the usual jazz studios wizards. This contrast would be unusual enough, but then Mann brought along Sonny Sharrock, one of the most aggressive, "out-there" guitarists around, and let him rip on "Hold On, I'm Comin'". (The song also has Miroslav Vitous, another avant-gardist who was soon playing with Weather Report, on bass.) The Stax guys, who started the song sounding so funky and gritty, wind up sounding like Boy Scouts when Sharrock starts his strafe-and-destroy feedback solo. All this arranged by a flute player who was thought of as "light" and "commercial". You start to wonder what darkness lurked in the heart of Mann. It's worth getting this album just for this outrageous musical moment.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
great early fusion album 21 Aug. 2005
By H. M Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good example of early jazz-rock fusion, if somewhat on the tame side. But beware, this "REMASTERED IMPORT" is the same as the regular domestic release soundwise. I did A-B testing of this cd and the domestic (cheaper) release (I have both) and the sound is exactly the same. This one has some cool liner notes that the cheaper one does not have, but don't buy it for the "remastered" sound.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Listening for 25 years and still love it 18 April 2003
By Robert E Boylan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first got this on vinyl in the mid 70's and was blown away by the jazz rock sound the band put down. The title tune,Memphis Underground, is still on of my favorite songs and I have been listening to it for 25 years. Possibly the best driving song ever. The rest of the album is very good too. Lots of R&B feel and some wonderous jazz riffs. The guitar and vibe sound great with Manns flute, and the rhythm section is rock solid. I replaced the old vinyl album with a cd and if I lost it, I would buy another in a minute. A listening treat.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
In your face, no apologies Jazz 28 Jan. 2003
By thejazzdoctor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I admit it upfront: I am a Herbie Mann fan, and this CD captures the essence of what he was doing at the very end of the 60's.
The musical style is very R&B focused, and the band provides a gritty, chunky foundation for the solos of Mann, Ayers (vibes), Coryell (guitar) and Sharrok (guitar). The recording leaves a little to be desired, but the playing is outstanding. Mann's playing is strong, and the rhythm section captures the overall feel of the time, with strong bass/rhythm lines that sit in groove all day long. The sound is somewhat dated, but to me it's *history* - an important part of the jazz tradition. Regardless, the album certainly has something to say to today's listener.
Overall, think Steppenwolf with a rocking flute over the top. Buy it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Rockin' Soul Jazz Classic 14 July 2006
By Eliminator Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this album, especially side two with Chain of Fools and Battle Hymn. I first heard this on a $20 portable record player outside my barracks in Nam in 1969. We played side two over and over. Imagine hearing Battle Hymn in that setting. The record player was so bad that I thought all those Larry Coryell riffs from Chain of Fools were a Saxaphone. I've still never heard a guitarist pull off those kinds of intelligent but driving arpeggios before; not your standard guitar playing. Herbie excels at grooves, not notes so he doesn't have to be some technical machine zombie. Not many jazz albums can boast such a funky groove and rhythm section. I can still get people excited about this album who don't listen to jazz and have never heard it. This for me will always be the penultimate Herbie Mann album and Chain of Fools will probably alway remain my favorite Larry Coryell moment, although he's had some other good ones on his own.
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