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The Fame Studios Story, 1961-1973 [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Kent / Ace
  • ASIN: B005LOIEM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander
2. Laugh It Off - The Tams
3. Night Rumble - The Mark 5
4. Everybody - Tommy Roe
5. I Hope They Get Their Eyes Full - Arthur Alexander
6. Steal Away - Jimmy Hughes
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. You Left The Water Running - Otis Redding
2. A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues - Clyde Mcphatter
3. Slippin' Around With You - Art Freeman
4. Without A Woman - Kip Anderson
5. Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
6. Thread The Needle - Unedited Version - Clarence & Calvin
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Disc: 3
1. Lady In The Rain - Lowell Fulson
2. Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett
3. Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man - Unknown Female
4. Snatchin' It Back - Clarence Carter
5. I Got You Babe - Etta James
6. Wanted: Lover (No Experience Necessary) - James Govan
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Product Description

"The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973" is the lynchpin of Ace's extensive catalogue campaign spotlighting the recordings and artists associated with the Fame label and studio of Muscle Shoals, Alabama - home of the Muscle Shoals Sound.

The 75-track, 3CD set is an open-minded, celebratory overview of this world-famous institution's golden era, when under the stewardship of owner Rick Hall, Fame birthed countless recordings that have come to define Southern Soul music.

Hall's idiosyncratic engineering and production technique, and the highly-regarded session crew he employed, resulted in an unprecedented run of hits, not to mention an equal amount of astoundingly soulful misses.

The featured artists are a virtual Who's Who of 1960s soul, including Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Arthur Conley, Irma Thomas, Joe Tex, Joe Simon, Lou Rawls, Arthur Alexander and Otis Clay, alongside lesser known, yet no less worthy names such as the Blues Busters, Maurice & Mac, Spencer Wiggins, Willie Hightower, Bettye Swann and many, many others.

The set also includes several of the notable pop hits recorded at the studio by the Osmonds, Tommy Roe and Bobbie Gentry, among others. Special attention is paid to those acts closely associated with the Fame label, such as Candi Staton, Jimmy Hughes and Clarence Carter, as well as its inestimable stable of writers and producers, including Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham and George Jackson.

"The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973" is the fruit of two years' extensive research in the Fame vaults by the Ace team, with full access granted to this legendary tape and photo archive. The heavily illustrated package not only boasts over a dozen unissued tracks - including previously unheard rarities by Otis Redding and Arthur Alexander - but also comes laden with informative essays and extensive track notes, all based upon fresh interviews with many of the principals involved.

If you know anything about soul music, you know Fame, which is why "The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973" is an essential purchase.

Follows on from the recent release of Candi Staton's "Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters" (CDKEN2 353), which has garnered rave reviews everywhere.

Packaged in the same deluxe style as 2008's "Take Me To The River" (KENTBOX 10).

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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As the other reviewers have pointed out there is some tremendous music on this 3CD set though it has to be said that the very best tracks are well established classics that are easily available elsewhere, even on other KENT/ACE CDs! [Duplicating tracks from albums from the same record label is always a bit unforgiveable in my opinion for a premium product of this type]. Some of the unreleased stuff is also surprising good, most notably the brilliant demo of "You Left The Water Running" by Otis Redding. Unfortunately some of the unreleased stuff should have remained that way in my opinion especially the Arthur Alexander track ('I Hope They Get Their Eyes Full') and 'Why Not Tonight' by James Gilreath which is overwhelmed by cheesy C&W style backing vox (Jimmy Hughes version of this track is a blinder, opt for that instead on his 'Why Not Tonight' compilation also on KENT).

In total I'd say there are about 60 classic down to solid tracks on these 3CDs which isn't a bad strike rate (out of 75) however some of these will likely be already owned by the sort of person who'd be interested in a collectors set of this type. That leaves 15 sub-par tracks quite a few being located on the first half of CD1 where FAME were searching for a unique sound and sharpening their songwriting chops which leads to a pretty choppy start bar two to three deathless classics ('You Better Move On', 'Steal Away', however these have been compiled to death). Once things settle into a groove through the second half of CD1 thru to the end of CD3 the going gets alot more consistent with the odd mystifying choice such as the non-soul tracks ('David & the Giants', 'The Osmonds [!]', etc), and some sub-par soul covers ('Hey Jude' by Wilson Pickett & 'Patches' by Clarence Carter).
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...You Got My Full Respect..." 15 Nov 2011
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When the highly-respected MOJO and RECORD COLLECTOR magazines gave the Ace Records/Kent Soul 3CD Book Set "Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977" their 'Reissue of the Year' tag in 2008 (even going as far as saying that it was the 'greatest' soul compilation ever assembled) - many lovers of the genre sat up and took notice. And like me - having loved "Take Me To The River" to death ever since - we've been awaiting VOLUME 2 like a child with a sweet tooth.

Well here it is - and I'm thrilled to say that "The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973" doesn't disappoint...and will easily be up there as one of 'the' Soul reissues of 2011.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch! 23 Nov 2011
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If you want a more in depth review please read 'Marks' (Reckless Records) excellent review. This is a bite size review, more of an overview if you like.

Firstly, to all those reissue houses in England and across the globe (you know who you are) THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT! This is an outstanding product from 'Ace Records' - as usual.

This 3 cd box set comes housed in a slip case - slightly bigger than normal sized cd (156x132mm). The 3cd's themselves are housed in a hardback book that also contains an 84 page colour booklet in it. This is extensive stuff of the highest quality. (As a graphic designer) this box set is beautifully designed and produced, its an outstanding product.

As for the music, that also is outstanding for the most part. 3 cd's, 75 tracks (10 previously unissued - including unedited versions)

Cd 1. (1961-66) - 61.19mins. Any cd that starts with 'You better move on' by Arthur Alexander is bound to be outstanding. Track 4 is an unissued track by Arthur Alexander and it's pretty good. Too many great tracks to mention here but a couple would be 'Laugh it off' The Tams and 'Steal away' Jimmy Hughes. Fantastic.

Cd 2. (1967-68) - 67.37mins. Again, so many great tracks by stellar names. Clyde Mcphatters version of 'A shot of rhythm and blues' is very good. overall fantastic stuff.

Cd 3. (1969-73) - 77.54mins. Overall good. A little bit outside my listening comfort zone - i'm more of a late 50's to late 60's person. Even to my ears, there are plenty of good/great tracks here.

Overall, this is an outstanding music product, is it worth £25? MOST DEFINITELY, highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good detailed review of an important studio
Not quite up to the standard of "Take me to the River" but a similarly put together collection. A few fillers but the majority of tracks are top quality.
Published 17 months ago by Barry L Dunsdon
What a gem!
I have various soul albums from the greats (Otis, Wilson, Marvin etc.) but this is a gold mine and will probably result in me spending a fortune on artists I had... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ROBBIE POOLE
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (3CD Box
Everything worked just great and the CD box was very good, with a lot of details to the music.
I loved it.
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by Bobo Olsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Mark Barry has given the full sp in his review. Just to add, it's a joy to listen to the whole collection, never mind getting it out of the pack CJ Berril! Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2012 by St Yrieix
5.0 out of 5 stars Muscle Shoals Legacy
Excellent compilation accompanied by a book beautifully illustrated and well written.
A Must if you call yourself a fan of the southern soul music.
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by J. C. Esveldt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fame Studios Review
Take it from a longtime Florence ALabama resident, The FAME Studio Story is factual, accurate and well produced. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Packaging is not right!
First of all let me say that the music on this box set is absolutely fantastic and I have no fault with that whatsoever.
However getting access to it is another thing. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by C. J. Berrill
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