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4.0 out of 5 stars You can always depend on Ace
Coming from Chips Moman's studio you can't go wrong. Slightly diverse selection but anyone buying this should not be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pot Pourri of (over)familiar and obscure / good & bad from the least remembered Memphis studio...
This CD compilation had a 3-star review from MOJO a while ago and that seems fair to me. The MOJO review complemented the 'playing' of the band which is never an overly promising sign since arguably songwriting and singing are more important to getting a song over. The playing is admittedly excellent but without the "personality" of the Stax, FAME or Muscle Shoals studios...
Published on 19 May 2012 by TCH


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4.0 out of 5 stars You can always depend on Ace, 3 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Memphis Boys: The Story Of American Studios (Audio CD)
Coming from Chips Moman's studio you can't go wrong. Slightly diverse selection but anyone buying this should not be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pot Pourri of (over)familiar and obscure / good & bad from the least remembered Memphis studio..., 19 May 2012
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This review is from: Memphis Boys: The Story Of American Studios (Audio CD)
This CD compilation had a 3-star review from MOJO a while ago and that seems fair to me. The MOJO review complemented the 'playing' of the band which is never an overly promising sign since arguably songwriting and singing are more important to getting a song over. The playing is admittedly excellent but without the "personality" of the Stax, FAME or Muscle Shoals studios in roughly the same locale at the same time.

The are some top tracks here; "I'm In Love", "Angel Of The Morning", "Preacher Man", "Mind Messed Up", "Soul Stew" but most of these have already turned up on previous Ace/Kent CDs so in my opinion constitute unnecessary duplication since the sort of person who'll pick this CD up will likely have a fair stash of Ace/Kent CDs. However there are also a fair few duds including the contributions from Solomon Burke, Oscar Toney, Jr & Joe Tex where they largely 'talk' over a backing track; a type of song that has not aged well over the years - far better to have chosen selections where these (often superior) vocalists actually SING! Arthur Conley's 'Funky Street' whilst enthused about in the liners is a long, long way from being near his best and 'Keep On Dancing' by The Gentrys is plain mediocre with wretched sound quality and shouldn't be here despite its historical signficance (one of the 1st tracks recorded at American).

With about half the compilation consisting of duds or the over-familiar why the 3-star grade? Well because there are some superb lesser known items from the 'country soul' canon, often subsequently recorded by Elvis, including original versions of "Suspicious Minds" & "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues". Tracks such as these and some excellent deep soul efforts ("Let's Do It Over", "Dark End Of The Street", "Nine Pound Steel") in unfamiliar versions somewhat redeem this CD but only for those with a real enthusiasm for this type of music since the 50:50 hit to miss ratio is probably too low for most. It's a shame ACE couldn't license Aretha's "Do Right Man" and one of Elvis' best, say "Kentucky Rain" (rather than the middling "I'm Movin' On"), since that would have strengthened the line-up of this compilation.
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