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5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis Gold, 20 May 2013
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This review is from: Backbeats: Soul Searchin - Finding Gold In Memphis 1968 - 1979 (Audio CD)
This is another first class release from Backbeats' ongoing exploration of the US soul scene. Focussing solely on Memphis' Hi Records between 1968 and 1979, there is an overload of quality tracks from both established and lesser known artists.

Ann Peebles opens the album with 'I Didn't Take Your Man'. With it's extended spoken word intro, it finds the groove and stays on it (and it also features on the Backbeats 'I Get My Groove' compilation). 'What Made You Change Your Mind' by Eddie McGee is a mid-tempo gem with some gorgeous female backing vocals. The Memphians provide some solid funk with 'Slidin' In and Out (Of My Neigbours House)' and O.V. Wright's 'I Found Peace' is almost too smooth for words. The quality of the backing vocals and harmony arrangements is noticeable throughout.

With a couple of tracks apiece from Syl Johnson and Al Green and with a generous playing time of 74:29 this is, given the quality of the music and the almost give away price, essential listening and the Backbeats series continues to exceed expectations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 25 July 2013
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It is great that there are so many new compilations of soul music of all types around at the moment and that most of them have "new" examples. This is a great compilation with some items I remember from original release but many i hadn't heard before. The is a broad spectrum of the genre and some great tracks especially from women artists. Smashing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Smashing Great !, 6 Nov 2013
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Well done to the Backbeat people for great music at bargain prices, plus the sound quality is very good too!
I have purchased most of them and they are all worth the money in my opinion, but then I like to find great music from the past and Backbeats deliver great soul from different periods and geographical areas, I like another reviewer love the opening track by Anne Peebles brilliant spoken intro... buy it and play it loud in the car, makes the journey fly, and support Backbeats!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ooooh !, 8 July 2013
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This review is from: Backbeats: Soul Searchin - Finding Gold In Memphis 1968 - 1979 (Audio CD)
I have 12 backbeat cds, a good collection of lesser known tracks ,some of them SHOULD have been hits !......the soul shearChin cd is very good ...great price !the track from ann peebles ,...I didn't take your man is worth the price alone !...enjoy ...luckeybear x
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5.0 out of 5 stars When soul was truly great, 18 Dec 2013
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Goodness me,there was so much great soul music around in the 70s. And so much of it barely saw the light of day in this country. The good news is that Backbeats is systematically righting that wrong. This is a fine, fine compilation. I love the Jean Plum tracks - what a sweet voice she has. The Quiet Elegance track is a funky grower. And The Melodics is a little gem. As are the Ann Peebles tracks. There are so many good mid-tempo songs on this selection. I guarantee I'll still be playing this cd ten years from now. And so will you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 2 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Backbeats: Soul Searchin - Finding Gold In Memphis 1968 - 1979 (Audio CD)
as with all the backbeat series well throught out and great value for money and i would recommend the whole series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Soul, 21 Jun 2013
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Enjoyed this CD - these BackBeats collection are getting better. Anne Peebles and Al Green wonderful voices!! Keep it going
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