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on 20 May 2013
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.