Never been a great lover of this recent obsession of releasing original mixes and outtakes but I make an exception in this case as the whole package is so much better than the origin release. I agree with another reviewer that it is Primal Screams own Exile on Main Street. What could be wrong with that?
I didn't really know Primal Scream's music but I bought this on seeing the BBC 4 documentary about the making of this album. Even the best or your favourite albums quite often have a couple of tracks you dislike but this album hasn't got one duff track. Quite simply its superb.
I can’t tell you how much I love this album, it’s what should have been released originally before George Clinton got his grubby mitts on it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of Funkadelic, but he took all the soul out of it. Now it’s back as Tom Dowd recorded it in Memphis, and it’s so much better for it. This isn’t a money-grab, this is the best the Scream have sounded. And on 45rpm vinyl it knocks your socks off with the vocals and brass at the forefront. It’s the best record the Stones never made, and that’s a compliment.
I’ve always found PS’s “Give out..” a little odd sounding & now I know why, it a remix version of a album that was never released. The songs featured on the “Memphis recordings” are a lot more down & dirty, with looser arrangements, a horn section that's really popping & minus the 1990’s production sheen. There is obviously a massive Stones/Faces influence, but there is still enough of PS’s personality in these tracks to make they their own. The second disc features the band rehearsing through the new songs, which I always find fascinating to listen to, a bit lit peeking behind the velvet curtain. The highlights of the second disc are the two versions of “Free” with Bobby singing lead vocals on both (Gillespie wishing now he had song lead vocal on the finished version), but with one being quite bluesy & the other featuring a sitar. So “Memphis recordings” is in many ways PR’s version of “Exile on Main Street”, if it had have been released in the early 1990’s the album may have sunk like a stone, but as Bobby says in the liner notes, the music now sounds timeless.
Primal Scream as they always sounded in their own heads! Arguably the best album they recorded and definitely the best album to be lost down the back of a sofa for 20 years. Mature beyond their then years. Soulful and deep with great support from the classic Motown musos they somehow convinced to play with them, and a legendary producer that thought he couldn't produce them until he heard them play. The real star is Throb on guitar playing with skill and sensitivity- a true testament to a much missed member of the band. If you already love the band this is essential and if you are new to Primal Scream then this a great introduction. Sit back and enjoy!
After watching a documentary about the lost Memphis tapes of Primal Scream. I had to purchase this asap. I already own The 1990’s cd release, but this version of the album gives it so much heart. More mellow and full sounding. This is a must buy.