Memphis was the royal city of soul in the 1960s and 70s. Three studios—Sun, Royal and Stax—each produced more history and good vibrations than is imaginable.
Thinking of American music without the artists and sounds these little recording shops produced is nearly impossible. Their impact on the musical consciousness of an entire generation of young Americans—and others around the world—is hard to overstate.
Of the three, my favourite was Royal Studios, from whence trumpet player Willie Mitchell emerged as the producer of one of the most distinctive soul sounds ever conceived.
Hi Records was his baby and was taken to the moon and back by the Rev. Al Green, America’s sexiest voice. As this mixtape tries to highlight, Royal Studios was a magnet for artists of all types across more than 4 decades: Keith Richard, Chuck Berry, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Charlie Rich and Bill Black of Elvis’ fame.
When you’re on to a good thing everyone wants to be part of it!
Get into the groove!
01 Nick-O-Demus [Willie Mitchelll]
02 Gotta Have Money [Willie Clayton]
03 Love Is After Me [Charile Rich]
04 Peace To The Neighborhood [Pop Staples]
05 Take Me To The River [Syl Johnson]
06 A Love Vibration [Ann Peebles]
07 Love and Happiness [Al Green]
08 Too Hot To Hold [Ike and Tina Turner]
09 Run, Run, Run [Ann Peebles]
10 I’m A Ram [Al Green]
11 I Didn’t Know The Meaning Of Pain [Otis Clay]
12 Touch of the Blues [Bobby Blue Bland]
13 I’m Leavin’ [Solomon Burke]
14 That Driving Beat [Willie Mitchell]
15 Talk Memphis [Jesse Winchester]
16 Big Enough [Keith Richards]
17 Up Above My Head [Al Green]
18 What you Laid on Me [Ann Peebles]
19 I’ve Been Waiting On You. [Al Green]
20 Jesus is Waiting [Al Green]
21 Your Good Thing Is About To end [O.V. Wright]
22 She’s About A Mover [Otis Clay]
23 You Must Believe in Yourself [O.V. Wright]
24 I Can’t Stand the Rain [Ann Peebles]
25 If I Only Knew [Tom Jones]
26 Let’s Stay Together [Al Green]
27 Rainin’ in My Heart [Al Green]
28 Baby You’re Ready [Willie Clayton]
29 Ace of Spades [O.V. Wright]
30 Sailing [Rod Stewart]
31 Drunk [Ace Cannon]