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Various- The Fame Studios Story - 3CD ACE

"The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973" is the lynchpin of Ace's extensive catalogue campaign spotlighting the recordings and artists associated with the Fame label and studio of Muscle Shoals, Alabama - home of the Muscle Shoals Sound.
The 75-track, 3CD set is an open-minded, celebratory overview of this world-famous institution's golden era, when under the stewardship of owner Rick Hall, Fame birthed countless recordings that have come to define Southern Soul music.

Hall's idiosyncratic engineering and production technique, and the highly-regarded session crew he employed, resulted in an unprecedented run of hits, not to mention an equal amount of astoundingly soulful misses.

The featured artists are a virtual Who's Who of 1960s soul, including Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Arthur Conley, Irma Thomas, Joe Tex, Joe Simon, Lou Rawls, Arthur Alexander and Otis Clay, alongside lesser known, yet no less worthy names such as the Blues Busters, Maurice & Mac, Spencer Wiggins, Willie Hightower, Bettye Swann and many, many others.

The set also includes several of the notable pop hits recorded at the studio by the Osmonds, Tommy Roe and Bobbie Gentry, among others. Special attention is paid to those acts closely associated with the Fame label, such as Candi Staton, Jimmy Hughes and Clarence Carter, as well as its inestimable stable of writers and producers, including Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham and George Jackson.

"The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973" is the fruit of two years' extensive research in the Fame vaults by the Ace team, with full access granted to this legendary tape and photo archive. The heavily illustrated package not only boasts over a dozen unissued tracks - including previously unheard rarities by Otis Redding and Arthur Alexander - but also comes laden with informative essays and extensive track notes, all based upon fresh interviews with many of the principals involved.

If you know anything about soul music, you know Fame, which is why "The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973" is an essential purchase.

Follows on from the recent release of Candi Staton's "Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters" (CDKEN2 353), which has garnered rave reviews everywhere.

Packaged in the same deluxe style as 2008's "Take Me To The River"

Disc: 1
1. You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander
2. Laugh It Off - The Tams
3. Night Rumble - The Mark 5
4. Everybody - Tommy Roe
5. I Hope They Get Their Eyes Full - Arthur Alexander
6. Steal Away - Jimmy Hughes
7. Let Them Talk - Dan Penn
8. Hold What You've Got - Joe Tex
9. A Man Is A Mean, Mean Thing (Alternate Take) - Barbara Perry
10. Fortune Teller - The Del-Rays
11. Funny Style - Bobby Marchan
12. Almost Persuaded - June Conquest
13. Too Much - The Entertainers
14. Keep On Talking - James Barnett
15. Searching For My Love - Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces
16. Wish You Didn't Have To Go - Spooner & The Spoons
17. Let's Do It Over - Joe Simon
18. Neighbor, Neighbor - Jimmy Hughes
19. Feed The Flame - Billy Young
20. I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify
21. I Can't Stop (No, No, No) - Arthur Conley
22. Gonna Make You Say Yeah - Terry Woodford
23. Two In The Morning - Spooner's Crowd
24. Why Not Tonight - James Gilreath
25. Land Of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
Disc: 2
1. You Left The Water Running - Otis Redding
2. A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues - Clyde Mcphatter
3. Slippin' Around With You - Art Freeman
4. Without A Woman - Kip Anderson
5. Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
6. Thread The Needle - Unedited Version - Clarence & Calvin
7. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
8. Miss You So - Ted Taylor
9. You Put Something On Me - Don Covay & The Good Timers
10. Tell Mama - Etta James
11. Keep Your Cool - Terry & The Chain Reaction
12. Don't Make Me Hate Loving You - Jeanie Greene
13. Cheater Man - Irma Thomas
14. Everytime - Linda Carr
15. I Stayed Away Too Long - The Wallace Brothers
16. As Long As I Got You - Laura Lee
17. Don't Lose Your Good Thing - The Blues Busters
18. Slip Away (Demo) - Clarence Carter
19. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Otis Clay
20. Once In A While (Is Better Than Never At All) - Spencer Wiggins
21. Thief In The Night - Ben & Spence
22. Take Me Just As I Am - Mitty Collier
23. Why Don't You Try Me - Maurice & Mac
24. Search Your Heart - George Jackson
25. Ten Miles High - David & The Giants
Disc: 3
1. Lady In The Rain - Lowell Fulson
2. Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett
3. Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man - Unknown Female
4. Snatchin' It Back - Clarence Carter
5. I Got You Babe - Etta James
6. Wanted: Lover (No Experience Necessary) - James Govan
7. Find 'em, Fool 'em And Forget 'em - George Jackson
8. I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin') - Candi Staton
9. Grits And Gravy - The Fame Gang
10. One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
11. Take Me Back - Brothers Unlimited
12. I'd Rather Go Blind - Spencer Wiggins
13. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Willie Hightower
14. Patches - Clarence Carter
15. Fancy - Bobbie Gentry
16. Double Lovin' - George Jackson
17. Greenwood, Mississippi - Little Richard
18. What Color Is Love - Roscoe Robinson
19. Bring It On Home To Me - Lou Rawls
20. I Can't Let You Break My Heart - Bettye Swann
21. Back Road Into Town - Willie Hightower
22. The Thanks I Get For Lovin' You - Candi Staton
23. Get Involved - George Soule
24. Put On Your Shoes And Walk - Clarence Carter
25. You Better Move On - Travis Wammack

This product was added to our catalogue on Tuesday 13 December, 2011.


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