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In Memphis 1972-77

  • 1. Aretha, Sing One for Me
    2. Things Are Getting Better
    3. Talking About the Love I Have for You
    4. Let's Live for Ourselves - (previously unreleased)
    5. If You Never See - (previously unreleased)
    6. How Can I Get Next to You?
    7. All in My Mind - (previously unreleased)
    8. Walking the City Streets - (previously unreleased)
    9. Dear Abby - (previously unreleased)
    10. A Woman Wants to Be Loved - (previously unreleased)
    11. I Don't Need You No More
    12. Let Them Know You Care
    13. (If I Could Get on That) Soul Train
    14. You Can't Run Away from Love
    15. Take Your Love and Go - (previously unreleased)
    16. Smoking and Drinking
    17. Willie Lump Lump
    18. She Can't Replace the Love I Have for You - (previously unreleased)
    19. Macking on You
    20. Patricia
    21. We've Only Just Begun
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDKEND329

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Dean Rudland.
    George Jackson isn't a household name in soul and R&B circles, but he should be. As a songwriter, he has penned hits for Clarence Carter, James Carr, Bob Seger, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton, and the Osmonds, just to name a few. He scored his own big single with "One Bad Apple" in 1971 and has been a staff writer for Malaco since 1980. This compilation on Great Britain's Ace Records imprint covers Jackson's recording career for a fruitful period during the '70s when he was recording for Willie Mitchell at Hi, at MGM, and at smaller imprints such as Cheers and ER. These singles, fine as they are, never really got beyond regional airplay, and are not the true attraction to this compilation; instead, it is the eight sides he cut for Sounds of Memphis included here that are all previously unissued. "Let's Live for Ourselves" is a stone Southern soul classic. Why it has remained in the vaults for decades is a mystery. The same goes for its flip, "If You Never See Me Again." Check out the shimmering tear jerker "Walking the City Streets," with its introductory rap and killer trombone chart. "A Woman Wants to Be Loved," and "Take Your Love and Go" are equally powerful. When these are paired with the officially released sides, this becomes an unbeatable compilation and a testament to the "purple period" in Jackson's long and criminally under-celebrated career. ~ Thom Jurek

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (p.72) - "[T]he songs are consistently strong and remarkably varied in style, including the James Brown-inspired 'Willie Lump Lump' and a bluesy rocker titled 'Smoking And Drinking.'"
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