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The Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973 [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1: STEAL AWAY:
    1. You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander
    2. Laugh It Off - The Tams
    3. Night Rumble, Pt. 1 - 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. Man is a Mean, Mean Thing [Alt], A - Barbara Perry (alternate take)
    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
    1. You Left the Water Running - Otis Redding
    2. Shot of Rhythm & Blues, A - 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 - 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 Goodtimers
    10. Tell Mama - Etta James
    11. Keep Your Cool - Terry & the Chain Reaction
    12. Cheater Man - Irma Thomas
    13. Don't Make Me Hate Loving You - Jeanie Greene
    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 - 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
    1. Lady In the Rain - Lowell Fulson
    2. Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett
    3. Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man
    4. Snatching 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 - Fame Gang
    10. One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
    11. I'd Rather Go Blind - Spencer Wiggins
    12. Take Me Back - Brothers Unlimited
    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. Thanks I Get For Loving You, The - Candi Staton
    23. Get Involved - George Soul
    24. Put On Your Shoes and Walk - Clarence Carter
    25. You Better Move On - Travis Wammack
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): KENTBOX 12

  • Credits
    ProducerRick Hall

    Liner Note Authors: Dean Rudland; Alec Palao; Tony Rounce.
    Recording information: Fame Studios.
    Certain studios and labels occupy almost mythical stature in American musical history and FAME Studios, home of the Muscle Shoals sound, is among the elite. During the '60s and into the early '70s, the rotating crew at FAME Studios cranked out single after single, building a legacy that rivals such '60s stalwarts as Motown, Stax/Volt, and Chess, yet despite being the point of origin for such timeless 45s as Wilson Pickett's "Land of 1000 Dances," Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On," Joe Tex's "Hold What You've Got," Etta James' "Tell Mama," Clarence Carter's "Patches," James & Bobby Purify's "I'm Your Puppet," and Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," the label and studio aren't as well known as their peers. Ace's peerless three-disc box The FAME Studios Story: 1961-1973 should go a long way in firming up the label and studio's reputation in the eyes of the mass public. Anchored on those big hits, the compilation tells the story of FAME in exhaustive yet exciting detail, digging up a wealth of rarities (ranging from an unedited acoustic version of "You Left the Water Running" by Otis Redding and a version of "Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man" whose singer is unknown to a bunch of singles that rarely pop up on reissues), but this is hardly something for crate-diggers. This is a big, bold set filled with surprises for even seasoned record collectors and much of that has to do with context. Expertly compiled by Alec Palao, Tony Rounce, and Dean Rudland, The FAME Studios Story doesn't shy away from the moments when the Muscle Shoals sound seeped into the mainstream: very early in the set, teen idol Tommy Roe pops up with "Everybody" and toward the end the Osmonds come in with their Jackson 5 knockoff "One Bad Apple" and the revelation is how the FAME musicians gave these teenybopper stars some real swing and funk. That turns out to be the key to the FAME sound -- while Stax/Volt always had grit on the soles of their shoes, FAME was a little lighter, able to ease into slicker crossover material, something that served them well whenever they cranked out some bubblegum or backed Bobbie Gentry or, especially, when they cut effervescent pop-soul/Northern soul singles by Spooner & the Spoons ("Wish You Didn't Have to Go") and David & the Giants ("Ten Miles High"). Which isn't to say FAME didn't get down and dirty (of course they did -- witness Wicked Wilson Pickett's "Hey Jude," complete with guitar from Duane Allman), but they were versatile, adapting to the needs of either the performer or the song. And that very versatility may be part of the reason why FAME isn't as immediately recognizable a name as Motown or Stax -- the Muscle Shoals crew could cop both of those sounds, after all -- but it's also the reason why this set is such a wildly entertaining listen, in addition to being a historically necessary document housed in a very handsome hardcover book. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (p.66) - "[W]ith 75 tracks recorded at the studio....The box also is chock full of masterpieces or near-masterpieces that never charted."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[This is] the story of soul music itself. Its impressive tracklisting, kicking off with Arthur Alexander's R&B staple 'You Better Move On' also included epoch-defining tracks..."
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