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The Hi Records Story

  • 1. Smokie, Part 2 - Bill Black Combo
    2. White Silver Sands - Bill Black Combo
    3. Tuff - Ace Cannon
    4. Long Tall Texan - Murry Kellum
    5. 20-75 - Willie Mitchell
    6. Haunted House - Gene Simmons
    7. Love Is After Me - Charlie Rich
    8. My Girl Josephine - Jerry Jaye
    9. Soul Serenade - Willie Mitchell
    10. Part Time Love - Ann Peebles
    11. Tired of Being Along - Al Green
    12. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
    13. (I Feel Like) Breaking up Somebody's Home - Ann Peebles
    14. Aretha, Sing One For Me - George Jackson
    15. I'm Still in Love With You - Al Green
    16. Trying to Live My Life Without You - Otis Clay
    17. You've Got My Mind Messed Up - Quiet Elegance
    18. I Can't Stand the Rain - Ann Peebles
    19. Back For a Taste of Your Love - Syl Johnson
    20. Turning Over the Ground - Phillip Mitchell
    21. It Was Jealousy - Otis Clay
    22. Take Me to the River - Syl Johnson
    23. Look at the Boy - Jean Plum
    24. Precious, Precious - O.V. Wright
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Hi-4415

  • Credits
    ProducerAl Green; Ray Harris; Willie Mitchell; Roland James; Seymour Rosenberg; Natalie Rosenberg

    This 24-song compilation isn't exactly comprehensive, jumping over Hi records' first success, Carl McVoy's 1957 rockabilly single "Tootsie" b/w "You Are My Sunshine," to start with Bill Black's Combo and Ace Cannon, and then moving on to Murray Kellum's goofy "Long Tall Texan," roots rock legend Gene Simmons (perhaps better identified as Jumpin' Gene Simmons) with "Haunted House," and Charlie Rich. From there, it's on to more familiar names such as Willie Mitchell, Ann Peebles, Al Green, Otis Clay, et al., and the soul sounds for which Hi became known at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s. Sandwiched between those two sides of the label's history is Jerry Jaye's "My Girl Josephine," a piece of rockabilly that was ten years out of its time and still managed to make the Top 30, with a sound that Creedence Clearwater Revival would soon perfect. The mastering is excellent, even for a release going back to 1989; the combination of sounds is as fascinating as the songs are extraordinary; and only the somewhat unfocused annotation is a slight disappointment. ~ Bruce Eder

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