Stone Crush : Memphis Modern Soul 1977 – 1987 – Various Artists – CD Album


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Memphis has always been a studio town, where making hit records looked easy. An unknown Elvis could walk into Sun Studios and cut a side, while Willie Mitchell worked his magic around the corner at the Hi Records studio. This vast studio ecosystem meant that even when Stax Records folded in 1975, everybody still knew somebody who could get them into a real recording facility. The city’s largest player in the business was gone, but the possibilities that it introduced were not.

Stone Crush is the definitive overview of Memphis’ modern soul scene of the post-Stax years. It’s a collection of funky tracks of hope—from dentist O.T. Sykes, who traded dental work for studio time, to the ad-man who moonlighted as the visionary mastermind behind Captain Fantastic & Starfleet, few of them ever had anything to do with a hit, but across the board, each believed. Like Cato Walker, whose father’s gig as B.B. King’s driver got him an in, and The Bar-Kays’ former costume maker Libra, some had tangential connections to the city’s deep-rooted music scene that gave them a head start on their hopeful path to fame.

Over a decade in the making, Stone Crush is an expertly curated compilation of these home-grown slices of Memphis stylings, from roller skate boogie to private press soul to bedroom funk—rare sides whose original copies are considered holy grails by DJs and collectors all over. This collection does more than transport us to a time gone by. It helps us hear what couldn’t be heard then.

Definitive anthology of Memphis’ Modern Soul Scene

– Compiled by Daniel Mathis and Chad Weekley

– Liner notes by Memphis curator/writer Andria Lisle and Grammy Award-winning writer Robert Gordon

– Unseen archive photos/ephemera


Track Listing

Disc 1

No. Track Preview
01. Stone Crush On You - O.T. Sykes Listen
02. The Doctor - L.A Listen
03. I'll Get To That - Tom Sanders Listen
04. No Seat Dancin' - Frankie Alexander Listen
05. Keep It To Yourself - Captain Fantastic & Starr Fleet
06. Under Cover Lover - Captain Fantastic & Starr Fleet
07. (I'm) Choosing You - Magic Morris Listen
08. He Left You Standing There - Sir Henry Ivy Listen
09. You Mean Everything To Me - Sweet Pearl Listen
10. Can We Melt The Ice - Morris Listen
11. Is It Love - J- Phakta Listen
12. Slice Of Heaven - Cato Listen
13. Take Time Out For Love - Frankie Alexander Listen
14. What Does It Take To Know (A Woman Like You) - Greg Mason Listen
15. Always - Silk Satin & Lace Listen
16. Lollie Pop - Kick
17. Right Thing - Kick
18. Convict Me - Libra Listen

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input date 14th May 2020

Stone Crush : Memphis Modern Soul 1977 – 1987




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