The Fame Studios Story Various Artists (Fame)

£28.40

Availablity:
World
Genre:
Southern Soul
Label:
Kent
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
KENTBOX 12

The acronym is F-A-M-E, but it may as well be S-O-U-L.

It was a full half-century ago that the recording studio, record label and publishing operation originally known as Florence Alabama Music Enterprises established itself and its trademark sound with the hit recording of ‘You Better Move On’ by Arthur Alexander. In the fifty years since, FAME Studios and its idiosyncratic founder Rick Hall have been at the forefront of the Muscle Shoals Sound. FAME begat the process whereby a little known Alabama backwater would evolve into the very crucible of southern soul, a holy place to where musicians, singers and fans still make a very specific pilgrimage in the hope of experiencing a little bit of the magic behind so many hit records: ‘I’m Your Puppet’, ‘Land Of 1,000 Dances’, ‘Tell Mama’ and countless others.

Rick Hall is now a grand old man of the music business, but back in the 60s he was more akin to an enfant terrible, with an unbending will that helped him make it against almost insurmountable odds, matched by an attention to detail that bordered on obsession. There have only ever been a handful of truly self-sufficient producer/engineers in the history of popular music, and Hall is pre-eminent amongst them. Atlantic, Chess and so many other legendary labels flocked to FAME to avail themselves of the sound, the players, the material, and most importantly the vibe that Rick Hall had created.

The FAME Studios Story 1961-1973 is an exhaustive three CD set derived from two years’ worth of excavations by the intrepid Ace team at the hallowed FAME vault. The result is a full programme of FAME-related releases slated for issue on Ace, Kent, and BGP over the next couple of years, but the lynchpin is this definitive anthology that focuses upon the halcyon days of the studio and the label. It’s an open-minded, celebratory overview that, across 75 tracks, spotlights both artists and records that are either acknowledged greats, or lesser known – yet no less worthy – entries in the lexicon of soul.

The line-up is a virtual Who’s Who of 60s soul, and includes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Arthur Conley, Irma Thomas, Joe Tex, Joe Simon, Lou Rawls, Spencer Wiggins and Otis Clay. Deep soul fans will recognise names such as The Blues Busters, Billy Young, Maurice & Mac, Willie Hightower, Bettye Swann, James Govan and many, many others. Special attention is paid to those acts closely associated with the Fame label - Candi Staton, Jimmy Hughes and Clarence Carter - as well as its inestimable stable of writers, producers and players, including Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, George Jackson and the Fame Gang. And the programme also includes several of the notable pop hits recorded at the studio by the Osmonds, Tommy Roe and Bobbie Gentry, as well as more obscure recordings by the Del Rays, Mark V and Terry & The Chain Reaction.

With unprecedented access granted to its tape and photo archive, well over a third of the contents of The FAME Studio Story 1961-1973 are new to CD, and of those, over a dozen tracks are fully unissued – including previously unheard rarities by Otis Redding and Arthur Alexander. The heavily-illustrated package with an 84 page book comes laden with two informative essays and extensive track notes, all of which are 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 Studio Story 1961-1973 is an essential purchase.

By Alec Palao

The FAME STUDIOS STORY was mastered by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering Ltd

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander

  • 02
    Laugh It Off - The Tams

  • 03
    Night Rumble - Pt 1 - The Mark 5

  • 04
    Everybody - Tommy Roe

  • 05
    I Hope They Get Their Eyes Full - Boy (Arthur Alexander)

  • 06
    Steal Away - Jimmy Hughes

  • 07
    Let Them Talk - Dan Penn

  • 08
    Hold What You've Got - Joe Tex

  • 09
    A Man Is A Mean, Mean Thing (Alternative) - 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 (Version 2) - 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

Side 2

  • 01
    You Left The Water Running - Otis Redding

  • 02
    A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues - Clyde McPhatter

  • 03
    Slippin' Around With You - Art Freeman

  • 04
    Without A Woman - Kip Anderson

  • 05
    Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley

  • 06
    Thread The Needle - Clarence & Calvin

  • 07
    I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin

  • 08
    Miss You So - Ted Taylor

  • 09
    You Put Something On Me - Don Covay & The Good Timers

  • 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 (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

Side 3

  • 01
    Lady In The Rain - Lowell Fulson

  • 02
    Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett

  • 03
    Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man - Unknown Female

  • 04
    Snatching It Back - Clarence Carter

  • 05
    I Got You Babe - Etta James

  • 06
    Wanted: Lover (No Experience Necessary) - James Govan

  • 07
    Find 'Em, Fool 'Em And Forget 'Em - George Jackson

  • 08
    I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin') - Candi Staton

  • 09
    Grits And Gravy - The 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
    The Thanks I Get For Loving You - Candi Staton

  • 23
    Get Involved - George Soule

  • 24
    Put On Your Shoes And Walk - Clarence Carter

  • 25
    You Better Move On - Travis Wammack

Delivery & Returns

We offer free P&P to UK addresses. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis.

We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at orders@acerecords.com ensuring that you quote your name, address and order reference number or by telephoning +44 (0) 208 453 1311 between 9am and 5pm GMT/BST, Monday to Friday. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders.

In the event that any products supplied to you by us are damaged or defective, we agree to replace or repair the damaged or defective products or refund the amount you paid for such goods (including postage & packaging) providing you notify us (either via post at or e-mail: orders@acerecords.com ) and return the goods within 28 days of purchase. Physical goods should be sent back to us in the same condition you received them to: “Returns” Bus Stop Mail Order Ltd, 42-50 Steele Road, London, NW10 7AS. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.

You have the right to cancel your order within seven days of purchase, or seven days of receipt of the goods (whichever is the longer). If you choose to cancel your order, full payment will be returned to you. Returned items should be sent to: “Returns” c/o Bus Stop Mail Order Ltd, 42-50 Steele Road, London, NW10 7AS. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: orders@acerecords.com including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Customer reviews

comments powered by Disqus

Press quotes

★★★★★

Mojo

It's an essential purchase! ★★★★★

Record Collector

Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought

© Ace records 2012