From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: The Decline of American Studios
Episode date - April 14, 2017
Up to this point, it seemed that each show signified an increase in the relevance of the ‘boutique’ recording studios in Memphis and Muscle Shoals.
Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul
Album #53 - January 1968
Episode date - April 12, 2017
When “Lady Soul” was released in early 1968, most listeners were awed by the intense, soulful song stylings of this amazing new singer named Aretha Franklin.
From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: Royal Recording Studios
Episode date - April 7, 2017
With this episode, we cover the time period where things break wide open for little Royal Recording Studios, the home base for Hi Records.
Jimi Hendrix: “Axis: Bold as Love”
Album #52 - December 1967
Episode date - April 5, 2017
“Axis: Bold as Love” was a rush job, made quickly to honor the band’s contract to release two albums in 1967.
The terms of the deal were ultimately ironic, because the first album was a slow starter, and the record company needed to hold back on releasing the second album for fear that it would cannibalize sales on the band’s brilliant debut. Due to the ‘hurry up and wait’ syndrome, “Axis: Bold as Love” isn’t as good as it could have been, which only makes it that much more impressive.
The album has a feel of spontaneous creation, with silly asides morphing into moments of pure genius. There’s a story that the album’s creation was made even more difficult because Hendrix lost the master tape of the final mix, forcing them to reconvene in the studio and ‘rush-mix’ a new version. All of the problems surrounding the album’s creation fade away with age, though, especially since the Experience only released three albums before Hendrix’s death. It’s an imperfect record that only sounds better with age.
Up from the Skies
Spanish Castle Magic
Wait Until Tomorrow
Ain’t No Telling
If 6 Was 9
You Got Me Floatin’
Castles Made of Sand
She’s So Fine
One Rainy Wish
Little Miss Lover
Bold as Love
A Tribute to Chuck Berry
Episode date - March 22, 2017
I can think of no other character that could qualify for the title ‘Father of Rock and Roll’ more than Chuck Berry.
From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: The Transition of Royal Recording Studios
Episode date - March 17, 2017
For twenty-four shows we have focused mainly on the events surrounding two studios, Fame in Muscle Shoals and American in Memphis.
Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding
Album #51- December 1967
Episode date - March 15, 2017
It’s hard for any person to imagine the strain that Dylan must have been under during his peak years of 1965-66.
Kevin Gordon: A Conversation and Some Live Music
Episode date - March 10, 2017
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb to say that Kevin Gordon is unequivocally one of the best songwriters in America today, and also one of it’s best kept secrets.
Cream: Disraeli Gears
Album #50 - November 1967
Episode date - March 8, 2017
For this show, I may need some assistance from our listening audience, or at the very least, a fair amount of patience.
From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: The Cultural Transition Begins
Episode date - March 3, 2017
At the close of the sixties, our culture started to change quickly, and American seemed unprepared for it.