From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: The Demise of American Studios
Episode date - May 5, 2017
We reach a sad part of our story, where the once mighty American Studios comes to the end of the road.
Simon and Garfunkel: Bookends
Album #56 - April 1968
Episode date - May 3, 2017
For a large segment of the population, folk music reached its apotheosis with “Bookends.” By this time, the folk purists felt abandoned by their hero, Bob Dylan, who had embraced rock a
The Mothers of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money
Album #55 - March 1968
Episode date - April 28, 2017
Back in 1968, you would have been forgiven if you mistook Frank Zappa for a hippie.
From Memphis to Muscle Shoals:The Last Gasp of American Studios
Episode date - April 21, 2017
By 1971, the entire staff of American Studios were at a loss.
The Bee Gees: Horizontal
Album #54 - February 1968
Episode date - April 19, 2017
Discounting their childhood releases when the brothers lived in Australia, this is the Bee Gees’ second album on Atco Records, and it picks up where the brilliant first album left off.
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
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.