Joe Tex - I Gotcha

From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: The Demise of American Studios

Channel 148-29

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 & Garfunkel: Bookends

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

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.

John Prine

From Memphis to Muscle Shoals:The Last Gasp of American Studios

Channel 148-28

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.

Chips Moman

From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: The Decline of American Studios

Channel 148-27

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

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.

Al Green

From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: Royal Recording Studios

Channel 148-26

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.

“Axis: Bold as Love”

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.

Songs include:


Up from the Skies

Spanish Castle Magic

Wait Until Tomorrow

Ain’t No Telling

Little Wing

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

Channel 148-25

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.