Friday, September 12, 2014
A Muscle Shoals Inspired "WEEKEND MIX"
A revelation for me during the Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder of Roger Hawkins and David Hood's participation on Traffic's "Shoot Out At Fantasy Factory" LP. Although, truth be told, I'm not sure I ever knew that information, as "Shoot Out" isn't my usual go-to Traffic record. But I did go to it yesterday for the first time in ages and was pleasantly surprised by how solid it is, hence today's "Song Of The Day."
The film also inspired the Weekend Mix.
This collection of tunes has only a smattering of Muscle Shoals productions, but you'll get the idea...I hope.
I'd like to give a shout out to my old band, the Cool Jerks. Without these guys, I might not have ever discovered Gorgeous George, Ironing Board Sam, Lou Courtney, Big John Hamilton, Cal Wayman, Jimmy Lewis and The Mighty Hannibal, all of whom are represented here with some of my favorite soul singles of all time.
One more bit of tid from the movie:
There's a scene where Aretha is brought into Fame Studios after being dropped by Columbia Records. She sits at the piano and begins to play "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" for the band and Rick Hall, the producer. I can't recall the exact quotes, but more than one person referred to it as crap. Keyboardist Spooner Oldham thinks about it, starts playing the same thing with a slightly different feel and the rest his history...according to the movie.
Included on the mix, is a demo of "I Never Loved A Man." I assume it's that same demo which was referred to as crap. Man! It is NOT crap.
Hope ya dig it.