From the recently released treasure trove of Stax/Volt demos and rarities "Written In Their Soul," here is Mack Rice and his demo of a song that had a bit of success for The Detroit Wheels on Motown's subsidiary Inferno label, "Linda Sue Dixon."
I still haven't gotten through the entire 7 disc set, but I keep thinking the same thing as each song plays. The Stax Rhythm Section, almost always Booker T. & The MGs for the most part, perfected soul music that rocks, so much so that many of those classic tracks could pass off as rock and roll with soul. That's how good these guys were. Al Jackson Jr. pounded that kit hard. Put Mick Jagger on vocals and this track could fit perfectly on "Rolling Stones' Now." Or how about Steven Tyler and slotting this track on Side Two of the first Aerosmith album right after their cover of "Walking The Dog." Maybe that's a stretch. Or maybe not.
Even as a demo, this silly song sounds as good as anything on an Otis record, and when played side by side to the Detroit Wheels version, you can immediately hear how the Wheels missed the boat.