Album: Various Artists, Memphis Boys (Ace)

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Conceived as the soundtrack to a new book, this inspired compilation celebrates Chips Moman's American Studios, whose Sixties productions for a variety of labels made it a major Memphis hit factory.

There's 24 songs, from soulful pop (Dusty's "Son of a Preacher Man") to soulful country – (Danny O'Keefe's immortal "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"), but the real deal is hard-core southern soul from studio stalwart Bobby Womack, James Carr and many more.

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