Top 10 Reissues and Compilations of 2012
|Memphis Soul, "Don't Put Me Down People"|
The good folks at Numero Group have long gone out of their way to spotlight the thriving soul sounds of Phoenix in the 1960s. Their Eccentric Soul series has featured the Liggins Brothers, We the People, The Soulsations, and more Phoenix acts. This selection, from the curiously named Memphis Soul, is a scorcher that took awhile to get around to. Lead by a teenaged George Bowman, Memphis Soul gets in a good guitar lick and a heavy groove.
"It was pretty raw, you know?" Bowman said when we asked him about it. "The recording back then ain't nothing like today. But it was a good song. We put our guts in it."
Not to be confused with the killer band of the same name, Light in the Attic's Country Funk compilation devotes itself to the cross pollination of funk, country, honky tonk, blues, soul, and rock that occurred in the early '70s, when country musicians went to the city and cosmopolitan players headed for the swamps. The music here pays no mind to gender or race: Bobby Charles gets down next to Bobbie Gentry; Tony Joe White plays alongside Johnny Jenkins (covering Dr. John, no less).