King Curtis Plays Great Memphis Hits / King Size Soul
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- Released: September 15, 1998
- Label: Koch Records
- 1.Knock on Wood
- 2.Good to Me
- 3.Hold On! I'm Comin'
- 4.When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
- 5.Green Onions
- 6.You Don't Miss Your Water
- 7.Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
- 8.In the Midnight Hour
- 9.The Dog
- 10.I've Been Loving You Too Long
- 11.Last Night
- 12.Jump Back
- 13.Ode to Billie Joe
- 14.A Whiter Shade of Pale
- 15.For What It's Worth
- 16.To Sir with Love
- 17.Memphis Soul Stew
- 18.When a Man Loves a Woman
- 19.I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
- 20.Live for Life (Vivre pour Vivre) :: Vivre Pour Vivre
- 21.C.C. Rider
- 22.I Was Made to Love Her
2 LP's on 1 CD: PLAYS THE GREAT MEMPHIS HITS (1967)/KING SIZE SOUL (1967).
Reissue producer: David Nives.
Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
PLAYS THE GREAT MEMPHIS HITS:
Producer: Jerry Wexler.
Engineers: Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin.
Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Jerry Wexler.
KING SIZE SOUL:
Producers: Tom Dowd, Tommy Cogbill.
Engineers: Chips Moman, Darryl Carter.
Includes liner notes by Jack Springer.
Liner Note Author: David Nathan.
Recording information: Atlantic Studios, New York, NY.
Director: Tom Dowd.
Arranger: Tom Dowd.
One of the greatest saxophone players in the history of rock & roll, King Curtis truly lived up to his name, and this excellent double-disc reissue is more than concrete evidence. With great confidence and ease, he takes on some of the finest moments of the Memphis soul movement and delivers the goods with his signature understated "less is more" approach to improvisation and melody. Some of the playing here is among his best of the '60s. The second half of the reissue isn't as stunning, with Curtis covering many late-'60s chart-toppers -- at some points this works well ("I Was Made to Love Her") and at other times not so much ("To Sir with Love" being one of the more pungent offenses). All in all, it's worth the purchase for the Memphis sessions alone. ~ Rob Theakston
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