IDIOT OPTIMISM is truly one of the all time great Power Pop albums! Van Duren was another seminal figure in the Memphis/Big Star Pop scene of the 1970's. He was good friends with Chris Bell and Jody Stephens, and in fact, once auditioned to replace Chris in Big Star. Then Van later was a member of Chris Bell's & Jody Stephen’s post Big Star band, The Baker Street Regulars. He went north in 1978 with Jon Tiven, who produced Van’s first album, Are You Serious?, released on vinyl in the 70's. This album has become an underground classic amongst cult Power Pop fans across the world (that one will be issued by Lucky Seven on CD for the first time in the US next year). Then Van worked long and hard on his second album, IDIOT OPTIMISM, but had a falling out with the record company before its release. In listening to it now, I am totally amazed by the depth and quality of his songs and performance. This is truly one of the lost gems of recorded music! One of the highlights is his version of Chris Bell's song "Make A Scene." (Less)
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What began as the horn section for the house band at Stax became the Memphis Horns, the most highly regarded and in demand horn section in history.
The all-instrumental ˜Flame Outˇ features five Memphis Horns originals as well as covers of the Memphis soul classics "Let's Stay Together," "Gee Whiz" and "These Arms of Mine." The album was recorded at Memphis' Studio Six, produced by Terry Manning, and features top Memphis players Howard Grimes, Steve Potts, Marvell Thomas and Dywane Thomas. (Less)
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In 1969, Terry Manning recorded Furry in his apartment home at Fourth and Beale Streets, resulting in the recordings now being made available in the United States for the first time on Lucky Seven Records. Stanley Booth, in his book Rythm Oil (Pantheon Books), calls these albums "...one of the better Furry Lewis recordings," which, out of Furry’s wonderful records, is no small feat. Furry Lewis was truly one of the great blues entertainers! (Less)
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