Van Duren was part of the early Memphis power pop scene that spawned the legendary Big Star, and made several underexposed, small-label records during the late '70s. Duren began playing in bands at the age of 13 in 1966 and attended high school with eventual Big Star drummer Jody Stephens; he auditioned to replace Chris Bell in Big Star in 1974, shortly after the completion of Third/Sister Lovers). In 1975, he and Stephens collaborated on some demos that were produced by former Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham (whom he met through producer Jon Tiven), and a year later he was playing in a group called the Baker Street Regulars with both Bell and Stephens. (Less)
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This collection, ROCKIN MEMPHIS: 1960’s-1970’s Vol. I presents a wild assortment of Memphis groups and artists at their “rockinest”! Artists such as The Hot Dogs, Cargoe, The Short Kuts, Van Duren, Terry Manning, Thomas Dean Eubanks, Rock City, Smith Perkins Smith, Big Star itself, Martin Mull, and many others are presented here, and many of the tracks for the very first time! Indeed, this is probably one of the best rock and roll compilation CD’s ever released, yet many of the tracks were unknown until now. Additionally, this CD serves to present a sample of the many CD releases to come on Lucky Seven, as complete albums are soon to be released from some of these very artists! (Less)
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The group ROCK CITY has never had an album released before. This ROCK CITY recording, made in 1969-1970, has never seen the light of day publicly until now. In fact, the master tape was lost in a mis-marked box for these last thirty-three years! Yet, ROCK CITY are widely known as a very influential musical force. How can this be?
ROCK CITY was the group which immediately preceeded, and contained members of, the famous group BIG STAR, which is regarded in most musical critics’ circles as the biggest influence on modern pop-rock music not named The Beatles!
Two of the members of ROCK CITY, Christopher Bell and Jody Stephens, were also members of BIG STAR. Three of the songs on this CD were also on BIG STAR’s first album, #1 RECORD, in later versions. The worldwide cult following which has shadowed BIG STAR for now over thirty years has long been aware of the early group names which were used by these players. And, in fact, this group under another of those now-famous names, ICEWATER, also appears on this CD performing one song (“Feel”). And the other two members of ROCK CITY, Thomas Dean Eubanks and Terry Manning, are also well known in Memphis and BIG STAR music folklore! Also included on the ROCK CITY CD are two songs by Thomas Dean Eubanks in solo mode, which were released as a ‘45’ single on the highly-collectible PRIVILEGE label in 1975. (Less)
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The Ramblin’ Letters have been getting a lot of attention with their song relating to the BP oil spill, Sportsman’s Paradise (AKA Paradise Lost), a parody of the John Prine’s song Paradise. After a live WWOZ performance in May, they were asked to perform the song live on the BBC to an estimated 193 million listeners. The recording of the Sportsman’s Paradise has been getting regular airplay on WWOZ & WTUL, and a video for the song is in the works. (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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If Christopher Idylls had been released the year it was recorded -- or ten years after it was recorded -- it would have been a landmark album. Guitarist Gimmer Nicholson played a fusion of classical and folk music: meditative, slowly evolving pieces that lasted as much as ten minutes. He had anticipated the sound that would come to be called new age on this album of chiming, mellow guitar, but in 1968 nobody knew that there might be a market for such a thing. The tapes were forgotten for 25 years, only seeing the light of day in 1994. Regardless of when it was recorded, this is a fine CD. Nicholson's compositions are melodic and evocative, his playing assured and effortless. It is not dazzling, but it wasn't designed to be. This is mood music, and it's among the best of its kind. ~ Richard Foss, All Music Guide (Less)
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