Saturday, February 7

Old music: King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew


"Kick the kids out, turn up the volume, turn back the years and damn the neighbours for a few minutes of bliss. This minor classic illuminated my later school years to the point of exam-threatening distraction, occupying that rock-soul slot of the 60s with Arthur Conley's 'Sweet Soul Music' and Sam & Dave's 'Soul Man', crossover music that couldn't quite make it's mind up how rock'n'roll it wanted to be but which spread joy just the same. It rumbles through the gears, hitting the top of the hill half-way through and stays there, sustained by King Curtis Ousley's educated sax and the thumping rhythms of a Memphis sound crew who knew exactly what was demanded from them to make this a radio smash. ..."
Guardian
W - King Curtis
YouTube: Memphis Soul Stew, Memphis Soul Stew (Live)

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