Various Artists - Feeling High (The Psychedelic Sound of Memphis) (Music CD) available on April 22 2018 from Base for 11.29
Feeling High: The Psychedelic Sound Of Memphis available on January 01 2016 from Amazon for 9.32
UPC bar code 029667431125 ξ1 registered April 22 2018
UPC bar code 029667431125 ξ2 registered January 01 2016
Product category is MUSIC CD - CD - Pop Audio
Manufacturered by Big Beat UK
Product weight is 0.2 lbs.
Memphis is well known as the birthplaces of the blues, the fount of southern soul - and the locale that begat rock 'n' roll. The city boasted a healthy rock scene well into the 1960s and 1970s, but few retrospectives have documented Memphis music in the psychedelic era when, as a major recording center, it was the nexus not just for local freaks, but those from neighboring Arkansas, Mississippi and beyond. Big Beat's Feeling High - The Psychedelic Sound Of Memphis shines a welcome light on this long-neglected area, and its survey is based principally upon the work of two renowned Memphis mavericks.With a decades-long career as an iconoclastic musical polymath, Jim Dickinson needs little introduction. However, his rarely-discussed apprenticeship as a producer at Ardent Studios in the late 1960s made Dickinson responsible for many of the wildest and wackiest sessions ever held in Memphis. Some excerpts slipped out at the time on obscure singles on Stax and elsewhere, but much remains unreleased, such as the album Jim cut at Ardent with Knowbody Else, later known as Black Oak Arkansas.In contrast, James Parks was a young wet-behind-the-ears punk who took over the control room at his uncle Stan Kesler's Sounds Of Memphis studio in 1968, bringing in his freak friends from counterculture hotspots like the Bitter Lemon. Parks' production work ran to groups like the Changin' Tymes, Mother Roses and Triple X, featuring future country star Gus Hardin, as well as some crazoid studio-only experiments like Rubber Rapper and Shoo Shoo Shoo Fly, all done under his Memphis Underground Music Association umbrella.Dickinson and Parks represent the outer edge of the Memphis music scene in those years, and whilst the vast majority of tracks on Feeling High have not been issued before, their inspired lunacy makes the recorded evidence very special. Local notables including the Poor Little Rich Kids, 1st Century and Goatdancers share the track-listing, and the detailed liner notes spill the beans on this fascinating slice of Memphis music history. Compilation and note by Alec Palao.
For the large majority of music listeners, the mention of Memphis reminds one of Sun Records or perhaps the soul of Stax Records. Welcome to the freak underbelly of Memphis from the late 60's, thanks to the inspired psychedelic lunacy from producers Jim Dickinson and James Parks. I must admit that I was rather skeptical when I noted that this excellent compilation featured psych sounds out of Memphis. Memphis? Really? Well, now thanks ..