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Memphis by Boz Scaggs
Released: Mar 2013
Label: 429 Records
The Boz worships Southern soul. From Stax to Muscle Shoals, it's been his primary inspiration since the release of his debut (all the way back in '69). For the aptly titled Memphis, the classic-rock icon made the pilgrimage to Royal Studios, where Al Green recorded many of his greatest sides. Green's influence is, of course, all over the record, but most acutely on its trio of smooth shuffles: "Gone Baby Gone," "So Good to Be Here" and "Pearl of the Quarter." Toward the end, Scaggs shifts his attention from Royal to Beale Street for a throwback rendition of Jimmy Reed's "You Got Me Cryin'."
Justin Farrar
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