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Various Artists: Take Me To The River – A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977

Tony Burke, Blues & Rhythm, March 2009

"WHILE MOTOWN targeted its super-slick beat at teenagers, the much tougher Southern soul issued on labels such as Stax, Hi and Goldwax from Memphis; Fame in Muscle Shoals and Excello and Dial in Nashville was aimed squarely at the adult market. This music, with its themes of cheating, lost love and life's hardships delivered on a foundation of throbbing bass, greasy guitar, hard-hitting horn sections and a solid back-beat was definitely for grownups." So says Martin Goggin in the booklet extensive notes to this box set.

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