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Title: Hi Records - The Soul Years 2X CD
Artist: Various Artists
Label: More CD Labels
Catalogue #: FPH14832
Format: CD
Genre: Classic Soul, 60s Soul, 70s Soul, R&B
Release Year: 2014
Condition: New & Sealed

 

DISC 1 1965-1974
1. Willie Mitchell - Introduction
2. Willie Mitchell - Buster Brown
3. Willie Mitchell - Oooh Baby, You Turn Me On
4. Willie Mitchell - Soul Finger
5. Don Bryant - She's Looking Good
6. Don Bryant - Funky Broadway
7. Al Green - I Can't Get Next To You
8. Al Green - Right Now, Right Now
9. Ann Peebles - Part Time Love
10. Ann Peebles - I Still Love You11. Al Green
11. Al Green - Let's Stay Together
12. Al Green - So You're Leaving
13. Otis Clay - Trying To Live My Life Without You
14. Otis Clay - Precious Precious
15. Al Green - Love And Happiness
16. Al Green - I'm Glad You're Mine
17. Syl Johnson - Back For A Taste Of Your Love
18. Syl Johnson - Anyway The Wind Blows
19. Al Green - Call Me (Come Back Home)
20. Al Green - Stand Up
21. Al Green - Let's Get Married
22. Al Green - Livin' For You
23. Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand The Rain
24. Ann Peebles - Run Run Run
25. Al Green - Take Me To The River
26. Al Green - Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)

 

DISC 2 1974-1979
1. Syl Johnson - Could I Be Falling In Love
2. Syl Johnson - I Want To Take You Home (To See Mama)
3. Al Green - Love Ritual (Bwana Mix)
4. Al Green - So Good To Be Here
5. Hi Rhythm - Superstar
6. Hi Rhythm - Since You've Been Gone
7. Al Green - I Tried To Tell Myself
8. Al Green - Have A Good Time
9. O.V. Wright - Into Something (Can't Shake Loose)
10. O.V. Wright - Precious Precious
11. Al Green - Belle
12. Al Green - All N All
13. Ann Peebles - A Good Day For Lovin'
14. Ann Peebles - You Gonna Make Me Cry
15. Otis Clay - Pussy Footing Around
16. Otis Clay - Home Is Where The Heart Is
17. O.V. Wright - The Bottom Line
18. O.V. Wright - A Long Road
19. Ann Peebles - Old Man With Young Ideas
20. Ann Peebles - The Handwriting Is On The Wall
21. O.V. Wright - We're Still Together
22. O.V. Wright - It's Cold Without Your Love

 

Released on Fat Possum / Hi Records

 

Hi Records: The Soul Years is a brand new 2 disc compilation featuring the cream of the soul crop: namely- Al Green, Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell, Otis Clay, O.V Wright and more across 48 hand picked tracks.

Hi Records was founded in 1957 by a group of partners that included former Sun rockabilly artist, Ray Harris, and two other Sun alumni, Bill Cantrell and Quinton Claunch. The company would become identified with hit instrumental records from the likes of Elvis' former bassist Bill Black's Combo and saxophonist Ace Cannon. After a period recording and producing for Memphis' Home of the Blues label, Willie Mitchell hooked up with Hi Records. Mitchell's band would back Black and Cannon, and he began turning out a series of soulful singles and LPs of his own, starting with 1962's "The Crawl."

Much of the magic of Mitchell's recordings came from the room at Royal. He noted that the studio - the weird slope of its floor, the way the ceiling opened up - gave its sound a mystical quality. He would say the room was shaped like a horn, with the notes rolling out exquisitely into the air.

In their melding of jazz chords and R&B beats, sophisticated strings and melodic brass arrangements, Mitchell and his crew of players changed the sound and feel of the music in the Me Decade, moving it from the dance floor to the bedroom. Flush with success by 1972, Hi became a hive of activity and a fully fledged soul music hit factory, as artists from the north (Syl Johnson, Otis Clay) - decamped to Memphis to record at Royal to hook up with staff songwriters like Don Bryant and Earl Randle.

While the golden era of Hi had come to an end by the early '80s, the sense of family, com- munity and creativity that Willie Mitchell imbued into the label would remain a powerful force. Four decades later, the mystical music made on the sloping studio floor of Royal remains as resonant as ever.


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