American roots musician Jason Isbell, on his live recording Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Live in Alabama (Lightning Rod Records), performed a potent cover of Candi Staton's Heart on a String," recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals in 1970. In that performance rests an entire history of American music of the period. Muscle Shoals and FAME Studios were, in their heyday, making music--and a lot of it--of a quality not heard since. The key operative here is hard to identify. Is it vocalist Candi Staton, Fame Records or FAME Studios? Or, is it all of ...read more
These are some of the finest soul recordings ever made, by an artist who stands head high with the great Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. If you love jazz, chances are you'll love this too.
Recorded from '69 to '73 for FAME Records in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, these are tough, funky, dirty, raw, proud, deep-groove, southern soul classics... twenty-six 2:40 masterpieces of the genre. The songs are mostly about love--found and lost--sung by a singer who lived every line in the lyrics, and sounded like it. If they had been recorded for Stax or Atlantic, they would be ...read more