V/A - Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 + GONER EXCLUSIVE 7"
WILL SHIP OUT WITH FREE GONER EXCLUSIVE ORIGINAL BONUS REXX STONE 7" - original pressing of Memphis Boogie single! see end of item listing for more
Amazing compilation showcasing the lesser side of Memphis- 80s Boogie bands, where Zapp & Roger and Cameo and all the rest were guiding lights for making fun, danceable Disco and post-Disco Modern Soul. You know that Memphis somehow did it a little differently! This compilation has taken the better part of a decade to come together. Liner Notes by Robert Gordon and Andria Lisle, compiled by Chad Weekley and Daniel Mathis, record digging geniuses who have come up with the best and rarest Memphis Modern Soul 45s!
With the Singing Dentist - OT Sykes!
- Impossibly rare Memphis funk/boogie singles collected on vinyl for the first time ever
- Definitive anthology of Memphis’ Modern Soul Scene
- Compiled by Daniel Mathis and Chad Weekley
- Liner notes by Memphis curator/writer Andria Lisle and Grammy Award-winning writer Robert Gordon
- Unseen archive photos/ephemera
- Vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket with 24 page full color book
- CD with 40 page full color book
- Digital mockups are not an exact representation of colors
- Color Vinyl Edition: Galaxy Haze Orange/Red 2 X LP
Memphis Flyer Article here
Memphis has always been a studio town, where making hit records looked easy. An unknown Elvis could walk into Sun Studios and cut a side, while Willie Mitchell worked his magic around the corner at the Hi Records studio. This vast studio ecosystem meant that even when Stax Records folded in 1975, everybody still knew somebody who could get them into a real recording facility. The city’s largest player in the business was gone, but the possibilities that it introduced were not.
Stone Crush is the definitive overview of Memphis’ modern soul scene of the post-Stax years. It’s a collection of funky tracks of hope—from dentist O.T. Sykes, who traded dental work for studio time, to the ad-man who moonlighted as the visionary mastermind behind Captain Fantastic & Starfleet, few of them ever had anything to do with a hit, but across the board, each believed. Like Cato Walker, whose father’s gig as B.B. King’s driver got him an in, and The Bar-Kays’ former costume maker Libra, some had tangential connections to the city’s deep-rooted music scene that gave them a head start on their hopeful path to fame. Over a decade in the making, Stone Crush is an expertly curated compilation of these home-grown slices of Memphis stylings, from roller skate boogie to private press soul to bedroom funk—rare sides whose original copies are considered holy grails by DJs and collectors all over. This collection does more than transport us to a time gone by. It helps us hear what couldn’t be heard then.
1. Stone Crush on You - O.T. Sykes
PLUS: GONER EXCLUSIVE BONUS 7" - REXX STONE - Original copies of Memphis Boogie 45 will be added to ALL GONER ORDERS OF STONE CRUSH!