From Memphis to Muscle Shoals:The Last Gasp of American Studios
Episode date - April 21, 2017
By 1971, the entire staff of American Studios were at a loss. For years, the hits came naturally to them – so many that they would highlight all of their recordings in each weekly issue of Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100. Now, the flow just seemed to stop.
It didn’t help matters that Chips Moman, the studio owner, seemed completely distracted by other matters, or that key players were now ostracized, but the remaining staff and players carried on, hoping that things would turn around. As it turns out, they did record tracks for a few albums that are now considered classic, but at the time, the band did not see the value in them. Here is what it sounds like when one of the best recording facilities in the United States starts losing its sense of purpose.
Featured tracks include;
I’m Coming Back Home – Skip Rogers
Old Joe Clark – Montage
Rings – Cymarron
Far from Me – John Prine
Angel from Montgomery – John Prine
Dirt – Paul Kelly
The Day After Forever – Paul Kelly
Go Home Girl – Arthur Alexander
Rainbow Road – Arthur Alexander
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