Deep South Soundscape: Sweet Home Alabama

DEEP SOUTH SOUNDSCAPE: THE MUSIC OF ALABAMA

PART II: SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Lynyd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”
Alabama – “Tennessee River”
Pete Seeger – “Alabama Bound”
The Secret Sisters – “Why Don’t You Love Me”
The Grateful Dead – “Alabama Getaway”
Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead – “Gotta Serve Somebody”
Nat “King” Cole – “Straighten Up and Fly Right”
Nat “King” Cole – “A Boy From Texas, A Girl From Tennessee”
Nat “King” Cole – “Hit That Jive Jack”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “Dancing in the Street”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “Jimmy Mack”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “Nowhere to Run”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “(Love Is Like A) Heatwave”
Eddie Floyd – “Big Bird”
Eddie Floyd – “Knock on Wood”
The Blind Boys of Alabama and Robert Randolph – “Wade in the Water”
Clarence Carter – “Snatching It Back”
The Commodores – “Sail On”
The Commodores – “Easy”
The Commodores – “Machine Gun”
The Commodores – “Fancy Dancer”
The Commodores – “Brick House”
Lionel Richie – “Deep River Woman”
Lionel Richie – “Stuck On You”
Randy Newman – “Birmingham”
Tracy Lawrence – “Paint Me A Birmingham”
Clarence Carter – “Strokin’”
Bob Dylan – “Stuck Inside of Mobile with Memphis Blues Again”
Billie Holliday – “Stars Fell on Alabama”

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Deep South Soundscape: Sweet Home Alabama

The Deep South Soundscape: The Muscle Shoals Story

THE MUSCLE SHOALS STORY

In this issue of the Deep South Soundscape, the Jam-Tex selector explores the Muscle Shoals Sound. The selector is sorting through the records of the Deep South from its blues, country, gospel, soul, and r&B sounds sounds to its rap, indie rock, and modern blends. The Muscle Shoals Sound of Alabama defines the southern soul experience. Numerous classic tracks have been recorded at the legendary studios of FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. One of the great studio bands, which became known as “The Swampers,” crafted the music for some of the eras biggest soul hits like “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge, “Mustang Sally” and “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett, “I Never Loved A Man” by Aretha Franklin, “Tell Mama” by Etta James, “I’ll Take You There” by the Staple Singers, and “Sitting In Limbo” by the international reggae sensation Jimmy Cliff.

Great country artists like Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett found inspiration along the Shoals. And, southern rock emerged from this melting pot with the soaring “Free Bird,” “Simple Man,” and “Gimme Three Steps” of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the blue-collar anthems of Bog Seger recorded at its studios. The discography also includes the swaggering Rolling Stones songs “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar.” Here is a selection of Muscle Shoals related, inspired, and recorded sounds…

Arthur Alexander – “You Better Move On” (1961)
The Rolling Stones – “You Better Move On” (1964)
Arthur Alexander – “Anna (Go To Him)” (1962)
The Beatles – “Anna (Go To Him)” (1963)
Tommy Roe – “Everybody” (1963)
Jimmy Hughes – “Steal Away” (1964)
The Tams – “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (1964)
The Tams – “Laugh It Off” (1964)
Joe Tex – “Hold On To What You’ve Got” (1964)
Percy Sledge – “When A Man Loves A Woman” (1966)
James and Bobby Purify – “I’m Your Puppet” (1966)
Otis Redding – “You Left The Water Running” (1966)
Wilson Pickett – “Land of 1000 Dances” (1966)
Wilson Pickett – “Mustang Sally” (1966)
Wilson Pickett – “Funky Broadway” (1967)
Aretha Franklin – “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” (1967)
Aretha Franklin – “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (1967)
Aretha Franklin – “Respect” (1967)
Clarence Carter – “Tell Daddy” (1967)
Arthur Connely – “Sweet Soul Music” (1967)
Etta James – “Tell Mama” (1968)
Etta James – “I’d Rather Go Blind” (1968)
Etta James – “Security” (1968)
Clarence Carter – “Slip Away” (1968)
Clarence Carter – “Too Weak To Fight” (1968)
Wilson Pickett – “Hey Jude” (1968)
R. B. Greaves – “Take A Letter Maria” (1969)
Bobbie Gentry – “Fancy” (1970)
Clarence Carter – “Patches” (1970)
The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar” (1971)
The Rolling Stones – “Wild Horses” (1971)
Jimmy Cliff – “Sitting in Limbo” (1971)
The Staple Singers – “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
Mel and Tim – “Starting All Over Again” (1972)
Traffic – “(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired” (1973)
Paul Simon – “Kodachrome” (1973)
Paul Simon – “Loves Me Like A Rock” (1973)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Gimme Three Steps” (1973)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Simple Man” (1973)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “Pretend I Never Happened” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “Sister’s Coming Home/Down at the Corner Beer Joint” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “(How Will I Know) I’m Falling In Love Again” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “Bloody Mary Morning” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “Heaven and Hell” (1974)
Bob Seger – “Katmandu” (1975)
Bob Seger – “Night Moves” (1976)
Bob Seger – “Main Street” (1976)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “What’s Your Name” (1977)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “That Smell” (1977)
Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1979)
Bob Dylan – “Gotta Serve Somebody” (1979)
Bob Dylan – “Slow Train” (1979)
Jimmy Buffett – “Coconut Telegraph” (1981)
Jimmy Buffett – “Stars Fell on Alabama” (1981)
Bettye Lavette – “Choices” (2007)
The Black Keys – “Tighten Up” (2010)
The Black Keys – “Howlin’ For You” (2010)
The Black Keys – “Black Mud” (2010)
The Black Keys – “Everlasting Light” (2010)
Alicia Keys – “Pressing On” (2013)

The Deep South Soundscape: The Muscle Shoals Story

World of Reggae Music Collection: Rub A Dub

Rub A Dub

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector picks from the best of the Rub A Dub era. Rub A Dub Reggae sound falls somewhere between the late 1970s Boss Deejays and early 1980s Dancehall music. The kings of the rub a dub include Yellowman, U-Brown, Ranking Joe, Toyan, Tenor Saw, and Charlie Chaplain. But some of the best rub a dub music is played by deejay duos like Papa Michigan and General Smiley (aka Michigan & Smiley), Clint Eastwood & General Saint, U-Black & Joe Tex, Yellowman & Fathead, and the female duo Althea & Donna.

Yellowman & Fathead Rub A Dub A Play

Joe Tex & U-Black – Rub a Dub Evening

Papa Michigan & General Smiley – Diseases

Kojak & Liza – Fist to Fist Rub a Dub

Ranking Dread – Fattie Boom Boom

John Holt – Fat She Fat

Yellowman & Fathead – Mr. Wong

General Echo – Arleen

Cocoa Tea – We Do The Killing

Charlie Chaplain – Dance In The Atlantic Ocean

Ini Kamoze – Kildatsounboy

Josey Wales – Yu Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me

Yellowman – Yellowman Getting Married

Joe Tex & U-Black – Standardization

Lady Ann – Informer

Tenor Saw – Rub-A-Dub Market

Tenor Saw – Rub-A-Dub Dub

Yellowman & Fathead – Rub-A-Dub

Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Shame & Scandal

Ini Kamoze – Trouble You A Trouble Me

Papa Michigan & General Smiley – Nice Up the Dance

Nitty Gritty – She’s A Delilah

Super Cat – ‘A’ Class Rub-A-Dub

Josey Wales – Josey Ready

Yellowman & Fathead – Rat

Charlie Chaplan – Ram Up Dancehall

Alborosie – Rub A Dub Style

Alborosie & Ranking Joe – Precious

Charlie Chaplin – Coco Dela Brown

Yellowman – Who Can Make The Dance Ram

Peter Metro & Zu-Zu – Calypso Calypso

Tenor Saw – Run Come Call Me

Josey Wales – Come Watch The Sound

Toyan – Please Mi Barrister

Yellowman – Wreck A Pum Pum

Trinity – Kingston Two Rock

Tenor Saw – Eni Meeni Mini Mo

Yellowman – King of the Crop

Captain Sinbad – Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Charlie Chaplin – Hold Them

Charley Sprang & Comanche – Jamaican Talk, Foreign Rap

Tenor Saw – If You Only Know (Rub A Dub)

U-Brown Gimme The Music

Charlie Chaplain – Foreign Man Skank

Yellowman – Strictly Bubbling

Junior DelgadoFort Augustus

Chiney K – Mi God Mi King (Papa Levi Tribute)

Lady Ann & Alborosie – Informa

Yellowman & Fathead – Hold On To Your Woman

General Saint & Clint Eastwood – Stop That Train

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General Lucky & Peter Ranking – Ram-A-Jam

Ranking JoeCold Blood

Papa Michigan & General SmileyOne Love Jam Down

Clint Eastwood & General Saint Another One Bites The Dust

Clint Eastwood – Fight Inflation

Charlie Chaplain – Don’t Leave Your Baby Mother

Papa Levi – Mi God Mi King

The Wailing Souls Old Broom

Clint Eastwood – Dance Kork

Simple Simon – Revolution Fighters

Simple SimonObey Your Mother & Father

Ranking JoeChoice of Color

Jah Thomas & Sister JackieCockie And Pussy [Explicit]

Frankie Paul – Watch the Dub

Fankie Paul – String Up The Sound

Althea & Donna No More Fighting

Michigan & Smiley – Jah Lick We

Yellowman – Skank Quadrille

Yellowman – Blow Saxophone

Papa Michigan & General Smiley – Rub A Dub Style

Simple Simon – War All Over

ToyanWhat A Thing

Ranking Toyan – Opportnity

John Wayne – Heavy Rhythm

U-Brown – Things A Come Up to Bump

U-Brown – Me Chat You Rock

PurplemanFeeling Irie

Sugar Minott Tune In

Clint Eastwood – It Wasn’t Rasta

Johnny Osbourne No Ice Cream Sound

Frankie Jones – Stylee

Little John Bummy Bummy

PurplemanSandra Lee Buy Big House For Me

Jah Thomas & Toyan – Two Bad DJ Hafi Talk

Echo Minott Sweet Reggae Music (You Have Fe Move)

Mr. Easy & Mini G – Summertime

World of Reggae Music Collection: Rub A Dub