Tag Archives: Willie Mitchell

SYL JOHNSON-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.

SYL JOHNSON-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. For much of the seventies, Hi Records was one of the most successful Southern Soul labels. This success was only derailed by the increase in disco’s popularity. Before that, Hi Records had gained a reputation as a label who released innovative Southern Soul. The man behind the Hi Records’ success …

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O.V. WRIGHT-WE’RE STILL TOGETHER.

O.V. WRIGHT-WE’RE STILL TOGETHER. I’ve always thought that O.V. Wright was one of the most underrated Southern Soul singers of his generation. That’s why I’ve always championed O.V. Wright’s music. In some ways, O.V. Wright was overshadowed by the commercial success and critical acclaim Al Green was enjoying. They were both n the same label, …

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ANN PEEBLES-I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN.

ANN PEEBLES-I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN. Back in the early seventies, Al Green was King of Hi Records. He was Southern Soul’s superstar. His Queen was Ann Peebles. She released seven albums on Hi Records between 1969 and 1978. Her third album for Hi Records was I Can’t Stand The Rain, which was recently released …

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SYL JOHNSON-BACK FOR A TASTE OF YOUR LOVE.

SYL JOHNSON-BACK FOR A TASTE OF YOUR LOVE. During the early to mid-seventies, Hi Records were producing some of the best Southern Soul of that time. With Willie Mitchell producing, The Memphis Rhythm Section, Memphis Horns and legendary backing vocalists Rhodes, Chalmers and Rhodes, one great record after another was recorded at the famous Royal …

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AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER.

AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER. There’s a certain irony that just after the release of Al Green’s third album, 1971s Al Green Get’s Next To You, critics thought that his career was in decline. Al Green Get’s Next To You, his second album for Hi Records, stalled at a disappointing number fifty-eight in the US Billboard …

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ANN PEEBLES-TELLIN’ IT.

ANN PEEBLES-TELLIN’ IT. It’s been a while since I looked back at the Hi Records back catalogue, so thought that I’d rectify that by doing a review of one of Ann Peebles’ albums. With seven albums to choose from, I’ve plenty of great music to chose from. Previously, I’ve written about Ann’s most successful album, …

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O.V. WRIGHT-WE”RE STILL TOGETHER.

O.V. WRIGHT-WE”RE STILL TOGETHER. I’ve always thought that O.V. Wright was one of the most underrated Southern Soul singers of his generation. In some ways, his music was overshadowed by the success of Al Green, who was on the same label as O.V. Hi Records. Whereas, Al Green had numerous critically acclaimed albums, O.V. only …

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AL GREEN-LIVIN’ FOR YOU.

AL GREEN-LIVIN’ FOR YOU. A couple of nights ago, I was sitting listening to Al Green, one of my favorite Southern Soul singers, when when I realized that it’s been a while since I wrote about his music. Previously, I’ve written about two of his best albums Let’s Stay Together released in January 1972, and …

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ANN PEEBLES-IF THIS IS HEAVEN.

ANN PEEBLES-IF THIS IS HEAVEN. Since I first started buying soul music, there are certain labels which have been great favourites of mine. Among them are the obvious ones Stax, Fame, Philadelphia International, Cadet, Motown and of course Hi Records. Hi had been founded in 1957 by a group of people including Ray Harris, a …

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AL GREEN-THE BELLE ALBUM.

AL GREEN-THE BELLE ALBUM. When Al Green released The Belle Album, it was a very different album to those that preceded it for several reasons. Belle reflected the changes that were happening in Al’s personal life. For several years, religion had played an important part in his life, and he’s struggled to come to terms …

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ANN PEEBLES-I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN.

ANN PEEBLES-I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN. For many years, I’ve loved Southern Soul music, and during that time, discovered a number of great artists and labels. Two of my favorite labels are Stax and Hi Records. Previously, I’ve written about some of the great artists who recorded on Hi Records, including the legendary Al Green, …

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SYL JOHNSON-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.

SYL JOHNSON-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. In previous articles I’ve written about Southern Soul, I’ve focused on one particular label, Hi Records. Previously, I’ve written about three of their most famous artists, the legendary Al Green, O.V. Wright and Otis Clay. These three artists produced some of the most successful and critically acclaimed albums on the …

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O.V. WRIGHT-INTO SOMETHING (CAN’T SHAKE LOOSE).

O.V. WRIGHT-INTO SOMETHING (CAN’T SHAKE LOOSE). Over the years, there have been some wonderful Southern soul singers, each possessing the most stunning and soulful voices. Some of these people will be familiar with, others they may not no so well. This has included familiar names like Arthur Alexander, James Carr, Percy Sledge, Sam and Dave …

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AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER.

AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER. I’ve always loved soul music, and have done for many years. Unlike many people, I don’t just focus on one style of soul music. Some people just like Northern Soul, others Motown or deep soul, while other people love the sound of Chicago, Stax or Atlantic. One other type of soul …

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AL GREEN-IS LOVE.

AL GREEN-IS LOVE. Al Green released Is Love in 1975. At that time, his career was perceived as being in decline. The sound that Green, and producer Willie Mitchell, had carefully created, and became the Hi Records sound, had been widely admired up until then. However, in 1975, this sound was seen as stale and …

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