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Justin Hayward

Memphis Rock and Soul

Blogarrhea: '60s Soul, Jail House Honky Tonk, Bar Room Blues and One Guy Who Doesn't Know He's (Artistically) Dead >>

I've been waiting for Melissa Etheridge to do this kind of album. 'Memphis Rock and Soul' (Stax/Concord) rocks with the same kind of staccato horns, fatback bass and organ spills that Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Booker T used to use back in the day. She has the perfect voice to sing their songs. Her tribute to 1960s Memphis R'n'B has her seething with the kind of pent-up grit like never before.

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