Melissa Etheridge – MEmphis Rock And Soul (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Melissa Etheridge – MEmphis Rock And Soul (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:38 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Stax

Memphis Rock and Soul — meaning the kind of integrated, funky, swampy R&B-rock hybrid cranked out of Memphis’ American Sound Studio in the late ’60s, music that often saw release on the Stax imprint — is certainly well within the wheelhouse of Melissa Etheridge, who has emphasized the bluesy, soulful undercurrent in her voice since her eponymous 1988 debut. Arriving nearly 30 years after that album, Memphis Rock and Soul — released on a revived Stax by Concord Records — is faithful and loving to the original versions, preserving the arrangements but sometimes allowing the band to vamp a bit, as on Sam & Dave’s “Hold on, I’m Coming.” Usually, Etheridge stays with tried-and-true songs, finding space for both Otis Redding and Albert King, but she slides a couple of left-field choices into the mix, such as William Bell’s “Wait a Minute.” If Etheridge doesn’t necessarily rework these songs, these straightforward interpretations illustrate why the catalog endures and her affection for both the songs and sound of Southern soul in the ’60s is evident.

01. Memphis Train
02. Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)
03. Who’s Making Love
04. Hold On, I’m Coming
05. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
06. Any Other Way
07. I’m A Lover
08. Rock Me Baby
09. I Forgot To Be Your Lover
10. Wait A Minute
11. Born Under A Bad Sign
12. I’ve Got Dreams To Remember