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Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers returns to his soulful roots

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Paul Rodgers

The Royal Sessions

CD, $15.34 (429 Records)

 

Rodgers, an Englishman whose lung power filled arenas for years as the lead singer for the bands Free and Bad Company, came stateside to record this collection of classic R&B and soul songs—in the very place, Memphis, Tenn., where they originally went down, and with the musicians who played on the original tracks in the 1960s and ’70s. As you’re grooving anew to Sam and Dave’s “Thank You,” The Temptations’ “It’s Growing,” Booker T. Jones’ “Born Under a Bad Sign,” Otis Redding’s “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and Rodgers’s other funkified forays into his musical past of American vinyl 45s, you can also feel good that all of the proceeds from the sales of The Royal Sessions go to local Memphis music education programs. (On sale Feb. 4.)

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Last Stand in Memphis

SONY DSCRe-released recordings show Elvis at final creative peak

Elvis At Stax

CD $24.89 (RCA/Legacy)

In a 12-day burst of creative steam, Presley hit the Stax studios in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn., for two sessions in 1973, yielding his final string of Top 40 singles (including “Promised Land,” “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” and “If You Talk In Your Sleep”) and more than two dozen other tunes that let him stretch his style across the a spectrum of rock, country and gospel. This affordably priced, 40th anniversary 3-CD commemorative set includes them all, and also 27 outtake tracks, plus and a photo-packed booklet with extensive notes about the songs and the sessions.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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