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Musical Mecca

Documentary spotlights magic of Muscle Shoals sound

Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

Blu-ray $29.98 / DVD $26.98 (Magnolia Home Entertainment)

Is it something in the water? On the Tennessee River in Alabama is one of the South’s musical treasures, a near-mystical place where some of the most vital music of all time has its roots. This rousing documentary examines the “Muscle Shoals” sound and its creator, producer Rick Hall, who brought black and white musicians together at his recording studios (often with Hall’s famed staff musicians, the Swampers) to make records with Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Carrie Underwood and many others singing stars.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Back to Memphis

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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