Light in the Attic is at it again with another exercise vault-digging that may well be the definitive word on Memphis’ soul scene of the late-’70s and ’80s. Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 is now available in an array of configurations. Each documents the modern soul scene of Bluff City’s post-Stax years. Available on CD, double vinyl, or a special 2LP/7″ set, Stone Crush is a labor of love from collectors/DJs Daniel Mathis and Chad Weekly that’s over a decade in the making.
Expertly curated to be a crate-digger’s dream, Stone Crush features some of the best of Memphis’ unsung soul heroes, boasting obscurities ranging from the private-press music of singing dentist (!) O.T. Sykes to “bedroom funk” by the marvelously-named group Captain Fantastic and Starfleet. As usual, LITA has delivered with the packaging. There’s a hefty, full-color booklet (40 pages in the CD configuration, or 24 pages with the vinyl) that includes unseen archival photos and extensive liner notes by Memphis curator/writer Andria Lisle and Grammy Award-winning writer Robert Gordon.
Stone Crush: Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 is available now from LITA or for pre-order from Amazon (with an in-stock date of May 25 in the U.S. store as of this writing). A “Galaxy Haze Orange/Red” color vinyl variant will be available in independent record shops, while the LITA online shop offers exclusive bundles. To whet your appetite, the uber-rare “I’m Just A Boogie Roller” can be sampled below. While researching for Stone Crush, the curators unearthed a music video for the track which was shot and produced in 1982. Now it’s available as a taste of this excellent set from Light in the Attic.
1. O.T. Sykes – Stone Crush On You
2. L.A. – The Doctor
3. Tom Sanders – I’ll Get To That
4. Frankie Alexander – No Seat Dancin’
5. Captain Fantastic & Starr Fleet – Keep It To Yourself
6. Captain Fantastic & Starr Fleet – Under Cover Lover
7. Magic Morris – (I’m) Choosing You
8. Sir Henry Ivy – He Left You Standing There
9. Sweet Pearl – You Mean Everything To Me
10. Morris – Can We Melt The Ice
11. J- Phakta – Is It Love
12. Cato – Slice Of Heaven
13. Frankie Alexander – Take Time Out For Love
14. Greg Mason – What Does It Take To Know (A Woman Like You)
15. Silk Satin & Lace – Always
16. Kick – Lollie Pop
17. Kick – Right Thing
18. Libra – Convict Me
19. Mark Anthony & Lyte Speed – I’m A Boogie Roller *
* Bonus track exclusive to single and digital album