The group ROCK CITY has never had an album released before. This ROCK CITY recording, made in 1969-1970, has never seen the light of day publicly until now. In fact, the master tape was lost in a mis-marked box for these last thirty-three years! Yet, ROCK CITY are widely known as a very influential musical force. How can this be?
ROCK CITY was the group which immediately preceeded, and contained members of, the famous group BIG STAR, which is regarded in most musical critics’ circles as the biggest influence on modern pop-rock music not named The Beatles!
Two of the members of ROCK CITY, Christopher Bell and Jody Stephens, were also members of BIG STAR. Three of the songs on this CD were also on BIG STAR’s first album, #1 RECORD, in later versions. The worldwide cult following which has shadowed BIG STAR for now over thirty years has long been aware of the early group names which were used by these players. And, in fact, this group under another of those now-famous names, ICEWATER, also appears on this CD performing one song (“Feel”). And the other two members of ROCK CITY, Thomas Dean Eubanks and Terry Manning, are also well known in Memphis and BIG STAR music folklore! Also included on the ROCK CITY CD are two songs by Thomas Dean Eubanks in solo mode, which were released as a ‘45’ single on the highly-collectible PRIVILEGE label in 1975. (Less)
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BADJUJU. Cajun music, Mexican music, Country music, Acoustic blues, almost nothing is safe from their onslaught. Borrowing at times from their heroes ZZ, Stevie Ray, AC/DC, and Thorogood, this collection nonetheless showcases the incredible original writing and virtuoso playing of band leader Jim Suhler. (Less)
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Van Duren was part of the early Memphis power pop scene that spawned the legendary Big Star, and made several underexposed, small-label records during the late '70s. Duren began playing in bands at the age of 13 in 1966 and attended high school with eventual Big Star drummer Jody Stephens; he auditioned to replace Chris Bell in Big Star in 1974, shortly after the completion of Third/Sister Lovers). In 1975, he and Stephens collaborated on some demos that were produced by former Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham (whom he met through producer Jon Tiven), and a year later he was playing in a group called the Baker Street Regulars with both Bell and Stephens. (Less)
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SHAKE is an amazingly powerful collection of dark, Delta-blues influenced songs, played with a definite fervor. Suhler’s guitar wizardry stunningly leaps off the disc, harkening to the days of Jimmy Page, Angus Young and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Produced by Terry Manning of ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin and Destroyers fame, and recorded at Compass Point in Nassau, home studio of powerful music from AC/DC to Bob Marley to The Rolling Stones! (Less)
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