I am certainly inclined to agree with you. Fantastic footage. The
French narration really adds to the period feel of the whole thing,
kind of like the live jazz recordings from the fifties where you hear
the Parisian radio announcer introducing "Charlee Parkaire".
I am a huge fan of both Hayes and Booker T. and it is really great to
see them at work in their heyday. Pretty cool to see how they worked
out their backup horn arrangements and fun seeing Isaac honking on the
bari sax. The Brook Benton that closes the film was as intense as
anything I can recall ever seeing.
A few years back, I was in Memphis for a conference of the Music
Library Association and cut out on the afternoon session one day (with
ARSC's esteemed current leader Vinnie Pelote, no less) and found my
way out to MacLemore Ave. and toured the reconstructed Stax studios
that are now a museum devoted to all things Stax. Up to that point, my
understanding of the various currents of soul music was pretty
sketchy, even though I grew up in the sixties and attended a high
school that was probably at least 65% black. The people who created
the museum really did a fine job of showing clips of Otis Redding,
Rufus and Carla Thomas, B. T. & the MGs, et al and showcasing the
albums and various other artifacts and even did a fairly good job of
recreating the main recording studio that was in the original
Thanks for sharing,
On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Muscle Shoals -- that's Brook Benton recording for Atlantic, produced by
> Arif Marden
> Stax -- not sure of the tune for which Isaac Hayes and the Mar-Keys are
> working out horn arrangements in the conference room; Booker T and the MG's
> appear to be recording one of their all-time great songs, "Time Is Tight,"
> in the main studio.
> My profound thanks to the Ampex List member who posted this link today. In
> years of surfing YouTube for music-recording videos, I never found this one.
> What a great time and place, RIP all those in this video who have passed on.
> -- Tom Fine