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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Big Beat UK
  • ASIN: B009L9IQJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rubber Rapper - Sealing Smoke
2. For Your Love - Honey Jug
3. Blue Music Box - The Changin' Tymes
4. Secret Storm - The Knowbody Else
5. Spare Me - Triple X
6. Holy Days - The Wallabys
7. Shoo Shoo Shoo Fly - Greg McCarley
8. Hark The Child - The Changin' Tymes
9. Come On Along And Dream - The Poor Little Rich Kids
10. Eat Me Alive - The Goatdancers
11. Crazy Man's Woman - Greg McCarley
12. Deja Vu - Judy Bramley
13. Free Singer's Island - The Knowbody Else
14. Feeling High - The Wallabys
15. Rockin' In The Same Old Boat - Triple X
16. I Need Love - The Poor Little Rich Kids
17. Ticket To Ride (Not On Contract) - Mother Roses
18. Ogden - David Mitchell
19. If You're Thinking - Greg McCarley
20. Old Man - The Wallabys
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Editorial Reviews

Memphis is well known as the birthplaces of the blues, the fount of southern soul - and the locale that begat rock 'n' roll. The city boasted a healthy rock scene well into the 1960s and 1970s, but few retrospectives have documented Memphis music in the psychedelic era when, as a major recording center, it was the nexus not just for local freaks, but those from neighboring Arkansas, Mississippi and beyond. Big Beat's Feeling High - The Psychedelic Sound Of Memphis shines a welcome light on this long-neglected area, and its survey is based principally upon the work of two renowned Memphis mavericks.

With a decades-long career as an iconoclastic musical polymath, Jim Dickinson needs little introduction. However, his rarely-discussed apprenticeship as a producer at Ardent Studios in the late 1960s made Dickinson responsible for many of the wildest and wackiest sessions ever held in Memphis. Some excerpts slipped out at the time on obscure singles on Stax and elsewhere, but much remains unreleased, such as the album Jim cut at Ardent with Knowbody Else, later known as Black Oak Arkansas.

In contrast, James Parks was a young wet-behind-the-ears punk who took over the control room at his uncle Stan Kesler's Sounds Of Memphis studio in 1968, bringing in his freak friends from counterculture hotspots like the Bitter Lemon. Parks' production work ran to groups like the Changin' Tymes, Mother Roses and Triple X, featuring future country star Gus Hardin, as well as some crazoid studio-only experiments like Rubber Rapper and Shoo Shoo Shoo Fly, all done under his Memphis Underground Music Association umbrella.

Dickinson and Parks represent the outer edge of the Memphis music scene in those years, and whilst the vast majority of tracks on Feeling High have not been issued before, their inspired lunacy makes the recorded evidence very special. Local notables including the Poor Little Rich Kids, 1st Century and Goatdancers share the track-listing, and the detailed liner notes spill the beans on this fascinating slice of Memphis music history. Compilation and note by Alec Palao.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Smrz on February 24, 2013
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For the large majority of music listeners, the mention of Memphis reminds one of Sun Records or perhaps the soul of Stax Records. Welcome to the freak underbelly of Memphis from the late 60's, thanks to the inspired psychedelic lunacy from producers Jim Dickinson and James Parks. I must admit that I was rather skeptical when I noted that this excellent compilation featured psych sounds out of Memphis. Memphis? Really? Well, now thanks to this fine collection of echochamber, total fuzz freakout, & creeping organ sounds, the deep-fried underbelly of Memphis psych has now been exposed for all to savor. The collection features 24 tracks by 15 different groups tracks in at nearly 79 minutes long. It also comes with a very well annotated 20 page booklet that guides the listener through this journey. The compilation includes pop-psych, quasi-garage, & Brit-rock to meld with the heady whiff of pure psychedelia. All tracks were recorded between 1967-69. The collection showcases not the club & ballroom scene in Memphis at this time but rather the other barometer of musical trends, which more specifially captures its recording industrys experiments to those groups who were sequestered in the recording studio. Thank goodness for that! All of the tracks are at least very good to excellent. Some of the stronger psych tunes included are "Rubber Rapper" by Sealing Smoke, "Blue Music Box" "Hark The Child" by Changin' Tymes, "Holy Days," "Feeling High", & "Old Man Of Time" by The Wallabys, "Come On Along And Dream" & "I Need Love" by The Poor Little Rich Kids, "Crazy Man's Woman" & "If You're Thinking" by Greg McCarley, "Eat Me Alive" & "We're In Town" by The Goatdancers, & "Secret Storm", "Free Singer's Island", & "Flying Horse Of Louisiana" by Knowbody Else. All in All, lovers of 60's psychedelia will be delighted by this truly excellent collection. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! SMRZ!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Armando Castroverde on January 13, 2013
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Jim Dickinson's spoken paean to The Goatdancers reminds listeners that this is a unique CD. Alec Palao,Big Beat archivist, uncovered 24 cool tracks by obscure Memphis groups. Among the highlights: The Goatdancers' "Eat Me Alive", a pre-punk alienation song, sharply on the cutting edge for 1966. Nobody else, a Dickinson discovery, delivers the surreal "Flying Horse of Louisiana." The CD also spotlights producer James Parks, whose searing, sexy track by female singer Gus Hardin- "Rockin' in the Same Old Boat"-is stunning. These songs are exactly what you won't find on the radio today.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dazzle on May 16, 2013
I agree with all the other reviewers with just one remark. If you're looking for Pebbles-style garage punk with fuzztone guitars, swirling keyboards and hectic drumming, this isn't for you. These are -mostly - quite sophisticated, jazzy recordings. Progressive rock in embryo...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Copeland CreativeRobert A. Copeland on February 27, 2013
Great memories of the late 60s in Memphis and of Jim Dickinson's impact on music. These clever songs by obscure and not so obscure Memphis bands brought joy to dancers and listeners alike. What a great compilation by Alec Palao. If you like garage bands and like this era of music then you need this CD.
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