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Royal Studio On World Cafe | January 17, 2013

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As part of our "Sense of Place" tour of Memphis, we're on to Royal Studio, where Al Green, Ann Peebles and others made some of the 1970s' most important soul music for Hi Records.

Most of that music was produced by the late Willie Mitchell. Here, we've dug up a 2005 interview with Al Green wherein he tells the story of how Mitchell helped him find his voice. We also talk with Mitchell's son, Boo, who grew up at Royal. His dad told him, "Don't turn Royal into a museum when I die." Don't worry; he hasn't.

We also have Cody ChesnuTT on hand, talking about recording his new album, Landing on a Hundred, at Royal Studio using Al Green's vocal mic. (Link)


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Talking Heads “Take Me To The River” Stop Making Sense
Bill Black’s Combo “Smokie Pt 2” Smokin’
Willie Mitchell “Soul Serenade” You Turn Me On
Ann Peebles “I Can’t Stand The Rain” The Best of Ann Peebles: The Hi Records Years
O.V. Wright “I’d Rather Be Blind Crip” The Soul Of O.V. Wright
((The Revelations “Heavy Metal” Deep Soul))
Al Green “Tired Of Being Alone” 14 Greatest Hits
Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” 14 Greatest Hits
Boz Scaggs “Mixed Up Shook Up Girl” Boz Scaggs
Cody Chesnutt “Till I Met Thee” Landing On A Hundred
((Ray Charles “Rockhouse” The Birth Of Soul Vol. 2))
Lyle Lovett “Funny How Time Slips Away” Rhythm Country And Blues
Jim James “A New Life” Regions Of Light And Sound Of God
Portishead “Sour Times” Dummy
((Tommy Guerrero “Badder Than Bullets” From The Soil To The Soul))
Rev John Wilkins “You Can’t Hurry God” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Rev John Wilkins “Jesus Will Fix It” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Rev John Wilkins “Prodigal Son” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Rev John Wilkins “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
((Blues Traveler “Stand” Four))
The Staple Singers “Slippery People” Black On White: Great R&B Covers Of Rock
Calexico “Splitter” Algiers
Django Django “Default” Django Django