The history of 1960s Soul music has as much to do with the facilities it was recorded in as the songs and performers themselves. As a result, today studio names like Fame (Muscle Shoals, AL) and Stax (Memphis, TN) are synonymous with the golden era when they knocked out one soul-shaking track after another. What would it be like to be a fly on the wall during some of those classic sessions? Now you can find out, thanks to this recently uncovered 11-minute short, Le Blues De Memphis, made for French TV back in 1969.
Kicking off at a Brook Benton track date at FAME, it moves on to Stax Records to watch Booker T. and the MGs put down “Time is Tight” and take in Isaac Hayes on baritone sax leading the house horn section as they work out parts for The Emotions’ “So I Can Love You.” Between the vibe and the vintage (then cutting-edge) gear on hand, there’s plenty to dig in this cool video.