R&B, Blues, Soul & Stax

Soul Legends In The Act

19 AUG 08 DAVID NATHAN

With performances by Booker T. & The MGs, The Mar-Keys, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley and his mentor, the great Otis Redding, the remarkable DVD The Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967 preserves one of the most exciting soul shows ever staged.

Filmed on one memorable April 1967 night in Oslo, the performance came towards the end of three weeks in Europe, the first time the revue had traveled outside the U.S. Thanks to the hard work of David Peck and Philip Galloway of Reelin' In The Years Productions, we are treated to the film of the show (found in the vaults of a Norwegian television station a few years ago), plus 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage.

I was fortunate to be at the Stax/Volt show in the UK in March 1967 just before the revue left for Scandanavia. That show was electric, an incredible opportunity for a growing legion of soul fans to see so many of our Memphis heroes live in front of our eyes.

The DVD includes some unforgettable moments: "Red Beans And Rice," a particular favorite among European soul music lovers; the Mar-Keys doing "Philly Dog"; a Conley set that included "In The Midnight Hour" (notable because it featured the song's co-writer Steve Cropper on guitar); Sam & Dave's finger-snappin' "Soothe Me"; and a complete Redding set that was sheer brilliance, climaxing in his show-stopping rendition of "Try A Little Tenderness."