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Cat Power The Greatest Vinyl LP Matador Records 2012 USA

Artist: Cat Power
Title: The Greatest
Catalog Number: OLE-743-0
Label: Matador Records
Reissued by: Matador Records
Barcode: 744861074304
Original release year: 2006
Reissue year: 2012
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Extras: Download Code
Total Item Weight: 248gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: October 27, 2016
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Despite the title, The Greatest from singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, known as Cat Power, is not a greatest hits album. The combination of Chan Marshall's superbly evocative and flexible voice with some of the greatest Southern soul players still alive, has produced a masterpiece. The songs, all original Marshall compositions, explore themes of Southern loss, longing and marginality.

 

 

Cat Power's (aka Chan Marshall) 2006 masterpiece The Greatest (not a greatest hits album, despite the title) features 12 dreamy country soul tracks recorded in Memphis at Ardent Studios under the supervision of Stuart Sikes. The sublime set finds Marshall wonderfully supported by the great Memphis session musicians Teenie Hodges on guitar and Leroy Hodges on bass (Al Green, Hi Rhythm Section), drummer Steve Potts, Jim Spake, Hubby Michell and other legends.


The combination of Marshall’s superbly evocative and flexible voice, a soul voice even back when she played with indie rockers, with some of the greatest Southern soul players still alive, has produced a timeless release on par with Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis or Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline.


The songs, all original Marshall compositions, explore themes of Southern loss, longing and marginality. From the title track, a story about a boy who longs to become a boxer but struggles against his poverty-stricken background, to tales of other marginal figures, The Greatest is all about triumphing over the odds. Matador Records 120g vinyl reissue with MP3 coupon.


For 2006’s The Greatest, Cat Power returned to Memphis, pursuing this time the slinky Hi Records sound of the 70s, famed for its sensuous feel and beguiling rhythms.  She recorded at Ardent Studios, and got Al Green’s guitarist and songwriting partner, the late Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, to play guitar on the whole album (Teenie co-wrote “Love and Happiness” and “Take Me to the River,” among other soul classics). With Teenie came his Hi Rhythm bandmate (and brother) Leroy “Flick” Hodges, who plays on half of the album (Memphis A-team bassist Dave Smith supplements). Anchoring the band is Steve Potts, whose reputation on drums was solidified when the surviving members of Booker T. and the MG’s asked him to replace their late drummer, Al Jackson. Other top Memphis musicians guest on keyboards, horns and strings.  Cat Power went right to the sources, and created her own paean to the songs and styles she grew up on.

 

 

Musicians:

 

Chan Marshall - guitar, piano, vocal
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges – guitar on all songs except hate
Steve Potts - drums
Leroy "Flick" Hodges - bass (1,3,6,12)
David Smith - bass (2,4,5,7,8,9)
Doug Easley - guitar, Pedal Steel
Rick Steff - keyboards, Claitone, Piano, Organ
Jim Spake - sax
Scott Thompson - trumpet
Roy Brewer - violin
Johnathan Kirkscey - cello
Beth Luscone - viola

 

Track Listing:

 

01. The Greatest
02. Living Proof
03. Lived In Bars
04. Could We
05. Empty Shell
06. Willie
07. Where Is My Love
08. The Moon
09. Islands
10. After It All
11. Hate
12. Love & Communication

 

Click here to listen to samples on YouTube.com

 

 


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