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The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976)


limited 4cd + 7" boxset

Released: 20th Oct 2017


this enticing set chronicles the ascension of one of the most influential creative talents in music history, examining the various avenues of Hayes’ prolific career.

each of the four discs offers an in-depth look at his distinct musical contributions to both Memphis-based Stax Records and to the world at large. The set also includes a wide range of previously-unreleased material, as well as a replica 7” vinyl single of the artist’s first commercially-released recordings. Housed in a 60-page hardcover book, the retrospective incorporates a wealth of archival photos and ephemera, as well as an essay by author Robert Gordon. Contributions from Floyd Newman, Mickey Gregory, Sam Moore and compilation producer Joe McEwen round out the package.

The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976)