I love the idea of going back in time, don’t you? There is so much I would want to do and see. However, I know myself very well and I know that I would find a way to screw something up and we would end up in some kind of bizarro future because of my mistake.
But, if I could go back and have the first-hand experience of witnessing the Memphis soul sound in its heyday, I would totally risk all of our futures for that. I just want to be a fly on the wall at Stax Records. I want to hear Booker T & the M.G.’s, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Sweet Inspirations, Isaac Hayes, and so many more.
Tearing at the Seams is pure Memphis soul music and flawlessly carries on the Stax Records name.
There is a lot going on here on this record; it sounds so big and full. Tearing at the Seams has horns and organs and literal foot-stomping rhythm. This album is a party.
On this album the highs are high and the lows are low. When it is upbeat and rocking out with soulful sounds, this album is fun, uplifting, and brings a smile to your face. When it slows down, this record really shows off the somber side of soul music and fills you with hurt and heartache.
The transitions are never jarring because Tearing at the Seams has a groove that runs through it that brings it all together. Each song stands alone independently, but this record as a whole is a brilliant piece of soulful art.
This album is excellent from start to finish and will please anyone that comes over for a drink and to listen to music.
My favorite track: Babe I Know