Liner Notes Excerpts... “You don’t miss your water,” Jackie DeShannon knowingly admonishes in the opening track of this collection, “till your well runs dry.”
Happily, DeShannon’s well has flowed bountifully throughout her rich career as a singer, songwriter, and musician. Her spare, earthy rendition of William Bell’s Stax classic is just one of the 25 selections on this release which live up to its title of Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings.
Whether basking in the silky splendor of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” slyly warning about the lady with “Bette Davis Eyes”
or warmly urging to “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” the artist has always invested her performances with
honesty, grit, and, alternately, vulnerability or strength—in other words, stone cold soul.
Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings reveals, in toto, a beautiful, diverse transitional pair of albums between the
Liberty/Imperial and Atlantic periods—and a slice of potent Americana. Jackie most appreciates the musical blend achieved with her collaborators.
“The vocals are so intertwined with the backing rhythm section, with the singers, with the horns. You’re hearing the best of both worlds.
They became part of who I am. I was very happy about that. It’s amazing because they were just different folks in Memphis and in Hollywood.
Different producers, different people. But they all sound as if they came from the same session. I’m just very grateful.”
Joe Marchese TheSecondDisc.com January, 2018
Real Gone Music announces an exciting new Jackie DeShannon CD collection now available!
After spending the first full decade of her recording career at Liberty/Imperial Records, Jackie was wooed away to Capitol Records in 1971. Her first recordings for the label were made at Memphis' American Recording Studios, where, with producer Chips Moman and a crack band consisting of Bobby Emmons and Bobby Woods on keyboards, Reggie Young on electric guitar, Mike Leach on Bass, Johnny Christopher on acoustic guitar, and Gene Crisman on drums, she recorded a flavorful mix that embraced her Southern soul roots blended with country, gospel, and pop. But those tracks inexplicably remained in the vaults, leapfrogged by the tracks DeShannon cut at Capitol Studios upon returning to California that turned into her Songs album. In fact, of the Memphis tracks, only a single ("Stone Cold Soul") and a lone track on Songs ("Show Me") were released at the time. DeShannon's stay at Capitol proved to be short-lived; legendary producer Jerry Wexler bought out her contract to bring her to Atlantic Records, leaving most of Jackie's Memphis masters unreleased. Some of those masters emerged as part of a long-out-of-print UK collection decades later. But now, for the first time, all 25 of Jackie's Capitol recordings are available on this Real Gone compilation.
Stone Cold Soul-The Complete Capitol Recordings presents Jackie's rare Memphis tracks including 5 previously unreleased titles along with her Songs album. The CD also offers a stunning selection of never-before-seen period photographs from her personal collection along with in-depth liner notes from Joe Marchese taken from an interview with Jackie.
Read Corbin Reiff's interview of Jackie - "The Life And Times Of Jackie DeShannon, A Renowned ’60s Pop Star" at UPROXX.
Go to popMATTERS for Steve Horowitz's review - "Getting Stoned Cold Soul with DeShannon During Her Capitol Record Days"