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The Best of the Box Tops: Soul Deep
Box Tops
The Best of the Box Tops: Soul Deep
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1

Before settling for enduring cult fame with Big Star, Alex Chilton enjoyed ephemeral pop stardom as a singer with Memphis group the Box Tops. Their first hit, "The Letter", was a tantalisingly short and perfect pop song-fr...  more »

      

CD Details

All Artists: Box Tops
Title: The Best of the Box Tops: Soul Deep
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arista
Original Release Date: 10/1/1996
Release Date: 10/1/1996
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Oldies, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 078221893725

Synopsis

Album Description
Before settling for enduring cult fame with Big Star, Alex Chilton enjoyed ephemeral pop stardom as a singer with Memphis group the Box Tops. Their first hit, "The Letter", was a tantalisingly short and perfect pop song-from its drum-tapped intro to its sound effects-drenched fadeout. In an effort to sustain momentum after this 1967 chart topper, the rest of the band was kept out of the studio while the American Sound studio mafia backed the gravel-voiced teenage Chilton under the supervision of producer Dan Penn. The group had a total of ten Top 100 hits, all included here. The finest of these, "Cry Like a Baby", is an impeccable slice of blue-eyed soul penned by Penn and Spooner Oldham. The pair was less successful with its other compositions, leaving it to Wayne Carson Thompson to conjure up "The Letter", "Neon Rainbow", and the stirring "Soul Deep". Alongside the hits, SOUL DEEP includes seven B-sides-all but one of which also appeared onthe group's quartet of original albums-and an album-only cover of the Clifford Curry hit "She Shot a Hole in My Soul".

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Imperative
Bachelier | Ile de France | 06/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the "whisky & cigs" period for Alex Chilton's vocals, a sound he abandoned as he aged (like Merlin he's going backward in time vocally...he'll die singing high register hillbilly bluegrass). Compare the vocals here to his post-Big Star "Bach's Bottom" work and his version of "Nobody's Fool" and few people would be able to identify him as the same singer.

The Stax "pop & soul" factory was in an odd passage of inspiration with The Box Tops, which it sadly had neither the management wherewithal, distribution, or vision to develop and refine. A pity, for the roots of something excellent are here, particularly in the established instantly recognizable hits this album collects.

Yet, following the slow arc of this pale firework, the fall to earth and implosion of Stax and The Box Tops gave birth the creativity and freedom that Chilton would latter profoundly offer in Big Star, his production of the Cramps, and his leadership as a low-fi and independent artist who has inspired and shaped basically anyone worth listening to since he started his musical career."
The Best Of The Box Tops
G Lee Howell | Memphis TN | 02/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of the best CD's from that period in Rock I've heard in quite a long time. It was though I had been transported back to that era. The aduio quality was better than what I remember."