Huey Lewis and The News: Little Sally Walker
The first album I ever purchased with my own money was Michael Jackson’s Thriller (on vinyl.) The SECOND was “Sports” by Huey Lewis and the News. They went on to have a staggering 19 Top-Ten Billboard singles, but they admittedly fell off my radar following Back To The Future…
Then, like a refreshing slap to the face, I noticed they had a brand new album out. “Soulsville” is a tribute to Memphis soul, chock full of 14 remade classics from the legendary Stax Records vault. It’s a drastic departure from our 80’s kid associations of the band, but Huey Lewis and The News were born to make this disc, and I have to admit: I’m surprised to find myself enjoying it.
Notable fact: The album was helmed by Jim Gaines, who also produced their breakout albums “Fore!” and “Sports.”
|Recorded at historic Ardent Studios in Memphis, the album features 14 classic songs from the vault of Stax Records, including “Respect Yourself” and “Got To Get You Off My Mind”. Considered to be the preeminent soul music label in America, Stax was home to artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T & The MG’s, and Isaac Hayes, and produced an astounding number of hit records throughout the 1960’s & 70’s. Ably paying tribute to the rich Stax legacy, Huey Lewis and The News, joined by their long time horn section, capture the energy and excitement of this important era.
“We’re especially proud of the collection.” says Lewis, who has been previewing material from the album while on a critically acclaimed summer tour. “There should be a number of surprises for everyone.”