Irma Thomas in Muscle Shoals – a potent brew.
Rick Hall’s studio was the hot destination in the late Sixties.But having set up a seemingly perfect marriage Chess only released three singles from the sessions and left the rest in the can. Irma soon moved on. As they say: go figure.
Of the three singles this one was the only one to dent the Billboard charts, reaching #42 R&B in February ’68.
Twenty-odd years after the event Irma’s all too brief Muscle Shoals excursion was finally released on CD by MCA/Chess in 1990. Now here we are another 20 years later and that CD – “Something Good: The Muscle Shoals Sessions” is itself very hard to find (at least at a reasonable price).
It shouldn’t be so hard to hear great music.