Yahoo! Music Exclusive: See It First: Snoop Dogg, William Bell Go Behind-the-Scenes for Soul Classic

Can you dig it? Snoop Dogg and William Bell perform Bell’s classic “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” over at Yahoo! Music.  The track appears on the forthcoming Take Me to the River soundtrack, available in stores and online September 9th.

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Snoop Dogg joins soul legend William Bell for a millennial cover of Bell’s classic “I Forgot to Be Your Lover.”

The song, originally released in 1968 — Snoop was born in 1971 — appears on the soundtrack for the motion picture Take Me to the River, a film about Memphis and Mississippi Delta icons Bell, Mavis Staples, Booker T., and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland.

The music video for the song that premieres exclusively on Yahoo Music documents the studio recording sessions with Snoop, Bell, and the students from the Stax Music Academy. Aside from the “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper’s bonus verse, the new rendition is close to its original version.

Stax Records set to release “Take Me To The River: Music From The Motion Picture album on september 9th


Lead Track “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” by William Bell with STAX Music Academy Students Featuring Snoop Dogg Premieres Today on
Listen to it here

Stax Records/Concord Music Group is proud to announce it will release Take Me To the River: Music From The Motion Picture on September 9th, 2014. The companion album to Martin Shore’s award-winning soulful documentary TAKE ME TO THE RIVER features 13 tracks from the film’s ensemble cast including William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Academy Award-winner Frayser Boy and The North Mississippi All-Stars. The majority of the album was recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis which is one of the oldest and most prestigious recording studios in America.

The first single from the album, a modern interpretation of the classic soul gem “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” by William Bell with STAX Music Academy Students featuring Snoop Dogg, premiered today on VICE’s music channel, listen to it here.

“The album is a journey, a celebration of collaboration,” says TAKE ME TO THE RIVER director and filmmaker Martin Shore. “Memphis and Mississippi Delta music legends together with a stellar collection of modern rap and R&B stars take you on a quintessential journey into America’s soul.”

The TAKE ME TO THE RIVER documentary, executive produced by John Beug, Snoop Dogg, Ted Chung, and Terrence Howard, brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album to re-imagine the interracial, intergender and intergenerational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday.

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) where it won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award. The documentary also screened at the 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival to critical acclaim. TAKE ME TO THE RIVER will be released in select theaters nationwide on September 12, 2014.

Pre-order the album here:

Take Me To The River: Music From The Motion Picture track listing:
1. Bobby “Blue” Bland featuring Yo Gotti – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
2. Mavis Staples with North Mississippi All-Stars – “Wish I Had Answered”
3. Bar Kays featuring 8Ball and MJG – “Be Like Me”
4. Bobby Rush* featuring Frayser Boy – “Push and Pull”
5. Booker T. with North Mississippi All-Stars featuring Al Kapone – “Supposed to Be”
6. Otis Clay featuring P-Nut – “Trying to Live My Life Without You”
7. Mavis Staples with North Mississippi All-Stars – “I’ve Been Buked”
8. William Bell with Stax Music Academy feat. Snoop Dogg – “I Forgot to Be Your Lover”
9. Charlie Musselwhite with the City Champs – “If I Should Have Bad Luck”
10. William Bell with Stax Music Academy – “Knock On Wood”
11. Bobby Rush* featuring Frayser Boy – “Henpecked”
12. Terrence Howard with Hi Rhythm Section – “Walk Away”

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Big Star’s #1 Record and Radio City to be REMASTERED and reissued by Stax records

Albums available September 2

Packaging to include new liner notes by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills

Stax Records will reissue two seminal albums by one of the most influential bands of the 20th century: #1 Record and Radio City by Big Star. Both releases, which have been out of print as individual CDs in the U.S. for many years, will be remastered from the original analog tape sources, and are due out September 2, 2014.

#1 Record and Radio City will be available digitally in standard, Mastered-for-iTunes and 24-bit high-resolution audio. LPs of the two albums are presently in print, available via Stax Records. Liner notes by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills (a vocal fan of Big Star, as well as a core musician on the “Big Star’s Third” concert series) will accompany the releases.

Big Star, considered to be among the founders of power pop, has been cited as an influence by many of the major alternative bands of the ’80s and ’90s, and continues to be a powerful presence in today’s musical landscape. Artists such as R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements (who famously penned the song “Alex Chilton”) and Wilco all enthusiastically tout the artistic impact of the group. Mike Mills recalls Big Star as “a band who had gotten it right, who made records that sounded like rock and roll bands should sound. A band who wrote all the songs, from flat-out rockers to achingly beautiful ballads that were still somehow rock songs.”

The Memphis band formed in 1971, with a lineup of singer/songwriters Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, drummer Jody Stephens and bassist Andy Hummel. Heavily inspired by the British Invasion, Chilton and Bell drew on the Lennon/McCartney style of collaborative songwriting to create their debut — Chilton taking a visceral approach, often laying down guitar and vocal tracks in one take, while Bell added polish with overdubs and harmonies. Ardent Records founder John Fry engineered the album in his studio and released #1 Record on his Stax-distributed label in 1972 to sweeping critical success.

In the fall of 1973, following the departure of Chris Bell, the band regrouped and began work on album number two with Alex Chilton at the helm and Fry once again behind the console. Losing the creative input of a major talent such as Bell could have wreaked havoc on the band’s progress, however, Chilton was able to use this opportunity to shine, and prove himself to be an incredible songwriter on his own. Journalists and fans agreed: bearing another tongue-in-cheek title, Radio City garnered rave reviews and produced several cult favorites, including “September Gurls,” which has been covered by everyone from The Bangles to Superdrag.

The legacies of #1 Record and Radio City have far exceeded the original commercial letdowns of both albums, which are now considered to be milestones in the history of rock by critics and musicians alike. The two LPs made it onto Rolling Stone’s 500 “Greatest Albums of All Time” lists, while tracks from each album (“Thirteen” and “September Gurls”) are also among the magazine’s 500 “Greatest Songs of All Time.” Numerous artists (Elliott Smith, Beck and Jeff Buckley to name a few) have recorded covers of the band’s songs. Big Star has been honored with a tribute record (Big Star Small World, 2006), a documentary (2012’s Nothing Can Hurt Me) and a touring live show, “Big Star’s Third,” which features the sole-surviving original member of the band, Jody Stephens, on drums, guest vocalists, a chamber orchestra and a core band including Mike Mills, Chris Stamey of The dB’s, The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and others. The ever-changing ensemble performs Big Star’s album Third/Sister Lovers, as well as favorites from the first two records.

Of the reissues, Stephens says, “Very glad to see these two coming out with the sonic approval of John Fry. Grateful for Chris, Andy and Alex and for Jon and Ken. The music’s journey continues.”

Fry adds, “All I can say is that these were the best projects I have ever worked, with the best artists and friends I have ever had the pleasure to know. I love the music and the cast of characters: Chris, Alex Andy and Jody. I think fans will be pleased by the sound and the packaging. They may have to turn the volume up a bit, since we did not want to remove the analog dynamic range. Sit back and enjoy the definitive digital versions of #1 Record and Radio City, two of my three favorite albums.”

The band’s enduring legacy can be attributed to many factors, but perhaps Mike Mills summarizes it best: “Songwriting has always been, for me, the most vital gauge of a band’s quality, and these guys were clearly masters … [Big Star] gave you something satisfying to listen to, no matter how many times you heard them.”


Album Track Listings:

#1 Record

1. Feel 3:34

2. The Ballad of El Goodo 4:21

3. In the Street 2:55

4. Thirteen 2:34

5. Don’t Lie to Me 3:07

6. The India Song 2:20

7. When My Baby’s Beside Me 3:23

8. My Life Is Right 3:08

9. Give Me Another Chance 3:27

10. Try Again 3:31

11. Watch the Sunrise 3:45

12. ST100/6 0:57


Radio City

1. O My Soul 5:40

2. Life Is White 3:19

3. Way Out West 2:50

4. What’s Going Ahn 2:40

5. You Get What You Deserve 3:08

6. Mod Lang 2:45

7. Back of a Car 2:46

8. Daisy Glaze 3:49

9. She’s a Mover 3:12

10. September Gurls 2:49

11. Morpha Too 1:28

12. I’m in Love With a Girl 1:48


Artists talk about the influence of Big Star:

“To me, the power and purity of #1 Record and Radio City are undeniable. From the first moment we heard these records we felt compelled to spread the word about them as far and wide as possible. The fact that we eventually became a part of keeping this music alive by performing with the reformed Big Star still fills me with a sense of pride, that this music is constantly being rediscovered and more known with every passing year. There’s a reason for that: it deserves it.” —Jon Auer of the Posies, who doubled as a member of Big Star with Chilton, Stephens and Ken Stringfellow for 17 years and continues to perform the Big Star 3rd concerts

“For me, Big Star’s music is not only superb listening, it’s a litmus test for the human spirit. That this music’s appeal and notoriety has grown over the years is certainly related to its undeniably high level of quality; yet … it almost didn’t get heard. And here’s where it gets interesting. The fact you are listening to this now is due to the actions of a kind of underground railroad of listeners who just wouldn’t take the music industry’s incompetence as the final say on this music. It had to be shared, painstakingly copied to cassette, passed on with love. And by this hand-to-hand action, Big Star was elevated into the canon. Barely. Enjoy.” —Ken Stringfellow, The Posies and 17-year member of Big Star, performer on Big Star’s 3rd shows.

“Big Star’s records as instantly changing the landscape, redefining with every listen what it could mean to be a Southern rock musician. They were like beacons in the distance, beckoning, pulling us all in, one by one. . . . At a time when rock music was for the most part all bluster and lies, they shocked by trying to be straightforward, honest, and truthful.” — Chris Stamey of The dB’s, who produced some Chilton recordings in the ‘70s and has performed in the 3rd shows

“The one-two punch of #1 Record and Radio City knocked me out as an impressionable Southern teen musician in the 1970s, and it still does. Much as I love Big Star’s 3rd, it really was the first two albums’ sheen and shimmer that confirmed in me that there might be a melodic pop-rock world for me and my guitar-playing friends to inhabit in my future.” —Peter Holsapple of The dB’s


Big Star’s Third Forthcoming Tour Dates:

August 22 CARRBORO, NC Cat’s Cradle
August 23: WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 Club
August 31: SEATTLE, WA Bumbershoot Festival
September 27: LOS ANGELES, CA Wilshire Ebell Theatre (Benefit for The Wild Honey Foundation)

For more information on Big Star’s Third, please visit