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Back To The Basics - The Chips Moman Songbook

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A career-spanning overview of the revered Memphis music man’s songbook – including solo compositions and collaborations. 


Chips wore many professional hats during his almost 50-year career. Musician, label-owner, producer and studio owner are other areas at which he excelled. Here in “Back To The Basics” there are many notable examples of him wearing several of those hats simultaneously.
However, it’s his songs that this compilation highlights. If Chips had only co-authored ‘Dark End Of The Street’, it would be enough to guarantee him songwriter immortality. But as you will hear in a collection that includes tracks by some of the most famous names in soul, pop and country music, it’s far from being the only classic song in his catalogue.

The CD comprises two-dozen choice cuts – many of them chart-topping and million-selling records and songs – by high-calibre talents ranging from William Bell and Carla Thomas, to Gram Parsons and Cher, to Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash. Truly an all-star aggregation to honour a genuine all-round talent.


1. Luckenbach, Texas (Back To Basics Of Love) - Waylon Jennings

2. Fool In Love - The Veltones

3. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Cher

4. For You - Gizzelle

5. This Time - Troy Shondell

6. Lying Again - Kenny Rogers

7. (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas

8. Dark End Of The Street - The Flying Burrito Bros

9. Promises - Carla Thomas

10. Every Little Bit Helps - Helen Henry

11. Sandcastles - Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts

12. Last Night - Georgie Fame

13. Somebody Mentioned Your Name - William Bell

14. You're Gonna See A Lot More (Of My Leaving) - Barbara Lynn

15. Don't Let It Be (This Time) - The Gentrys

16. I'll Never Give Her Up (My Friend) - The Canes

17. If She Should Ever Break Your Heart - Barbara Stephens

18. Okeechobee Purple - Gary Stewart

19. Staring Each Other Down - Brenda Lee

20. Here Come The Flowers - Dottie West

21. Easy Street - Johnny Cash

22. He's Rolling Over And Over (In Someone Else's Clover) - Tammy Wynette

23. So Much Like My Dad - George Strait

24. Old Fords And A Natural Stone - Willie Nelson