Primal Scream – ” Give Out But Don’t Give Up ” The Original Memphis Recordings

Posted: August 28, 2018 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Primal Scream (Credit: Neil Cooper)

Primal Scream are to release the original ‘Memphis Recordings’ that eventually became their 1994 album Give Out But Don’t Give Upas a 2CD or 2LP vinyl set.

Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings is a document of the sessions with Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section (David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums)). These took place at Ardent Studios in Memphis and these sessions are said to showcase a more ‘country soul/rock ‘n’ roll’ side to the band. These recordings were apparently found in Andrew Innes’ basement.

“I felt we went down there with such good intent, but somehow we lost our way afterwards,” Bobby Gillespie admits. “There’s definitely a lesson to be learned about how creativity can go down the wrong track.”

“We’re a band that constantly keeps moving and doesn’t look back, but, for years, I felt bad about us going to Memphis and not doing what we set out to do. Hearing these songs after all this time has made everything all right again. I feel redeemed.”

The nine tracks “run the gamut between blues, gospel and brilliant songwriting” and are released over four sides of vinyl. The 2CD version is even better since you get a bonus disc with 15 additional variations (rehearsals, monitor mixes, jams etc.).

Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings will be released on 12th October 2018. There are some signed options at the band’s store. This is great news. Even as a big admirer of the Scream since their second album I never really ‘got’ “Give Out..”. Despite moments of absolute brilliance it never seemed, to my ears at least, to hang together as a coherent whole. So I’m genuinely excited at the chance to hear these sessions.

Decamping to the deep South, Primal Scream attempted to record with producer Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section.

On their return, however, the band decided that the results simply weren’t good enough, bringing on board producer George Drakoulias for a hasty re-editing process. Instrumental parts were re-recorded,

‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings’ brings these recordings together, containing two full discs of unreleased material.

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