Sound + Vision: Turn that Frown Upside Down
In the spring of 1967, the Stax and Volt labels took their top artists on a barnstorming 3-week tour of Europe. Near the end of the trip, the Memphis-based troupe took a bus into Oslo, at the behest of a young MC named Barry Matheson. Soul music was not very well known in Norway at this time, but Matheson was passionate about booking the act. He actually ended up losing about $10,000 on the deal, but his loss is our gain: backed by Booker T and the MG’s, a who’s who of soul greats burns down the converted handball court the show was staged in. Thankfully, the performance was recorded for broadcast by the Norwegian public broadcasting corporation*.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks. It’s hard not to be glum. And we should be; we’re in a bad spot. But on this Friday, why not recharge with your good friends Arthur Conley, Sam & Dave, and Otis Redding? Take an hour to relax, enjoy, and smile. Monday is coming, and there’s work to do.
*This version is actually missing about 16 minutes from the middle of the show, cut out for the original broadcast. That footage has since been found and added back into the performance, which can be seen in its entirety on the DVD release, which I highly recommend.