"I got a Mazerati GT with the snakeskin upholstery. I got a charge account at Goldsmith,
but I ain't got you."
but I ain't got you."
As a teenager, Terry Manning emigrated from El Paso (where he had played in several bands with Bobby Fuller of "I Fought the Law" fame) to Memphis and somehow talked Stax Records producer and master session guitarist Steve Cropper into making him an assistant engineer at the legendary label after having simply walked in off the street one day. Manning quickly became a mainstay at Stax, going from sweeping up and making tape copies to gaining a reputation as a sought after engineer and producer in a matter of only a few years. The extent of his reputation can be gleaned from the list of artists whose best albums he had a hand in shaping, including Ike & Tina Turner, Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, and The Box Tops (to only name a few). As many of Stax's recordings were cut and mixed at neighboring Ardent Studios owned and operated by John Fry, Manning became a fixture there as well, eventually leading Fry to make him the studio's first official employee by hiring him to be Ardent's chief engineer and manager. Terry Manning: "Neither studio had a problem with this arrangement [....] In the musical sense, Memphis was fairly isolated [...] Its music style was homegrown, even though technically we were trying to emulate the big boys in London, New York and Los Angeles. Musically, Stax was doing what it liked, and together with Ardent we were just one big happy family of people wanting to do music." During this time, Manning was also an active participant in the local Memphis music scene, playing in various bands and befriending many of the musicians who would later craft, with the help of Manning and Fry's willingness to give them free access to Ardent's state-of-the-art recording equipment, the Power-Pop sound that characterized early-seventies Ardent bands such as Big Star, The Hot Dogs and Cargoe.
Rock City, the band that would soon evolve into Big Star with the arrival of Alex Chilton.
Home Sweet Home
(Sunbeam ~ 2007/1970 ~ Remastered & Expanded)
1. Savoy Truffle (10:09)
2. Guess Things Happen That Way (3:24)
3. Trashy Dog (3:01)
4. Wild Wild Rocker (2:29)
5. Choo Choo Train (4:40)
6. I Ain't Got You (4:16)
7. Sour Mash (4:01)
8. I Wanna Be Your Man (5:02)
9. Talk Talk (2:29)
10. One After 909 (3:04)
11. I Can't Stand the Rain (Live) (5:00)
|Terry Manning (behind the board) and Chris Bell in Ardent|