Monday, August 14, 2006

Inez At Memphis!

Inez Foxx - The Lady, The Doctor, & The Prescription

From 1963's "Mockingbird" through the rest of the '60s, Inez Foxx and her brother Charlie scored a nice string of R&B hits for Sue, Symbol and Dynamo, including the ever-popular "Come By Here" and "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days." By the early '70s Inez was working as a solo act and she eventually made her way to Stax Records, where on the Volt imprint she earned one album release, At Memphis, and a few 45s. She scored minor hits with a cover of "I Had a Talk With My Man" (for which today's selection was the B-side) and "Circuit's Overloaded," a strident funky 45 that has been comped quite a few times, but all in all her Volt recordings marked the beginning of the end of her recording career, as they lacked the sparkling magic (and maybe the rawer production) that made her '60s sides successful.

Inez herself penned "The Lady, The Doctor, & The Prescription," a nice mid-tempo number that builds up steam as she layers on the verses, in which a visit to the doctor results in an interesting diagnosis. By the end of the record the tune is boasting a nice stepper's groove and Foxx's testifying gives it a nice finish.

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