Chase Gregory (Sr. Director A&R & Sync): Another quote of Sam’s that resonates with me is, “If you’re not doing something different, you’re not doing anything.” While everything available on Tracklib wasn't actually released by Sam Phillips and the original Sun Records, I believe Shelby Singleton had a similar mindset. Shelby purchased the Sun catalog in 1969. He was also an amazing record producer and had an ear for great music, as is shown by some of the records he released on his various labels. I’m honored to be part of the next generation of this historic catalog. What better way to carry on the mantra of new beginnings and doing something different than to breathe new life into these classic records through Tracklib?
Johnny Adams is one of my favorite artists in the catalog and I think he’s still a bit under the radar. We have a lot of tracks of him with multitracks available, so he’s a great choice. Another amazing artist who is pretty much completely unknown is Oscar Irving, “If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another” has stems as well. The Imperial Wonders, Reuben Bell, Robert Parker, and Randolph Walker are also all great picks.
Another one of my favorite artists in the catalog is Bettye LaVette. She has gone far too long without the recognition she deserves. “He Made A Woman Out Of Me” has a lot of soul and a beat that is sure to evoke some toe-tapping—two traits that I think allow for great sampling potential.
The multitracks have not been made available for this type of use until now! Many of the Johnny Adams songs have recently been remixed and remastered for a new album out later this year.
“You Can Depend On Me” is a song not originally issued by Johnny Adams. It first appeared on an obscure compilation released in Japan in the 80s. The song showcases his vocal range with a soulful backing track and a relatable lyrical message.
There are already several great examples of my vision being executed to perfection. ODESZA released “The Last Goodbye (feat. Bettye LaVette),” which sampled her vocal performance on our version of “Let Me Down Easy.” And The XX singer and bass player Oliver Sim released “Romance with A Memory,” a very cool track that samples Sam Dees’ “Lonely for You Baby”. This is just the tip of the iceberg… I’m sure we will see many more new works of art to come.
To expand on what I said in the beginning: we hope to tap into a new generation of music producers and fans alike. These records are timeless and can stand alone, but allowing producers to turn them into something altogether different not only generates a cool new song, but it also honors and brings attention to the original work.
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