A really unusual chapter in the career of Jackie DeShannon – tracks from an obscure early 70s album done for Capitol
Records, plus a whole bunch more from a rare Memphis session produced by Chips Moman! The core album – Songs – is done at a level that mixes both Jackie's soul and post-folk leanings of the late 60s – a style that's sophisticated and often a bit righteous, but also handled with some smoother arrangements designed to give the work a more mature quality. Themes run a bit deeper than Jackie's better-known early pop – and although a number of the tracks are covers, DeShannon wraps them up beautifully alongside her own original tunes for a really unified record. Titles include "Salinas", "Bad Water", "Ease Your Pain", "West Virginia Mine", "Show Me", "Keep Me Warm", and "Sunny Days". The CD features 10 more tracks from the Chips Moman sessions – work that's often even more soul-based in the instrumentation, and which features core backing by a small combo of American Recording Studios regulars like Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood, and Reggie Young. Titles include "Sweet Inspiration", "Stoned Cold Soul (alternate)", "Child Of Mine", "Johnny Joe From California", "Live Till You Die", and "And It Stoned Me".