Sid Selvidge-Portrait (STAX/Enterprise) 1969
Here are some tracks from this wonderful and overlooked album as promised. Steve Rhea friend and marketing director for Big Star in his interview for the film made the point that the folks at Ardent had had a brief flirtation with STAX in the late 60’s putting out pop records on the Enterprise Subsidiary which all came to nothing.
Rhea posited, referring to the deal with Big Star, “So why they thought this time it would be any different was beyond me.”
Along with Terry Manning’s Home Sweet Home a sort of rock and soul pastiche came Sid Selvidge’s Portrait on Enterprise in 1969.And here again, leave it to Ardent Studios in Memphis to produce a sound as good as anything that came out of LA with Terry Melcher or Jack Nietsche at the helm in the late 60’s. It’s all washes of strings, harpsichord (according to John Fry “a cantankerous instrument that could never stay in tune”), and some fine rock drumming (who is that, somebody help me?) but with that Sid Selvidge voice that pretty much nobody could touch. At the helm of this one was a character who comes up again and again in the Ardent music scene, Don Nix (see previous blog posts for more on Don) who set up shop there after his group The Mar-Key’s had wore out their hit “Last Night” and many more funky numbers touring frat houses and the Chitlin’ Circuit in the early to mid 60’s.
Again, this record would be a great reissue on Light In the Attic.
I guess I can only post one song a day. Tomorrow a song from Portrait (STAX/Enterprise)—really great solo record sounds like if Fred Neil fronted The Millennium. This one also needs to be reissued—it’s going for $50 on eBay.