Terry Manning

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I thought I'd mention one of the year's most interesting reissues: Terry Manning's Home Sweet Home, a slice of Memphis madness that originally appeared in 1970 on that city's Enterprise label (a Stax imprint). Manning was instrumental in shaping one of my favorite genres, power pop, as engineer, musician and all-around savant at the Bluff City's famed Ardent Studios; he worked with Alex Chilton on Chilton's first solo record, appears on Big Star's great 1972 #1 Record (that's him singing backup on "When My Baby's Beside Me"), and went on to engineer Led Zeppelin's III. Home Sweet Home features Manning along with Big Star's Chris Bell and Richard Rosebrough, and the outrageously revved-up versions of the Beatles' "Savoy Truffle" and (yep, a Nashville connection) Jack Clement's "Guess Things Happen That Way" are outstanding. A really fine curio, with great sound and real punk attitude. More on the record here.

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