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Monday 12 November 2018

Give Out But Don’t Give Up: Primal Scream Give First Ever Release To The Original Memphis Recordings

"In 1993 Primal Scream went to Memphis to make an album with Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section - that album never saw the light of day… until now," says Bobby Gillespie.

Following the recent discovery of these tracks in a box lurking in Andrew Innes' basement, Primal Scream have released the original studio recordings from Memphis of the tracks that eventually became their 1994 album Give Out But Don't Give Up.

Teaming up with producer Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section of David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) at Ardent Studios in Memphis, the resulting recordings from those sessions showcase the more country soul, rock'n'roll side to a band who continue to surprise.

Dowd's production, coupled with the merging of this sublime rhythm section and one of the UK's best bands, led to the creation of nine tracks that run the gamut between blues, gospel and prime-career songwriting. 


"I felt we went down there with such good intent, but somehow we lost our way afterwards," admits Bobby Gillespie

"There's definitely a lesson to be learned about how creativity can go down the wrong track. 


We're a band that constantly keeps moving and doesn"t look back, but, for years, I felt bad about us going to Memphis and not doing what we set out to do. 

"Hearing these songs after all this time has made everything all right again. I feel redeemed." 


After their genre-defying breakout album Screamadelica, Primal Scream relocated to Memphis in 1993 to record what would become Give Out But Don't Give Up.

Once the band and Creation Records' boss Alan McGee heard the recordings, however, they were both confused and underwhelmed. 

Their inner punks got the better of them and they brought producer George Drakoulias onboard to overhaul the recordings, with the band replacing, guitar, bass and drum parts over several sessions in the ensuing weeks until they were left with what became the final release.

There will be a BBC 4 documentary behind the Give Out But Don't Give Up story broadcasting on Friday 16th November.  

Primal Scream's 'Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings' is released on out now.

by: Mike Cobley




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