Who produced / any other songs like "Son of a Preacher Man"?

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  1. morglan

    morglan Supporting Member

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    I was listening to this song today, and every time I hear it I am just blown away. I cannot think of a single other song that emits a vibe as well as this one. The minute it comes on, I'm immediately taken to a quiet smokey bar from sometime in the 60s. This song is the theme song for cool.

    All that being said, I think it's actually the production that makes this song so incredibly good.

    Is this a Motown produced song? Are there any other songs or albums that have a similar sound? (BB has a song or two that come close.)





    (Could I have used the word 'song' any more times in this post?)
     
  2. T Dizz

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    pretty much anything the Muscle Shoals Swampers did although they didn't do this one. If you can find the documentary, it well worth a watch.
     
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    It had the perfect combination of lyrics, evocative vocalist, and ....maybe you mean the "arranger" rather than producer (there's a lot of instruments and background vocals ....and that killer modulation up a minor third after the bridge.)
     
  4. GerryJ

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    Pop Staples version of World in Motion (from the 90s) has a very cool vibe.
     
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    Tony Joe White
     
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    menlow Supporting Member

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    It was on Netflix, and might still be available. A great doc.
     
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    That was done in Memphis at American Sound Studio. Reggie Young is the guitarist, playing those cool licks at the intro. Reggie also played all over Elvis In Memphis, which had In the Ghetto, Kentucky Rain, & Suspicious Minds. Reggie also played that cool electric sitar in Hooked On A Feeling by BJ Thomas. The core group called themselves The Memphis Cats and most sessions there were produced by Chips Moman. The Dusty album was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin - not a bad recipe.
     
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    Reggie also did the licks in Drift Away by Dobie Gray and The Letter and Cry Like A Baby by The Boxtops.
     
  9. ripple

    ripple To keep fresh, keep capped & cold. Silver Supporting Member

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    ^^^ Never knew any of that info! Thanks.

    RY has played some very iconic guitar parts on some classic tunes.

    I feel like such a maroon for not knowing more about him...
     
  10. Flyin' Brian

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    There's a whole series on YouTube about session guys.











    And of course The Wrecking Crew Movie

     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    Also the mind-bending intro to Billy Swan's huge hit I Can Help.

    How on earth do you come up with something like that?
     
  12. Flyin' Brian

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    I was in a band that did that. Musically it makes total sense but it takes a little work to get it clean for sure.
     
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    Right, I forgot about those! Great stuff! i love his Drift Away tones and licks.
     
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    ^Still available. Great documentary!
     

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