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. Following the recent discovery of these tracks in a box lurking in Andrew Innes’ basement, Primal Scream will release the original studio recordings from Memphis of the tracks that eventually became their 1994 album ‘Give Out But Don't Give Up’. Disc 1: 9 track album of finished tracks. Disc 2: 15 outtakes. Also available on CD.
Primal Scream’s third album, ‘Screamadelica’ (1991) broke the band big after several years of flop records and treading the boards. The now legendary and ground breaking album left the band with a problem. How the hell are we gonna follow this?
A couple of tracks from ‘Screamadelica’ hinted at the band’s direction for the next record. “Movin’ On Up” and “Damaged” saw the group inject gospel, soul, and Americana into their sonic brew and a full album of this recipe was what they had in mind when the teamed up with legendary producer Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section of David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) at Ardent Studios in Memphis in 1993. The resulting recordings from those classic sessions showcased the country soul and rock’n’roll side to the band again after the electronic sidestep they took with their breakthrough album. Indeed the recordings were a more logical follow-up to their self-titled second album from 1989.
Bringing the tapes back to the UK and with input from their label boss Alan McGee the band worked further on the raw tapes in a bid to add a bit of the ‘Screamadelica’ spice to the album. A recent interview with the band saw them admitting they “bottled” it over not issuing the album as it was when they left the States. The resulting album ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’ (1994) confused large sections of their audience with their attempt to be the British Black Crowes with help from George Clinton and a cast of thousands.
How the original tapes would have been received back then is open to question but at last we have a chance to hear them and the band playing, as a band.