Late Late Party: 1965-1967

Late Late Party: 1965-1967

by Charles "Packy" AxtonCharles "Packy" Axton




Charles "Packy" Axton was a little known character, a gritty saxophonist, producer, and songwriter, who died at the age of 33 from complications due to alcoholism. He has heretofore only been regarded as a footnote in the history of Memphis soul. Light in the Attic, however, in their infinite wisdom, saw worth in a catalog of singles he played on and/or produced the mid-'60s. They assembled this wonderful package as a tribute to Axton's legacy. Born in Memphis, Tennessee into the Stax Records family (his mother Estelle Axton and her brother Jim Stewart founded the label). His early associates were Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Wayne Jackson, Ronnie Stoots, and Don Nix -- the Royal Spades, later renamed by Estelle as the Mar-Keys, led by Cropper and, after he left, by Axton. Included here are 17 glorious tracks Axton played on including the million-selling hit, "Hole in the Wall," by the Packers. The band is actually the MG's and the Stax Revue in Los Angeles with Booker T. Jones playing piano and Leon Haywood on organ. It reached the number one spot on the R&B charts. Axton recorded with L.H. White as the L.H. & the Memphis Sounds on the soul singles "House Full of Rooms," "Out of Control," and "I'm a Fool (In Love)," that borrowed as much from Motown as they did from Stax. The real greasy slammers here were recorded by the Martinis, a band Axton played in that included members of the Hi Rhythm Section with guitarist Teenie Hodges, bassist Leroy Hodges, and Hubbie Turner on keys. The Martinis released two singles, "Hung Over" b/w "Late Late Party" on BAR and "Bullseye" b/w "Holiday Cheer" on USA. That said, there are also three unreleased Martinis cuts here all of them killer. Another significant Axton group was the Pac-Keys, who cut grooved-out instrumental singles "Stone Fox," "Greasy Pumpkin," "Hip Pocket," and "Dig In." Axton played on a single as part of a band that backed vocalist Stacy Lane on BAR; the song are an uptempo stomper called "No Ending" b/w the ballad "No Love Have I." Axton wasn't a great saxophonist. But his solos are easy to detect: pure meat and potatoes, played with heat and grit and an excellent sense of phrasing. This is an essential collection for any follower of classic soul and R&B, with excellent liner notes by Andria Lisle, and full discographical information.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2011
Label: Light In The Attic
UPC: 0826853006729
catalogNumber: 67

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles "Packy" Axton   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Leon Haywood   Organ
Earl Grant   Bass
Lee Baker   Guitar
Carl Cunningham   Drums
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Booker T. Jones   Piano
Archie Turner   Keyboards
Al Jackson   Drums
Jimmy King   Guitar
James Alexander   Bass
Johnny Keyes   Conga,Kazoo
Stacy Lane   Vocals
Magnificent Montague   Conga
L.H. White   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Don Nix   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Charles "Packy" Axton   Composer,Producer
Homer Banks   Composer
Carl Cunningham   Composer
John Fry   Engineer
Ray Harris   Engineer
Leroy Hodges   Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Jimmy King   Composer
Scott Bomar   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Johnny Keyes   Composer,Producer,Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Matt Sullivan   Executive Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Fine Wine   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials
Andria Lisle   Liner Notes
Daniel Mathis   Photo Courtesy,Archival Materials

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