The Royal Sessions

The Royal Sessions

by Paul RodgersPaul Rodgers


Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, The Royal Sessions sees classic rocker Paul Rodgers -- first known as the lead singer of Free, best-known as the frontman of Bad Company and later a Freddie Mercury substitute in Queen -- paying tribute to his beloved '60s Southern soul. Rodgers set up camp in Memphis and surrounded himself with many veteran Memphis soul musicians, cutting a collection of deep soul covers -- primarily tunes released or recorded at Stax, sometimes songs that were made at Muscle Shoals -- that remain faithful to the spirit and arrangements of the originals. This familiar sound pushes the spotlight onto Rodgers' vocals and he's in good form, never pushing the songs too hard but retaining his signature raspy swagger. The Royal Sessions makes clear just how much Rodgers learned from classic soul -- there are phrasings and runs reminiscent of songs he cut with both Free and Bad Company -- but the lighter setting shines a different light on these comfortable moves, making them fresher while also illustrating his debt to this style. Most of all, The Royal Sessions is enjoyable: it sounds like Rodgers is having a good time, so it's easy to have a good time too.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2014
Label: 429 Records
UPC: 0795041796929
catalogNumber: 17969

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Rodgers   Primary Artist,Vocals
Charles Hodges   Hammond B3
Leroy Hodges   Bass Guitar
James Robertson   Drums
Lester Snell   Piano
Michael Toles   Guitar
Gary Topper   Tenor Saxophone
Archie Turner   Wurlitzer
Roy Brewer   Violin
Beth Luscombe   Viola
Marc Franklin   Trumpet
Perry Margouleff   Guitar
Royal Horns   Horn
Susanna Perry-Gilmore   Violin
Jonathan Kirkscey   Cello
James L. Spake   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Potts   Drums
Lannie McMillan   Tenor Saxophone
Jessie Munson   Violin
Mark Wallace   Cello
Wesley Hovanec   Electric Bongos
Michael Barar   Viola
Royal Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

William Bell   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Liner Notes
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Don Bryant   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Albert King   Composer
Bernard Miller   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Ann Peebles   Composer
David Porter   Composer
William Wittman   Engineer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Bob Mehr   Liner Notes
Perry Margouleff   Producer
Jeremy Stanley   Videography
Wesley Hovanec   Videography
Will Hoover   Videography
Piyanun Margouleff   Artwork

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