Where's Your Love Been

Where's Your Love Been

by Sandra Rhodes


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Sandra Rhodes was a country girl who landed in Memphis rather than Nashville, which means she ended up singing a lot more than just country music. Rhodes, along with her sister Donna Rhodes and husband Charlie Chalmers, did session work with some of the biggest names in both soul and country music, from Conway Twitty to Al Green, and as a singer and songwriter she walked a tightrope between the two sides of Southern music through the '60s and '70s (which were never as different as people liked to believe). Rhodes' love of both country and soul is evident on her first and only solo album to date, 1973's Where's Your Love Been, which was cut at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis; while this music is clearly informed by country music, with pedal steel guitar, lonesome harmonicas, and massed vocal choruses playing into the arrangements, there's a deeply soulful note in Rhodes' vocals and melodies that suggests the average C&W radio station wasn't going to play this stuff, no matter how much "No Such Thing as Love" and "No One Else Could Love You More" sound like great country singles. And when Rhodes felt like showing off her soulful side, she did it right; "The Best Thing You Ever Had" and the title track cut a top-notch groove, suggesting classic Hi Records sides, and the gospel feel that permeates "Never Grow Old" is clearly not of the bluegrass variety. If Rhodes didn't easily fall into a generic category, this record sounds like Memphis through and through, with its easy fusion of styles and potent yet comfortable grooves delivered by a crack session band. Where's Your Love Been isn't quite a lost classic, but it shows Sandra Rhodes was a gifted vocalist who could have had a great solo career with better breaks and a more supportive label, and it's a pure product of a city where soul comes as easily as breathing. [In 2014, Omnivore Records gave Where's Your Love Been an expanded and remastered reissue, with seven excellent outtakes from the original sessions included as bonus tracks, and fine liner notes from Bill Dahl. Fans of country-soul will clearly enjoy this set, and it's a splendid tribute to an overlooked talent.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2014
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651015993
catalogNumber: 1015993
Rank: 138147

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sandra Rhodes   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
James Brown   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Charles Chalmers   Tenor Saxophone
James Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone
Donna Rhodes   Conga,Maracas,Tambourine
Roland Robinson   Bass
Steve Holt   Drums
Leo La Blanc   Steel Guitar
Butch Johnson   Guitar
Sylvester Sample   Bass
Joint Ventures   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Sonny Bono   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Charles Chalmers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Donna Rhodes   Composer
Sandra Rhodes   Composer,Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Toni Wine   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Tony Lane   Art Direction,Cover Photo
Patrick Milligan   Reissue Producer
Morris Tarrant   Composer

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