The two LPs combined on this compact disc represent efforts to expand the appeal of Memphis soul queen Carla Thomas into the pop arena. Stax Records executive Al Bell felt that the sexy singer, then in her mid-twenties, could become another Diana Ross and recruited Detroit producer Don Davis to come up with a cross between the Motown and Memphis sounds. Thomas's honey-toned pipes and lilting turns of phrase proved ideally suited to the project, titled Memphis Queen, which yielded the Top Ten r&b hit "I Like What You're Doing to Me." Marvell Thomas sat in the producer's chair for most of the follow-up album, Love Means. . ., taking his sister even further down the pop path, but it was a Davis-produced track, the lovely "You've Got a Cushion to Fall On," that grabbed the bulk of the airplay.
Marvell Thomas, Rudy Robinson, Michael Toles, Sandra Rhodes, James Alexander, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson Jr., The Emotions, Pat Lewis, Diane Lewis, Rose Williams, Steve Cropper, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, The Memphis Horns & Strings, David Spinozza, Carl Lynch, Chuck Rainey, Bernard Purdie, Gordon Powell, Rudy Robinson, Ray Monette, Melvin Davis