Sweet soul music of the gritty Southern variety that Arthur Conley once celebrated is what characterized Stax Records of Memphis. The sweetly harmonized sounds of the two Memphis vocal groups in this collection are of a different sort: the grooves are decidedly Southern, but the singing owes more to the Detroit/Philadelphia neo-doo-wop tradition. The Astors' tracks span the years 1961 to 1967 and include the group's biggest hit, "Candy," with its unforgettable "On the Trail" quote. The Newcomers' selections are from slightly later–1969-75–and find the youthful group evolving from the Jackson 5-inspired "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" to the more mature, O'Jays-like sounds of "Keep an Eye on Your Close Friends" and "(Too Little in Common to Be Lovers) Too Much Going to Say Goodbye."
THE ASTORS--Candy, As You Can See, You Make Me Feel So Good, Just Enough to Hurt Me, What Can It Be, I Found Out, In the Twilight Zone, Mystery Woman, Daddy Didn't Tell Me, More Power to You, Candy (Live from 5/4 Ballroom)
THE NEWCOMERS--Girl, This Boy Loves You; Open Up Your Heart (Let Me In), Mannish Boy, You Put the Sunshine Back into My World, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Humpty Dumpty, Keep an Eye on Your Close Friends, (Too Little in Common to be Lovers) Too Much Going to Say Goodbye, The Whole World's a Picture Show