Alexander made a handful of single records that inspired a generation of artists. His 1962 Top 40 hit, “You Better Move On”, helped kick-start the famed Muscle Shoals music scene. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder and numerous other giants covered his unique country-tinged story-songs, and many took his unfettered brooding vocal style as a blueprint for their own. This quintessential release includes Alexander’s magnificent debut LP, You Better Move On, originally released in 1962 by the Dot label. It’s one of the all-time cornerstones of R&B and early soul, and shows what a formidable force Arthur was. This remastered collector’s edition also contains 14 bonus tracks from the same period, including the hard-to-find “The Girl That Radiates That Charm”, the outstanding “Go Home Girl”, and the self-penned “Anna (Go to Him)”, which became a Top 10 R&B smash and was later covered by The Beatles. These recordings are the building blocks of Arthur Alexander’s legendary musical legacy. It is enduring music and the epitome of southern soul.
ARTHUR ALEXANDER, lead vocals, plus:
Terry Thompson, Peanut Montgomery (electric guitar), Forrest Riley (acoustic guitar), Norbert Putnam (bass), David Briggs (piano), Jerry Carrigan (drums) and Boots Randolph (saxophone).
Recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee, between 1961 and 1962.