Detroit Emeralds Queries

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Top of pageBottom of page   By Keane (209.87.128.124) on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 01:20 pm:

Dear Forum Members: Since discovering this site
I have purchased two more lp's by the Detroit Emeralds. The original one I've had for years:"You Want It, You Got It" was released in
'72 and it has beeeauuutiful singing in it and great guitar on some songs: like feel the need in me and Baby let me take you. Another album entitled Feel the Need was recorded in '77 or so
and the singing is not the same nor is the guitar
playing. I wonder who is the first guitar player
in 72 or so and who was that high tenor?

yours truly
Keane

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 02:31 pm:

HI KEANE!!!...SORRY TO DIGRESS...BUT WHENEVER THE SUBJECT OF THE DETROIT EMERALDS COME UP...IT CERTAINLY BRINGS BACK FOND MEMORIES FOR ME...HAVING PERFORMED ON SHOWS WITH THEM IN THE LATE 60'S...AND EVEN HAVING USED THEM DURING THAT TIME AS MY BACKUP RHYTHM SECTION!!!...THOSE WERE TOTALLY NICE GUYS...MOST FRIENDLY...AND ALWAYS COOPERATIVE...EVEN WHEN BACKING UP "THE STRIDES" ...DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY HAD A HIT RECORD AT THE TIME...AND WE DID NOT!!!...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By Keane (209.87.128.124) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 12:38 am:

Dear Stu: It sounds like that guitar playing on
the 72 record could have been one of the Emeralds
then? Sure is unique.

Yers
Keane

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 12:48 am:

THE TILLMON BROTHERS WERE ALL MUSICIANS!!!...DUNE (AND I ALWAYS JUST KNEW HIM AS DUNE...BUT DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S HOW YOU SPELL DUNE) WAS A REALLY NICE GUY...AND PLAYED A HOLLOW BODY GUITAR!!!...I THINK THAT ABE PLAYED TOO AS I RECALL!!!...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By Keane (209.87.128.124) on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 11:14 pm:

Thanks. Whomever it was seemed to pick finger
style as two strings were plucked together alot.
Quite a warm bluesy effect, like Little Beaver, maybe.

Keane

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 06:49 pm:

Raymond Tilmon informed me that Abe Tilmon played on a lot of those songs for the recordings of the Emeralds. He says he couldn't tell me off hand, but if he were to listen to the recording he could tell you which of those guitars was Abe's playing. I think he also said the recording musicians were basically from Memphis.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (141.151.15.35) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 10:18 pm:

Most of the Memphis stuff was produced and engineered by Willie Motchell at Royal(Hi) studios on Lauderdale in Memphis.
Its in an old, small movie theater , ala Stax, sloping floor and all.
Its a funky place with an early 70's kinda vibe.
Its 24 track now but the classic stuff was cut on eight track(maybe 6 or 7 depending which tracks werent working, and the machine is still there.

The Hi sound is one of my all time favorite studio sounds and it had the fattest bottom out there.


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