The Mar-Keys

Damifiknow!/Memphis Experience

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A two-for-one disc combining a couple strange releases, neither of which were truly the Mar-Keys. Damifiknow! was played by Booker T. & the MG's, supplemented by a horn section that would become the Memphis Horns; Memphis Experience combined Mar-Keys outtakes with instrumentals by Memphis musicians with no connection to prior Mar-Keys lineups. It's a convenient way for major Stax/soul collectors to pick up two of the group's odder records, but it's not a representative reflection of the Mar-Keys. Nor is the music especially noteworthy: Damifiknow! is easygoing, rather humdrum soul instrumentals that don't pack nearly the punch of the MG's at their best, while Memphis Experience is average wordless early '70s soul-funk with occasional psychedelic/hard rock tinges.

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