The Box Tops Soul Deep: The Best Of The Box Tops on Limited Edition 180g LP
The Box Tops were a ground breaking 1960s blue-eyed soul group from Memphis, TN fronted by Alex Chilton (later of Big Star) who first charted in 1967 with the classic "The Letter," which like most of their material of the era, was recorded at Chips Moman's "American" recording studio and was produced by Dan Penn. In fact they were the first Memphis artists to record in their hometown and have a No. 1 record!
From 1967-69, the group released four albums and ten singles. "The Letter" remained at the top of Billboard's chart for four weeks in 1967; their third single, "Cry Like A Baby," hit the No. 2 position for two weeks in 1968. Both records went gold with "The Letter" selling over four million copies and "Cry Like A Baby" over two million.
Though British Invasion groups like the Beatles, the Kinks, and Them had an influence on their musical style, the principal influence came directly from the Memphis blues and R&B artists and to a lesser extent from the blues and rockabilly sounds that came out of Sam Phillips' Sun records. Also, many in the group recognize Memphis DJ Dewy Phillips as a significant influence on the Box Tops' eclectic taste.
Soul Deep is an essential 18-track compilation of The Box Tops' finest tracks anchored by the aforementioned "The Letter" and "Cry Like A Baby," and rounded out by further hits like "Soul Deep," "Neon Rainbow," "I Met Her in Church" and "Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March."