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Image: 1586924 Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history.

Under the spiritual influence of the ''Singing River'' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. ''I'll Take You There'', ''Brown Sugar'', ''When a Man Loves a Woman'', ''I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You'', ''Mustang Sally'', ''Tell Mama'', ''Kodachrome'', and ''Freebird'' are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there.

At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique 'Muscle Shoals sound' and the rhythm section 'The Swampers'.

In this movie legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today.


1. Arthur Alexander ''You Better Move On''
2. Jimmy Hughes ''Steal Away''
3. Percy Sledge ''When A Man Loves A Woman''
4. Aretha Franklin ''I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You)
5. Etta James ''Tell Mama''
6. Clarence Carter ''Patches''
7. Wilson Pickett ''Hey Jude''
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd ''Free Bird''
9. The Staple Singers ''I'll Take You There''
10. Jimmy Cliff ''Sitting In Limbo''
11. Traffic ''(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired''
12. Paul Simon ''Kodachrome''
13. Alicia Keys ''Pressing On'' Available from 17.01.2014
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