O.V. Wright – 1973 – Memphis Unlimited

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A masterpiece of deep Southern soul.

Listen to O.V. wail over the fading bars of Nothing Comes To A Sleeper – spine-tingling stuff. Simply amazing that no one has sought to rerelease any of his albums on CD yet. Hard-driving soul produced by Willie Mitchell.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Back Beat record with covers.

A1. I’ve Been Searching 2:34
A2. Nothing Comes to A Sleeper 3:14
A3. The Only Thing that Saved Me 2:30
A4. He’s My Son 2:45
A5. You Must Believe in Yourself 2:41
A6. Lost in the Shuffle 3:24
B1. I’d Rather Be Blind Cripple and Crazy 2:42
B2. Please Forgive Me 4:04
B3. Are You Going Where I’m Coming from 3:08
B4. Ghetto Child 3:29

B5. Memory Blues 3:29
B6. I’m Going Home 2:42

O.V. Wright is part of the Pantheon Of 1960s Soul, up therewith Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding. He’s not as well known as them–at least in America–but his songs have been covered by Redding, the Rolling Stones, Robert Cray, and Ann Peebles. Like Burke and Franklin, his vocal style was heavily based in Southern gospel music, passionately balancing the sacred and the secular. Wright fervently implored, pleaded, and howled his tales of love lost, strayed, thwarted, or shattered. The music is prime Memphis rhythm & blues: full of sharp, terse guitar, rich Hammond organ, and gospel-informed background vocals–tight and funky but never slick.

Memphis Unlimited was released on Back Beat Records and distributed by ABC, but it was arranged and produced by Willie Mitchell and has that classic southern Soul sound of Hi Records. Mitchell’s amazing production made everyone he worked with sound like Al Green like on I’ve Been Searching, You Must Believe In Yourself, I’d Rather Be Blind, Cripple, And Crazy, Are You Going Where I’m Coming From, and I’m Going Home (To Live With God). The other songs are decent as well, making Memphis Unlimited one of those few records you can listen to from beginning to end.

From the book “The Rough Guide to Soul and R & B” : Considered by many to be the greatest deep soul singer of em all, O.V.Wright may have crossed over from gospel, but he never truly left behind. More than the records of any other soul singer, Wright’s best releases were straight gospel records with different lyrics and they had an inensity of feeling that could be matched only by some of James Carr’s best sides.

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  • houseinrlyeh
    Posted at 18:59h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    I just want to say thank you for this album.
    I love the few songs of Wright I know, so this is making me really happy.

  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 19:23h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you…..

  • robert
    Posted at 20:04h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Absolutely badass, O.V. is the man!

    Thanks for this!

  • willjello
    Posted at 20:45h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    thank you for this deep soul masterpiece!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:11h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    This Is what soul is all about! Thanks Nikos!!

  • andre
    Posted at 21:50h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    thanks for the ov, never heard this one before, thanks for puttin me up on some new stuff.

  • arkane1
    Posted at 22:08h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Nikos! Thank you very much for sharing this LP. O.V. Wright is one of my favorite soul singers. Going to post a couple albums Saturday. Talk to you later. Peace and Blessings.

  • jack_faith
    Posted at 04:01h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    is it just me or is rapidshare completely dead? Their happy hours are rather ironic, as so much of the time seems to betheir unhappy ones where the links lead nowhere. They may be fast but sharebee, megaupload, zhare etc. are a lot more reliable

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 04:22h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Southern grooviness by the Willie/Overton magical combination. Sheer beauty. Back Beat was a Duke-Peacock subsidiary with more magic, which I dare say looking forward to find it here someday Nikos. Once again, big thanks bro.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 04:28h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Nikos…perfect for balancing up a sunny saturday morning! :¬)


  • Laker
    Posted at 06:43h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    His records with Back Beat were fantastic. A great Soul Man. Respect.

  • ANne
    Posted at 08:31h, 10 May 2008 Reply


  • mg
    Posted at 10:21h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Excellent artist and record! Great site!

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 12:02h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you.

  • bob
    Posted at 15:29h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    I really like your collection here, nikos. Overton Vertis Wright was Soul.

  • R Boogz
    Posted at 17:18h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Been looking for some O.V. Wright for a minute.

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 17:55h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Wow,a true legend.Fantastic share,thanx a lot.

  • marco bomax from Italy
    Posted at 19:50h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    great blog with great music

  • squirrelwhisperer
    Posted at 20:35h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    thank you

  • El Rosso
    Posted at 02:54h, 11 May 2008 Reply


  • soulbrotha
    Posted at 03:27h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    Finally, I get to hear some OV Wright! Thanks Nikos! 🙂

  • John
    Posted at 07:28h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    O.V. rules. Keep on with your fantastic LP’s collection. Thanks for the music lessons.

  • Thal
    Posted at 11:41h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    good job nikos

  • Regina
    Posted at 16:18h, 11 May 2008 Reply


  • Mick
    Posted at 17:36h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    man, your music taste is soooooooooooo high. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  • SC08
    Posted at 20:48h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you for this treat Nikos, very appreciated

  • W
    Posted at 01:40h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    A mighty album! Thanks.

  • nick
    Posted at 16:18h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    Still sounds great. Amazing album.

  • Grizz
    Posted at 22:39h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    Great stuff here. Love OV’s stuff. thank you very much!!

  • T.A.
    Posted at 04:45h, 13 May 2008 Reply

    Another of your goodies. O.V was so great……….

  • Sotiris
    Posted at 17:05h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Very large! Perfect job Niko1109.

  • Rich
    Posted at 17:22h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Cant wait to hear this one. thanx again nikos.

  • cob
    Posted at 02:31h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    o.v. rulz. thx for all ur hard work! yr blog is da bomb!

  • Les
    Posted at 00:47h, 22 May 2008 Reply

    I’ve been wanting to hear something by O.V. Wright for a long time.
    Thanks for making it happen. There isn’t a better singer of soul out.

  • Jazzsoulman
    Posted at 17:48h, 22 May 2008 Reply

    You’ve got such an incredible music taste. Thanks a lot for this soulful gem. I love O.V.’s voice

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 08:19h, 25 May 2008 Reply

    I’ve been searchin, I’ve been searchin
    for an O.V album. Only heard about two handfuls of his songs before so this is really happy times.
    Thank you. Yes, the lost in tyme was a favourite of mine. Can’t really begin to say how many new artists
    I’ve found thrue that place.
    God bless.

  • Jock
    Posted at 16:33h, 25 May 2008 Reply

    Once again. You come up trumps. Fantastic.

  • SP
    Posted at 01:10h, 28 June 2008 Reply

    Wonderful LP, what a singer! Thankyou for these posts,

  • BenTheBalladeer
    Posted at 22:49h, 20 September 2008 Reply

    Hi, the link does not work anymore, is it possible to repost link

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 01:43h, 21 September 2008 Reply

    The link is working again. Enjoy!

  • Chris
    Posted at 19:15h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Ahhhhh, more Willie Mitchell productions. Thanks for getting this O.V. joint on the page. PEace

  • Dan
    Posted at 02:26h, 01 January 2009 Reply

    What a great record. Went back and listened to this again today and remembered I got it here first! Thanks so much for all the amazing hard work you put into this blog. This place is a dream come true for soul lovers!

  • spc
    Posted at 23:15h, 13 February 2009 Reply

    Thank you for this greaat album! Really enjoyed it, as I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve heard by OV Wright

  • Mikey
    Posted at 13:10h, 30 June 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much for this fabulous music Nikos.

    The record was recently released on CD but the guys who remastered it turned the bass and drums up way too high.

    Conversely the balance on this vinyl rip is just right. Guess they should’ve left well enough alone.

  • Becky
    Posted at 23:34h, 04 July 2009 Reply

    I love O.V.Wright and have been looking for some of his syuff for ages. I can’t tell you how happy i am to have found this. You have FANTASTIC music taste. LOVE YOU!!!

  • besmel
    Posted at 19:47h, 30 December 2009 Reply

    Thanx alot.

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