Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings Primal Scream Sony Primal Scream’s epoch-defining Screamadelica was always going to be a tough one to follow. Here was an album that embodied the spirit of Jesse Jackson’s speech at Wattstax in 1972, sampled in the album’s centrepiece Come Together: “Gospel, and rhythm and blues, and jazz, all those are just labels, we know that music is music.” The 1991 release fused this musical freedom with the spirit of the rave, which few artists have done since. What happened next? The Scottish band went to Memphis to make a soul-rock-country album with Atlantic Records producer Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals studio rhythm section, but it was never released. Instead, the same songs were rerecorded with producer George Drakoulias. Dowd’s versions are a revelation. The band’s ventures into misty country soul in the vein of the Rolling Stones or the Faces (such as Damaged on Screamdelica) have always been wonderful, and the original Give Out But Don’t Give Up was full of them. Now, under Dowd’s spell, the full magic emerges, swathed in subtle brass, softly-softly drums, Bobby Gillespie’s delivery doubly plaintive and less urgent. It’s where songs such as Call On Me, Big Jet Plane and Free — all pretty much from the Exile on Main Street songbook — are allowed to soar. It also includes out-takes, demos and rehearsals never released previously. It is a much looser and significantly better version of the album the band inexplicably replaced it with in 1994.