Groovy Music Inc. has recently obtained the entire collection of master tapes from SAMBO RECORDING Studios 9912 Taylorsville Road in Louisville, Kentucky.This was made possible with
the cooperation of the former owners.Over the many years so many artists recorded at SAMBO .Groovy Music Inc. ( Marvin Maxwell &
Walker ED Amick) want to preserve the
history of the studio, the musicians and the music.Louisvillewas way ahead of the curve when it came to
recording and so called local bands.
NRBQ, Rugbys, Exile,
Lonnie Mack and so many more recorded there.Now for the first time the tapes are being
transferred to digital format to preserve history.
Groovy Music Inc. discovered that Louisville was and is a happening musical scene, not just locally but nationally
and internationally.The first three
releases of the Louisville Music Series sold well
overseas and there is a demand for more of the famed music from SAMBO RECORDING STUDIOS.These aren’t your so called
“garage bands” these are professional artists recorded
professionally, many of which made an impact on music thru charts, radio,
TV and more.
Bands like the Trendells, the
Carnations, and Elysian Field -- whichhave an album released in conjunction with the Soul, Inc.
recordings have been saved by Allen and Martin, who own Allen-Martin Video
Production. Thirty-five years ago they operated Sambo
Recording Studios on Taylorsville Road.
They recorded the early NRBQ incarnation, the Mersey
Interestingly enough, the quality of these independent
recordings (issued on such labels as Rondo, Boss and Star) not only sounds
sonically superior to much of the major label rock released at the time, but
even caused more than one observer to remark that some of the tracks sound as
if they were cut as late as the 1980s, which is not the case. Soul, Inc. was
just a rare example of a band that was truly ahead of its time.