Memphis and the Mississippi Delta have been the homes of one of the world's most extraordinary music scenes, expanding from the rock 'n' roll of Elvis Presley, through to the soul of Otis Redding, Al Green and Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and later the extraordinary modern pop of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Now, all generations of Memphis music are uniting in a phenomenal move which sees the heart-warming coming together of musicians of all ages, races and creeds. Among those featuring in the movie are Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Charlie Musselwhite and Frayser Boy, and together they take to the studio in one of the most inspirational collaborations of all time - and they're taking you along for the ride.
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There's not a lot of setup for why this film is made -- though the half-assed reunion concert that concludes the brisk film comes off as even sillier than the one in Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In the beginning, our narrators state simply that they wonder what happened to pioneering soul singers like Wilson Pickett, Rufus Thomas, Jerry Butler, and The Chi-Lites. Turns out there's not a lot of mystery to it; they're still alive and kicking, and judging from the footage in the film, they're doing a lot of radio appearances. The exception is Isaac Hayes, who would go on to renewed fame by voicing the role of "Chef" on the South Park TV show -- and in fact it's Hayes that gets more screen time here than any of his compatriots.
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