Editors’ Notes Memphis’ Box Tops tore in and out of pop consciousness between 1967 and 1971. This superb collection documents the young blue-eyed soul group’s ride, from hit-song wonders (“Cry Like a Baby,” “The Letter,” and “Soul Deep”) to glorious near-misses (especially the chugging “Choo Choo Train” and beautiful takes on Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” and Lee Dorsey’s “People Gonna Talk”). It’s easy to marvel at the teenaged Alex Chilton, whose cigarette-husky voice sounded like it belonged to a years-older black soul shouter. Devotees of Big Star will adore the early Chilton-penned numbers here too, such as the brassy-cool “Together” and the soul-psych popper “I See Only Sunshine.”

SONG
The Letter
1
1:52
 
Neon Rainbow
2
3:01
 
Happy Times
3
1:44
 
Cry Like a Baby
4
2:31
 
Fields of Clover
5
2:49
 
Choo Choo Train
6
2:50
 
She Shot a Hole In My Soul
7
2:41
 
People Gonna Talk
8
4:08
 
I Met Her In Church
9
2:41
 
Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March
10
2:13
 
Together
11
3:21
 
I Must Be the Devil
12
3:34
 
Soul Deep
13
2:26
 
I Shall Be Released
14
2:46
 
Happy Song
15
1:55
 
Turn On a Dream
16
2:48
 
I See Only Sunshine
17
2:14
 
You Keep Tightening Up On Me
18
2:51