"Recorded in 1975, Selvidge and producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star, Ry
Cooder, The Replacements) created a 12-track song cycle, captured live
in the studio with Selvidge on vocals and guitar, plus Dickinson on
piano with Memphis’ iconic Mudboy and the Neutrons on two tracks. With a
cover photo taken by William Eggleston, it was destined for greatness,
but when Peabody Records’ benefactor decided not to put the record out
at the last minute, he gave the rights to the recently pressed LP to
Selvidge, who drove down to the plant, loaded up his car and distributed
them himself. The album eventually found its way into regional stores
and the national press, even reaching the Cashbox charts, and was enough
to take Selvidge to New York, but life intervened, and bigger record
deals were not in the cards.
Omnivore Recordings is proud to issue this indelible piece of the
Memphis music canon on LP for the first time since its initial release. Produced in conjunction
with Sid’s son, Steve (The Hold Steady), it has been expanded to
include six previously unissued tracks from the original sessions. (The he LP has the original 12
tracks with a download card for the full 18 songs.) Consisting of
originals, blues standards, and Broadway classics, The Cold Of The Morning,
is not only a snapshot of a time and place, but of Selvidge himself.
The package includes rare photographs and an in-depth essay from Bob
Mehr of The Commercial Appeal.
Selvidge would eventually turn Peabody into a boutique label, issuing
records by Cybil Shepherd, and even Alex Chilton’s solo debut, Like Files On Sherbert. He continued to record, releasing a 1993 album on Elektra and a triumphant swansong, I Should Be Blue, in 2010. But, it all began on The Cold Of The Morning.
“He said, ‘Look, I’ve made my classic record,” recalls his son, Steve.
“It was almost like he was apart from it. It really was the perfect
capturing of the perfect moment, and it made for his most perfect
statement.” - OMNIVORE
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 26 March, 2014.