In 1967, during a brief intermission from her heroin addiction, James made an excursion to the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama to lay down "Tell Mama
." She recorded "Blind" for the B-side of the single and also cut a cover of the Otis Redding song "Security." The Alabama studios were perfect for James, since it was an isolated area with little access to drugs and alcohol, and home to some of the best backing musicians in the business. Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
" had been recorded at FAME, as well as songs by Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett. David Hood, who played bass on the sessions, told us that they did the song in one take with FAME owner Rick Hall running the session. Said Hood, "It was a pretty simple song, but her performance was great and apparently our performances were good. They may have gone back and re-done some vocals. In 1967 Rick was just going multi track. It had been mono prior to that. And so fixing things in those days was a whole lot harder than it is nowadays. Sometimes if there was a missed note or something like that, you wouldn't do anything about it, you'd let it go. Nowadays you fix everything."