Apollo Saturday Night

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
On November 13, 1963, as veteran producer/liner-notes writer Bob Altshuler explains, "Atco microphones were positioned on the Apollo stage" after the showing of a film preceding this concert, which began "a few minutes before twelve o'clock." Decades later, this material by Doris Troy, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, the Falcons, the Coasters, and Ben E. King remains a vital document of a special time when entertainment was pure and remarkable. Opening with Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd's version of the Falcons, the tone is set for the album, sticking to deeper cuts from the various artists' catalogs and shying away from their hits, with the exception of "Walking the Dog" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
On November 13, 1963, as veteran producer/liner-notes writer Bob Altshuler explains, "Atco microphones were positioned on the Apollo stage" after the showing of a film preceding this concert, which began "a few minutes before twelve o'clock." Decades later, this material by Doris Troy, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, the Falcons, the Coasters, and Ben E. King remains a vital document of a special time when entertainment was pure and remarkable. Opening with Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd's version of the Falcons, the tone is set for the album, sticking to deeper cuts from the various artists' catalogs and shying away from their hits, with the exception of "Walking the Dog" from Rufus Thomas and headliner Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." The two Otis Redding tracks were taped more than a year and a half before his first Top 40 hit, while the former Apollo Theater usherette who follows Redding on this set, the marvelous Doris Troy, was riding high with "Just One Look" on the charts a few months before this taping. That gem isn't here, but her unique interpretation of "Misty" and her own "Say Yeah" are. Every one of the performances is top-notch, concluding with a finale where all concerned do a short rendition of Ray Charles' "What I'd Say." Essential entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742099829
  • Catalog Number: 998

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Found a Love (2:53)
  2. 2 Alabama Bound (2:50)
  3. 3 Pain in My Heart (2:18)
  4. 4 These Arms of Mine (2:28)
  5. 5 Misty (2:12)
  6. 6 Say Yeah (2:27)
  7. 7 Rockin' Chair (3:03)
  8. 8 Walking the Dog (2:25)
  9. 9 'TAin't Nothing to Me (4:19)
  10. 10 Speedo's Back in Town (3:01)
  11. 11 Groovin' - Ben E. King (2:26)
  12. 12 Don't Play That Song (You Lied) - Ben E. King (3:01)
  13. 13 Stand by Me - Ben E. King (2:23)
  14. 14 What'd I Say - Finale (1:15)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Ray Charles Composer
Ben E. King Composer
Wilson Pickett Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Denis Charles Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Earl "Speedo" Carroll Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Nugetre Composer
Willie Schofield Composer
Robert West Composer
Pat Patterson Composer
Gregory Carrol Composer
Naomi Neville Composer
Betty Nelson Composer
Elmo Glick Composer
Burke Composer
Carroll Composer
Thomas Composer
Redding Composer
Pickett Composer
Garner Composer
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