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Do the Funky Chicken
     

Do the Funky Chicken

by Rufus Thomas
 
Rufus Thomas' first album following Stax's break from the Atlantic had "Do the Funky Chicken" as its centerpiece, so the emphasis upon good-humored dance tunes was unsurprising. There were some weird moments, particularly the down-and-bestial seven-minute update of "Sixty Minute Man" (on which Rufus sounds like he's singing in tongues), a remake of "Bear Cat," and a

Overview

Rufus Thomas' first album following Stax's break from the Atlantic had "Do the Funky Chicken" as its centerpiece, so the emphasis upon good-humored dance tunes was unsurprising. There were some weird moments, particularly the down-and-bestial seven-minute update of "Sixty Minute Man" (on which Rufus sounds like he's singing in tongues), a remake of "Bear Cat," and a two-part version of "Old McDonald Had a Farm." Still, the slightly goofy uptempo arrangements can get a little tiresome, and since his best hits from the period are better than the album-only tracks, almost everyone should just stick with a compilation. Some editions add seven bonus tracks from 1968-1974 singles, which are OK but not essential; Eddie Floyd's "Funky Mississippi" (from 1968) is about the best.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072331785
catalogNumber:
33178
Rank:
103521

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus Thomas   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Easley   Tenor Saxophone
Ollie & the Nightingales   Background Vocals
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Lewis Collins   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Isaac Hayes   Organ,Keyboards
Jack Hale   Trombone
Willie Hall   Drums
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Edgar Matthews   Trumpet
Gene Miller   Trumpet
James Mitchell   Saxophone
Marvell Thomas   Keyboards
Michael Toles   Keyboards
Tommy Lee Williams   Baritone Saxophone
James Alexander   Bass
Dick Steff   Trumpet
Ronnie Williams   Piano
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Producer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Arranger,Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Bell   Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Wayne Jackson   Arranger
Andrew Love   Arranger
Bobby Manuel   Engineer
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Billy Ward   Composer
Tom Nixon   Arranger,Producer
Jo Bridges   Arranger
Al Jackson   Producer
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
Arthur Collins   Composer
David Krieger   Art Direction
Zelda Samuels   Composer
Chris Clough   Reissue Producer
Calvin Arnold   Composer
Ronald Hayes   Composer
Toby King   Composer
J.W. Alexander   Composer
Theard   Composer
Ronnie Capone   Engineer
Henry Bush   Engineer

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