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Do the Funky Chicken

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072331785
  • Catalog Number: 33178
  • Sales rank: 111,320

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do the Funky Chicken - The Memphis Horns (3:18)
  2. 2 Let the Good Times Roll (3:39)
  3. 3 Sixty Minute Man - The Memphis Horns (7:18)
  4. 4 Lookin' For a Love (3:49)
  5. 5 Bear Cat (AKA Hound Dog) (2:57)
  6. 6 Old McDonald Had a Farm, Pt. 1 (3:44)
  7. 7 Old McDonald Had a Farm, Pt. 2 (2:47)
  8. 8 Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown (2:42)
  9. 9 Soul Food (4:31)
  10. 10 Turn Your Damper Down (2:54)
  11. 11 The Preacher and the Bear - The Memphis Horns (3:56)
  12. 12 Funky Mississippi - The Memphis Horns (2:58)
  13. 13 So Hard To Get Along With - The Memphis Horns (3:05)
  14. 14 Funky Way - The Memphis Horns (2:58)
  15. 15 I Want To Hold You - The Memphis Horns (2:11)
  16. 16 Itch and Scratch, Pt. 1 - Malaco Rhythm Section (3:14)
  17. 17 Itch and Scratch, Pt. 2 - Malaco Rhythm Section (2:45)
  18. 18 Boogie Ain't Nuttin' (But Gettin' Down), Pt. 1 - The South Memphis Horns (2:58)
  19. 19 Boogie Ain't Nuttin' (But Gettin' Down), Pt. 2 - The South Memphis Horns (2:43)
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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
Al Bell Producer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Wayne Jackson Arranger
Andrew Love Arranger
Bobby Manuel Engineer
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Tom Nixon Arranger, Producer
Jo Bridges Arranger
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Arthur Collins Composer
David Krieger Art Direction
Zelda Samuels Composer
William Ward 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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