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Just Because I'm Leavin'...
     

Just Because I'm Leavin'...

by Rufus Thomas
 
When Rufus Thomas passed away on December 15, 2001 at the age of 84, admirers could take some comfort in knowing that he had lived a long, productive life. Most of his major hits were recorded for Stax in the '60s and early '70s, but after Stax's collapse, Thomas continued to record from time to time -- and he stayed in Memphis until the end. Although Thomas was

Overview

When Rufus Thomas passed away on December 15, 2001 at the age of 84, admirers could take some comfort in knowing that he had lived a long, productive life. Most of his major hits were recorded for Stax in the '60s and early '70s, but after Stax's collapse, Thomas continued to record from time to time -- and he stayed in Memphis until the end. Although Thomas was actually born in Mississippi, Memphis is where he spent much of his life and recorded hits like "Walking the Dog" and "Do the Funky Chicken." It's also where he provided the 11 tracks on Just Because I'm Leavin', which contains material that was recorded in 1990 and 1991 but went unreleased until April 2005. Thomas makes no effort to appeal to the urban contemporary R&B/blues scene of the early '90s; "Miss Jane," "If There Were No Music" and other selections are straight-up, undiluted Memphis soul in the classic-'60s sense. Stylistically, there is very little difference between Just Because I'm Leavin' and the material he recorded for Stax 25- and 30-years-earlier; that is true on Thomas originals as well as an inspired remake of Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again" (which shows how well a country song can lend itself to an R&B makeover). Not everything on this CD is soul in the strict sense; Just Because I'm Leavin' also contains some 12-bar blues performances, which only add to the album's Stax-like appeal -- although R&B was Stax's main focus, they also put out their share of electric blues. Just Because I'm Leavin' falls short of essential; by the early '90s, Thomas was past his prime. But even so, this an enjoyable, noteworthy disc that hardcore collectors will welcome.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - David Wild
1/2 Nice to know that even in his senior-tour years, Thomas was still cooking up some seriously funky chicken.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Segue Records
UPC:
0825346841229
catalogNumber:
5

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus Thomas   Primary Artist,Vocals
Carla Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenneth Jackson   Trumpet
Robbie Kondor   Piano
Fred Nicholson   Organ
Ray Sanders   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Gardner   Drums
James Lott   Guitar,Background Vocals
Gary Hardy   Background Vocals
Donnie Baer   Guitar
Mike Gardner   Drums
Fred Nicholson   Organ
Kenneth Jackson   Trumpet
Steve Spear   Bass Guitar
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Vaneese Thomas   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Randy Haspel   Composer,Liner Notes
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Wayne Warnecke   Executive Producer
Alvin Davis   Composer
James Lott   Engineer
Jules Taub   Composer
R.C. King   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Todd Spire   Art Direction
Steven Goff   Executive Producer

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