Mannish Boys: The Stax & Volt Recordings 1969-74

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"Mannish Boy" was the name of one of Muddy Waters' roughest songs, but the Newcomers never seemed to swagger. The second-line Stax/Volt act racked up a few R&B hits between 1969 and 1974, all characterized by their cheerful harmonies -- a down-home Southern variation on the exuberance of the Jackson 5. This separated the Newcomers from their Stax brethren and that also makes Mannish Boys, a 2013 collection from Ace that contains 24 cuts from the vocal group, including several demos and unreleased cuts, so much fun. Some of this has the limber, elastic funk of prime Stax, but it's all driven by the cheerful swagger of the vocal quartet, a group that was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"Mannish Boy" was the name of one of Muddy Waters' roughest songs, but the Newcomers never seemed to swagger. The second-line Stax/Volt act racked up a few R&B hits between 1969 and 1974, all characterized by their cheerful harmonies -- a down-home Southern variation on the exuberance of the Jackson 5. This separated the Newcomers from their Stax brethren and that also makes Mannish Boys, a 2013 collection from Ace that contains 24 cuts from the vocal group, including several demos and unreleased cuts, so much fun. Some of this has the limber, elastic funk of prime Stax, but it's all driven by the cheerful swagger of the vocal quartet, a group that was enthusiastically existing within its time, incorporating trends -- whether it was punchy horns, enveloping strings, or syncopated disco beats, and sometimes even the slow, late-night urban blues of the early '70s -- whenever it had the chance. If the Newcomers never quite had a song that turned heads, they often mined an appealing sound, particularly toward the end of their career when they started to look to Philadelphia instead of Detroit as their touchstone, and there winds up being a lot to like on this collection of their best and unheard tunes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: Ace Records Import
  • UPC: 029667056120
  • Catalog Number: 6705612
  • Sales rank: 1,646

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Newcomers Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tommy Tate Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Al Bell Composer
William Brown Composer
Darryl Carter Composer
Lance Finnie Composer
Carl Hampton Composer
Bobby Manuel Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Helen Robinson Composer
Marvell Thomas Composer
Michael Toles Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Robert Rappaport Composer
Steve Rappaport Composer
John Spirit Composer
John Gary Williams Composer
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Carl Smith Composer
Joan Robinson Composer
Marshall Jones Composer
Allen Jones Composer
Melvin Davis Composer
Mack Rice Composer
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