Money Talks

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Although the Bar-Kays stuck with the Stax Records until its demise in 1976, the label stopped releasing the group's recordings after 1973. However, when they re-emerged as a success on the Mercury label with hits like "Shake Your Rump to the Funk," some unreleased recordings they made between 1974 and 1976 were released as an album entitled Money Talks. Although this repackaging was obviously designed to cash in on the group's success, Money Talks stands up as a solid and consistent album in its own right. This material lays the groundwork for the Bar-Kays' post-Stax style by trading live-in-the-studio jams for a carefully produced sound and blending in standout pop ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Although the Bar-Kays stuck with the Stax Records until its demise in 1976, the label stopped releasing the group's recordings after 1973. However, when they re-emerged as a success on the Mercury label with hits like "Shake Your Rump to the Funk," some unreleased recordings they made between 1974 and 1976 were released as an album entitled Money Talks. Although this repackaging was obviously designed to cash in on the group's success, Money Talks stands up as a solid and consistent album in its own right. This material lays the groundwork for the Bar-Kays' post-Stax style by trading live-in-the-studio jams for a carefully produced sound and blending in standout pop hooks into the funky grooves. The best example is "Holy Ghost," a hard-grooving monster of a jam where elaborate horn arrangements dance around a thick synthesizer bassline as Larry Dodson lays down a salacious vocal about his lover's otherworldly romantic skills. It became a big R&B hit when released as a single in 1978 and was later sampled by M/A/R/R/S on their club classic "Pump Up the Volume." Other memorable tracks include the title track, a high-stepping tune that showcases the chops of the horn players, and "Mean Mistreater," an unlikely but effective Grand Funk Railroad cover that transforms the minimalist original tune into a spooky yet sexy mood piece built on some languid keyboard work. None of the other tracks are as strong as "Holy Ghost" which is so good that it bookends the album in two versions, but they are all listenable and flow together surprisingly well as an album. All in all, Money Talks is a fine slab of vintage funk that will please anyone who loves old-school grooves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/1991
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218410625
  • Catalog Number: 4106
  • Sales rank: 73,620

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holy Ghost (3:56)
  2. 2 Feelin' Alright (4:56)
  3. 3 Monster (6:50)
  4. 4 Money Talks (6:51)
  5. 5 Mean Mistreater (5:45)
  6. 6 Holy Ghost (6:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bar-Kays Primary Artist
Bill Summers Percussion, Conga
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Michael Beard Drums
Greg Crockett Bass, Guitar
Larry "D" Dodson Vocals
Lloyd Smith Guitar
Dale Warren Keyboards
James Alexander Bass
Winston Stewart Synthesizer, Keyboards
Charles "Scoop" Allen Trumpet
Paul Smith Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Bill Summers Contributor
Ralph MacDonald Contributor
James Banks Composer
Michael Beard Contributor
William Brown Engineer
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Vocal Arrangements
Greg Crockett Contributor
Larry "D" Dodson Contributor
Harvey "Joe" Henderson Contributor
Robert Jackson Engineer
Phil Kaffel Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Lloyd Smith Contributor
Dale Warren Contributor, Horn Arrangements
Eddie Marion Composer
James Alexander Contributor
Winston Stewart Contributor
Phil Carroll Art Direction
Brian Zick Illustrations
Charles "Scoop" Allen Contributor
Henderson Thigpen Composer
Paul Smith Contributor
W.C. Brown III Engineer
Allen Jones Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    classic funk at it's best !!!

    "Money Talks" by The Bar-Kays is a good album with a few gems. The title cut grooves and so does "Feelin'Alright". But the real reason to but this CD is for one of the all time funk monster jams "Holy Ghost". The painful ballad "Mean Mistreator" is also a good listen. If you like old school funk then you'll love this CD in your collection.

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