Stax Profiles

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
If the truth be known, Rufus Thomas wasn't the greatest of singers, but maybe due to his vaudeville background he started his performing career as a comedian for the Rabbit's Foot Minstrels in the '30s, he knew how to handle a crowd and keep everyone riveted and on their feet from the moment he hit the stage with his assortment of funky songs about dogs, chickens, bear cats, and penguins, for Thomas understood a fundamental fact: it doesn't much matter what you're singing about if everybody's dancing. This concise anthology, Stax Profiles, collects tracks from his lengthy stay with Stax Records, including an alternate take of his signature "Walking the Dog" it doesn't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
If the truth be known, Rufus Thomas wasn't the greatest of singers, but maybe due to his vaudeville background he started his performing career as a comedian for the Rabbit's Foot Minstrels in the '30s, he knew how to handle a crowd and keep everyone riveted and on their feet from the moment he hit the stage with his assortment of funky songs about dogs, chickens, bear cats, and penguins, for Thomas understood a fundamental fact: it doesn't much matter what you're singing about if everybody's dancing. This concise anthology, Stax Profiles, collects tracks from his lengthy stay with Stax Records, including an alternate take of his signature "Walking the Dog" it doesn't matter that the original single isn't compiled here; the song works the same in any and all versions that Thomas recorded, the original cut of the ridiculous yet completely and delightfully irresistible "Do the Funky Chicken," and a Stax remake of Thomas' original Sun Records single, "Bear Cat," which is really "Hound Dog" in all but name. There are other Thomas collections out there that cover virtually this same ground, but there is a nice flow to this one, and from the first note of "Walking the Dog," even the most disinterested of listeners will get the point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218862028
  • Catalog Number: 8620
  • Sales rank: 117,123

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rufus Thomas Primary Artist, Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
The Memphis Horns Track Performer
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Gordon Edwards Bass
Fred Ford Saxophone, Group Member
Karl Fuller Trumpet
Willie Hall Drums
Paul Harrell Saxophone
Wayne Jackson Trumpet, Group Member
Booker T. Jones Keyboards
Ed Logan Saxophone, Group Member
Andrew Love Saxophone, Group Member
Herb Lovelle Drums
Cedric Martin Bass
Louis McCall Drums
Marvell Thomas Keyboards
Michael Toles Guitar
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
James Alexander Bass
Felton C. Pilate II Trombone
Ronnie Williams Piano
Technical Credits
Rufus Thomas Composer
Roger Armstrong Liner Notes
Al Bell Producer
Tom Nixon Producer
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Naomi Neville Composer
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