Stax Profiles

Stax Profiles

by Rufus Thomas
     
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
Label:
Stax
UPC:
0025218862028
catalogNumber:
8620
Rank:
96150

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus Thomas   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
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   Drums
James Alexander   Bass
Felton C. Pilate   Trombone
Ronnie Williams   Piano

Technical Credits

Rufus Thomas   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Liner Notes
Bell   Producer
Tom Nixon   Producer
Al Jackson   Producer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Naomi Neville   Composer

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