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Got to Get Back!
     

Got to Get Back!

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by The Bo-Keys
 
Scott Bomar, the bassist/auteur of this large, horn-enhanced, Memphis-based retro-soul band, is nothing if not steeped in authenticity. Along with Brooklyn's Dap-Kings and Nashville's Dynamites, he's referencing the tough soul sound of the '60s and '70s to create contemporary yet retro-inspired roots music clearly

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Scott Bomar, the bassist/auteur of this large, horn-enhanced, Memphis-based retro-soul band, is nothing if not steeped in authenticity. Along with Brooklyn's Dap-Kings and Nashville's Dynamites, he's referencing the tough soul sound of the '60s and '70s to create contemporary yet retro-inspired roots music clearly indebted to its forebears. Working out of Memphis gives him a leg up on the competition, since he can call in original musicians who are still active to give his project more legitimacy. That's what happens on this 2011 follow-up to the 2004 Bo-Keys debut by utilizing guitarist Charles "Skipp" Pitts (the man who played the distinctive wah-wah on the opening to "The Theme from Shaft"), drummer Howard Grimes (member of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section), and keyboardist Archie "Hubie" Turner (also from the Hi crew) to help create a second dose of sizzling Memphis soul just like they did it in the old days. Unlike the first disc, which was all instrumental, some veteran singers including Otis Clay and William Bell join this one to add their stamp to a handful of tracks. Most of the songs are written by Bomar, although in a few cases, particularly the "Green Onions" rewrite of "Jack and Ginger" where even the organ solo sounds like Booker T., the similarities to other tracks from the music's golden era are so obvious that he should consider sharing credit with the original songwriters. A six-piece horn section brings tight, tough brass to the arrangements, giving the blues of "Sundown on Beale" (a showcase for guitarist Pitts) real heft. Harpist/vocalist Charlie Musselwhite takes control of the midtempo "I'm Going Home," singing with his distinctive weatherbeaten voice and laying his electrified harmonica (which frustratingly fades out during a second solo) over the production. Pitts does his best Wolfman Jack growl, talking through "Work That Sucka" against his unique wah-wah lines and horn charts right out of Shaft. Clay tears it up, sounding like Wilson Pickett in his prime on "Got to Get Back (To My Baby)," the album's standout track and grittiest performance, which is reprised as "Pt. 2," showing what happened in the studio after part one faded out. While unlikely to appeal to those who aren't fans of Memphis music's golden age, the Bo-Keys' uncanny reproduction of all that is memorable about that genre makes this a terrific listen. It might even make listeners dig back and explore the previous work of its veteran guest stars, which would be just fine with Bomar.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Electraphonic
UPC:
0600385211727
catalogNumber:
106

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bo-Keys   Primary Artist
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Howard Grimes   Percussion,Drums
Willie Hall   Percussion,Drums
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone
Archie Turner   Keyboards
Gamble   Keyboards
John Gary Williams   Background Vocals
Spencer Wiggins   Background Vocals
Scott Bomar   Bass,Percussion
Marc Franklin   Trumpet
Kirk Smothers   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Derrick Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Guitar

Technical Credits

Adam Hill   Engineer
Scott Bomar   Producer,Engineer
Marc Franklin   Horn Arrangements
Kevin Houston   Engineer
Conley   Composer

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Got to Get Back! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pjrcpa More than 1 year ago
In a world of ersatzes soul here we have the real deal, a record that literally drips the sweat of deep soul and the righteous grooves of classic Memphis soul. These are not the Dap-Kings, this is a band made up of real Memphis soul giants including Charles "Skip" Pitts, Howard Grimes, Willie Hall and Floyd Newman among others. Led by bassist Scott Bomar, The Bo-Keys are vets from Stax and Hi Records are not pretenders to the throne but the real kings of soul. The disk itself is a wonderful mixture of classic Memphis soul instrumentals ("Hi Roller" and "Just Chillin'"), funk ("Work That Sucker") and blues (I'm Going Home"). It features great vocal guest spots from the Stax master singer William Bell ("Weak Spot") and Hi Records Otis Clay ("Got to get Back to my Baby") and gospel/soul singer Percy Wiggins ("Catch this Teardrop"). The disk even has the Memphis blues tradition covered with a wonderful blues with harp master "Memphis" Charlie Musslewhite. If you have any love for traditional soul grooves do yourself a favor and get this fabulous CD IMMEDIATELY!