Midnight Flyer

Midnight Flyer

by Felix CavaliereFelix Cavaliere


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A second outing from 1960s icons Steve Cropper of the MG's and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, following 2008's fine, Stax-grooving Nudge It Up a Notch, Midnight Flyer builds on the same retro-soul template. Again the playing is impeccable, with Cropper delivering the precise, tonally perfect guitar leads he's done his whole impressive career, while Cavaliere still has an expressively soulful voice and a wonderfully natural and joyous sense of phrasing, and track after track here starts like it's going to burn the house down. Most of these tracks were written by either Cropper or Cavaliere, or both (there are a couple of covers, most notably one of Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand the Rain"), and while everything sounds great, the songs sometimes shade into the generic, and the house escapes with mostly just smoke damage. The most memorable and grooving track is the last one, "Do It Like This," which is really an MG's-like instrumental with occasional vocal interjections, but both of these artists can still deliver the goods, and the assembled band has a wonderful, deep south Stax groove capability.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Stax
UPC: 0888072320253
catalogNumber: 32025

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Felix Cavaliere   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Ray Ventura   Talk Box
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Allison Presswood   Bass
Aria Cavaliere   Vocals
Mark Williams   Background Vocals
David Lugaba   Background Vocals
Russell Hospedales   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer,Producer
Henry Gross   Composer
Don Bryant   Composer
Felix Cavaliere   Composer,Producer
David Z.   Engineer
Bernard Miller   Composer
Ann Peebles   Composer
Jon Tiven   Composer
Tom Hambridge   Composer,Producer
Aria Cavaliere   Duet
Casey Wood   Engineer
Leslie Richter   Engineer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Albert J. Roman   Illustrations
Eddie Gore   Engineer
Smokey McAllister   Composer

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