by Al Kooper


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The best of all of Al Kooper's studio albums, Rekooperation is a mostly instrumental album, on which the artist (playing organ and piano, and occasional guitar) and a band including Jimmy Vivino, Harvey Brooks, and Fred Walcott, among others, roar and pound their way through a baker's dozen of R&B, rock & roll, and soul classics. Everything from chestnuts like "Soul Twist," "Honky Tonk," "Johnny B. Goode," "Clean Up Woman," and " Don't Be Cruel" to originals such as "Downtime" and "Alvino Johnson's Shuffle," without a notable gap in quality between them, are included -- and the one vocal number, "I Wanna Little Girl," contains one of the finest singing performances that Kooper has ever turned in on record (but is also played so well, that it would work as an instrumental too). In many ways, this recording is a distant cousin to Blood, Sweat & Tears' Child Is Father to the Man, and was his first attempt at leading a band since that 1968 venture, which was sort of fitting since it led to Soul of a Man, Kooper's live-in-concert career retrospective album, the next time out.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/1994
UPC: 0016126510729
catalogNumber: 65107


  1. Downtime
  2. After the Lights Go Down Low
  3. When the Spell Is Broken
  4. How 'my Ever Gonna Get over You
  5. Sneakin' Round the Barnyard
  6. Soul Twist-Ed
  7. Looking for Clues
  8. Honky Tonk
  9. Clean up Woman
  10. Don't Be Cruel
  11. Alvino Johnson's Shuffle
  12. Johnny B. Goode
  13. I Wanna Little Girl

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kooper   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Multi Instruments,Wurlitzer
John Sebastian   Harmonica
Hank Crawford   Alto (Vocal)
Dick Hyman   Piano
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
John Simon   Piano,Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Crispin Cioe   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Laurence Etkin   Trumpet
Jim Fielder   Drums
Anton Fig   Drums
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Vocals
Bob Funk   Trombone
John Gardner   Percussion,Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Vivino   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Fred Walcott   Percussion
Arno Hecht   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kooper   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Art Direction
Steve Rosenthal   Engineer
Jimmy Vivino   Horn Arrangements
Stephen King   Liner Notes
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer

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