Rufus Thomas – Do The Funky Chicken (1969/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 64:34 minutes | 2,35 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 64:34 minutes | 1,35 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTrakcs | Artwork: Digital booklet | Genre: R&B
– STAX Remasters, Bonus Tracks –
One of Thomas’ career highlights, this hit record featured the smash hit title track, which charted on both the R&B and Pop charts. The follow-up single, which split the voodoo funk of “Sixty Minute Man” with the gospel-inflected “The Preacher and the Bear,” made it to #42 on the R&B charts. This reissue, available here as a high resolution download, is rounded out by the bonus tracks “Funky Mississippi”, “Funky Way”, I Want To Hold You and “Itch and Scratch”.
Rufus Thomas’ first album following Stax’s break from the Atlantic had “Do the Funky Chicken” as its centerpiece, so the emphasis upon good-humored dance tunes was unsurprising. There were some weird moments, particularly the down-and-bestial seven-minute update of “Sixty Minute Man” (on which Rufus sounds like he’s singing in tongues), a remake of “Bear Cat,” and a two-part version of “Old McDonald Had a Farm.” Still, the slightly goofy uptempo arrangements can get a little tiresome, and since his best hits from the period are better than the album-only tracks, almost everyone should just stick with a compilation. Some editions add seven bonus tracks from 1968-1974 singles, which are OK but not essential; Eddie Floyd’s “Funky Mississippi” (from 1968) is about the best.
01 – Do The Funky Chicken
02 – Let The Good Times Roll
03 – Sixty Minute Man
04 – Lookin’ For A Love
05 – Bear Cat (A.K.A. Hound Dog)
06 – Old McDonald Had A Farm (Part 1)
07 – Old McDonald Had A Farm (Part 2)
08 – Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown
09 – Soul Food
10 – Turn Your Damper Down
11 – The Preacher And The Bear
12 – Funky Mississippi [Bonus Track]
13 – So Hard To Get Along With [Bonus Track]
14 – Funky Way [Bonus Track]
15 – I Want To Hold You [Bonus Track]
16 – Itch And Scratch (Part 1) [Bonus Track]
17 – Itch And Scratch (Part 2) [Bonus Track]
18 – Boogie Ain’t Nuttin’ (But Gettin’ Down) (Part 1) [Bonus Track]
19 – Boogie Ain’t Nuttin’ (But Gettin’ Down) (Part 2) [Bonus Track]
Reissue produced by Chris Clough and Nick Phillips.
24-bit Remastering by Joe Tarantino at Joe Tarantino Mastering, Berkeley, CA.