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Steve Cropper – Playin My Thang (1981/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Steve Cropper – Playin My Thang (1981/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 34:57 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Blues, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Geffen Records

Steve Cropper is best known as session guitarist for Stax Records and part of Booker T. & The MG’s. He’s played besides people like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett. He also features in both Blues Brothers movies as ‘The Colonel’. And he co-wrote “In The Midnight Hour” and “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay”. Whoa! Having played such an important role as sideman to lots of Southern Soul stars, it’s no surprise this solo album isn’t gonna blow your speakers. But this second Steve Cropper solo album is an album well worth checking out.

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Steve Cropper – Night After Night (1982/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Steve Cropper – Night After Night (1982/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 40:07 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Geffen

Without really stretching himself, Cropper plays the series of soul and funk originals on this disc adequately, but rarely instilling the passion and inventiveness of his recordings with Booker T. & The MG’s. The various “guest” vocalists also pale in comparison to the Stax greats, but they do an adequate enough job. The title cut is the only time when sparks fly, and arguably the only track where Cropper contributes something original and truly captivating. “Night After Night” indicates that Cropper was not washed up without significant players around him, but this release adds little to his impressive body of work.

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