Do the Funky Chicken [Stax Remasters]

Rufus Thomas

Do the Funky Chicken Stax Remasters
  • CAT # STX-33178-02

    1. Do The Funky Chicken 3:18
    2. Let The Good Times Roll 3:39
    3. Sixty Minute Man 7:18
    4. Lookin' For A Love 3:49
    5. Bear Cat (A.K.A. Hound Dog) 2:57
    6. Old McDonald Had A Farm (Part 1) 3:44
    7. Old McDonald Had A Farm (Part 2) 2:47
    8. Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown 2:42
    9. Soul Food 4:31
    10. Turn Your Damper Down 2:54
    11. The Preacher And The Bear 3:56
    12. Funky Mississippi 2:58
    13. So Hard To Get Along With 3:05
    14. Funky Way 2:58
    15. I Want To Hold You 2:11
    16. Itch And Scratch (Part 1) 3:14
    17. Itch And Scratch (Part 2) 2:45
    18. Boogie Ain't Nuttin' (But Gettin' Down) (Part 1) 2:58
    19. Boogie Ain't Nuttin' (But Gettin' Down) (Part 2) 2:43

Although Rufus and his daughter Carla Thomas had given Satellite Records (precursor to Stax) its first hit in 1960, followed in turn by Rufus's solo hit "Walkin' the Dog," his star had faded by the late '60s. The self-proclaimed "world's oldest teenager" (age 51 in 1968) found inspiration in 1968 when he recorded Eddie Floyd's "Funky Mississippi," backed by Booker T. & the MGs and the Memphis Horns, for an album that never saw the light of day titled May I Have Your Ticket Please? A year later, Thomas entered the studio again - this time with his son Marvell Thomas on keyboards and members of the Bar-Kays - to record "Do the Funky Chicken." The song was a smash, reaching #5 R&B and #28 Pop. Rufus was back on top, and the album Do the Funky Chicken was hailed as a career highlight. The follow-up, a two-sided hit of the menacing voodoo funk of "Sixty Minute Man" backed with the gospel-inflected "The Preacher and the Bear," made it to #42 R&B. The reissue is rounded out by "Funky Mississippi," "Funky Way" and "Itch and Scratch," the last recorded not at Stax but rather at Jackson, Mississippi's Malaco Studios. Stax historian Rob Bowman contributed liner notes.

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