Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975

Rufus Thomas

Funkiest Man Alive The Stax Funk Sessions 1967 197
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    1. Funkiest Man Alive 7:43
    2. Give Me The Green Light 6:31
    3. Itch And Scratch (Part 1) 3:05
    4. Turn Your Damper Down 2:49
    5. Funky Hot Grits 5:26
    6. I'm Getting Better 6:05
    7. Sophisticated Sissy 2:42
    8. Funky Mississippi 2:58
    9. Git On Up And Do It 2:48
    10. The Breakdown (Part 1) 3:17
    11. (Do The) Push And Pull (Part 1) 3:14
    12. Do The Funky Penguin (Part 1) 3:05
    13. Do The Double Bump 3:07
    14. Funky Robot (Part 1) 2:40
    15. Memphis Train '75 4:54
    16. Let The Good Times Roll 3:36
    17. The Funky Bird 3:25
    18. Rock Me Back aka Rock Back 5:26

"Never trust anyone over 30" was a catch phrase of the youth movement that swept the United States during the late Sixties and early Seventies. That counterculture dictum certainly didn't apply to song-and-dance man Rufus Thomas. While in his fifties, the Memphis show business veteran reached the plateau of his popularity through a series of funky ditties that had both young and old dancing to their irresistible grooves. Assembled as a tribute to the Mississippi-born vocalist, who died in December 2001 at age 84, Funkiest Man Alive brings together 18 of the most danceable tunes Thomas cut for Stax Records between 1967 and 1975. Major hits such as "(Do the) Push and Pull" and "The Breakdown" are served up side by side with less-familiar platters of funk, including three previously unissued nuggets--every track providing timeless proof as to why there were few men, young or old, funkier than Rufus Thomas.

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