Rufus Thomas – Do The Funky Chicken (1970/2014)

Rufus Thomas - Do The Funky Chicken (1970/2014)
Artist: Rufus Thomas
Album: Do The Funky Chicken
Genre: Funk, Soul
Label: Stax/Universal Music Japan
Released: 1970/2014
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
01. Do the Funky Chicken (3:19)
02. Let the Good Times Roll (3:40)
03. Sixty Minute Man (7:20)
04. Lookin’ For Love (3:47)
05. Bear Cat (Hound Dog) (2:55)
06. Old McDonald Had a Farm (Part 1) (3:45)
07. Old McDonald Had a Farm (Part 2) (2:49)
08. Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown (2:43)
09. Soul Food (4:32)
10. Turn Your Damper Down (2:55)
11. The Preacher and the Bear (3:55)
12. Funky Mississippi (2:58)
13. So Hard to Get Along With (3:05)
14. Funky Way (2:59)
15. I Want to Hold You (2:10)
16. Itch and Scratch (Part 1) (3:14)
17. Itch and Scratch (Part 2) (3:03)
18. Boogie Ain’t Nuttin’ (But Gettin’ Down) (Part 1) (2:58)
19. Boogie Ain’t Nuttin’ (But Gettin’ Down) (Part 2) (2:44)


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.
Review by Richie Unterberger

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