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Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 4: Soul
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Predictably, this volume starts off with arguably the most enduring instrumental from the early 1960's, "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MG's. Also included in the volume are three other fine tracks by them: "Hang 'Em High," "Hip Hug-Her," and "Time is Tight." I was particularly happy about the inclusion of the latter track, because it is noticeably excluded from Atlantic Records R&B box set. Interestingly enough, a good number of the tracks in this volume were also in Atlantic's collection, clearly demonstrating their dominance in 1960's soul music.
Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass" (from his great "Promise of a Future" album) was my favorite recording as a kid and was also my first taste of so called "world music." Hugh Masekela's trumpet is absolutely captivating. I can never get enough of this recording.
Other familiar gems from this volume are "Soulful Strut" (Young-Holt Unlimited), "Viva Tirado" (El Chicano), and "Last Night" (Mar-Keys). There aren't too many "classics" missing in this collection.
This volume also introduced me to some rare gems including "The Horse" (Cliff Nobles & Co.) and "Twine Time" (Alvin Cash & the Crawlers).Read more ›
No bait-and-switch here. This is a fantastic grouping of classic soul instrumentals. Heavilly influenced by the MG's (I would have loved to see Billy Preston's "Outa Space" traded for "Green Onions", for example), it is still worth every penny.
As Dobie Gray's vocal version of "The In Crowd" so aptly proclaims: "Other guys immitate us, but the originals are still the greatest"! All original, most great.
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Nice collection of instrumentals, the ones I enjoyed in the 70s and still do today. Good road trip music!Published 6 months ago by Martha F
Oh wow! A bunch of funky instrumentals from yesteryear. A lot of these songs are very rare. A keeper. A collector's item.Published 12 months ago by coralpink