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Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 4: Soul

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Includes Green Onions; Hang 'Em High; Time Is Tight Booker T. & The MG's; Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela; The Horse Cliff Nobles & Co; Last Night Mar-Keys; The "In" Crowd Ramsey Lewis Trio; Soul Finger The Bar-Kays; Soulful Strut Young-Holy Unlimited; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Cannonball Adderley; Watermelon Man Mongo Santamaria Band; Soul Twist King Curtis, and more.

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The most consistently enticing disc in the Rock Instrumental Classics series, this is both a great party and driving record and a window on the rhythms that powered soul music in the '60s (and early '70s, in two cases). In addition to some obvious choices (the four Booker T. & the MG's tracks, the Mar-Keys' "Last Night"), it also offers some left-field picks, such as the varied approaches to Latin music offered by Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, and El Chicano. The stock of virtuoso performances here is all but endless: the bass-and-drums breakdown on Cliff Nobles and Co.'s "The Horse," the glinting guitar solo on the Bar-Kays' "Soul Finger," Hugh Masekela's questing trumpet on "Grazing in the Grass." --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Green Onions - Booker T. and The Mg's
  2. Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masekela
  3. The Horse - Cliff Nobles And Co.
  4. Soul Twist - King Curtis And The Noble Knights
  5. Last Night - Mar-Keys
  6. The 'In' Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio
  7. Soul Finger - Bar-Kays
  8. Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango
  9. Twine Time - Alvin Cash and The Crawlers
  10. Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
  11. Hang 'em High - Booker T. and The Mg's
  12. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderley
  13. El Watusi - Ray Barretto/Y Su Charanga Moderna
  14. Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaria Band
  15. Viva Tirado - El Chicano
  16. Hip Hug-her - Booker T. and The Mg's
  17. Wack Wack - The Young Holt Trio
  18. Time Is Tight - Booker T. and The Mg's


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: March 22, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000003389
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rhino Records is one of the most consistent producers of quality oldies collections. This, the fourth volume in their "rock" instrumental series is no exception. One of the distinctive qualities of Rhino collections is that they combine familiar hits with great rare sides. Although called "Soul," this volume really should be called the second part of the 1960's volume, like "The '60's: Soul."
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).
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This is a great collection of soul instrumentals. Every single track here made the Pop Top 40. There is not a single bad track here. The CD begins and ends with Booker T. & The M.G's, and rightly so, since they were the most dominant soul instrumental group of all time. In between, you get one great instrumental after another. Highly recommended.
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Other than on a Booker T and the MG's Greatest Hits album, one would be hard pressed to find these hits, near hits, and obscure classics elsewhere. Where else will you find Manu Dibangu's heavily saxed "Soul Makossa", or Cannonball Adderley's "Mercy Mercy Mercy"?
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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It's sixties soul, distilled on one disc that you'll play again and again. From the expected -- "Green Onions" and "In Crowd" -- to the more recherche "Twine Time" and "Watermelon Man," there's not a bad one in this crowd. I missed a couple of my own favorites -- "Tighten It Up," for one -- but's who's complaining? Not me. I'm too busy ponying to the beat!
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The best of the five instrumental CD's. Not a wack track in the stack. All right, a few are silly (it's hard not to laugh at Alvin Cash's announcement that "It's TWINE...time!"), but they'll all keep you and your party moving. Four tracks by Booker T & the MG's might have been slight overkill, but you can't argue with the results.
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While not all of these tracks made an impact on the pop charts, they are all important selections that make up the heart of instrumental soul music. Good sound and liner notes enhance this collection of all original versions.
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Hard to find any fault with this blissful collection. Some of the best soul instrumentals ever recorded ... conveniently packaged on one disc. There are some who will nitpick about omissions or why Booker T. & the MGs have so many tracks on here (answer; why not!), but this collection serves its purpose; blissful tunes that will make you smile and shake a leg. In addition to Booker T, there are well known names such as King Curtis, Ramsey Lewis, the Bar-Kays, and Manu Dibango, but there are also some amazing tunes by artists most fans either have never heard of or don't know much about (Cliff Nobles, Alvin Cash & the Crawlers) and jewels such as "Soulful Strut" by Young-Holt Unlimited. A great collection of music.
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As with the other albums in this series (1.-the 50's, 2.-the 60's 3.-the 70's and 5.-Surf) Vol.4-Soul is yet another solid collection from Rhino Records. Hey, there's four Booker T and the MG's songs on this one CD! That alone make it worth it. Personally, I have been looking for Twine time by Alvin Cash and the Crawlers for 40 years! (Yea, I know-Old Guy) The Transfer quality is very good considering that the available master tapes are more than 40 years old. Bottom line: if you are looking for Soul instrumentals, stop looking. Your'e there.
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