Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere - Nudge It Up A Notch (2008)


"OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS" WEEK (MAY 1-7, 2011)

A top-notch collaboration between legendary Memphis guitarist Steve Cropper (Booker T & The MGs, the Stax house band) and organist/vocalist Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals). I'm a big fan of Memphis soul music and this easily fits in the Southern soul category. Neither of these guys has lost anything over the years; Cavaliere's vocals are especially impressive. This is just good soulful pop music. My only complaints are the mix, which is uneven, and the use of synth horns instead of bringing in the real deal (guys, I'm available and I'm cheap). The duo recently released a follow-up which I'm certain will find its way into my collection shortly (let's hope they left the synths out of that one).

This is just one of many recordings that is keeping the smooth beauty of late '60s soul music going in this millennium. This CD joins recent releases by Al Green, Booker T., The Bo-Keys, and The City Champs.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: 11 of the 12 tracks are good. For me the stand out cuts are Full Moon Tonight, Still Be Loving You, Cuttin' It Close, and Love Appetite. The only misstep is Make The Time Go Faster which only proves that old white men shouldn't attempt rap. Fortunately, that disaster is followed by the reggae-infused instrumental, Jamaica Delight, which is indeed a delight.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

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