Rufus Thomas Do The Funky Somethin': The Best of Rufus Thomas
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- Released: April 23, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Atlantic
- 1.Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)
- 2.'Cause I Love You
- 3.I Didn't Believe
- 4.The Dog
- 5.Walking The Dog
- 6.Can Your Monkey Do The Dog
- 7.Somebody Stole My Dog
- 8.That's Really Some Good
- 9.Jump Back
- 10.Little Sally Walker
- 11.The World Is Round
- 12.Sister's Got A Boyfriend
- 13.Sophisticated Sissy
- 14.The Memphis Train
- 15.Do The Funky Chicken
- 16.Push And Pull, Part I, (Do The)
- 17.The Breakdown (Part I)
- 18.Do The Funky Penguin (Part I)
- 19.Do The Funky Somethin'
Personnel includes: Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas (vocals); The Mar-Keys; The Drapels; Booker T. & The MG's; Godchildren Of Soul.
Includes liner notes by Steve Greenberg.
Personnel: Rufus Thomas (vocals).
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Steve Greenberg.
The Best of Rufus Thomas: Do the Funky Somethin' is an overdue, career-spanning collection of Thomas' best material, centering around his Stax hits from the '60s and early '70s. The whole "dog" series of novelty dance songs from 1963-1964 is here, as well as the hit "Jump Back" and a clutch of Stax singles that weren't hits but became pretty well-known anyway, like "Sister's Got a Boyfriend" and "Sophisticated Sissy." There are also the early-'70s funk-dance hits "Do the Funky Chicken," "(Do The) Push and Pull," "The Breakdown," and "Do the Funky Penguin," a couple of '60s duets with his daughter Carla, and his 1953 blues single "Bear Cat (The Answer to Hound Dog)," the first hit on Sun Records. A few other compilations have gone into specific phases of his career in greater depth, but this is certainly the best overview of a man who offered some of the funkiest and funniest Memphis soul around. ~ Richie Unterberger
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