- Released: May 19, 1992
- Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
Entertainment Weekly - 7/10/92, p.60
"...funky horn-driven party jams...rousing..." - Rating: B+
- 1.Soul Finger
- 3.With a Child's Heart
- 4.Bar-Kays Boogaloo
- 5.Theme From Hell's Angels
- 6.You Can't Sit Down
- 7.House Shoes
- 8.Pearl High
- 9.I Want Someone
- 10.Hole in the Wall
- 11.Don't Do That
The Bar-Kays: Jimmy King (guitar); Phalon Jones (saxophone); Ben Cauley (trumpet); Ronnie Caldwell (organ); James Alexander (bass); Carl Cunningham (drums).
Includes original liner notes by Booker T. of the MG's. This is the Bar-Kays first album and was originally released on July 7, 1967 on Volt (417).
Personnel: Jimmy King (guitar); Phalon Jones (saxophone); Ben Cauley (trumpet); Ronnie Caldwell (organ); James Alexander (electric bass); Carl Cunningham (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Ben Cauley.
Recording information: 03/31/1967-06/23/1967.
Illustrator: Lynn Rubin.
Photographer: George Rodriguez .
On the Bar-Kays' first album, it's obvious why they were constantly lauded by legends such as Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper as key soul music innovators. SOUL FINGER, the only release by the original lineup before the tragic December 1967 plane crash that killed Otis Redding and four of the band (they reformed in 1968), contains 11 instrumental tracks, each of them catchy, danceable and all around attention-grabbing.
SOUL FINGER is marked by Phalon Jones and Ben Cauley's infectious horn riffs and Jimmy King's sparse yet sensitive guitar work. Add Ronnie Caldwell's bluesy organ and Carl Cunningham's rock steady grooves, and you've got a hypnotic recipe for down-home Memphis soul. Songs such as "You Can't Sit Down" and "Bar-Kay's Boogaloo" are ideal party tunes. Energetic and life affirming, this music is simply contagious.