Rufus Thomas Tiger Man: Earliest Recordings 1950-1957
- Released: May 13, 2008
- Label: Document
- 1.I'll Be a Good Boy
- 2.I'm So Worried
- 3.Who's That Chick
- 4.Double Trouble
- 5.Mr. Swing (Rufus Thomas)
- 6.Beer Bottle Boogie
- 7.Goona Bring My Baby Back
- 8.Night Workin' Blues
- 9.Why Did You Dee Gee?
- 10.Crazy About You Baby
- 11.No More Doggin' Around (Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog)
- 13.Decorate the Counter
- 14.Married Woman
- 15.I'm Off That Stuff
- 16.Bear Cat (The Answer to Hound Dog)
- 17.Walkin' in the Rain
- 18.Tiger Man (King of the Jungle)
- 19.Save That Money
- 20.The Easy Livin' Plan
- 21.I'm Steady Holdin' On
Personnel: Rufus Thomas (vocals); Robert Carter (guitar); Evelyn Young (tenor saxophone); Evans Bradshaw (piano); Red Davis (drums).
Before he became the godfather of Stax soul in the 1960s, Rufus Thomas had a long, rich run in the '50s, churning out bar-room boogie, jump blues, and what would have been called rock & roll if he'd had a paler complexion. TIGER MAN neatly documents this underexposed period in the soul giant's career. Collectors should note that TIGER MAN contains an almost identical track listing to the Thomas compendium BEFORE STAX: THE COMPLETE '50s RECORDINGS, the only difference being the tune that (perhaps not coincidentally) gives the former album its title.
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