Robert Parker Barefootin' [Collectables]
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- by Edwin Starr ~ The Best of 20th Century Masters / Millennium Collection ~ $8.84
- Released: November 8, 2005
- Label: Aim Records
- 2.Let's Go Baby (Where the Action Is)
- 3.A Little Bit of Something
- 4.Sneaking Sally Through the Alley
- 5.Better Luck in the Summertime
- 6.You See Me
- 7.Give Me the Country Side of Life
- 8.Get Right Down
- 9.Get 'Ta' Steppin'
- 10.The Hiccup
- 11.Hot 'N' Cold
- 12.Skinny Dippin'
- 13.I Like What You Do to Me
- 14.Disco Doctor
Originally issued in 1987 on vinyl by England's Charly, this collection includes Parker's main claim to fame, the 1966 R&B and pop dance smash "Barefootin'"; its flip side, "Let's Go Baby (Where the Action Is)"; both sides of a 1969 single Parker cut for Silver Fox; and a number of '70s recordings the erstwhile sax player waxed for Sansu Enterprises. Much of the CD, including the title cut, is infectious New Orleans R&B of a high caliber, but other tracks find Parker attempting to cut mainstream funk and disco, usually with less-than-inspiring results. If possible, find the Charly release, because Collectables, in their typically shoddy manner, do not bother to provide songwriting credits, let alone track credits or liner notes. A good policy is to buy Collectables only if there is no other anthology of the same material issued anywhere else in the world, no matter what the price difference. ~ Rob Bowman
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