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Album Review

A second outing from 1960s icons Steve Cropper of the MG's and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, following 2008’s fine, Stax-grooving Nudge It Up a Notch, Midnight Flyer builds on the same retro-soul template. Again the playing is impeccable, with Cropper delivering the precise, tonally perfect guitar leads he’s done his whole impressive career, while Cavaliere still has an expressively soulful voice and a wonderfully natural and joyous sense of phrasing, and track after track here starts like it’s going to burn the house down. Most of these tracks were written by either Cropper or Cavaliere, or both (there are a couple of covers, most notably one of Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain”), and while everything sounds great, the songs sometimes shade into the generic, and the house escapes with mostly just smoke damage. The most memorable and grooving track is the last one, “Do It Like This,” which is really an MG's-like instrumental with occasional vocal interjections, but both of these artists can still deliver the goods, and the assembled band has a wonderful, deep south Stax groove capability.

Biography

Born: 21 October 1941 in Willow Springs, MO

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Probably the best-known soul guitarist in the world, Steve Cropper came to prominence in the early '60s, first with the Mar-Keys ("Last Night"), then as a founding member of Booker T. & the MG's. A major figure in the Southern soul movement of the '60s, Cropper made his mark not only as a player and arranger (most notably on classic sides by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett) but as a songwriter as well, co-writing the classic "In the Midnight Hour." After the breakup of the MG's,...
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  • £9.48
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, J-Pop, Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2010

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