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The Best of the Bar-Kays

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Other albums by The Bar-Kays

  1. Animal
  2. Coldblooded
  3. Soul Finger
  4. Money Talks
  5. Injoy
The Bar-Kays 10/6/1992

Review

While curiously overlooking the group's earliest hits ("Soul Finger" and "Knucklehead"), The Best of the Bar-Kays offers a worthwhile thumbnail portrait of the Bar-Kays' evolution from a neo-Booker T. & the MG's soul instrumental combo into one of the wilder funk ensembles of the 1970s. Focusing on the years 1968 (when the group's second lineup came together following the death of four members of the band in the same airplane crash that claimed Otis Redding) through 1975 (when the band left Stax to sign with Mercury), The Best of the Bar-Kays finds them bridging the gap between the R&B sounds of the 1960s and the 1970s, and gaining more than their share of attitude along the way. Highlights include a very Booker T.-influenced cover of "Midnight Cowboy," the funky and funny Isaac Hayes pastiche "Son of Shaft," a revved-up take on "Montego Bay," and the tight groove of "A.J. the Housefly." While not a complete overview of the Bar-Kays' career, The Best of the Bar-Kays is at least a strong starter, and should ideally be followed up by The Best of Bar-Kays, which concentrates on their work for Mercury. ~ Mark Deming
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Son of Shaft The Bar-Kays 3:24
  3. 2 Montego Bay The Bar-Kays 2:44
  4. 3 Humpin' The Bar-Kays 2:44
  5. 4 Sang and Dance The Bar-Kays 2:58
  6. 5 Midnight Cowboy The Bar-Kays 2:49
  7. 6 A.J. the Housefly The Bar-Kays 2:39
  8. 7 In the Hole The Bar-Kays 2:55
  9. 8 Holy Ghost The Bar-Kays 8:28
  10. 9 I Thank You The Bar-Kays 3:33
  11. 10 Don't Stop Dancing (To the Music), Pt. 1 The Bar-Kays 2:55
  12. 11 Don't Stop Dancing (To the Music), Pt. 2 The Bar-Kays 2:22
  13. 12 Copycat The Bar-Kays 2:22
  14. 13 Memphis Sunrise The Bar-Kays 3:24

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