Smoking Soul features twelve hot tracks from
LocoBop’s vaults by classic soul artists such as
Jerry Butler, the Bar-Kays, the Masqueraders, Luther
Ingram, Dobie Gray, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas and
Chicago’s Ice Man Jerry
Butler opens the set with one of his best,
“Only The Strong Survive.” Stepping up next is the Sweet
with his 1970s hit “I Like The Feeling”.
Not to be outdone,
Eddie (Knock On Wood) Floyd
jams his version of the smash he wrote for Wilson
Pickett: “Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)”.
then takes the stage with a truly smoking “Love To
Next up, the
deliver their disco-era anthem, “Desire”. The
Bar-Kays blow out the windows with their smash
“Freakshow on the Dance Floor ".
The Memphis Queen Carla
Thomas gives us a live version of her ‘60s hit
“B-A-B-Y”, which was recorded at a Roman Amphitheatre in
Vienne, France. Back in Memphis, Taxi Man J.
Blackfoot powers through some soulful advice about
the “Way Of The City”.
Former Falcons member (with Eddie Floyd and
Wilson Pickett) Sir Mack Rice wrote “Slow Rain Fast
Train” for Tommy Tate who proves himself worthy
of the song here. After Tommy’s lament, soul diva
finds herself down in New Orleans
“Standing On Shaky Ground”.
One the last artists to sign with Stax
Records, R.B. Hudmon
renders great version of Otis Redding’s posthumous hit,
”Too Hard To Handle”. The inimitable Memphis All
Stars close the show with their infectious “Ain’t
Nothing Better “.