Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere Team Up For A Pair Of Albums: Nudge It Up A Notch & Midnight Flyer

Many of you may have missed a couple of albums that teamed both Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere a couple of years back.  They’re really good albums that you should give a listen to.

Steve Cropper's guitar, production and songwriting embodied the sound and the spirit of STAX and the Southern Soul of the '60s. As such, Cropper is best known as the guitarist for legendary band Booker T. and the MGs and is one of the primary architects of the unmistakable Stax Records sound of the 1960s. However, his musical career doesn't stop there as he backed artists and sometimes produced albums by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor and later gained fame as a member of The Blues Brothers band.

Felix Cavaliere is known for as a music producer and musician most well-known for his time with The Young Rascals (or The Rascals) in the 1960s.  The sound of The Rascals was epitomized by the brilliant songs, B-3 organ and voice of Felix Cavaliere. Cavaliere also had a solo album in the 1980's with the track 'Only a Lonely Heart Sees' peaking the the Top 40 Billboard chart. In 2009, Cavaliere was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

In 2009, these two R&B legends came together to Nudge It Up a Notch, a tour de force of 12 smokin' original tunes, guaranteed to satisfy your soul. Tracklisting: One Of Those Days; If It Wasn't For Loving You; Without You; Full Moon Tonight;To Make It Right; Impossible; Still Be Loving You; Cuttin' It Close; Make The Time Go Faster; Jamaica Delight; Imperfect World; and Love Appetite.  Originally released in 2009.

A year later (in 2010) Cropper and Cavaliere reconvened for their second collaborative recording. Sparks fly at the crossroads of Memphis soul and East Coast R&B when Stax Records releases Midnight Flyer. Tracklisting: You Give Me All I Need; Midnight Flyer; Now; When You're With Me; I Can't Stand It; Chance With Me; Move The House; Sexy Lady; Early Morning Riser; All Night Long; I Can't Stand The Rain; and Do It Like This. 

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