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Didn't He Play

  • 1. Home Cookin'
    2. Soul Groove, Pt. 1
    3. Soul Groove, Pt. 2
    4. Pickin' Chicken
    5. Clementine
    6. Blowin' Off Steam
    7. Didn't He Play!
    8. Blue Nocturne
    9. Hello Sunshine
    10. Count Your Blessings
    11. Write Me a Love Letter
    12. Jealous Fool
    13. Don't Put Me Down Like This
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5320

  • Credits

    Drawn from Curtis' peak during the late '50s and '60s, this collection, while diverse, is shaky at best. It contains none of his most familiar soul and R&B hits (although an early run-through of "Memphis Soul Stew" is included), and is a prime example of how record producers of the era (in this case, Atlantic Records co-founder Herb Abramson) would surround great players like Curtis with sub-par singers, session men and material. As a result, Curtis' excellent sax playing wound up sharing grooves with a one-note, 20-second guitar solo on "Soul Groove Part II," or cutting songs like Jimmy Breedlove's "Don't Be Cruel" rehash "Jealous Fool" -- hardly material fit for King. ~ Jason Ankeny

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