Willie Mitchell - Soul Serenade/Willie Mitchell Live

Willie Mitchell - Soul Serenade/Willie Mitchell Live
Release Date:
November 27, 2001
Soul Serenade/Willie Mitchell Live

This pairing of Willie Mitchell's two 1968 album releases is a kind of no-brainer. Soul Serenade is a masterful funk record, Memphis instrumental R&B par excellence and featuring some of the most sophisticated interactions yet heard by the various members of Mitchell's band. Willie Mitchell Live, despite its questionable credentials as a live recording, features lots of single-take tracks by an augmented version of Mitchell's band (extra guitar and brass). The remastering is excellent, so crisp that the trumpet solo on "Sonny" sounds like you're about one foot from the instrument's bell, and the work of the boosted personnel on the "live" album is all beautifully delineated.

Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On / Mabon "Teenie" Hodges / Andrew Love / Willie Mitchell / Rufus ThomasWillie Mitchell2:09
Soul Finger / Ronnie Caldwell / Ben Cauley / Carl Cunningham / Phalon Jones / Jimmy KingWillie Mitchell2:17
Cleo's Mood / Autry DeWalt II / Junior Walker / Willie WoodsWillie Mitchell2:24
Slippin' and Slidin' / Eddie Bocage / Al Collins / Richard Penniman / James SmithWillie Mitchell1:59
Soul Serenade / Luther Dixon / Curtis OusleyWillie Mitchell2:21
Willie's Mood / Mabon "Teenie" Hodges / Willie MitchellWillie Mitchell2:21
Sunny / Bobby HebbWillie Mitchell2:34
Pearl Time / Andre WilliamsWillie Mitchell2:32
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag / James BrownWillie Mitchell2:16
Respect / Otis ReddingWillie Mitchell2:08
Have You Ever Had the Blues / Harold Logan / Lloyd PriceWillie Mitchell2:12
Toddlin' / Andrew Love / A. Miller / Willie MitchellWillie Mitchell2:09
20-75 / Willie MitchellWillie Mitchell2:41
My Girl / Smokey Robinson / Ronald WhiteWillie Mitchell2:41
Mustang Sally / Sir Mack RiceWillie Mitchell3:02
Mercy Mercy Mercy / Joe ZawinulWillie Mitchell2:21
Smokie / Bill BlackWillie Mitchell2:02
Late Date / Willie Mitchell / Reggie YoungWillie Mitchell2:25
Tequila / Chuck RioWillie Mitchell2:14
Bum Daddy / Mabon "Teenie" Hodges / Willie MitchellWillie Mitchell2:25
Boot-Leg / Charles "Packy" Axton / Donald "Duck" Dunn / Bonnie Hayes / Isaac Hayes / Wayne Jackson / Al Jackson, Jr.Willie Mitchell1:44
Honky Tonk / Billy Butler / Bill Doggett / Clifford Scott / Berisford "Shep" ShepherdWillie Mitchell2:46
I'll Be in Trouble / Smokey RobinsonWillie Mitchell2:14
Pinhead / Sandra Chalmers / Stan Getz / Reggie YoungWillie Mitchell2:26

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