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Shotgun & Soul Session

Junior Walker Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0000BXBYK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cleo's Mood
2. Do The Boomerang
3. Shotgun
4. (I'm A) Roadrunner
5. Shake And Fingerpop
6. Shoot Your Shot
7. Tune Up
8. Hot Cha
9. Monkey Jump
10. Tally Ho
11. Cleo's Back
12. Ain't That The Truth
13. Good Rockin'
14. Hewbie Steps Out
15. Shake Everything
16. Everybody Get Together
17. Mark Anthony (Speaks)
18. US
19. Moonlight In Vermont
20. Decidedly
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First stop for new converts to Junior Walker 18 May 2007
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Together with the twofer Road Runner/Home Cookin' these two CDs collect all the studio material released by Junior Walker and the All-Stars in the sixties, including the three singles they recorded for the Harvey label from 1962, before it was swallowed up by the Motown empire. There was also a live album in 1967 briefly made available on a CD which now fetches over 100 a copy.

Shotgun was the first Junior Walker and the All Stars album, released to capitalize on the success in 1965 of Shotgun and Do The Boomerang. On the Motown sessions the line-up of Junior Walker (tenor sax, vocals), Willie Woods (guitar, vocal, composer of Hot Cha), Vic Thomas (organ) and James Graves (drums) was augmented by members of the Funk Brothers, notably James Jamerson on bass and additional drums by Benny Benjamin, but the album kicks off with the unadorned instrumental Cleo's Mood. This had originally been a single on Harvey in 1962 (Harvey being named after Harvey Fuqua, who produced the majority of their records throughout the sixties). Monkey Jump, a 1964 B-side that came out before Shotgun, features George Fowler on organ (he gets a composer credit on the album sleeve reproduction but not on the inner booklet).

One of my favourite tracks is Tune Up, another B-side, which opened side two of the record and has some great playing, though the whole album is hot. The disc has been digitally re-mastered and at last a clean version of the track Shotgun replaces the muddy, distorted pressing found on numerous compilations until now. Apart from Tally Ho! the whole album appeared on singles, through to 1967 (five A-sides and six B-sides), and this album probably represents the peak of Junior Walker's commercial success, so this makes an excellent first stop for new converts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jr. Walker double-CD. Need I say more? 30 April 2004
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Motown records has wised up and put Jr & The All Stars' Cds BACK WHERE THEY BELONG on CD. To save a lot of unecessary detail, SHOTGUN (1965) and SOUL SESSION (1966) consists of what Jr. & co. did best. The first contains this wonderful groups initial Motown work mixing Jr.'s blues shouting with sweet soul instrumentals like "Hot Cha," "Cleo's Mood," and "Cleo's Back" and hardcore funky juke joint jams. SOUL SESSION contains more of the same, except that most of these are instrumentals recorded earlier in their career.
Many of us Jr Walker fans have LONGED to see this stuff back in print, so I STRONGLY recommend that you SNATCH UP this and the Road runner/Home Cooking duet sets. Motown records should be HIGHLY COMMENDED for doing the right thing with this and bring back other great Jr. Walker Albums as JW&TAS Live, Peace & Understanding Is Hard to Find, Rainbow Funk, and A Gassss. I for one will be emailing Motown about this ASAP and after you hear this set, you probably will too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First stop for new converts to Junior Walker 18 May 2007
By Lozarithm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Together with the twofer Road Runner & Home Cookin' these two CDs collect all the studio material released by Junior Walker and the All-Stars in the sixties, including the three singles they recorded for the Harvey label from 1962 (excepting only the B-side Brainwasher Pt 2), before it was swallowed up by the Motown empire. There was also a live album in 1967 briefly made available on a CD that now fetches over 100 a copy.

Shotgun was the first Junior Walker and the All Stars album, released to capitalize on the success in 1965 of Shotgun and Do The Boomerang. On the Motown sessions the line-up of Junior Walker (tenor sax, vocals), Willie Woods (guitar, vocal, composer of Hot Cha), Vic Thomas (organ) and James Graves (drums) was augmented by members of the Funk Brothers, notably James Jamerson on bass and additional drums by Benny Benjamin, but the album kicks off with the unadorned instrumental Cleo's Mood. This had originally been a single on Harvey in 1962 (Harvey being named after Harvey Fuqua, who produced the majority of their records throughout the sixties). Monkey Jump, a 1964 B-side that came out before Shotgun, features George Fowler on organ (he gets a composer credit on the album sleeve reproduction but not on the inner booklet).

One of my favourite tracks is Tune Up, another B-side, which opened side two of the record and has some great playing, though the whole album is hot. The disc has been digitally re-mastered and at last a clean version of the track Shotgun replaces the muddy, distorted pressing found on numerous compilations until now. Apart from Tally Ho! the whole album appeared on singles, through to 1967 (five A-sides and six B-sides), and this album probably represents the peak of Junior Walker's commercial success, so this makes an excellent first stop for new converts.

The second album included on the CD is Soul Sessions, originally released in February 1966, though both the singles included on it had been released prior to the Shotgun album. These were Good Rockin', the album's opener, which had been a single on Harvey in 1963, and Satan's Blues, their first single for Motown's Soul subsidiary. This was a sinewy blues rather in the style of the Mar-Keys but for the tenor sax lead, and like Monkey Jump on the flipside was recorded on 23 June 1964, both featuring stand-in George Fowler, and released that August, but without troubling the charts.

The album has a different mood to Shotgun as apart from a few vocal interjections it is entirely instrumental. As none of the tracks were familiar to me, unlike the Shotgun album, it took a while longer for it to really stand out and grab me, but I'm pleased to say it has repaid the attention. It is perhaps the band at their purest, though it is not their most essential record. All the tracks are originals apart from the standard Moonlight In Vermont.

I have been unable to find recording dates for many of the tracks on Soul Session, though Everybody Get Together was cut on the same day as Tune Up, on 4 May 1964, while Three Four Three shares a date with Shotgun, recorded on 15 December 1964. Recording could have taken place up to January 1966, but as most of the album was produced by Harvey Fuqua it is possible that some of it dates back to their time at the Harvey label in 1962 and 1963.

There are two bonus tracks. One, Willie's Blues, is the instrumental B-side of Twist Lackawanna. This was their first single back in January 1962, and reappeared on the album Road Runner. Finally, closing the disc in fine style is Break It Up, an all-stops out shouter from November/December 1964. This could easily have been a single but remained unreleased until a compilation in 1979.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jr. Walker & The All Stars 12 Oct 2008
By Kontrena Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my grandfather's music, so I absolutely love it, of course! He is an awesome musician and his contribution to our worldwide society is both motivational and inspiring. I pray that my contribution to society will contribute to that legacy of greatness!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Motown Great 14 Feb 2012
By "WeerAwnnr" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd been looking for the Soul Session album for quite a while and am glad I found it. Such a classic of theirs.
Jr. Walker and his All Stars has always been one of my favorite Motown groups. I saw him at the Uptown Theater once in Philly. He was a phenomenal performer. He really handled that sax, playing it while sliding across the floor of the stage. Wow! We just don't have talent like that anymore. (R.I.P)
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