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Midnight Creeper Import

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal IMS
  • ASIN: B00000AFAZ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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You only need to look at the line-up on the back of this CD to know what you're letting yourself in for. You have the soulful, bluesy sax of Donaldson, the traditional yet funky sound of Blue Mitchell and the sensational, meandering guitar of George Benson. Then you mustn't forget the flawless Lonnie Smith on the organ. It all adds up to a spellbinding session of music from the unmistakably catchy title track and the equally absorbing,"Love power." On,"Elizabeth," a beautiful ballad, Donaldson blows some beautifully subtle notes, a perfect track for a romantic moment.

My favourite composition is the sprawling,"Bag of Jewels," in which all the musicians take turns in leading the track, some beautiful sliding guitar from Benson features here.

The album is rounded off nicely with the stomping,"Dapper Dan," with some typically rangy blowing from Mitchell and Smith.

Well worth the investment if your Jazz collection is in desperate need of an injection of sleekness.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bd7d174) out of 5 stars Classic Funky Soul Jazz w/ Lonnie, Idris and GB ! ! ! 28 Jan. 2001
By Eddie Landsberg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Featuring Lonnie Smith on the Organ, Idris Muhammad on Drums, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and a young George Benson on guitar and recorded in '68, Midnight Creeper was one among a handful of albums w/ funky crossover tracks that Bluesy Charlie Parker disciple Lou Donaldson recorded in the late '60s. - - While Blue Note co-habitant Horace Silver and Riverside rival Cannonball Adderly explored the "straighter" sides of gospelly soul Jazz, it was the likes of Herbie Mann, Lou Donaldson and an entire school of Donaldson disciples like Big John Patton, Grant Green, Reuben Wilson and Lonnie Smith who all out embraced the James Brown school of funk, often taking the timeless 12 bar blues tradition of the B-3 (as interpreted by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and Jimmy McGriff) and adding a latin tinged funk beat known as Boogaloo - - the rest is history.
Tunes on this album start with Midnight Creeper, built on Donaldson's famous Alligator Boogaloo format (which he claims was just nothing but a 12 bar blues with a good name !), the groovy yet gospelly Love Power, the Mellow and Jazzy Elizabeth, the Lonnie Smithish funkfest Bag of Jewels (if you dig it, check out Lonnie Smith's LIVE AT CLUB MOZAMBIQUE, MOVE YOUR HAND, as well as the music of Leon Spencer) and finally a funky blues grind 'n shuffle called Daper Dan.
Today a young generation of organists such as Adam Scone and Soulive have made efforts to pick up on this distinctly funky Blue Note sound, yet I'm sure you'll agree after getting wiped away by this classic soul Jazz recording, the Turbonator and Sweet Poppa will never be out done.
(P.S. If you're surprized to hear this young incarnation of George Benson giving Melvin Sparks a run for his money, check him out on the late great Jack McDuff's LIVE circa 1963 !)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bd7d1c8) out of 5 stars Local H: An International A+ 3 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a surprisingly great CD, in part because it's all blended together like one giant song. This is one of the few CDs that does a good job of this, and you can't help but listen to the entire CD over and over. The lyrics to 'All the Kids are Right' are great, and every song on here is catchy. Forget drab monotonous garbage like Blink 182 and Lit and the pre-pubescent sound of Korn, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit et al... Pack Up The Cats is a REAL rock album.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bd7d39c) out of 5 stars The best album by the most unabashed ROCK band ever. 10 Sept. 2005
By threestarsmash - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"The soundtrack of youthful aggression." That's rock music right there, and if a story of meteoric rise to fame followed by a harrowing plummet into obscurity and disintegration doesn't strike you as rock 'n' roll, you probably still listen to Michael Bolton.

Grimly prophetic -- "Pack Up the Cats" could have been Local H's breakout record, but hopes were dashed by corporate tomfoolery, and a lack of promotion sent these cats packing back to Illinois to regroup -- this is the H's best record to date, no contest.

Stack it next to "Dark Side of the Moon" -- "Pack Up the Cats" is among the greatest concept albums ever made. It's that simple. The songs bleed into one another via unexpected bursts of guitar squelch, recorded phone conversation, and other bits of found sound that add to the cohesively unusual feel of this album. It's something familiar and far out at the same time.

Tracks like "She Hates My Job" are enhanced by simple yet expertly placed blues slide guitar, and there are a couple riffs, such as the opening electric guitar hit of "Fine and Good," that rank among the best moments in rock guitar for sheer head-nodding power.

Even transition pieces, like the slow burning "Stoney," which takes on a cool, sinister vibe before seguing into the Sex Pistols-by-way-of-"Back in the USSR" clang of "Laminate Man," are, for once, an indispensible component of this album. Rather than mere throwaway "breaks," they're an integral part of what ends up being one long and excellent song. Once the brazen whollop of "All Right (Oh Yeah)" hits your ears, you'll be hard-pressed to want to turn this record off.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bd7d9cc) out of 5 stars Cool cats. 23 Jun. 2004
By Hogarth Hughes - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Great party record. LOCAL H rocks with a spirited enthusiasm that hits the mark by not taking themselves as seriously as they take their music. This album is chock full of hard kicking beats, crunchy guitars, and good, clean hook. Cool band and a great recording that plays well (and LOUD) on fridays at quitting time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bd7d9f0) out of 5 stars I dare you to not tap your feet. 4 Dec. 2011
By Raebo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Most people have never heard of Lou Donaldson, including myself until I overheard one song love power, man it just burns.
So I bought this album and have no regrets, its very well produced, the sound is great, and I dare you to not tap your feet to a few of the sizzling arrangements like Love power and my favourite, 'Bag of Jewels'
This album now gets played a great deal down at the dimly lit 1960's era Lava Lounge I built on my lower floor.
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