- Audio CD (26 Feb. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Stax
- ASIN: B000055WTD
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,436 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Originally released in 1971, Mr Big Stuff proves that Jean Knight's one-hit wonder status is scandalously unjust. That's not to underestimate the sheer brilliance of her most celebrated cut. The sassy, struttin' title track remains an R&B classic, with Knight's strident delivery--particularly the stinging retort "Who do you think you are?"--a provocative proclamation of feisty independence. The single certainly proved to be "big stuff". One of Stax's biggest hits, it topped the US R&B chart and just failed to scale the Billboard pop summit. Unfortunately, although the album contained a succession of equally scintillating tunes, Jean was unable to repeat the success of "Mr Big Stuff". The failure of fierce 'n' funky follow-ups "You Think You're Hot Stuff" and "Carry On" is especially hard to fathom. --Chris King
Top customer reviews
If you like soul and funk, this album is a must have. My only criticism is that two of the tracks are virtual re-writes of the superfunky title track 'Mr Big Stuff'. For those of you that don't know it, it sounds a little like 'Express Yourself' and is played every week on Soccer AM (that's how I found it).
"Quezerque [piano & organ], a bespectacled Creole, had something of a track record in New Orleans. He'd cut his chops as a trumpeter and arranger with Dave Bartholomew's band in the fifties and had arranged and/or produced several New Orleans classics during the following decade, including Smokey Johnson's "It ain't my fault," Professor Longhair's "Big Chief" and Robert Parker's "Barefootin,'" Although only "Barefootin'" was a national hit, they all demonstrated that Quezerque had a good ear for catchy songs and novel rhythms."
"In Jackson, King Floyd had the first turn at the microphone... Jean Knight was up next and her set included "Mr Big Stuff," a number Quezerque had picked. The chemistry between the singers and the bare boned rhythm section of guitarist Jerry Puckett, bassist Vernie Robbins and drummer James Stroud, augmented by Quezerque's keyboard and crisp horn charts, was magic. The punching, deceptively simple funk grooves that were created for "Groove me" and "Mr Big Stuff" - anchored to locked, oddly syncopated electric bass and bass-drum bottoms that were pumped way up in the mix - were influenced by reggae and perhaps by New Orleans second-line, yet were utterly fresh and unique. And they begged to be danced to."
Perhaps Jean Knight, together with this album have become lost in the mists of pop history yet they are as fresh and funky today as they must have been in the early 70s. Maybe not a seminal album but a great one never the less.