Shout Bamalama: The Very Best of Mickey Murray Mickey Murray Primary Artist
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{|Mickey Murray|}'s rendition of {|Otis Redding|}'s Shout Bamalama was a career hit for the Southern singer. He was obviously imitating Redding, because nothing else on this 18-track CD sounds like it, and he sings in a lower, less hectic voice on the others -- except for Flat Foot Sam and Sticky Sue, which are as boisterous and backwoods as Shout Bamalama. The ballads -- Lonely Room, Pledging My Love (a sweet remake of {|Johnny Ace|}'s classic), and Am I That Easy to Forget (slow Southern blues) -- are well-done and memorable. On Hit Record and Mama Got the Wagon you'll swear you're listening to {|James Brown|}. Two tracks, After What I've Been Used To and The Pig and the Pussy Cat, harken back to memories of Stax Records and their patented horns.


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