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The Butanes Soul Revue
Here is an album for unfortunates born too late for the days when big band R&B outfits like this roamed the land playing honking soul music all night in smoky bars and madhouses. The 10-member Butanes are based in the Minnesota north country, but their heart belongs in New Orleans, where they have backed blues guitarist Earl King and zydeco's Al Rapone, among others. Recorded live during one of the band's frequent gigs at the Cabooze Bar in Minneapolis, this collection of 12 rhythm and soul classics (plus a handful of originals) could serve as a primer for bar and party bands everywhere. With a muscular drums-bass-guitar rhythm section, three full-throated vocalists, two sax players, a trombone, trumpet and Hammond organ, the Butanes keep it simple: Play loud, play fast and by all means, keep the dancers moving and the waitresses working. (Atomic Theory/Rounder)
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