Rufus Thomas


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Rufus Thomas' classics recordings get better with age, but never sold as well as they should because Thomas wasn't gobbling up miles on interstates promoting them. A lucrative DJ gig at radio station WDIA in Memphis, TN was his first priority. This compilation features unreleased and obscure studio tracks unearthed in Stax's vault, but many are stronger than some of his contemporaries' A-sides. Thomas' recording strengths stand out on a remake of Johnnie Taylor's "Who's Making Love," "I Got to Be Myself," "Little Joint Around the Corner," "I Ain't Gettin' Older, I'm Gettin' Better," and "Blues in the Basement." Thomas co-wrote most of the tunes and attempts to cure the world's ills with "Don't Let Hate Tear the Whole World Down."

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