Soul Instinct was recorded live at the Porretta International Soul Festival, an annual gathering in honor of Otis Redding, in July of 1993 ("Green Onions" by the Memphis Horns was tracked a year earlier in 1992, while "Lovey Dovey" comes from Carla Thomas' 1990 appearance at the festival). A joyous affair, this disc shows that Southern soul will never die, and everything here crackles with horn-driven energy. The set closer, Rufus Thomas delivering a version of his irresistible "Do the Funky Chicken," a song that has always worked best for Thomas in a live setting, is an obvious highlight.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett