Willie Mitchell

Soul Serenade/Willie Mitchell Live

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This pairing of Willie Mitchell's two 1968 album releases is a kind of no-brainer. Soul Serenade is a masterful funk record, Memphis instrumental R&B par excellence and featuring some of the most sophisticated interactions yet heard by the various members of Mitchell's band. Willie Mitchell Live, despite its questionable credentials as a live recording, features lots of single-take tracks by an augmented version of Mitchell's band (extra guitar and brass). The remastering is excellent, so crisp that the trumpet solo on "Sonny" sounds like you're about one foot from the instrument's bell, and the work of the boosted personnel on the "live" album is all beautifully delineated.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:09 Spotify
2 2:17 Spotify
3 2:24 Spotify
4 1:59 Spotify
5 2:21 Spotify
6 2:21 Spotify
7 2:34 Spotify
8 2:32 Spotify
9 2:16 Spotify
10 2:08 Spotify
11 2:12 Spotify
12 2:09 Spotify
13 2:41 Spotify
14 2:41 Spotify
15 3:02 Spotify
16 2:21 Spotify
17 2:02 Spotify
18 2:25 Spotify
19 2:14 Spotify
20 2:25 Spotify
21 1:44 Spotify
22 2:46 Spotify
23 2:14 Spotify
24 2:26 Spotify
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