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Lonnie Mack - Still On The Movedotdotdot
artworkPart two of the vault purge of Lonnie Mack recorded works. Some nice stuff here, and some not so nice. Still no "Buckaroo" on CD!
Picks: Sha-Ba-Hoola, Wildwood Flower, Cry, Cry, Cry, Sticks and Stones, Don't Make My Baby Blue, Florence Of Arabia, Stand By Me, I Found A Love, The Circus Song, Men At Play, Tonky Go Go, Lonnie On The Move, Shotgun, I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water, One Mint Julep, Florence Of Arabia, When I'm Alone, Omaha, Soul Serenade

Track by Track Review


Sha-Ba-Hoola dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Sha-Ba-Hoola" combines some elements that Lonnie Mack used in his instro hit version of Chuck Berry's "Memphis," plus a horn section and a jammin' Memphis studio thunder.

Wildwood Flower dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chet Atkins' ultra cool instro "Wildwood Flower" gets the swirly guitar treatment at the hands of Lonnie Mack. The console organ adds a calliope edge to this unpretentious and fun track.

Cry, Cry, Cry dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

This is a slow cryin' blues instro made all the more tearful with Lonnie Mack's modulated guitar. It's pretty intense at times.

Sticks and Stones dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This classic R&B song is melodic enough to work as an instro. Mack's modulated guitar works well here, but the addition of the girl's chorus saps it's authenticity, though it does link it to Ray Charles' original and his gospel driven soul.

Don't Make My Baby Blue dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

With the soul and feel of a lagoon surf instro, only separated by the swirl of the modulated guitar, "Don't Make My Baby Blue" flows aquatically with beauty and allure. I don't know why it didn't occur to me before, but Lonnie Mack's instrumental treatment of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's classic pop hit sure could be a natural surf instro. The Shadows cut it, but it didn't really make the cut, and the Move made into a monster of pomp and roll.

Florence Of Arabia dotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Well, the title's great, but the song is little more than a blues jam. While quite competent, it just doesn't grab or hold attention.

Stand By Me dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

The incredible Ben E. King hit with "Stand By Me" with the Drifters. Lonnie Mack covered it in 1976 with his signature sound and soul. At some levels, this is very cool, yet it's also formula Lonnie Mack.

I Found A Love dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Wilson Picket's classic "I Found A Love" is slowly blues'd out with chorus and horns, sounding oh-so Memphis studio session.

The Circus Song dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

It's the whirly twirly sound of the modulated guitar that gave "A Good Woman's Love" it's new title. A bit of carnival, a slow blues, and a light hearted playfulness, with Leslie organ.

Men At Play dotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

You might guess from the title that this is a studio jam. You'd be right. The blues guitar against the Leslie organ and walking bass line tell the tale. Like Johnny Rotten's line says, "It's all been done before."

Tonky Go Go dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

I suppose there's a not to "Honky Tonk" in here, but mostly "Tonky Go Go" slithers a long like a jam with an actual melody. It's friendly and cute.

Lonnie On The Move dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Lonnie On The Move" is a jammin' arrangement of 's "Turn On Your Lovelight" (also known as "For Kicks"). This is an alternat take from the single, though it's quite close. Infectious energy and clapping and gospel shouts of "alright!"

Shotgun dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Autry DeWalt's "Shotgun" was a big discotheque hit for Junior Walker and the Allstars. This is a spirited and jammin' take, with the chorus and horns.

I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Joseph Babcock's "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water" is a blues classic, and Lonnie Mack holds it in reverent awe, as evidenced by his soulful and liquid guitar work. Typical blues jam, yet a rockin' little number.

One Mint Julep dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"One Mint Julep" has been covered by lots of bands as diverse as Ray Charles and the Kingsmen. While tight and spirited, this is just not one of my faves. The sound of Lonnie Mack's guitar seems not to compliment this song - not sure why that is.

Florence Of Arabia dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

This alternate take of "Florence Of Arabia" is much more interesting, with less focus on horns and keys, and what seems to me to be more spirit. A fun track.

When I'm Alone dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"When I'm Alone" is a bit of a tribal blues, flowing sadly over unusual tribal drums (for the blues), and the melody line is pretty and flows well. It's almost haunting.

Omaha dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a Lonnie Mack original, though it's mostly a jam. Not melodic, "Omaha" moves through a series of licks and riffs.

Soul Serenade dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Often covered, "Soul Serenade" is arranged here a little like the Willie Mitchell version, but more jam oriented. The hook line is still cool.