Jean Knight – Mr. Big Stuff (1971/1990)

Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff (1971/1990)
Artist: Jean Knight
Album: Mr. Big Stuff
Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B
Origin: USA
Released: 1971/1990
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
Mr. Big Stuff (2:48)
A Little Bit Of Something (Is Better Than All Of Nothing) (3:22)
Don’t Talk About Jody (2:46)
Think It Over (4:52)
Take Him (You Can Have My Man) (2:34)
You City Slicker (2:55)
Why I Keep Living These Memories (2:55)
Call Me Your Fool If You Want To (3:07)
One-Way Ticket To Nowhere (It’s The End Of The Ride) (4:22)
Your Six-Bit Change (2:39)

Bonus Tracks:
Do Me (Bonus Track) (2:53)
Helping Man (Bonus Track) (2:56)
Carry On (Bonus Track) (2:57)
Save The Last Kiss For Me (Bonus Track) (3:27)
Pick Up The Pieces (Bonus Track) (2:34)
You Think You’re Hot Stuff (Bonus Track) (2:29)

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Jean Knight could do no wrong in 1971, when the strutting “Mr. Big Stuff” was climbing the pop and R&B charts, well on its way to becoming one of the most familiar chart hits of all time. Her debut album, with its no-brainer title, featured a lot of good material on it, not all of it in the same vein as her hit. Producer/arranger Wardell Quezergue (he also appeared on keyboards) handled the record well, with a band consisting of Malaco hands like guitarist Jerry Puckett and drummer James Stroud. Knight shows an admirable range on these songs, stretching out on the heartbroken ballads “A Little Bit of Something (Is Better Than All of Nothing)” and “Why I Keep Living These Memories” (each with a heavy church feel). “You City Slicker” was much too much of a “Mr. Big Stuff” sound-alike, but “Take Him (You Can Have My Man)” would’ve been a worthy follow-up to her only Top Ten hit. The CD reissue by Fantasy added a few of her later singles, including the charting “You Think You’re Hot Stuff” and the fine “Carry On.”
Review by John Bush

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