Smarten Up - Taxi Chain
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  1. Memphis
  2. Smarten Up!
  3. James Brown Ate My Bagpipe
  4. Cut Me a Key
  5. Buck a Joy
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  1. Memphis
  2. Smarten Up!
  3. James Brown Ate My Bagpipe
  4. Cut Me a Key
  5. Buck a Joy
  6. Tandoori Mustache
  7. It's Your Birthday
  8. Zimbobby
  9. Memphis (Reprise)
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You could call Taxi Chain the quintessential bar band. There's no doubt that their music -- which skips freely from soul to Celtic, R&B to a kind of jazzy funk with a touch of swing along the way -- would go down well in a club. It's translating that to a studio record that's the problem. It's typified by the opening cut, "Memphis." The song itself is fine, a pastiche of Memphis soul. But in the studio, at least, the rhythm section drags, which stops the whole thing from working (and the use of a chorus effect on the guitar ...

Smarten Up 2004, NorthernBlues Music

UPC: 809509001927

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