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Midnight Flyer (Album Version)

Steve Cropper

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A second outing from 1960s icons Steve Cropper of the MG's and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, following 2008’s fine, Stax-grooving Nudge It Up a Notch, Midnight Flyer builds on the same retro-soul template. Again the playing is impeccable, with Cropper delivering the precise, tonally perfect guitar leads he’s done his whole impressive career, while Cavaliere still has an expressively soulful voice and a wonderfully natural and joyous sense of phrasing, and track after track here starts like it’s going to burn the house down. That the house escapes with nothing more than mild smoke damage is the real surprise. The problem is the songwriting. Most of these tracks were written by either Cropper or Cavaliere, or both together (there are a couple of covers, most notably one of Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain”), and while everything sounds great, the songs shade into the generic. It’s telling that the most memorable and grooving track is the last one, “Do It Like This,” which is really an MG's-like instrumental with occasional vocal interjections. Even the version here of “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” while certainly competent and well-sung and -played, somehow doesn’t resonate like it should, lacking most of the desperate, haunting urgency of Peebles’ original. It’s frustrating, really, because both of these artists can still deliver the goods, and the assembled band has a wonderful, deep south Stax groove going for it. The songs just aren’t here. It’s as simple as that.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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1
You Give Me All I Need (Album Version)
00:03:35

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

2
Midnight Flyer (Album Version)
00:02:47

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

3
Now (Album Version)
00:03:23

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

4
When You're With Me (Album Version)
00:03:07

Henry Gross, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

5
I Can't Stand It (Album Version)
00:02:29

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer - Smokey McAllister, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

6
Chance With Me (Album Version)
00:03:22

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

7
Move The House (Album Version)
00:03:26

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

8
Sexy Lady (Album Version)
00:03:45

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

9
Early Morning Riser (Album Version)
00:03:29

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

10
All Night Long (Album Version)
00:02:57

Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

11
I Can't Stand The Rain (Album Version)
00:02:36

Ann Peebles, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD MILLER, ComposerLyricist - Don Bryant, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

12
Do It Like This (Album Version)
00:02:59

Jon Tiven, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cropper, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2010 Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.

Album Description

A second outing from 1960s icons Steve Cropper of the MG's and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, following 2008’s fine, Stax-grooving Nudge It Up a Notch, Midnight Flyer builds on the same retro-soul template. Again the playing is impeccable, with Cropper delivering the precise, tonally perfect guitar leads he’s done his whole impressive career, while Cavaliere still has an expressively soulful voice and a wonderfully natural and joyous sense of phrasing, and track after track here starts like it’s going to burn the house down. That the house escapes with nothing more than mild smoke damage is the real surprise. The problem is the songwriting. Most of these tracks were written by either Cropper or Cavaliere, or both together (there are a couple of covers, most notably one of Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain”), and while everything sounds great, the songs shade into the generic. It’s telling that the most memorable and grooving track is the last one, “Do It Like This,” which is really an MG's-like instrumental with occasional vocal interjections. Even the version here of “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” while certainly competent and well-sung and -played, somehow doesn’t resonate like it should, lacking most of the desperate, haunting urgency of Peebles’ original. It’s frustrating, really, because both of these artists can still deliver the goods, and the assembled band has a wonderful, deep south Stax groove going for it. The songs just aren’t here. It’s as simple as that.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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