THE BAR-KAYS

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The Bar-Kays are a popular soul, R&B, and funk group who began performing in 1966 and continue to perform today, although with only one original member. The group had dozens of charting singles from the 1960s to the 1980s, including "Soul Finger" (U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #17, R&B #3) in 1967, "Son of Shaft" (R&B #10) in 1972, and "Boogie Body Land" (R&B #7) in 1980.

The Bar-Kays began in Memphis, Tennessee as a studio session musician group, backing major artists at Stax Records. They were chosen in 1967 by Otis Redding to play as his backing band. On December 10, 1967, Redding, his manager, and band members Jimmy King (b. 1949; guitar), Ronnie Caldwell (b. 1948; electric organ), Phalon Jones (b. 1949; saxophone), and Carl Cunningham (b. 1949; drums) died in a plane crash in Lake Monona while on their way to a performance in Madison, Wisconsin. Trumpeter Ben Cauley
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THE BAR-KAYS Soul Finger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Finger
Funk 1967
THE BAR-KAYS Gotta Groove album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gotta Groove
Funk 1969
THE BAR-KAYS Black Rock album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Rock
Funk 1971
THE BAR-KAYS Do You See What I See? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Do You See What I See?
Funk 1972
THE BAR-KAYS Coldblooded album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Coldblooded
Funk 1974
THE BAR-KAYS Too Hot to Stop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Too Hot to Stop
Funk 1976
THE BAR-KAYS Flying High on Your Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flying High on Your Love
Funk 1977
THE BAR-KAYS Money Talks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Money Talks
Funk 1978
THE BAR-KAYS Light of Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Light of Life
Funk 1978
THE BAR-KAYS Injoy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Injoy
Funk 1980
THE BAR-KAYS As One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
As One
Funk 1980
THE BAR-KAYS Nightcruising album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nightcruising
Funk 1981
THE BAR-KAYS Propositions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Propositions
Funk 1982
THE BAR-KAYS Dangerous album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dangerous
Funk 1984
THE BAR-KAYS Banging The Wall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Banging The Wall
Funk 1985
THE BAR-KAYS Contagious album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Contagious
Funk 1987
THE BAR-KAYS Animal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Animal
Funk 1989
THE BAR-KAYS 48 Hours album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
48 Hours
Funk 1994
THE BAR-KAYS The Real Thing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Real Thing
Funk 2003

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THE BAR-KAYS Black Rock / Gotta Groove album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Rock / Gotta Groove
Funk 1990
THE BAR-KAYS The Best of the Bar-Kays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the Bar-Kays
Funk 1992
THE BAR-KAYS The Best of Bar-Kays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Bar-Kays
Funk 1993
THE BAR-KAYS The Best of Bar-Kays, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Bar-Kays, Volume 2
Funk 1996
THE BAR-KAYS The Ballads Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ballads Collection
Funk 1999
THE BAR-KAYS Greatest Hits: Too Hot to Stop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits: Too Hot to Stop
Funk 2001
THE BAR-KAYS 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bar-Kays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bar-Kays
Funk 2005
THE BAR-KAYS Too Hot To Stop & Flying High On Your Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Too Hot To Stop & Flying High On Your Love
Funk 2010
THE BAR-KAYS As One / Nightcruising / Propositions / Dangerous album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
As One / Nightcruising / Propositions / Dangerous
Funk 2018
THE BAR-KAYS The Definitive Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Definitive Collection
Funk 2019

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THE BAR-KAYS Coldblooded

Album · 1974 · Funk
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If you are not a fan of 70s funk music, or from Memphis, then you may not have heard of The Bar-Kays, but they are one of the longest running acts in the history of RnB/rock. Off the top of my head, the only bands that I can think of that have been around longer are The Isley Brothers and The Rolling Stones. “Cold Blooded” was The Bar-Kays recorded offering in 1974, and it featured them playing the pure funk of the times, as the disco thump that would alter the beat was still a few years away. The Bar-Kays had scored some hits in the late 60s as a Staxx sponsored RnB act, but their transition to rock, and later funk, did not bring any hits right away. They would eventually modernize and become a hit factory in the late 70s, but on “Cold Blooded’, they are still a few years away from all that.

“Cold Blooded” opens with the title track of the same name, and its probably the best cut on the album. Featuring a rampaging African-Latin rhythm section and building horn lines, this one sounds a lot like Mandrill or Osibissa in the early 70s. After this, The Bar-Kays settle into some solid funk tunes that often bare some similarities to 60s Sly and the Family Stone, and 70s Isley Brothers. The Bar-Kays are from the south, and it shows. Their tempos tend to be relaxed, their lyrics lack the irony of the p-funk mob, and their gospel influence is undeniable. Lyrical themes on the album are typical for the times and range from testaments to peace and love, warnings about the ways of the world, and musings on relationships gone bad. There are no insincere corny love songs on here, nor even a trace of disco vapidness. Overall “Cold-Blooded” is a good, but not remarkable, album in its genre. Any fan of classic 70s funk should probably check this out.

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