Lou Donaldson - Mr. Shing-A-Ling
Lou Donaldson - Mr. Shing-A-Ling
Lou Donaldson - Mr. Shing-A-Ling
Lou Donaldson - Mr. Shing-A-Ling

Lou Donaldson - Mr. Shing-A-Ling

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Lou Donaldson - alto saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Lou Donaldson]

Blue Mitchell - trumpet (A2-B2)

Lonnie Smith - organ

Jimmy Ponder - guitar

Leo Morris - drums

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES 

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  RTI

Label :  Blue Note Tone Poet

Original Label :  Blue Note

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on October 27, 1967

Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

Produced by Joe Harley

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1967

Reissued in 2019


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Ode To Billie Joe
  2. The Humpback
  3. The Shadow Of Your Smile

Side B:

  1. Peepin'
  2. The Kid


Reviews :

“Lou Donaldson does attempt to loosen up a bit with Mr. Shing-A-Ling, but the whole affair is a bit stilted and misconceived. Not quite the full-fledged electric funk workout that was becoming commonplace for old-guard soul-jazz musicians in the late '60s, but not quite the bop-inflected soul-jazz of the early '60s. either, Mr. Shing-A-Ling falls into a netherworld that won't connect either with jazz purists or fans of grooving jazz-funk. When the group does try to get funky on the record, the results just sound lazy -- there's no spark to the rhythms, or to Donaldson's melody lines, especially on the embarrassing cover of the pop hit "Ode to Billie Joe." When the quintet settles into a midtempo vamp, Donaldson, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, and organist Lonnie Smith do spin out some good solos, but the lack of energy and enthusiasm the group has for the material makes Mr. Shing-A-Ling a bit of a tiring listen.” AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine



AllMusic 2.5/5 , Discogs 4.42 / 5

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