The Bar-Kays were an aggregate born of the same inspiration behind Booker T. & the MG's – performing the double-duty of being a backing combo for the significant canon of vocalists on the Memphis-based Stax and Volt labels, as well as a self-contained unit. The original lineup of James Alexander (bass), Jimmy King (guitar), Ronnie Caldwell (organ), Phalon Jones (sax), Carl Cunningham (drums), and Ben Cauley (trumpet) were only together long enough to have issued this album prior to the tragic loss of everyone sans Alexander and Cauley in the December '67.
The Bar-Kays were early progenitors of '70s funk. BLACK ROCK/GOTTA GROOVE is two records on one CD; both albums feature early incarnations of the band. The tracks on GOTTA GROOVE are from 1968, one year after the group had lost four of its members in the same plane crash that killed Otis Redding.
Sony's Bar Lounge Classics: Late Night Mix Edition is a triple-disc set of 47 chill-out cuts from a variety of European acts. Its stylish mood music with a hint of sophistication delivered by the likes of Blank & Jones, Leftfield, Jet Tricks, Blue Wave, Bliss, Stardelay…
Musically, the Bar Lounge Classics - The Chill Out Edition offers a cross-section of up-to-date, trendy and relaxed numbers with cool chill grooves and synthetic ambient surfaces. Less vocals, more relaxed spherical lounge accents, completely in the trendy Ibiza style with the usual high quality requirements.
Thievery Corporation, The Orb, Naoki Kenji, Nina Simone, Chris Le Blanc, Guardner, Index ID, Groove Armada and many more.