Money Talks

Money Talks

by Bar-Kays


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Although the Bar-Kays stuck with the Stax Records until its demise in 1976, the label stopped releasing the group's recordings after 1973. However, when they re-emerged as a success on the Mercury label with hits like "Shake Your Rump to the Funk," some unreleased recordings they made between 1974 and 1976 were released as an album entitled Money Talks. Although this repackaging was obviously designed to cash in on the group's success, Money Talks stands up as a solid and consistent album in its own right. This material lays the groundwork for the Bar-Kays' post-Stax style by trading live-in-the-studio jams for a carefully produced sound and blending in standout pop hooks into the funky grooves. The best example is "Holy Ghost," a hard-grooving monster of a jam where elaborate horn arrangements dance around a thick synthesizer bassline as Larry Dodson lays down a salacious vocal about his lover's otherworldly romantic skills. It became a big R&B hit when released as a single in 1978 and was later sampled by M/A/R/R/S on their club classic "Pump Up the Volume." Other memorable tracks include the title track, a high-stepping tune that showcases the chops of the horn players, and "Mean Mistreater," an unlikely but effective Grand Funk Railroad cover that transforms the minimalist original tune into a spooky yet sexy mood piece built on some languid keyboard work. None of the other tracks are as strong as "Holy Ghost" (which is so good that it bookends the album in two versions), but they are all listenable and flow together surprisingly well as an album. All in all, Money Talks is a fine slab of vintage funk that will please anyone who loves old-school grooves.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/1991
Label: Stax
UPC: 0025218410625
catalogNumber: 4106
Rank: 50546


  1. Holy Ghost
  2. Feelin' Alright
  3. Monster
  4. Money Talks
  5. Mean Mistreater
  6. Holy Ghost

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bar-Kays   Primary Artist
Bill Summers   Percussion,Conga
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Michael Beard   Drums
Greg Crockett   Bass,Guitar
Larry "D" Dodson   Vocals
Lloyd Smith   Guitar
Dale Warren   Keyboards
James Alexander   Bass
Winston Stewart   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Charles "Scoop" Allen   Trumpet
Paul Smith   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Bill Summers   Contributor
Ralph MacDonald   Contributor
James Banks   Composer
Michael Beard   Contributor
William Brown   Engineer
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Vocal Arrangements
Greg Crockett   Contributor
Larry "D" Dodson   Contributor
Harvey "Joe" Henderson   Contributor
Robert Jackson   Engineer
Phil Kaffel   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Lloyd Smith   Contributor
Dale Warren   Contributor,Horn Arrangements
Eddie Marion   Composer
James Alexander   Contributor
Winston Stewart   Contributor
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Brian Zick   Illustrations
Charles "Scoop" Allen   Contributor
Henderson Thigpen   Composer
Paul Smith   Contributor
W.C. Brown   Engineer
Allen Jones   Producer

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Money Talks 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Money Talks" by The Bar-Kays is a good album with a few gems. The title cut grooves and so does "Feelin'Alright". But the real reason to but this CD is for one of the all time funk monster jams "Holy Ghost". The painful ballad "Mean Mistreator" is also a good listen. If you like old school funk then you'll love this CD in your collection.