Hits & Misses Muhammad Ali & The Ultimate Sound Of Fist Fighting CD (2005)

Artist: Various

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Track Listing
1. Muhammad Ali - Tom Russell
2. 8ieme Round - Trio Madjesi
3. Cassius Marcellus Cla - Jorge Ben Y
4. Ballad Of Muhammad Ali, The - The Alcoves
5. Muhammad Ali - Sir Mack Rice
6. Foreman Ali Welcome To Kinshasa - Orchestre G. O. Malebo
7. People¿s Choice
8. You¿re The Greatest - Bette McLaurin
9. Muhammad Ali - Dennis Alcapone
10. He Is He - Page Scherer
11. Louisville Lip - Eddie Curtis
12. Rumble In The Jungle - Don Covay
13. Muhammad Ali - Liberated Brother
14. Cassius Clay - Dennis Alcapone
15. Foreman Vs Frazier - Big Youth
16. Muhammad Ali - Mr. Calypso
17. Muhammad Ali - Verne Harrell
18. Ali Shuffle
19. Try It Again - Joe Frazier
20. I¿m The Greatest - Muhammad Ali
21. Bommaye - Pupi Y Su Charanga
22. Live In Houston - George Foreman


Label Light In The Attic
SKU 64001852
UPC 015698031423
UPC 14 04015698031423
Format CD
Release Date 6/21/2005
Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID US 0314
Lable Name Trikont
Released 05/02/2005
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 40156980314236
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Jonathon Fisher.
Author: Toni Morrison.
Translators: Selina Gullery; Beate Dorsch.
One of the more unique collections in recent memory, Hits & Misses is a German compilation revolving around the great prizefighters of the '60s and '70s: George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and -- especially -- Muhammad Ali. Telling their stories through music really hits home (so to speak) how Ali and his rivals were treated as folk heroes around the world. Hits & Misses' music comes from all over the world: there's the African pop of Orchestre G.O. Malebo's "Foreman Ali Welcome to Kinshasa" and Trio Madjesi de Soso's "8ieme Round"; the American folk of Tom Russell's "Muhammad Ali"; the Brazilian folk of Jorge Ben's "Marcellus Cassius Clay" and the reggae of "Foreman vs. Frazier" by Kingston, Jamaica's Big Youth. However, the biggest chunk of the collection is rooted in American R&B, soul, and funk. The Alcoves' bouncy '60s R&B of "The Ballad of Muhammad Ali" and Eddie Curits' "The Louisville Lip" capture the brash playfulness of Ali's early days, while Mack Rice's funky "Muhammad Ali" and Don Covay's low-slung "Rumble in the Jungle" reflect his untouchable cool in the '70s. However, the collection has its share of kitsch: Page Scherer's oddly patriotic "He Is He" is basically an ode praising Ali's draft evasion set to "This Land Is Your Land"; on "You're the Greatest," Bette McLaurin is cast as the ultimate Cassius Clay fan; and on Grasshopper & Butterfly's "Ali Shuffle," it's determined that the boxer is "human honey!" Fittingly, the collection comes to a close with songs by some of the fighters themselves: Joe Frazier's "Try it Again" and Ali's "I'm the Greatest" add further proof to just how massive Foreman, Frazier, and Ali were in pop culture at the peak of their powers. It's doubtful that any of today's boxers could earn such devotion, but at least Hits & Misses provides a fascinating musical document of a time when prizefighters were seen as inspiring symbols by a significant amount of people around the world. ~ Heather Phares
Disc 1
1 Muhammad Ali
2 8ieme Round
3 Cassius Marcellus Clay
4 Ballad Of Muhammad Ali, The
5 Muhammad Ali
6 Foreman Ali Welcome To Kinshasa
7 People's Choice, The
8 You're the Greatest
9 Muhammad Ali
10 He Is He
11 Louisville Lip, The
12 Rumble In The Jungle
13 Muhammad Ali
14 Cassius Clay
15 Foreman vs. Frazier
16 Muhammad Ali
17 Muhammad Ali
18 Ali Shuffle
19 Try It Again
20 I'm the Greatest
21 Bommaye
22 Live In Houston
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