Hank Ballard – 1969 – You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down

Produced by James Brown in an attempt to resuscitate Hank Ballard’s waning commercial fortunes, You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down remains a minor soul classic — Brown’s admiration for Ballardgalvanizes each and every groove, and his inimitably funky arrangements fit the singer’s gritty vocals like a glove.

While “Thrill on the Hill” and “Woman Is Man’s Best Friend” nod to the muscular R&B of Ballard’s early hits with the Midnighters, You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down primarily serves to establish his credentials as a modern soul stylist — a cover of Freddie Scott’s “Are You Lonely for Me, Baby” is a particularly effective showcase for Ballard’s rough-edged vocals, while “How You Gonna Get Respect” and “Come on Wit’ It” prove his easy mastery of blistering, J.B.’s-type funk.

A superb, sadly under-recognized recording.

A1 How You Gonna Get Respect (Part 1)2:47
A2 Teardrops On Your Letter 3:02
A3 You’re So Sexy 2:41
A4 Funky Soul Train 2:31
A5 Slip Away 2:57
A6 Which Way Should I Turn 3:39
B1 With Your Sweet Lovin’ Self 2:52
B2 Are You Lonely For Me Baby 3:10
B3 Thrill On The Hill 2:55
B4 Woman Is Man’s Best Friend 2:40
B5 Unwind Yourself 2:20
B6 Come On With It 2:45

Plus bonus cd tracks

By Soulmakossa

In the late ’60s, Hank Ballard of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters fame, was in something of a rut. Scoring HUGE in the late ’50s and early ’60s with scorching, sassy R&B vamps such as “Work With Me Annie“, “Annie Had a Baby“, “Sexy Ways” and “Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go“, the man’s main claim to fame after that was that he brought James Brown to the attention of King Records. 

Brown ‘repaid’ the favor when Ballard hit hard times. And while his career never really revived, the revitalized, funky sounds of the new Hank Ballard did give him another two R&B hits (“How You Gonna Get Respect” and “From the Love Side“), and also gave us one longplayer that’s been in demand within soul and funk circles ever since it appeared in 1969. 

‘You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down’, produced by James Brown and featuring The Daps providing the instrumentation, is a great collection of soulful funk sides that Ballard cut while under the wing of the Godfather. 

The ruthless funk monster “How You Gonna Get Respect (If You Haven’t Cut Your Process Yet)“, sporting James Brown’s “Licking Stick” groove, is here, a ferocious self-pride anthem that went to No. 15 on the R&B charts in ’69. 

There’s more of that J.B.-styled hard socking fonk with the non-charting single, divinely struttin’ “With Your Sweet Lovin’ Self“; the naughty, romping “You’re So Sexy” and the stupendously rocking “Woman Is a Man’s Best Friend“. 

Ballard displays his Southern Soul roots here as well, churning out finger poppin’ versions of Clarence Carter’s “Slip Away” and Freddie Scott’s “Are You Lonely for Me“, and getting in that deep, deep soulful wailin’ bag on the ballads “Teardrops on Your Letter” and “Which Way Should I Turn“. 

Finally, there’s a whole bunch of that Midnighters’ vibe goin’ on on the sassy R&B stompers “Thrill on the Hill“, “Unwind Yourself” and “Come in Wit It“. 

Superb album!



Hank Ballard & The Midnighters ‎– Sexy Ways: The Best Of Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

Over the course of 20 tracks, the best of Ballard’s singles for Federal and King, including one cut with the Royals, are unveiled; and years later his music still sounds exuberant, salacious, impassioned, and irresistible — among the best ’50s R&B has to offer. It’s a bit of a shock to hear what a carnal punch this music still packs, decades after it was recorded. It’s not just the clear sexuality of “Work With Me Annie”; “Sexy Ways”; “Annie’s Aunt Fannie”; or “Look at Little Sister;” (the latter effectively cut by Stevie Ray Vaughan); but even “The Twist” is charged and vibrant with sensuality, something Chubby Checker’s bland remake ignored. There is an undercurrent throughout these dance songs — and it’s irresistible — but what is more stunning is the consistently brilliant songwriting, and perhaps the impassioned performances.

Either way, this is brilliant, timeless music, transcending the pigeonhole of great ’50s R&B to stand among some of the great pop music of the 20th century .

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  • Dug
    Posted at 15:48h, 11 March 2019 Reply

    Anather killer one. thank you so very much

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    • Nikos
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      • Loopcio
        Posted at 18:46h, 14 March 2019 Reply

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  • SunnyEarl
    Posted at 10:50h, 12 March 2019 Reply

    Whatever James Brown was involved was great. Love it.

  • András
    Posted at 10:57h, 12 March 2019 Reply

    Sounds great! Thanx for the bonus. You are so generous. Really appreciate what you offer to us so many years. Greetings from Hungary.

  • Bobby
    Posted at 14:17h, 12 March 2019 Reply

    Awesome,thank you Nikos!!

  • Jacob
    Posted at 23:32h, 14 March 2019 Reply

    This is fantastic. Good stuff!

  • Bigmantravel
    Posted at 00:06h, 15 March 2019 Reply

    I love this oldschool shit 🙂

  • Norman Gold
    Posted at 01:30h, 16 March 2019 Reply

    lovely stuff as usual.. keep it up 🙂

  • Helen Milles
    Posted at 01:33h, 16 March 2019 Reply

    Thx 4 this great share!!!

  • Geraldo
    Posted at 16:04h, 16 March 2019 Reply

    “Under the wing of the Godfather”. That was enough to shine….This is really Soulful Funk at its best. Great choice guys.

  • Sanders
    Posted at 10:01h, 17 March 2019 Reply

    Nice add to my collection. Thanks for the bonus.

  • Lawrence
    Posted at 22:47h, 17 March 2019 Reply

    Such a unique and beautiful Voice.

  • SoulManiac
    Posted at 22:50h, 17 March 2019 Reply

    I feel soooo good to hear his great songs again!
    Hank is one of the founders soul music ahead of of his time.

  • Marcus
    Posted at 16:28h, 30 March 2019 Reply

    Damn if you couldn’t feel this jam.
    Feel good grown folk music that nourishes the soul.

    Posted at 20:28h, 01 April 2019 Reply

    Is there anybody who download this album? the link isn’t working for me

  • Nikos
    Posted at 22:51h, 01 April 2019 Reply

    Howard , link is working. I understand that Easybytez isn’t working in a few countries like Brazil or Vietnam…I am sorry but this is it.

  • Glenn
    Posted at 23:19h, 03 April 2019 Reply

    Grew up on this music and now I’m growing old on this music.

  • Fábio Pirajá
    Posted at 17:26h, 09 April 2019 Reply

    using Tor Browser from Brasil. thks.

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