Junior Walker & The All Stars – Do The Boomerang / Tune Up - 1965 Early R + B Northern Soul - Uk Issue 7" 45
Junior Walker & The All Stars – Do The Boomerang
Tamla Motown – TMG 520
Record is VG+ VG++ it has some light wear (Listen to our copy), the 45 center hole is punched out of this UK issue (See our pic)
Original record sleeve is VG+ VG++ has some light wear (See our pic)
Funk / Soul
A Do The Boomerang
B Tune Up
“progress” rather different to their labelmates.
This is very much in the same bag as Shotgun, something I’m sure Junior himself would have freely admitted, but it’s rougher, less nimble; there’s a heavy quality to this, a sort of toughness akin to the thudding, physical clomping of weighty work boots rather than dancing shoes. The playing’s not as tight, the timing’s off. Yet somehow it feels like a step forward anyway.
The sloppier play may be because these are possibly the actual All Stars themselves, rather than Motown’s house musicians the Funk Brothers (who’d been drafted in to provide a tidier performance on Shotgun), backing Junior – which, if it’s true, would explain a lot about the track’s more relaxed, all-friends-here feel. I’d have said it’s almost impossible to dislike this, except that so far I’ve found nobody who has a kind word to say about it; it’s universally written off as a tired retread of the Shotgun concept, more messily executed and less catchy. (Terry Wilson really sticks the boot in, calling it “a sedate plod… slapdash and half-hearted”). But I don’t think it’s like that at all." ( Motownjunkie)