Soul Drums

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Soul Drums
Soul Drums.jpg
Studio album by Pretty Purdie
Released 1967
Recorded 1967
New York City
Genre Jazz, Funk
Length 55:14
Label Date
Producer David Kapralik and Ken Williams
Pretty Purdie chronology
Soul Drums
Purdie Good!

Soul Drums is the debut album by jazz drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie which was recorded for the Date label in 1967.[1][2] The single "Funky Donkey" reached No. 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

Jason Ankeny of Allmusic states, "Not so much an album as it is a master class in the art of funk percussion, Soul Drums is the quintessential Bernard "Pretty" Purdie LP, an unstoppable rhythm machine made all the more memorable by its fiercely idiosyncratic production... It is virtually impossible to listen to Soul Drums without nodding your head and tapping your foot—and physical response, not thoughts or words, are its most sincere praise".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Bernard Purdie except as indicated

  1. "Soul Drums" - 3:33
  2. "Bee 'N' Tee" (Purdie, Richard Tee) - 2:56
  3. "Caravan" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) - 2:41
  4. "Soul Bossa Nova" (Purdie, Tee) - 2:46
  5. "Jimmy's Back" (Purdie, James Tyrell) - 2:37
  6. "Funky Donkey" - 3:01
  7. "Bill's Groove" - 2:44
  8. "On the Outskirts of Minitown" - 3:19
  9. "Testifyin'" (Purdie, Tee) - 2:37
  10. "Modern Jive" (Purdie, Tee) - 2:46
  11. "Blow Your Lid (But Watch Your Cool)" - 2:40
  12. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (Irving Berlin) - 4:03 Bonus track on CD reissue
  13. "Fickle Finger of Fate" (Billy Jackson, Richard Rome, James Wisner) - 1:53 Bonus track on CD reissue
  14. "Genuine John" (Cornell Dupree, Chuck Rainey) - 2:44 Bonus track on CD reissue
  15. "Soul Clappin'" (Purdie, Tee) - 2:40 Bonus track on CD reissue
  16. "Groovin'" (Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere) - 3:38 Bonus track on CD reissue
  17. "If You Never Cried" (Jerome Jackson) - 3:08 Bonus track on CD reissue
  18. "Stop" (Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman) - 2:48 Bonus track on CD reissue
  19. "Time Is Tight" (Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, Jr., Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper) - 2:40 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Watts, R., Edwards D., Callahan, M., and Eyries, P. Date Album Discography accessed July 2, 2013
  2. ^ Bernard Purdie discography accessed July 2, 2013
  3. ^ Allmusic Bernard Purdie Awards accessed July 2, 2013
  4. ^ a b Ankeney, J. Allmusic listing accessed July 2, 2013.