I will ask you the age old question. Which came first the headache or Jimmy Smith’s Back at the Chicken Shack? I think I should have eaten first so I did not get a headache at the same time as I listened to this album. Why did Jimmy Smith cross the road? To get Back at the Chicken Shack. I am not sure why he getting back at the Chicken Shack. What did the Chicken Shack ever do to him? I can tell you it gave me a headache. Why?
The songs on this album are long and repetitive to me. It was the same song for 8 minutes or more sometimes. It is only five long songs. I think Smith know that if he put more songs on it, then people would not buy it.
Another problem I have with this album is the organ. Was the organ ever cool? I highly doubt it was ever cool, but since he put it in jazz some people thought that was cool. I think Smith has been forgotten today because of the organ and the repetitive songs. I know people who love jazz, but they could not recognise Jimmy Smith.
I would not call this a terrible album since that belongs to Joan Baez. It is a mediocre album. I would not listen to it again, but I see it has some musical merit and would be okay if I were a drunkard lost on Bourbon Street and I wandered into a club and this was playing live I could appreciate it without vomiting.