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Best of Booker T. & the Mg's [CASSETTE]


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In Booker T. Jones, the seed was planted early. Not yet a teenager, he was already hauling his stack of newspapers to Phineas Newborn’s front yard where, while folding them for his after-school delivery route, he could listen to the jazz great practice piano. With those notes ringing in his head, he’d set out into the neighborhood, picking up the sound of the streets, the sound of ... Read more in Amazon's Booker T. & The MG's Store

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  • Audio Cassette (7 July 1987)
  • Label: Wea/Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IIF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

1. Green Onions
2. Mo' Onions
3. Jellybread
4. Tic-Tac-Toe
5. Soul Dressing
6. Terrible Thing
7. Can't Be Still
8. Boot-Leg
9. Summertime
10. Be My Lady
11. Red Beans and Rice
12. My Sweet Potato
13. Booker-Loo
14. Hip Hug-Her
15. Slim Jenkins' Place
16. Groovin'

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
Released during the LP age, weighing in at only forty minutes and missing the later hits, 'Time Is Tight' and 'Soul Limbo', this collection nevertheless works like a an original album in its own right. This is the early Booker T and the Mgs, the era that contains their finest performances. The later hits are OK, but wouldn't really fit in here. Their classic groove, 'Green Onions', kicks off the album and is followed by a couple of tracks with a similar style, but thereafter the band explore a diverse range of soul, r&b and latin rhythms, without straying too far from their basic strengths. While the organ provides the colour, the rest of the band form the tightest rhythm section of the 1960s. These instrumentals will move any part of you that can move (with a couple of honourable exceptions), with only their magnificent, brooding cover of 'Summertime' to slow things down.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stanley on 2 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is great compilation from the best Soul 'instrumentalists...ever! My only criticism is that the 'Red Beans & Rice' version on here, is a live one from the European Stax Tour in 1967. This is a real shame, as the studio version is a real cracker. It is available on a Cd called 'Great R&B Instrumentals' by various bands, on the 'Ace' label. Apart from that its superb. This is the band that, along with the Mar-Keys, were present on almost every Stax classic.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 7 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
You will probably know several of these (if you like cricket for instance) but there is much to recommend from this collection of instrumentals from the STAX house band. As well as playing on virtually all that labels greatest hits, they found time to record some hugely entertaining stuff. So you get "Soul Limbo" and "Green Onions" rubbing shoulders with lesser known, but still excellent tracks like "Bootleg", "Soul Dressing" and "Hip Hug Her".

Each member of the band can claim fame in their own right, Booker T, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson and "Duck" Dunn set the standard for Soul instrumentals and were probably rivalled only by the Funk brothers at Motown, and the bands James Brown put together for their influence.

For those interested in Soul, well worth your attention and you might find something you haven't heard before too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
As anyone looking here probably knows, Booker T and the MG's were the house band for Stax studios, and where an integral part of the sound of many of their hit records, especially those of Otis Redding.

So what did the guys do when not backing classic records? They recorded some of their own. The big smash hit that everyone knows is Green Onions, and wisely not tampering with a winning formula the group recorded a few more in the same vein, with driving organ, and funky rhythms. This set collects a few of these together for those who want a bit more than just Green Onions.

A set of some excellent tunes, essential for anyone with an interest in the classic Stax sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mailian on 21 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
These are the best of the Booker T & MGs recording from 1968 to 1972, after their succesful Atlantic career. Time is tight, Soul limbo and Melting pot were the huge hits with a more funky and outspoken sound. The other instrumentals vary from good to excellent (great versions of Born under a bad sign, Something, Mrs. Robinson) except for the weak vocals on Johnny I love you. This is the one to buy after the Atlantic Best Ofs.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MRS SARAH SCHOLES on 21 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of BT & MG,s since i was a teenager, my all time favorite being time is tight. I usually don,t like organ music, you know the sort you get in the local social club! But this is absolutely brill it also has some good memories for me, i find you can chill out or step it up abit depending on your mood
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