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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 CD (1 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000006TGY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Baby Scratch My Back
2. Harlem Shuffle
3. Hi-heel Sneakers
4. Downtown
5. I Was Made to Love Her
6. Gerogia On My Mind
7. Wade in the Water
8. Fannie Mae
9. Day Tripper
10. You Left the Water Running
11. Every Beat of My Heart
12. Ain't That Peculiar
13. You Can't Do That
14. Wang Dang Doodle
15. On a Saturday Night
16. The Letter
17. Oo Wee Baby, I Love You
18. Spoonful
19. I Hear a Symphony
20. You're So Fine
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all cuts are previously unreleased: Baby Scratch My Back, Harlem Shuffle, Hi-Heel Sneakers, Wade In The Water, Wang Dang Doode, Fannie Mae, etc.Medium 1
  1. Baby Scratch My Back
  2. Harlem Shuffle
  3. Hi-Heel Sneakers
  4. Downtown
  5. I Was Made To Love Her
  6. Georgia On My Mind
  7. Wade In The Water
  8. Fannie Mae
  9. Day Tripper
  10. You Left The Water Running
  11. Every Beat Of My Heart
  12. Ain't That Peculiar
  13. You Can't Do That
  14. Wang Dang Doodle
  15. On A Saturday Night
  16. The Letter
  17. Oo Wee Baby, I Love You
  18. Spoonful (take 2)
  19. I Hear A Symphony
  20. You're So Fine
  21. Raunchy
  22. You Are My Sunshine
  23. Soul Man
  24. Gimme Some Lovin'
  25. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By thestaxman on 5 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
In 1995, the United Kingdom's Ace Records released twenty-five slices of Soul from the Stax Records house band Booker T. & the MGs. Entitled Booker T. & the MGs Play the Hip Hits, it was a very welcomed addition to their catalog. The tracks were never released and remained in the vaults at Stax. It is now available in the U.S. and renamed appropriately Soul Men. Almost everything here is very interesting, and while some probably remained unreleased for a reason, others are so good that the fact that they were apparently forgotten about, is just mind boggling. There are things here that are as good as, if not better, than some of their albums cuts (singles not withstanding). And there are tracks like Petula Clark's "Dowtown", highlighted by Booker T. Jones's organ work, and Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made To Love Her" that would have fit right in place on the MGs 1968 album Doin' Our Thing. The MGs' original numbers always tended to be a little funkier and obviously, more original. But more often than not, as in the case with their 1970 cover of The Beatles "Something", they were able to not just rework someone else's hit, but turn it in to an instrumental masterpiece. This is the case with their absolute killer version of an Isaac Hayes/David Porter classic "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby". The MGs, of course, played on the original in support of super duo Sam and Dave. Guitarist Steve Cropper, the "Play it, Steve" on Sam and Dave's "Soul Man", has said that when he and Jones would do a cover, they would actually try and make their respective instruments sing. So, there's a purpose there, not just guys showing off their musical chops. Ah, but what unequaled chops each of these guys had. Jones's B-3 organ and Cropper go back and forth, playing ever so tastefully, until they've done it again.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mailian on 2 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This collection of 25 unissued tracks by Memphis soul's premier instrumental band is simply as good as their various best of albums. As guitarist Steve Cropper states ' (these tracks) would have been the perfect album'. These covers of r & b, soul and even pop hits are treated the inimitable Booker T & the MGs way: neat, warm and utterly funky. Of special note is Al Jackson's drumming which is more pronounced and melodic than on other albums. Highlights are too many to mention. So just treat yourself to this great collection and enjoy.
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By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Something prompted me to dig this one out and play it again. I quickly found that increasing the volume to better appreciate the quiet bits (and the all-out ones) definitely increased listening pleasure. This prompted a repeat listening which in turn prompted this review.

Booker and the boys are/were an anomaly; at the same time a one hit wonder (but what a hit), a so-so album band, but an r'n'b band supreme, and, arguably, the best backing band ever. I well remember their first album as a disappointment after "Green Onions" which was regularly voted best r'n'b single in the early days of the first Brit blues boom (number 2 was usually "Help Me" from Sonny Boy Williamson which was based on an almost identical riff). Nothing on the album remotely approached the intensity and menace of "Onions". Much of it seemed to be quickly produced filler, although I have to add that quite some time later I did buy the CD and now feel that there is some decent stuff there. The second album, "Soul Dressing", was a distinct improvement, largely because it consisted almost solely of self-written A and B sides of follow-up singles to "Onions". This was when the group and their producers were really trying hard to get another hit - they were attempting to reproduce the agressive blue-based style of their biggie. Subsequent albums reverted mainly to covers usually recorded, as the excellent notes to "Hip Hits" suggest, at the end of sessions for other Stax artists i.e when there was an hour or so left on the clock. These were invariably tasteful and there was some good stuff amongst them. However too much of the content was outside the MG's normal stomping ground, hence they ended up as polite, often mildly funky but not exhiliarating which is what most of us want our music to be.
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By Michael Headford on 12 Jan. 2015
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Booker T,,, great !!!!!!!!!!! CD
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
released in USA as Soul Men ' 23 Sept. 2004
By David Booker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great stuff .. now released in USA as' Soul Men'..better price .
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Essential purchase for Booker T and the MG's fans! 14 Aug. 2002
By greg platt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Excellent CD. Why not release this in the US? Despite all tracks being unreleased, they are great. Buyers will not be disappointed. However, I would shop around for the best price. I was lucky enough to find this import used.
Bottom line: Great CD - Essential for true fans of this historical group!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In the pocket 2 Jan. 2003
By W. Hetfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this and was not disappointed. How much stuff do they have in the vaults? These guys were truly the supergroup of their time. They knew how to put their unique stamp on any cover tune. There are some real surprises on here - like The Letter and Downtown.
Good Greasy Grooves 18 April 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great compilation of prime Booker T. & the MGs instrumentals. Cheesy cover, but the music inside is what counts, and this counts for a lot. Among the juicy cover versions you'll find here are "Spoonful," "Day Tripper" and "I Was Made to Love Her," all of them given that little extra magical funky organ touch by Booker T. But the version of "Downtown" on here is my favorite; the band is absolutely on fire. Impossible to sit still while that one is playing. They should be playing that song --- among others --- at baseball parks all summer. Get in the groove y'all! There is a fantastic wealth of material on this CD; you'll discover your own favorites. Whichever tunes you dig, this album is sure to please any fan of Booker T or instrumental soul music.
Great rare recordings from the MG's in their prime! 6 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Hip Hits" is great! During recording sessions at Stax, there would very often be a few minutes left at the end of session and the MG's would sometimes take the opportunity to lay down a version of a current hit done in their own laid-back, funky style. Those songs never made it to the MG's albums that were released in the 60's, but they were saved and have finally seen the light of day on this collection. The recordings stretch from 1962-1967 or so. All are in the more earthy and less-jazzy style of the MG's pre-"Soul Limbo" albums. This album and "Hip Hug-Her" and "Soul Dressing" are the best albums from that early period.
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