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The Road From Memphis [CD]

Booker T. & The MG's, Booker T Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B004TPK23C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walking Papers
2. Crazy
3. Progress (Feat. Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket)
4. The Hive
5. Down in Memphis
6. Everything Is Everything
7. Rent Party
8. Representing Memphis (Feat. Matt Berninger and Sharon Jones)
9. The Vamp
10. Harlem House
11. The Bronx (Feat. Lou Reed)

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BBC Review

As long as there’s been soul music there’s been Booker T. Jones. A session saxophonist on Stax Records while it was still Satellite Records at age 16 in 1960, then putting together The MGs, who went on to become Stax’s house band, defining the label’s almost syncopated sound. With this set, long-term devotees will be pleased to find him back sitting at the Hammond, after picking up the guitar for his Grammy Award-winning album of 2009, Potato Hole. Indeed, The Road From Memphis turns out to be something of a circular route as, following that LP’s southern blues/rock bent – Drive-By Truckers were the backing band – he’s returned to a classic Stax-style groove. Even the contemporary twists aren’t exactly forward-looking: the album’s produced by The Roots’ ?uestlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck), it’s backed by The Roots and features Sharon Jones and Matt Berninger (The National) on vocals.

The mainstay of The Road From Memphis is its simplicity. After 50-odd years Jones knows what’s required and builds uncomplicated rhythms that set a chopping guitar on chugging drums and bass to provide a solid platform for pretty much anything he wants to do. This works best with his Hammond striding confidently on top, stopping for the all the twiddles and flourishes you’d expect, while playing of a counterpoint to the guitar or drums. Crazy, Walking Papers, The Hive and Rent Party are such sweet examples of Booker T.’s craft – it’s as if mod never went away. Everything Is Everything, The Vamp and Harlem House are so supremely (70s) funky – Dennis Coffey features on guitar – you start checking the listings for the blaxploitation film they must have come from. The vocal tracks are, mostly, no less sure of themselves and cleverly arranged so the playing never really takes a back seat. Although Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket) never quite gets to grips with what he has to do, Sharon Jones’s big voice gives a storming city tour in Down In Memphis, Lou Reed an inspired choice for The Bronx, and Booker T. himself gives a sterling performance on Down In Memphis.

The Road From Memphis hasn’t got any of the surprise factor of Potato Hole; in fact, it’s more like reacquainting yourself with an old friend. But it’s a work of such high quality it doesn’t really matter it’s nothing new.

--Lloyd Bradley

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old solviers never die 12 Sep 2011
Format:Vinyl
Fans of Booker T & The MG's should not miss this release. If you like could old fashioned soul music from Memphis you could not go wrong. Booker brings it up-to-date with the help from hip-hop heroes from The Roots. Those guys are also recommended if you want to know how r&b can sound nowadays. Grab it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Grooves! 21 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album has some great grooves set up by Questlove and the band. It even has Dennis Coffey of Scorpio fame.

The phrasing by Booker T is spot on as well.

This would be a great album to have in the background at a party or listening by yourself to the musicianship.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not that good. 12 Jan 2014
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Nothing wrong with the playing/musicianship, just a bit backgroundy and repetitive. Not quite as arresting as "Green Onions" or "Time isTight"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2 Jun 2011
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If you are Booker t & MG's fan - then you should buy this cd. Better that his last cd by a long way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Booker T fan 2 Nov 2011
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My husband is a Booker T fan and has brought a few of their CD's through Amazon. He loves them. Great purchase.
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