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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 (29 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZL1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Johnny, I Love You
2. Cleveland Now
3. Children, Don't Get Weary
4. Tank's Lament
5. Blues In The Gutter
6. We've Got Johnny Wells
7. Down At Ralph's Joint
8. Deadwood Dick
9. Run Tank Run
10. Time Is Tight

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Husband loves Booker T. This is just one of many that he has purchased through Amazon. Great sound. My son listens to it aswell so can't be bad!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
an unusual & excellent collection 25 Nov. 1999
By DJ Rix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A remake of the film, "The Informer," the imposed demands of soundtrack music combined with the funky discipline of the band make this an unusual & excellent collection. Besides a couple of versions of "Time is Tight," & turns at the mic by Booker T & Judy Clay, this is perhaps the most musically diverse album BT & the MGs made (McLemore Avenue excepted, but a few other guys wrote those songs). Straight blues, tricky turns of time signature, angular rhythms, even a carousel waltz. The band really stretches. & the late Al Jackson is absolute perfection, bless him.

Bob Rixon, WFMU-FM
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A third of the tunes are closer to film scoring than juke joint jams 3 April 2010
By Sambson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The catch here is that Booker T. & The MG's are famous for their rump shakin' instrumentals, but the first three instrumentals here are much closer to film scoring than juke joint jams. That is to say that they were written for the purpose of ambient visual support, rather than catchy R&B hits. Truth be told, the two selections with vocals are right in there with the best instrumental material on this disc. Personally, I find "Deadwood Dick" to be a catchy but rather strange Arabic Circus tune (were they trying to re-invent "People Are Strange"?!), and "Cleveland Now" a pastoral organ and bongo creep, "Tank's Lament" a smartly devised piano and organ solo, while "Run Tank Run" is an ambient bongo and guitar workout. This leaves only "We've Got Johnny Wells", "Down At Ralph's Joint" and "Time Is Tight" for a BEST OF set (plus I'd include the two vocals and the spiritual "Blues In The Gutter"). I think it's quite nice coupled with MELTING POT. One bonus is that all the tunes are self-penned, rather than featuring any cover tunes; which they were as famous as The Ventures for doing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps Unknowingly Important Late 60's Stax Soundtrack From Booker T & The MG's 1 Jun. 2013
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Stax was a record label that was in dire straights in 1968. Otis Redding was dead, the label unknowingly had a distribution deal with Atlantic Records,and their recorded catalog from beforehand was no longer theirs. It was a record label with no music. Label head Al Bell had a spiralingly ambitious plan of action-to record over twenty albums and rebuild the catalog that had been lost. Interestingly enough this all happened at a time when soul music was going through some of its most vital transitions. The music was moving from the gospel inspired soul that defined Stax and all Southern Soul in general into the genre they were already helping to create-funk. Stax's original house band Booker T & The MG's were beginning to tire a bit-even to the point of operating in shifts,and the result was severe overwork for the band members. Somhow however,this relatively obscure soundtrack finds them stretching out into some often unexpected musical directions.

"Johnny,I Love You" is a Ray Charles like soul shuffle with Booker T himself providing the vocals that relate to the platonic brotherly love felt by members of a gang of young men. "Cleveland Now" takes a musical direction not dissimilar to what Santana were beginning to do at this time: fuse Afro-Cuban percussion with heavy organ soloing. "Children Don't Get Weary" is an eerily stark gospel infused ballad sung by Judy Clay. "Tank's Lament" is actually a temp-less adjunct featuring the organ melody of "Time Is Tight" while "Blues In The Gutter",the rocking "We've Got Johnny Wells" and "Run Tank Run" combine the bands precise soul with this sense of cinematic orchestration that mildly anticipates what Isaac Hayes would be doing a year later. "Deadwood Dick" is a number with some very peculiar harmonics to it-one of the most daring and original of their compositions. Than there's "Time Is Tight",the bands most famous latter day hit and actually one of my favorites in that regard.

In many ways this serves a similar function for the MG's as 'Mr.Mean' would for The Ohio Players a decade later. Interestingly enough,this soundtrack came along just before the Blackspoitation really took off and the Ohio Players' contribution came near the film genres end. However in both cases the music showcased both bands utilizing the film soundtrack score as a means to advance their sound with different styles not normally associated with them. The brilliance of Booker T.Jones as he arranges,conducts and generally scores this entire film with a strong,soulful brilliance that relies heavily on feeling and atmosphere than the more dramatic end of human emotion. I have this feeling that,as an album project it was not particularly popular. And is likely still considered a relatively minor part of the Booker T & The MG's musical catalog. Yet for anyone seeking to discover a good vantage point of where Southern Soul met up with the cinematic funk era before Isaac Hayes,this is not a bad place to look.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
some amazing stuff 28 Sept. 2002
By none of your business - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Exactly what I meant - "some" amazing stuff. Half of these songs side with the best stuff the band ever did. Some of it might be a bit more fluffy, but don't let the two-star "music fan from Richmond" review steer you wrong: I mean, come on, s/he says that the album pales next to songs like "time is tight," and that song is actually ON the freaking album. So get off the pipe, friend. "Tank's Lament" is one of the more beautiful and poignant tunes ever; "Down at Ralph's Joint" swings like hell, "Run Tank Run" might be Al Jackson Jr.'s finest hour, and yeah, "Time is Tight" just can't be stopped. So at least listen to the samples.
A "Must Listen" album for any R&B fan 10 Mar. 2015
By Michael Patrick King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album arrived as promised, on time and in like-new condition. While "Uptight" is a soundtrack album and so contains few "hits", it is easily one of the MGs' best. The second and third tracks, "Children, Don't Get Weary" and "Tank's Lament", are especially moving. The latter begins as a downbeat version of the album finale, "Time Is Tight" but soon morphs into a deeply-moving soul anthem in its own right. Two other tracks, the aforementioned finale, "Time Is Tight", and the refreshingly upbeat "Down At Ralph's Joint" (my personal favorite) capably showcase Booker T. Jones's artistry at the Hammond B-3 organ. .
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