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In the groove
on 27 February 2007
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.