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Melting Pot: Remastered
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**Added to review in October 2013 by A P Monblat**: ten years on and my enthusiasm for this album - and the title track above all - has not dimmed or diminished one iota, so here is an additional attempt to put into words the brilliance of this piece. I think epithets like passion, majesty and drama are needed to describe what is constantly in play in the music. Booker T Jones and Steve Cropper together spent the entire 1960s crafting respectively some of the tightest, funkiest Hammond organ and guitar sounds ever recorded.Read more ›
There isn't a bad track on the album, but there are many standouts. One is the epic 8-minute title track, which hangs on one groove for so long that it becomes truly hypnotic, as well as featuring classic drum breaks by the late Al Jackson. 'Back Home' is a jubilant high-speed stomper with a tender slow blues in the middle. The charmingly titled 'Chicken Pox' has a wicked loping B-boy groove and even more great breaks. The playing is all top-notch; Booker T. Jones can seemingly play anything, Steve Cropper's jabbing guitar is always just right, "Duck" Dunn's bass is equally nimble and Al Jackson may actually have been, as Cropper put it, 'the greatest drummer who ever lived'.
The Booker T beginner should probably get a compilation, such as Stax's 'Very Best of', which has a generous sample of tracks from the band's lifetime. But once you get the bug for this band, you start to want everything they did. Some is out of print, and some of what's in print is less than essential. But for sheer infectious rhythmic exuberance, it's very hard to beat Booker T and the MG's. Motown's house band, the Funk Brothers, were great; but Booker T and the MG's were that little bit more down, dirty and nasty.
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Cool instrumental tracks to relax and get into the groove with. Especially Booker T's hammond organ which is just great to hear him play.