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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00008OM78
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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They successfully made the tunes of most of these songs fit them like a hand made glove. As always, their organ/guitar dominated instrumental soul sound rolls along, or at least with most of these tracks. Their take of You Are My Sunshine does not sound like the original tune, but something by far superior. They could have credited themselves as the writers of this. But unfortunately, the tunes of songs like Downtown, Day Tripper, Every Beat Of My Heart, Ain't That Peculiar, You Can't Do That, I Hear A Symphony, You're So Fine, Gimme Some Lovin' and When Something Is Wrong With My Baby do sound very forced into their sound. But it is still an essential purchase, and as it is rather cheap, it is worth paying that money for the better tracks.
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If this had been the backing music for "Rowen and Martins Laugh In" with Goldie Hawn up front, I might put up with what is a very pedestrian set.

Stick to Green Onions. I have it on vinyl and it is as good as it was forty years ago.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90c8e99c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x90fbf42c) out of 5 stars the greatest band ever...? 18 Jun. 2003
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Format: Audio CD
...or just the most criminally unsung?
This CD definitively establishes (to anyone who still needs proof) just how inventive, creative, sensitive, and dank-ass funky Booker T. & the MG's were. It's not like the songs need to replace, or fall short of, their originals; these covers are complete reinventions ("Day Tripper" gets an utterly convincing blues treatment, and "The Letter" simmers and boils with a tension the original hinted at but ultimately eschewed in favor of general gruffness.)
Other highlights are the irrepressibly joyful "Downtown," the tightly-coiled lost classic "Oo Wee Baby, I Love You," and the timbral wonders of "Baby, Scratch My Back." But every song bears constellational rewards for the careful listener. The most deceptively simple lines refract in understated perfection. Al Jackson Jr. lays down a groove somehow both fierce and mellow; his instincts are surprising, fascinating, and wondrous. Duck Dunn is so in the pocket it's criminal, and his sense of melody is evident throughout. Booker T. and Steve Cropper share the vocal lines, sometimes passing them back and forth, and they back each other up with such sympathy that it really sounds more accurate to say they're always sharing the vocal melody.
Well, you can tell what I think. Go ahead and listen to the samples, but if you like the MG's already, you'll freak out over this stuff.
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HASH(0x90fbc4c8) out of 5 stars US release of the great UK "Hip Hits" collection 16 April 2003
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Format: Audio CD
"Soul Men" is the long overdue US release of the UK "Hip Hits" collection of previously unreleased MG's cover material. 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. Some of those songs never made it to the MG's albums that were released in the 60's, and it's hard to see why. The performances here are prime MG's material and nearly the equal of all but the best of their 60's LP's. 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, along with "Hip Hug-Her" and "Soul Dressing," are the best albums from that early period. Worth the price alone is their version of the Petula Clark tune "Downtown"--absolutely stunning.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f57f84) out of 5 stars Play those hip hits 18 April 2003
By thestaxman - Published on Amazon.com
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 Al Jackson drum rolls that will leave you with a permanent smile, 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. They've created a beautiful piece of music that just can not be duplicated. And it's the perfect way to end the album. Cropper says he wished he had known or remembered all of these gems. He said they would have made a great album. Well, they sure do, and now it's been made available to all lovers of the legendary Booker T. & the MGs.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f4a120) out of 5 stars like finding gold 14 Oct. 2005
By COMPUTERJAZZMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All of the songs on this CD were previously never issued in the USA before. If you love Booker T and the MG's, you won't be disappointed. It's like finding lost hidden treasure. They were the tightest band ever, and this CD gives you more of what you have come to love in them.
HASH(0x90f036d8) out of 5 stars More than Green Onions 24 Feb. 2008
By Wayland French - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All I knew about Booker T and the MG's was "Green Onions". I now have a new favorite group. Great instrumental album.
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