Much as I love the boys at Muscle Shoals, for me it's over in Memphis that, after growing out of the Mar-Keys, Booker T and the MGs are THE house soul band - and there's plenty here in this five LP bargain box set to back it up. If I was absolutely forced to choose one of these I'd go for the fun funk of And Now, from 1966, as their earlier bluesy sound morphs into something considerably more urban and aggressive, as Donald "Duck" Dunn joins the band on bass. Smile to learn that one of my favourites (No matter what shape) became an Alka-Seltzer advert. No brainer for any lover of soul music or superb musicianship brought out by spare, understated arrangements - buy!
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