Booker T. & The MG's - The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 1 (1962-1967) - 2x LP Vinyl

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Artist:
Booker T. & The MG's
Album:
The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 1 (1962-1967)
Batch:
11/9/2019
Format:
12" Vinyl

Description

With apologies to groups like The Meters, Bar-Kays, and Average White Band, when it comes to all-time great instrumental R&B bands, for most folks Booker T. & the MG’s represent the gold standard. And with good reason…or, actually reasons! First of all, as the house band of the hallowed Stax label, The MG’s pretty much invented the sound of Southern soul, playing on records by everybody from Otis Redding to Wilson Pickett to Carla Thomas. Second, on their own as Booker T & the MG’s, they came up with some of the most indelible instrumental jams of all time, including—but by no means limited to!—“Green Onions.” And, third, each member of the band was an absolute monster on their instrument, to this day revered and copied by untold numbers of musicians.

Indeed, by the time the mid ‘60s rolled around, bands on both sides of the Atlantic wanted to sound like Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson, Jr, and Lewie Steinberg (replaced about halfway through this collection by the great Donald “Duck” Dunn). And what was that sound? Well, a typical MG’s tune started from the bottom-up, resting on the rock-solid drumbeat of Jackson and the in-the-pocket bass work of Steinberg and, later, Dunn, over which keyboardist Jones and guitarist Cropper traded slinky and/or stinging licks. But these cats weren’t just riff-happy groove masters; Jones basically codified the classic Hammond organ sound and Cropper’s guitar tone remains the Holy Grail of anyone who’s ever picked up a Fender Telecaster.

Together, they recorded 49 single sides for Stax under the name of Booker T. & the MG’s, and you’ll find the first 29 (yes, 29!) of ‘em right here, released on double-LP pressed in blue vinyl and limited to 1000 copies. As with all of our singles collections, we have very carefully vetted these songs to make sure they are the correct mono single versions, with mastering by Dan Hersch at d2 Mastering, and tape research and sourcing by Mike Johnson and Aaron Kannowski with help from Bill Inglot. Ed Osborne has contributed detailed notes and discographical information, too, and the set’s produced by Real Gone’s own Gordon Anderson. As for the music, it pretty much speaks for itself: 29 songs, 15 of which reached the charts, including, along with “Green Onions,” such classics as “Boot-Leg,” “Hip Hug-Her,” and “My Sweet Potato.” Get ready to get into the groove and stay there for a nice, long while!
1Green Onions
2Behave Yourself
3Jellybread
4Aw’ Mercy
5Home Grown
6Big Train
7Chinese Checkers
8Plum-Nellie
9Fannie Mae
10Mo-Onions
11Tic-Tac-Toe
12Soul Dressing
13MG Party
14Can’t Be Still
15Terrible Thing
16Boot-Leg
17Outrage
18Be My Lady
19Red Beans And Rice
20My Sweet Potato
21Booker-Loo
22Jingle Bells
23Winter Wonderland
24Hip Hug-Her
25Summertime
26Groovin’
27Slim Jenkin’s Place
28Winter Snow
29Silver Bells

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