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Time Is Tight [1998]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great listening and history of BT&MGs

    This 3-CD set comprises 2 CD's of some of the best R&B from the singles, and 1 CD of live concerts that show what the gang can do if you give them a little room. Unfortunately, they mostly recorded in the 45's days, when 3 minutes was a long time, so you won't hear nearly as many long sets as you would like, but this compilation has a 10 minute ''Time is Tight'' rendition that is just wonderful. This music was mostly recorded in the 60's but is fresher, and better played , than almost anything you can find today. These guys can play anything, and do it well. If you like bright guitar work, and amazing drums, you will love Steve Cropper and Al Jackson, Jr. Booker T, of course, is the glue putting it all together, and Donald Dunn is great on Fender bass. The packaging includes a lot of material on the group, including the history of most of the cuts. These are the guys that put Stax Records in business, and you will hear why they backed up such notable acts as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, and many other Stax and Atlantic artists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless

    The greatest drummer who ever lived, Al Jackson, Jr., the coolest, most persuasive bass player in the world, Donald ''Duck'' Dunn, the absolute superior guitar playing of the one and only Steve Cropper, and the special genius of organ/piano man and all round musical prodigy, Booker T. Jones, made up a virtual ''dream team'' of music. Besides laying down perfectly tight, unbelievably soulful backdrops for some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, they recorded some of the best music ever made, and in instrumental form to boot. This is a great box set. You get the hits from ''Green Onions'' to ''Hip Hug-Her'' to ''Hang 'Em High'' to the amazing ''Melting Pot''. You get great rarities like ''Hole In the Wall'' (Originally released in '65 under The Packers), and the beautiful, superb ''Meditation''. And you hear the band's versatility on their remarkable range of covers. I wouldn't do much editing; however, I would replace a good bit of the pre-Dunn era material, except a few, like the great ''Soul Dressing'', with later outings. And one could argue that the entire Melting Pot album, along with the entire McLemore Avenue album merit greatest hits status. Also, soul fans will no doubt cringe at the sound of Neil Young whining his way through the Cropper penned ''Dock Of the Bay''. Why this was picked to finish the collection, still baffles me. All and all, though, a fine showcase for the greatest band of all time.

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    Posted September 19, 2010

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