Melting Pot

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals, the latter in sharp contrast to their exploration of the Beatles' Abbey Road album material on their preceding album. And the irony was that it was their swan song. Booker T. Jones, in particular, was increasingly unhappy working at Stax/Volt Records, owing his feelings to management and structural changes at the company, and also felt the need to change the group's formula somewhat. Steve Cropper was playing lots of session work that was keeping him from recording in Memphis as well, and the result was an album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals, the latter in sharp contrast to their exploration of the Beatles' Abbey Road album material on their preceding album. And the irony was that it was their swan song. Booker T. Jones, in particular, was increasingly unhappy working at Stax/Volt Records, owing his feelings to management and structural changes at the company, and also felt the need to change the group's formula somewhat. Steve Cropper was playing lots of session work that was keeping him from recording in Memphis as well, and the result was an album recorded mostly in New York City, far away from Stax/Volt and largely built on the group's especially Jones' best impulses. That said, Melting Pot managed to be a sort of back-to-the-roots effort in the sense that they were back to doing originals, but was also a strikingly more expansive record, with Jones in particular playing with an almost demonic intensity and range, backed ably by Donald "Duck" Dunn's rocksteady bass in particular. There were a few other touches, such as the wordless chorus on "Kinda Easy Like" and extended running times, showing the group stretching out on much larger musical canvases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218852128
  • Catalog Number: 8521
  • Sales rank: 43,175

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Melting Pot (8:15)
  2. 2 Back Home (4:40)
  3. 3 Chicken Pox (3:26)
  4. 4 Fuquawui (3:40)
  5. 5 Kinda Easy Like (8:43)
  6. 6 Hi Ride (2:36)
  7. 7 L.A. Jazz Song (4:18)
  8. 8 Sunny Monday (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Booker T. & the MG's Primary Artist
Steve Cropper Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Booker T. Jones Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
Booker T. & the MG's Producer
Steve Cropper Composer, Engineer, Contributor, Remixing
Ron Capone Engineer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Booker T. Jones Composer, Contributor
Jay Messina Engineer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Gordon Rudd Engineer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer, Contributor
Larry Shaw Contributor
Jay Mesina Engineer
Stan Hochstadt Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Melting Pot

    Great music that reflects the Booker T. & the MG's sound during that time period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 stars is not enough

    In all honesty, there aren't enough stars to rate this stellar album. Unfortunately, the last by these four members of Booker T. & the MGs. Booker T. Jones plays his B-3 organ with unbelievable fire and passion. Steve Cropper's rhythm and lead guitar is just unrivaled. Duck Dunn lays down some of his most inspiring bass lines ever, and as always the perfect time keeping of the great Al Jackson, Jr. on drums makes this album a sonic delight from beginning to end. It opens with, in my opinion, the greatest piece of music ever recorded, the title cut, ''Melting Pot''. From start to finish it is perhaps, the most fitting example of each member's equal contribution to the sound and soul of the band. Four guys doing four distinctive things, with it all coming together like magic, and all the while, none of them having enough of an ego to detract from the other. Tragic circumstances made this the last outing by these four, and the direction they were going in here, makes it all the more tragic. However, this was certainly a perfect crowning achievement for the group. Not many bands can go out as they came in. On fire.

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