Stax Profiles

Stax Profiles

by Booker T. & the MG's
     
 
The Stax Profiles titles are a series of artist compilations chosen by other recording artists. Sound familiar? The Booker T. & the MG's volume was selected, and comes with liner notes, by Elvis Costello. There are 15 cuts here, assembling a cream of the crop artist's choice. Costello was one of those cats who dug back into the

Overview

The Stax Profiles titles are a series of artist compilations chosen by other recording artists. Sound familiar? The Booker T. & the MG's volume was selected, and comes with liner notes, by Elvis Costello. There are 15 cuts here, assembling a cream of the crop artist's choice. Costello was one of those cats who dug back into the Motown/Stax/Atlantic vaults for inspiration on Get Happy! and helped to kick off the soul boy '80s. His Booker T faves are a solid -- if motley -- pick of what grabbed him, beginning with 1968's (and these are not compiled chronologically, thankfully) "Time Is Tight," from the soundtrack to the film Up Tight. A minimal, near-pastoral organ intro introduces the classic Stax riff. It's a hell of a long song for the period, too, clocking in at just under five minutes. The surf and spy music choogle "Burnt Biscuits" (written by Chips Moman and Booker T. Jones) is next, with a poppin' little horn section from 1963 -- it was a B-side, folks. "Jellybread" is, for all intents and practical purposes, a redo version of "Green Onions" with a tougher guitar line. Of curse that's here, too, but it's a live version from the Funky Broadway: Stax Revue Live at the 5/4 Ballroom set. Other common cuts are Booker T versions of "Lady Madonna," "Something," and "Hang 'Em High," which rivals the original. But killer singles such as "Chinese Checkers" are in the mix, too. 1968's Soul Limbo album is well-represented here with no less than three cuts, including "Over Easy." The single "Hip Hug-Her," off the 1971 album of the same name, is here. In all, it's a groovefest with Costello picking out the leaner, meaner, screamers. All the evidence one needs is in the live "Green Onions," and the other track from that set, the burning "Boot-Leg." Maybe this isn't a definitive collection of hits, but it is a solid, salacious slab 'o grooves.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
Label:
Stax
UPC:
0025218861526
catalogNumber:
8615
Rank:
96145

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Booker T. & the MG's   Primary Artist
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Bass Guitar
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano
Lewis Steinberg   Bass Guitar
Al Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Liner Notes
Steve Cropper   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Dominic Frontiere   Composer
Charles "Packy" Axton   Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Art Jerry Miller   Composer
Jamie Putman   Art Direction

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