Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's

Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's

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This 16-song CD, clocking in at 46 minutes, is the second-best, and the handiest and most easily affordable, compilation available on Booker T. & the MG's. It's not remotely as comprehensive as Fantasy Records' three-CD set (although this disc does have two tracks, "Booker-Loo" and "Slum Baby," that don't appear on the triple-CDSee more details below

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This 16-song CD, clocking in at 46 minutes, is the second-best, and the handiest and most easily affordable, compilation available on Booker T. & the MG's. It's not remotely as comprehensive as Fantasy Records' three-CD set (although this disc does have two tracks, "Booker-Loo" and "Slum Baby," that don't appear on the triple-CD set) but is more comprehensive and better representative of their work (and offers better sound) than either Fantasy's single-disc best-of or the old Atlantic Records' best-of compilation. The collection does jump around a bit across history in the course of covering the years 1963-1971, bouncing between late-'60s singles and album tracks and odd early/middle-'60s tracks. "Booker-Loo," one of the pieces unique to this set, features some very crunchy rhythm guitar and flamboyant organ work in its intro, before Steve Cropper takes center stage with an unusually flashy lead guitar solo spot. "Slum Baby," from three years later, features a much smoother and funkier sound. "Slim Jenkins' Place" shows off Booker T. Jones's piano skills as well as his organ playing, and all of it is marked by virtuoso playing. The collection also makes a strong case for the band's members as composers -- hits like "Hang 'Em High" come off beautifully, especially in the crisply remastered version presented here, which brings out every nuance in the organ and guitar-dominated rendition of Dominic Frontiere's theme from the Clint Eastwood movie of that name. But originals like the majestic, soaring "Time Is Tight" and the lyrical, playful "Soul-Limbo" are great pieces of pop-soul composition as well, and stand up just as well to repeated listening. Buy the triple-disc set if it's in your budget, but at less than one-third of the cost, this collection shouldn't be dismissed for its compactness and range.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/1994
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227173821
catalogNumber:
71738
Rank:
57215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Booker T. & the MG's   Primary Artist
Steve Cropper   Bass,Guitar,Piano
Charles "Packy" Axton   Tenor Saxophone
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Claves
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Piano,Trombone,Electric Piano
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Lewis Steinberg   Bass
Al Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Booker T. & the MG's   Producer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Wayne Jackson   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer,Producer
MG's   Producer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Jimmy Stewart   Producer
Jim Stewart   Producer
Al Jackson   Composer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction

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