The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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: 6/21/1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227173821
  • Catalog Number: 71738
  • Sales rank: 57,892

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green Onions (2:55)
  2. 2 Chinese Checkers (2:29)
  3. 3 Groovin' (2:44)
  4. 4 Soul Dressing (3:00)
  5. 5 Boot-Leg (2:07)
  6. 6 My Sweet Potato (2:43)
  7. 7 Slim Jenkins' Place (2:31)
  8. 8 Booker-Loo (2:29)
  9. 9 Hip Hug-Her (2:26)
  10. 10 Mo' Onions (2:55)
  11. 11 Soul Limbo (2:26)
  12. 12 Hang 'Em High (3:55)
  13. 13 Time Is Tight (3:16)
  14. 14 Mrs. Robinson (3:41)
  15. 15 Slum Baby (2:40)
  16. 16 Melting Pot (3:49)
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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 Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
Booker T. & the MG's Producer
Steve Cropper Composer
David Lee Roth Composer
Michael Anthony Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Wayne Jackson Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer, Producer
The MG's Producer
Lewis Steinberg Composer
Jimmy Stewart Producer
Eddie Van Halen Composer
Alex Van Halen Composer
Jim Stewart Producer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Geoff Gans Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    movin

    Some great improvisation goin on here! Definitely flows and would make even the most lethargic person discover his natural rhythm.

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