Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Booker T and the MGs

The house band at Stax, responsible for writing and backing a variety of singers on literally hundreds of soul hits, Booker T and the MGs (short for Memphis Group) are the wellspring and cornerstone of American music. Their trademark sound of Booker T's groovy organ and piano, Steve Cropper's tastefully minimal guitar licks, melodic bass lines of Duck Dunn and the bedrock in-the-pocket backing of Al Jackson, could be heard on the recordings of Otis Redding, Albert King, Wilson Pickett and many others. Immensely influental as a backing band, they were possibly the greatest instrumental group of the sixties, too. These two discs collect their best instrumental work. Licensing considerations did not allow a single best-of collection at the time when these came out, so the first one spans their earlier years on Atlantic (1962-67), the second covers 1968-71 on Stax.

The Best of Booker T and the MGs [Atlantic]
200VBR, 63 mb
1. Green Onions
2. Mo' Onions
3. Jellybread
4. Tic-Tac-Toe
5. Soul Dressing
6. Terrible Thing
7. Can't Be Still
8. Boot-Leg
9. Summertime
10. Be My Lady
11. Red Beans and Rice
12. My Sweet Potato
13. Booker-Loo
14. Hip Hug-Her
15. Slim Jenkins' Place
16. Groovin'

The Best of Booker T and the MGs [Stax]
215VBR, 97 mb
1. Hang 'Em High
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. Soul Limbo
4. Over Easy
5. Mrs. Robinson
6. Something
7. Time Is Tight
8. Johnny, I Love You
9. Heads or Tails
10. Meditation
11. Hip Hug-Her
12. Horse
13. Slum Baby
14. Born Under a Bad Sign
15. Light My Fire
16. It's Your Thing
17. Melting Pot


  1. thanks for sharing

  2. Thank you very much! It's been so long since I've heard some of these songs!

  3. Thank you for this great share!!!

  4. i want to get a licence to use Green Onions in our web site and CD promotions - do you know who I should contact?