quarta-feira, 20 de agosto de 2014
Booker T & The MGs - Instrumental Music from the 60's
Booker T. & the M.G.'s é uma banda americana de soul instrumental, especialmente popular durante as décadas de 1960 e 70. Costumam ser associados com a gravadora americana Stax Records, e classificados no subgênero do Memphis soul. Foram uma das primeiras bandas integradas racialmente na era do rock. Ficaram conhecidos por seu sucesso instrumental "Green Onions", de 1962, e por terem feito da banda da casa para diversos artistas da Stax (futura Volt).2 Como criadores do som único da Stax, o grupo foi um dos mais prolíficos, respeitados e imitados de seu tempo. No meio da década de 60, bandas dos dois lados do Atlântico tentavam emular o som do Booker T. & the M.G.'s.
Os membros originais do grupo eram Booker T. Jones (órgão, piano), Steve Cropper (guitarra), Lewie Steinberg (baixo), e Al Jackson Jr. (bateria). Donald "Duck" Dunn substituiu Steinberg no baixo em 1965, e tocou com a banda desde então. Carson Whitsett foi tecladista do grupo, e Bobby Manuel guitarrista durante uma breve reunião em 1973, quando a banda - temporariamente sem Booker - ficou conhecida simplesmente como The MG's. Com a morte de Al Jackson Jr. em 1975, o trio de Dunn, Cropper e Jones se reuniu por diversas ocasiões; os bateristas Willie Hall, Anton Fig, Steve Jordan e Steve Potts participaram do grupo em diversas ocasiões para estas reuniões.
Melting Pot is a 1971 studio album recorded by Booker T. & the MG's for Stax Records. It is the last album to feature the group's classic lineup of Jones, Cropper, Dunn, and Jackson, and featured longer jam-oriented songs for the first time on an MG's album.
Green Onions is the debut album by Booker T. & the M.G.s, released on Stax Records in October of 1962. It reached number 33 on the Pop Albums chart in the month of its release. The title single was a huge hit worldwide which has been covered by dozens of artists, including The Blues Brothers (featuring guitarist Steve Cropper), The Ventures, Al Kooper, The Shadows, Mongo Santamaría, Roy Buchanan (also featuring Steve Cropper and Jan Hammer), Count Basie and many others.
Soul Limbo is the eighth album by Booker T. & the MGs, released in 1968 on Stax Records. The album was the first Stax LP issued after the label severed its ties with former distributor Atlantic Records in 1968. The title track is perhaps best known in the UK as the theme tune for BBC Television's cricket coverage and later for Test Match Special, and features a marimba solo by Terry Manning. Its composition is somewhat similar to a song by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. The song was later covered by the English punk band Snuff. The album also features the group's hit version of the title theme from the film Hang 'Em High. This song was referenced by Karl Pilkington in his series The moaning of Life. When Karl says he had neighbours playing the cricket theme tune at 3am in the morning. (Este é o meu ´preferido!).
The Stax Records house band for most of the 1960s, the instrumental outfit Booker T. & The MG's were responsible for the distinctive sound of recordings by artists from Albert King to Otis Redding. The racially mixed group were a symbol of the musical innocence of the early '60s, and, while Stax's relaxed atmosphere couldn't survive the racial turmoil of the post-Martin Luther King assassination South, the MG's continued performing until 1972. This best-of is a representative selection of the band's eclectic '60s output, including their best-known hit, "Green Onions," as well as the gorgeous "Time Is Tight," and one of their many Beatles covers, "Lady Madonna" (the band devoted an entire album, 1970's MCLEMORE AVENUE, to re-recording the Fabs' ABBEY ROAD). Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantion. Liner Note Author: Elvis Costello. Booker T. & the MG's: Donald "Duck" Dunn, Lewis Steinberg (bass guitar); Al Jackson, Jr. , Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones. Personnel: Steve Cropper (guitar); Booker T. Jones (piano, organ); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
2007 installment of Warner UK's very popular Platinum Collection series. Each disc contains the artist's finest recordings from the WEA vaults including album tracks, singles and more. This 20 track collection from Booker T and his immortal MGs includes 'Groovin'', 'Summertime' and 'Green Onions'. Check it: if you are not one of those obsessive types that needs every classic side Booker T. & the MGs recorded for Atlantic (they cannot be blamed since the music is so utterly addictive), and don't already have the Rhino double-disc, this Warner collection will most likely fit the bill. Here are 20 killer cuts -- well, 19, the version of George Gershwin's "Summertime" that closes the disc could have either been lopped off or replaced with something more fitting -- with all the hits and then some. It kicks off with "Green Onions" and "Hip Hug-Her" but it's really just gathering steam. From the roiling fuzzed out funk in Steve Cropper's guitar on Hoyt Axton's "Bootleg," to the lazy, gut bucket stroll of his in the original "Slim Jenkins' Place," the steamy organ shimmy that is "Soul Sanction" and "Soul Dressing," to the bluesed-out "Home Gown" to the amazing version of the Rascals' "Groovin'," it's an excellent comp, and well worth its price tag. ~ Thom Jurek ( http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7383128&style=music&fulldesc=T )...
McLemore Avenue is a 1970 album by Booker T. & the MGs consisting entirely of mostly instrumental covers of songs from the Beatles' album Abbey Road (released only months earlier in September 1969). The title and cover are an homage to the Beatles album; 926 East McLemore Avenue being the address of the Stax studio in Memphis, as Abbey Road was for EMI in London. Booker T. Jones said, "I was in California when I heard Abbey Road, and I thought it was incredibly courageous of The Beatles to drop their format and move out musically like they did. To push the limit like that and reinvent themselves when they had no need to do that. They were the top band in the world but they still reinvented themselves. The music was just incredible so I felt I needed to pay tribute to it."