Booker T. & The MG’s

3-23-11

Booker T. & The MG’s

Everybody knows “Green Onions”; “Hip Hug-Her” has been on my radar for 40+ years.  There ain’t no singin’.

CD GREEN ONIONS                                                   ATLANTIC US          82255.2

1962 12 TRKS

CD SOUL DRESSING                                                 ATLANTIC US          82337.2

1965 12 TRKS

CD AND NOW!                                                              RHINO US                R2 70297

1966 12 TRKS

CD IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT                                ATLANTIC US          82338.2

1966 12 TRKS Xmas album

CD HIP HUG-HER                                                        RHINO US                R2 71013

1967 11 TRKS

CD DOIN’ OUR THING                                                RHINO US                R2 71014

1968 11 TRKS

LP BEST OF                                                                  ATLANTIC US          SD 8202

1968 12 TRK Collection

7″ HANG ‘EM HIGH / OVER EASY                            STAX US                   STA-0013

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ SOUL LIMBO / HEADS OR TAILS                       STAX US                   STA-0001

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

CD McLEMORE AVENUE                                            MOBILE FIDELITY   MFCD 835

1971 4 TRKS 1st CD issue

CD MELTING POT                                                        STAX US                   SCD 8521.2

1972 8 TRKS (’90 issue)

LP NIGHT AFTER NIGHT (Steve Cropper solo)    MCA JPN                   VIM-6293

1982 9 TRKS insert

CD BEST OF                                                                  STAX US                   FCD-60-004

1986 17 TRK Collection

MD THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE                      COLUMBIA US         CM 53307

1994 12 TRKS

Despite being an R&B act, they made what is probably my favorite version of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album, “McLemore Avenue”.  That’s right – they cover darn near all of “Abbey Road” in the Booker T. style.

Booker T. is still alive.  Steve Cropper is still alive.

I recently DJ’d a 60’s night, and I gave “Hip Hug-Her” a spin – and people danced.  That’s right.

A few nights ago, I listened to the whole 1967 “Hip Hug-Her” album, and was blown away at how clean it sounded.  Yes, I’ve only mostly got CD’s on these boys in 2011.

 

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5 Responses to Booker T. & The MG’s

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    Bookert T is all over the map. Let’s not forget he played and produced [great] tracks on Stephen Duffy’s debut album, “The Ups & Downs.”

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    Yep, you’re right! I wonder how that one got worked out? “Wednesday Jones”, “Be There”, “Believe In Me” and “The World At Large” – heck, almost 1/2 of the album! All Hail Stephen Duffy! All Hail Booker T. Jones!

    • postpunkmonk says:

      I thought that “Be There” was a solid hit single waiting to happen. The horns and strings were fabbo. How did it get worked out? Well, Stephen Duffy has taste, for a start. That’s half of the battle.

  3. ronkanefiles says:

    True. I’ll write about Stephen Duffy next week, too.

  4. Warren Bowman says:

    Inexplicably, “McLemore Avenue” has recently been re-issued…on vinyl!

    http://www.amazon.com/Mclemore-Avenue-Booker-T-Mgs/dp/B004E5GSVM/ref=mb_oe_l

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