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Funky Broadway: Stax Revue Live At The 5/4 Ballroom Live


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Audio CD, Live, November 7, 1991
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1. Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
2. Can't Sit Down - Booker T. & The MG's
3. Summertime - Booker T. & The MG's
4. Soul Twist - Booker T. & The MG's
5. Don't Have To Shop Around - The Mad Lads
6. Stage Announcements - Magnificent Montague
7. Candy - The Astors
8. Stage Announcements - Magnificent Montague
9. Last Night - The Mar-Keys
10. Stage Announcements - Magnificent Montague
11. Any Other Way - William Bell
12. You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell
13. Stage Announcements - Magnificent Montague
14. Every Ounce Of Strength I Have - Carla Thomas
15. Bootleg - Booker T. & The MG's
16. Stage Announcements - Magnificent Montague
17. Do The Dog - Rufus Thomas
18. Walking The Dog - Rufus Thomas

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: March 18, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZL9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willy on April 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Provided you can find it at a reasonable price, this is a superb album. Just under an hour of show with Booker T & The MGs headlining and then backing up some of Stax Records' finest artists. Wilson Pickett apparently played the show, but was under contract to Atlantic and so does not appear.

This disc was recorded at the 5/4 Ballroom in south central Los Angeles three days prior to the '65 Watts riots and features the famous LA DJ Magnificent Montague ("Burn baby burn!") as the emcee. The MGs instrumental performances are incredibly high energy - drummer Al Jackson Jr. and guitarist Steve Cropper in particular just blow the roof off of the building with their intensity. Booker's organ lead work is fantastic, and Duck Dunn is perfect as always.

Booker and the boys do the first four songs, then back up The Mad Lads (song 5), the Astors (6), The Mar-Keys (7), William Bell (the eighth and ninth songs) and Carla Thomas (10). The MGs then do "Bootleg" by themselves, and end the set backing up the incredible Rufus Thomas on two cuts. I strongly doubt there is a better live version of "Do The Dog" (9:19 in length) anywhere. Rufus rocks the house, growls and barks, and then stops to show the audience how exactly the dog is supposed to go. One wonders if even Wilson Pickett could have possibly kept up. There is a stage announcement by Montague or a house announcer between each change of artist excepting between Carla Thomas and the MGs doing "Bootleg".

All of the vocal performances are top-notch, although the Astors get assaulted by Steve Cropper and almost run over by Al Jackson on "Candy". The way the Mar-Kays horns and the MGs lock on "Last Night" is pretty awesome to hear, possibly worth the price of the disc alone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Buchholtz on July 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Recorded at the time of the Watts Riots... High energy renditions. I can listen to the cd over and over. The enthusiastic MC shouts "Take a Bow!!!!!" a few too many times, but, hey... the guy was excited because this must have been a hot time!
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