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Melting Pot

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  • Audio CD (December 7, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BluesDuke on January 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It was the last album of the classic lineup (almost - see below) and they went out, for the most part, in a blaze of glory which probably surprised fans of both their easy-grooving, compact instrumental workouts and all the work they had put in as the funkiest backing band in deep Southern soul. The remarkable achievement was that Booker T. & the MGs let their adventurism run free without burying entirely the foundation that got them there in the first place - the deep, wide, spine-slicing groove of bassist Duck Dunn and drummer Al Jackson, Jr.; the spare, effective chords and licks of guitarmeister Steve Cropper (who could also, in fact, take a short solo turn with the best of them and never forgot the blues entirely); and, the magisterially funky keyboard beds and punctuations of Booker T. Jones.
The title cut alone is worth the price of the ticket, a swirling, rolling union of esoteric, dreamy jazz and steady rolling funk whose simplicity and modal melodiousness beats damn near all the ill-begotten "fusion" movement hollow and doesn't let you out of its allure for its entire eight minute run. (Guitar chauvinists, please note - Cropper's brief solo turn here could be an object lesson of "less is more"; he nudges out, simply, a spare solo the shredmeisters would have nervous breakdowns trying to nail.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By thestaxman on March 31, 2002
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In all honesty, there aren't enough stars to rate this stellar album. Unfortunately, the last by these four members of Booker T. & the MGs. Booker T. Jones plays his B-3 organ with unbelievable fire and passion. Steve Cropper's rhythm and lead guitar is just unrivaled. Duck Dunn lays down some of his most inspiring bass lines ever, and as always, the perfect time keeping of the great Al Jackson, Jr. on drums makes this album a sonic delight from beginning to end. It opens with, in my opinion, the greatest piece of music ever recorded, the title cut, "Melting Pot". From start to finish it is perhaps, the most fitting example of each member's equal contribution to the sound and soul of the band. Four guys doing four distinctive things, with it all coming together like magic, and all the while, none of them having enough of an ego to detract from the other. Tragic circumstances made this the last outing by these four, and the direction they were going in here makes it all the more tragic. However, this was certainly a perfect crowning achievement for the group. Not many bands can go out as they came in. On fire.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. P. Monblat on June 16, 2003
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At the risk of being accused of hyperbole, I can honestly say that the track "Melting Pot" is the finest piece of music I've ever heard. There simply are not words (at least not in my lexicon) to describe its sublime brilliance. I could mention the incredibly strong melody, its sophisticated big-city feel, the awesome interplay between Booker T's hammond and Steve Cropper's guitar underpinned by Dunn's bass and the genuinely unique presence of Jackson's drumming, but that would still not begin to do it justice. I fell in love with this track (and the rest of the album - especially "Fuquawi" and "Kinda Easy Like") about 30 years ago now (the album was about three years old at the time and already deleted - ridiculously enough). I've heard a great deal of amazing music since then, both new and old, but absolutely nothing touches this. In my opinion this is far and away the best album Booker T and the MGs ever made. The reviewer who said they went out in a blaze of unsung glory with this is absolutely right. They (and this album in particular) are still underrated, but at least the group have had some serious recognition now, and all or most of their material is available. Their music should live on forever.
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**Added to review in October 2013 by A P Monblat**:
Ten years on and my enthusiasm for this album - and the title track above all - has not dimmed or diminished one iota, so here is an additional attempt to put into words the brilliance of this piece. I think epithets like passion, majesty and drama are needed to describe what is constantly in play in the music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. A DUNN on February 6, 2007
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So many musicians could take a lesson from Booker T and the MG's. This album is perhaps the tightest funky jazz recorded this side of heaven, and without synthesizers and electronic drums.

This is feel-good music to blast away on the car stereo with Pyle-Driver speakers! Some say they are annoyed with the "Doo-Wah" female vocals, but I think they just add to the overall splendor of this masterpiece! Especially on the "L.A. Jazz Song"- one of the tightest precision groove songs ever recorded.

Years ago I first found this album on 8-track in a machine I fixed for a friend. I loved it from the beginning.

Believe me when I say that if all you know about Booker T and the MG's is their songs "Green Onions," or "Time is Tight," buy this album and be blown away on the most precice funky jazz ever recorded!
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