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Uptight [Soundtrack]

Booker T. & The MG'sAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 29, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZL1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars an unusual & excellent collection November 25, 1999
By DJ Rix
Format:Audio CD
A remake of the film, "The Informer," the imposed demands of soundtrack music combined with the funky discipline of the band make this an unusual & excellent collection. Besides a couple of versions of "Time is Tight," & turns at the mic by Booker T & Judy Clay, this is perhaps the most musically diverse album BT & the MGs made (McLemore Avenue excepted, but a few other guys wrote those songs). Straight blues, tricky turns of time signature, angular rhythms, even a carousel waltz. The band really stretches. & the late Al Jackson is absolute perfection, bless him.

Bob Rixon, WFMU-FM
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sambson
Format:Audio CD
The catch here is that Booker T. & The MG's are famous for their rump shakin' instrumentals, but the first three instrumentals here are much closer to film scoring than juke joint jams. That is to say that they were written for the purpose of ambient visual support, rather than catchy R&B hits. Truth be told, the two selections with vocals are right in there with the best instrumental material on this disc. Personally, I find "Deadwood Dick" to be a catchy but rather strange Arabic Circus tune (were they trying to re-invent "People Are Strange"?!), and "Cleveland Now" a pastoral organ and bongo creep, "Tank's Lament" a smartly devised piano and organ solo, while "Run Tank Run" is an ambient bongo and guitar workout. This leaves only "We've Got Johnny Wells", "Down At Ralph's Joint" and "Time Is Tight" for a BEST OF set (plus I'd include the two vocals and the spiritual "Blues In The Gutter"). I think it's quite nice coupled with MELTING POT. One bonus is that all the tunes are self-penned, rather than featuring any cover tunes; which they were as famous as The Ventures for doing.
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Stax was a record label that was in dire straights in 1968. Otis Redding was dead, the label unknowingly had a distribution deal with Atlantic Records,and their recorded catalog from beforehand was no longer theirs. It was a record label with no music. Label head Al Bell had a spiralingly ambitious plan of action-to record over twenty albums and rebuild the catalog that had been lost. Interestingly enough this all happened at a time when soul music was going through some of its most vital transitions. The music was moving from the gospel inspired soul that defined Stax and all Southern Soul in general into the genre they were already helping to create-funk. Stax's original house band Booker T & The MG's were beginning to tire a bit-even to the point of operating in shifts,and the result was severe overwork for the band members. Somhow however,this relatively obscure soundtrack finds them stretching out into some often unexpected musical directions.

"Johnny,I Love You" is a Ray Charles like soul shuffle with Booker T himself providing the vocals that relate to the platonic brotherly love felt by members of a gang of young men. "Cleveland Now" takes a musical direction not dissimilar to what Santana were beginning to do at this time: fuse Afro-Cuban percussion with heavy organ soloing. "Children Don't Get Weary" is an eerily stark gospel infused ballad sung by Judy Clay. "Tank's Lament" is actually a temp-less adjunct featuring the organ melody of "Time Is Tight" while "Blues In The Gutter",the rocking "We've Got Johnny Wells" and "Run Tank Run" combine the bands precise soul with this sense of cinematic orchestration that mildly anticipates what Isaac Hayes would be doing a year later.
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