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Booker T. & The MG'sVinyl
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Making "The Road From Memphis"


In Booker T. Jones, the seed was planted early. Not yet a teenager, he was already hauling his stack of newspapers to Phineas Newborn’s front yard where, while folding them for his after-school delivery route, he could listen to the jazz great practice piano. With those notes ringing in his head, he’d set out into the neighborhood, picking up the sound of the streets, the sound of ... Read more in Amazon's Booker T. & The MG's Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B0040O33SI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Birth of a Dynasty June 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is what happens when a group of guys have an unexpected monster smash hit. In 1962, while in the studio jamming, a seventeen year old prodigy named Booker T. Jones, a twenty-one year old guitarist named Steve Cropper, and a couple of veterans of the Memphis music scene came up with something that Stax Records president Jim Stewart deemed good enough for release. Needing a B-side, Cropper suggested working up something Jones had been playing around with some time earlier. What was supposed to be a B-side excited Cropper, and local DJs quickly began to flip the "Behave Yourself" single to the other side, and "Green Onions" began to create quite a stir. Quickly, the sides were reversed, and "Green Onions", with it's groovin' riff, Booker T.'s funky organ lines, and cutting edge guitar bursts courtesy of Cropper became Stax's biggest hit at the time, reaching number three on the national Pop charts and topping the R&B charts. The group, now billing themselves as Booker T. & the MGs (Memphis Group), released this solid, if unspectacular instrumental album later that year.

As could be expected, they weren't really able to recreate the hit single's magic, and besides that title track, the rest of the album comes across today as sounding pretty dated. This album should not be bought to familiarize listeners with Booker T. & the MGs. Cropper, Jones, drummer Al Jackson, Jr., and later Donald "Duck" Dunn (who would replace original bassist Lewie Steinberg) are widely considered to be the tightest, most soulful, and versatile band of all time. They would go on to be the house band at Stax, playing behind Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and more.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this for "Green Onions"! April 1, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
"Green Onions" is a great song--a song that sounds thrilling no matter how many times you've heard it. Unfortunately, the "Green Onions" album isn't nearly as exciting and gets kind of tiring after a listen or two. This was the MG's first album and was recorded after the 45 of "Green Onions" hit the top of the charts. The inventiveness and fire evident on the "Green Onions" single is just about impossible to find on the other tracks of this album, though. If you were thinking of getting this so you could hear "Green Onions"--well, don't do it. Pick up "The Very Best of" on Rhino. It has "Green Onions" and about 17 other songs that are just as thrilling. Then, if you want to have more MG's material, pick up "Hip Hug-Her" or "Soul Limbo" or the "Time is Tight" Box set. This album is one that only completists will want.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Green Onions" was the first Lp record by Stax studio musician Booker T. Jones and his three partners-in-(musical)crime released after their hit single "Green Onions". Like most albums of the 1960s, it contains both the A and B sides of the single ("Behave Yourself" was originally to be the "A" side with "Onions" on the reverse) and a bunch of covers (hits for other artists). The 12 tracks on the issued 1962 release include nine of those covers , with two Ray Charles songs, (Mr.) Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore", and Phil Upchurch's "You Can't Sit Down" among them.

For those who know the group from their later albums, you'll find out in the new liner notes written by Rob Bowman (an expert on Stax's history) that bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn was not with the band at the time this album was released. Lewis Steinberg - the original member is here.

For this remastered release, Concord Music Group (which owns the Stax catalog now) added two "bonus tracks" - live recordings from a 1965 Stax Revue in Los Angeles (previously released on another Stax CD) which features Dunn on bass. Both are repeated songs. "Green Onions" is the first; "Can't Sit Down" is the second (but the live version clocks in at nearly five minutes - almost twice the length of the studio recording.

The original liner notes from 1962 are also reprinted in the enclosed 12-page booklet.

You can hear the remastered sound once you get half-way into "Mo Onions" (the only other original composition) when Steve Croppers guitar kicks in. Nice!

If you don't have the original. This is worth picking up.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What changed from the Atlantic/Atco Remaster version? September 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This seminal Stax album has been released by Concord as part of its Stax Re-Masters release - apart from the inclusion of the original album sleeve with the Stax logo - and 2 live tracks which are awful in their sound quality - this mono album does not sound very much different from the Bill Inglot remastered version on the Atlantic/Atco Remasters series in the 1990s. Five stars for the timeless music - 1 star to Concord for bothering to re-reelease it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak overall - but some good bits September 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Despite the magic of the title tune, this album shows signs of having been rushed out as a cash-in. The choice of material is poor, and the interpretations are somewhat uncertain. If you must own 'Green Onions' (the tune), get it on a compilation, and spend your Booker T & the MGs budget on one of the later albums (which are utterly brilliant...).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars gratmusic
Published 1 month ago by peachy
5.0 out of 5 stars stands the test of time!
Oldies but goodies still live on. You know Green Onions when you hear it. Makes a great ring tone too!
Published 5 months ago by justme22
5.0 out of 5 stars SS in Col. Ohio
If you love jazz u will love this. Booker T. makes you want to dance. There is music for everyone.
Published 7 months ago by Sybil Saxon
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Music
One of the Hottest recordings ever made. It's an Up Beat Delightful beat that elates your persona. A Classic by Booker T. & The MG's. I have all of them.
Published 10 months ago by Sugano-Hollywood
4.0 out of 5 stars GREEN ONIONS
Published 13 months ago by glenn smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Green Onions
I bought this cd for my husband and he loves it. He has always wanted Green Onions, it's his favorite Booker T song.
Published 14 months ago by Mrl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I always liked Booker T and the Mg's. Glad I bought this CD. Great to listen to while driving or workong around the house.
Published 14 months ago by Joyce Hatler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD purchase I've made in a very long time!
I was very happy to have the opportunity to purchase it as I didn't really know it was available. I have played it dozens of times since I received it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Virginia Compton
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic title song and a crossover album
I was 14 when this album was released in the Fall of 1962, and it was not only the title song that grabbed my attention. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My husband loved this dvd.! He could not believe I found it for him.
Published 18 months ago by Loretta Houchins
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