Booker T. & The MG's Soul Men

Soul Men
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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Stax

Entertainment Reviews:

Living Blues - 11/03, p.101
"...Finely crafted little gems that perfectly meld the leader's minimalist organ with Steve Cropper's pungent guitar lines, rock-solid bass from Lewis Steinberg or Duck Dunn and the nonpareil drumming of Al Jackson..."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.Baby, Scratch My Back
  • Buy for $0.992.Harlem Shuffle
  • Buy for $1.293.Hi-Heel Sneakers
  • Buy for $0.994.Downtown
  • Buy for $1.295.I Was Made To Love Her
  • Buy for $0.996.Georgia On My Mind
  • Buy for $0.997.Wade In The Water
  • Buy for $0.998.Fannie Mae
  • Buy for $0.999.Day Tripper
  • Buy for $0.9910.You Left The Water Running
  • Buy for $0.9911.Every Beat Of My Heart
  • Buy for $0.9912.Ain't That Peculiar
  • Buy for $0.9913.You Can't Do That
  • Buy for $0.9914.Wang Dang Doodle
  • Buy for $0.9915.On A Saturday Night
  • Buy for $0.9916.The Letter
  • Buy for $0.9917.Oo Wee Baby, I Love You
  • Buy for $1.2918.Spoonful
  • Buy for $0.9919.I Hear A Symphony
  • Buy for $0.9920.You're So Fine
  • Buy for $1.2921.Raunchy
  • Buy for $0.9922.You Are My Sunshine
  • Buy for $0.9923.Soul Man
  • Buy for $0.9924.Gimme Some Lovin'
  • Buy for $0.9925.When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

Product Description:

Booker T. & The MG's: Booker T. Jones (keyboards); Steve Cropper (guitar); Lewie Steinberg, Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Al Jackson Jr. (drums).3
Compilation producers: Roger Armstrong, Colin MacKenzie, Alan Taylor, Peter Gibbon.
Includes liner notes by Rob Bowman.
Personnel: Steve Cropper (guitar); Booker T. Jones (keyboards); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Arranger: Ramsey Lewis.
Although all of these 25 cover versions were recorded in the '60s, none of them were released at the time. Unfortunately, info as to the exact dates of the individual tracks has been lost, though Stax scholar Rob Bowman's liner notes figure that most of them were cut between 1965-1968, with some possibly dating from 1962-1964. Putting all of them onto a single disc decades later might seem like a vault-cleaning exercise of secondary material. But this turns out to be a surprisingly good and vibrant collection of instrumental soul interpretations of rock, soul, and pop hits of the '60s, even if it's not up to the level of Booker T. & the MG's more famous hits and original numbers. Even though these were often laid down quickly before or after sessions on which the band was backing other artists, most of these don't sound like throwaways. They're characteristically disciplined and imaginative, and the scope is remarkably wide, taking in Beatles songs, blues ("Wang Dang Doodle" and "Baby Scratch My Back"), Motown, straight pop ("Downtown"), and even some songs on which Booker T. & the MG's actually played on the original recordings (Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" and "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby," and Eddie Floyd's "On a Saturday Night"). Not all of the reworkings are top-notch; the Beatles' "You Can't Do That" is taken at a jazzy shuffle that doesn't suit the tune. But most of them are very good, and not straight copies of the original arrangements, with the band effectively cooking up different tempos and simmering guitar/organ interplay. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • Sales Rank: 105,267
  • UPC: 025218861021
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