Booker T. & The MG's The Best of Booker T & The M.G.s
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- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Rhino Flashback 79976 (2000)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A budget-priced 10-track collection of favorites from Booker T. & The M.G.s. All original recordings.
- 1.Green Onions
- 2.Hip Hug-Her
- 4.Chinese Checkers
- 5.Soul Dressing
- 8.Behave Yourself
- 9.Home Grown
- 10.Mo' Onions
There have been few backing bands in the history of rock that were as great as Booker T. & the MG's. As the "Stax band" of the '60s, the quartet's most impressive contribution to popular music was backing some of soul music's greatest names -- Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, etc. But Booker T. & the MG's also issued their own all-instrumental recordings -- scoring quite a few sizable hits on their own. While 2003's Green Onions and Other Hits doesn't include every single Booker T. highlight (at only a mere ten tracks in length, how could it?), it does include some of the band's best-known selections, including the groovy title track (which was used to great effect in the movie American Graffiti), "Hip Hug-Her" (used splendidly in another movie, Barfly), and "Boot-Leg," which features some great Jimi Hendrix-ish guitar courtesy of Steve Cropper. There are a multitude of more extensive Booker T. & the MG's collections out on the market (the single-disc The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's, the box set Time Is Tight, etc.), but for an affordable sampler of the fantastic Booker T. & the MG's, give Green Onions and Other Hits a try. ~ Greg Prato
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