The live recordings were recorded at The Olympia Theatre in Paris 1967.
Recorded at a March 1967 show at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, BACK TO BACK features Stax Records' house band Booker T. & The MG's along with house horn section The Mar-Keys. Led by keyboard player Booker T. Jones, the MG's were a quartet of young musicians whose blend of innate chemistry not only yielded tasty hit instrumentals like "Green Onions" and "Hip-Hug-Her," but whose multi-racial make-up inadvertently represented the face of the nascent Civil Rights movement.
The combination of Jones' greasy-sounding organ runs, Steve Cropper's snappy rhythm guitar playing, and the funky groove generated by bassist Duck Dunn and drummer Al Jackson, Jr., makes lesser-known songs such as the insistent "Tic-Tac-Toe" and the funky "Red Beans and Rice" sizzle. When the brassy gravy of saxophonists Joe Arnold and Andrew Love along with trumpeter Wayne Jackson added, the spicy results include the Peter Gunn-inspired "Last Night" (immortalized in the film THE BLUES BROTHERS), and a thumping cover of Rufus Thomas' "Philly Dog." BACK TO BACK serves as a perfect companion to the dual compilations STAX/VOLT REVUE: LIVE IN LONDON VOLUMES 1 & 2, recorded during the summer leg of this European tour.
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