4

Booker T. and the M.G.s: Green Onions 50th Anniversary Edition

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Booker T. and the M.G.s: Green Onions 50th Anniversary Edition The Golden Anniversary of anything is a big deal. But to the Late Baby Boom Generation, any Golden anniversary of important musical events is that much more important for the nostalgic appeal they possess. We have already seen a couple of Golden Anniversaries mentioned: The Beatles' formation in 1960, the release of the first Beach Boys recording, Surfin' Safari (Capitol, 1962), the appearance of the Rolling Stones that same year. Booker T. and the M.G.s (for Memphis Group) released the Memphis soundtrack of American life in 1962 with the Mid-South, funky Green Onions.

Green Onions was the debut album for the quartet that was to go on to become the house band for Stax Records, appearing on such essential recordings as Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay," Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" (both co-written by guitarist Steve Cropper), Carla Thomas' "Tramp," Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and Sam and Dave's "Soul Man," among many, many others. The band's music and accompaniment were organic and essential; necessary and feral. Booker T. and the M.G.s defined Memphis Soul Music.

The definitive soul-blues "Green Onions" resulted from a throw-off jam while the band awaited Arkansan and Sun Records stalwart Billy Lee Riley. Booker T. affected a nervous minor-key blues romp that got torn by Cropper's saw-blade Telecaster. While the band would never reproduce the success of this release, they did remain a vital part of the American musical landscape. The remainder of this disc sounds quaintly antique by today's standards, but this music is not about today; it is about back in the day. This is the soundtrack of the Midsouth heard on the radio KAAY the Mighty 1090, 50,000 Watts of Power! Happy Anniversary, Green Onions.


Track Listing: Green Onions See; Rinky-Dink; I Got a Woman; Mo' Onions; Twist And Shout; Behave Yourself; Stranger On the Shore; Lonely Avenue; One Who Really Loves You; Can't Sit Down;A Lover, A Friend; Comin' Home Baby; Green Onions(live); Can't Sit Down (live).

Personnel: Booker T. Jones: organ; Steve Cropper guitar; Lewis Steinberg: bass (1- 12); Donald Duck Dunn: bass (13, 14); Al Jackson, Jr.: drums.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Stax Records


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Short Stories" CD/LP/Track Review Short Stories
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Blues Revival" CD/LP/Track Review Blues Revival
by James Nadal
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "The Whole World Must Change" CD/LP/Track Review The Whole World Must Change
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 13, 2016
Read "Mt. Crushmore" CD/LP/Track Review Mt. Crushmore
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 8, 2017
Read "Detour" CD/LP/Track Review Detour
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 26, 2016
Read "Signature" CD/LP/Track Review Signature
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!