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Booker T & the MG's

Booker T & the MG’s - band/ensemble There are few instrumental songs that have the instant recognition factor, combined with enduring popularity as the 1962 classic hit “Green Onions,” by Booker T & the MG’s. As the house rhythm section at Stax Records, Booker T. & the MGs all but single-handedly shaped the course of Southern soul music in the Sixties. Besides providing solid, consistently creative backing for the Memphis label’s legion of great soul singers as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, and bluesman Albert King, whom they backed on his 1967 classic “Born Under A Bad Sign” The quartet created a body of instrumental recordings that defined the genre and era. The originators of the Booker T


The Complete Stax Singles: Volume 1 (1962-1967)

Label: Real Gone Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Green Onions; Behave Yourself; Jellybread; Aw' Mercy; Home Grown; Big Train; Chinese Checkers; Plum-Nellie; Fannie Mae; Mo-Onions; Tic-Tac-Toe; Soul Dressing; MG Party; Can't Be Still; Terrible Thing; Boot-Leg; Outrage; Be My Lady; Red Beans and Rice; My Sweet Potato; Booker-Loo; Jingle Bells; Winter Wonderland; Hip Hug-Her; Summertime; Groovin'; Slim Jenkin's Place; Winter Snow; Silver Bells.


Article: Album Review

Booker T & the MG's: The Complete Stax Singles: Volume 1 (1962-1967)

Read "The Complete Stax Singles: Volume 1 (1962-1967)" reviewed by Doug Collette

There have been other, more wide-ranging collections of the music of Booker T & the MG's—the three-CD, sixty-five track Time Is Tight (Stax,1998) most prominently—but The Complete Stax Singles Volume 1 (1962-1967) is comprehensive on its own terms. As is Real Gone Music's custom, the label has gone to great lengths to make sure the vintage ...


Article: Profile

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...


Article: Album Review

The Bo-Keys: Heartaches By The Number

Read "Heartaches By The Number" reviewed by James Nadal

There is an ongoing resurgence in retro-soul music, as contemporary artists emulate the style and sound from the golden age of soul and rhythm and blues. But there are still many of the original musicians from that era out there doing it, of which The Bo-Keys are a primary example. Delving deep into the sub-genre of ...

News: Recording

Concord Music Group Releases Booker T. & The MGs "Green Onions" As Part Of Stax Remasters Series

Concord Music Group Releases Booker T. & The MGs "Green Onions" As Part Of Stax Remasters Series

Title track inducted into GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1999 and Library of Congress's National Recording Registry in 2012 LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Concord Music Group will release Booker T. & the MGs’ Green Onions as part of its Stax Remasters series on July 24, 2012. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, two live bonus ...


Article: Album Review

Charlie Apicella & Iron City: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Charlie Apicella and Iron City have funk, groove, and insistent swing on The Business. Nominally a guitar/organ/drums trio, this date adds the tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley and conguero Mayra Casales, to fill out the sound. Apicella exhibits a sturdy competence on guitar, with an emphasis on getting all the basics right--never resorting to flame-throwing arpeggios, and ...


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Michaela Rae: Blues with a Backbone

Read "Blues with a Backbone" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

There are many who believe the blues is dying, a feeling reinforced by the fact that many of the major icons in this genre are over 80, like B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy" Edwards. However, there is youth in the blues, like Homemade Jamz and now, Michaela Rae Knox. This 14-year-old Colorado ...


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