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viernes, 14 de octubre de 2016

Booker T. & the MG's • Uptight

UpTight is a soundtrack album by Southern soul band Booker T. & the M.G.'s for the film of the same title.
The album's highlights include "Time Is Tight," the single version of which became a US Top 10 hit (the second biggest of their career) and a signature song for the band. The version of "Time Is Tight" included on the Up Tight soundtrack album is an alternate recording, which differs from the single version in several respects: it is in stereo, it is played at a faster tempo, it runs almost two minutes longer (4'55"), and it includes both an extended introduction and an instrumental "breakdown" (beginning around 3'30"), neither of which are in the single version. "Johnny, I Love You" (the B-side of "Time Is Tight") features a rare vocal by keyboardist Booker T. Jones. Judy Clay provides vocals on "Children, Don't Get Weary."
The album was recorded at Stax Records' studios by Ron Capone, produced by Jones, and was overdubbed and mixed at Ardent Studios by Steve Cropper and Terry Manning.
The album charted at number 98 on the Billboard 200 album chart and number 7 on the Billboard R&B albums chart.

Review by Steve Kurutz
Through the score of Booker T. Jones, the soundtrack to the 1968 Jules Dassin movie Uptight reflects the story of a young black man living in the ghetto during the turbulent time after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Containing the hit single "Time Is Tight," the soundtrack moves from soft and contemplative ("Children, Don't Get Weary") to driving and urgent ("Run Tank Run"). Though not one of Booker T. & the MG's' better albums, Uptight does contain the always exemplary musicianship that the MG's brought to their records, and it predates both the Superfly and Shaft soundtracks by three years.

Track Listing:
1 Johnny, I Love You
2 Cleveland Now
3 Children, Don't Get Weary
4 Tank's Lament
5 Blues in the Gutter
6 We've Got Johnny Wells
7 Down at Ralph's Joint
8 Deadwood Dick
9 Run Tank Run
10 Time Is Tight

Release Date: December, 1968
Duration: 35:34
Genre: R&B, Pop/Rock
Styles: Instrumental Rock, Soul, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul, Funk
Recording Date: June, 1968
Label: Karussell ‎– 2499 072

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