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martes, 24 de julio de 2018

Booker T. & The MG's • Time Is Tight [3CDs]



Review by Richie Unterberger
A three-CD, 65-song box set that includes all their hits from 1962 through 1971, in addition to numerous LP tracks and failed singles; the third disc is devoted entirely to previously unreleased live material (most from 1992-1994) and rarities. Greatest-hits compilations will serve the needs of all but intense Booker T. and Stax fans. However, if you really dig their instrumental sound, this is a fine package. It might skip an odd, worthy track from their catalog, but basically has just about everything deserving of attention, concentrating more on their original compositions than their covers. Some of the more obscure selections, like their jazzy 1967 LP cut "Pigmy" and their inventive 1969 cover of "Lady Madonna," are overlooked standouts. A number of sides here, like "Burnt Biscuits," "Fannie Mae," "Sunday Sermon," "MG Party," and the moody, dignified "Meditation," were never on album before. Other oddities fans will want to know about is a live medley of James Brown material from 1968, Albert King doing "Born Under a Bad Sign" with them live (also from 1968), a hit 1965 single ("Hole in the Wall") released under the name "the Packers," and "Booker's Theme," which was only available on the 1969 Stax various-artists sampler Soul Explosion. The 1992-1994 live cuts (all previously unreleased), with various drummers in place of the late Al Jackson, show the band in decent though not amazing form, including a ten-minute jam on "Time Is Tight" and a version of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" with Neil Young on vocals.


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Tracklist:
1-1 - Green Onions - 2:53
1-2 - Behave Yourself - 3:52
1-3 - Jellybread - 2:27
1-4 - Home Grown - 3:11
1-5 - Burnt Biscuits - 2:00
1-6 - Chinese Checkers - 2:25
1-7 - Mo' Onions - 2:50
1-8 - Tic-Tac-Toe - 2:30
1-9 - Fannie Mae - 2:07
1-10 - Soul Dressing - 2:24
1-11 - Can't Be Still - 1:57
1-12 - Boot-Leg - 2:03
1-13 - Outrage - 2:31
1-14 - Be My Lady - 2:29
1-15 - My Sweet Potato - 2:40
1-16 - Hip Hug-Her - 2:22
1-17 - Summertime - 4:35
1-18 - Slim Jenkins' Place - 2:25
1-19 - Groovin' - 2:40
1-20 - Soul Sanction - 2:30
1-21 - Pigmy - 3:55
1-22 - Booker's Notion - 2:25
1-23 - I Can Dig It - 2:44
1-24 - Expressway (To Your Heart) - 3:00
1-25 - You Don't Love Me - 2:52
1-26 - Never My Love - 2:45
1-27 - Blue On Green - 2:29
1-28 - Ode To Billie Joe - 3:59
2-1 - Soul Limbo - 2:23
2-2 - Heads Or Tails - 2:30
2-3 - Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy - 2:59
2-4 - Hang 'Em High - 3:53
2-5 - Willow Weep For Me - 3:42
2-6 - Over Easy - 4:05
2-7 - Time Is Tight - 4:54
2-8 - Johnny, I Love You - 2:58
2-9 - Lady Madonna - 3:32
2-10 - Mrs. Robinson - 3:41
2-11 - Soul Clap '69 - 2:40
2-12 - I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - 2:49
2-13 - You're All I Need To Get By - 3:54
2-14 - It's Your Thing - 3:02
2-15 - Something - 4:07
2-16 - Sunday Sermon - 3:53
2-17 - McLemore Avenue - 1:00
2-18 - Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy) - 10:39
2-19 - Chicken Pox - 3:26
2-20 - Melting Pot - 8:15
3-1 - Gotta Serve Somebody - 5:04
3-2 - Lay Lady Lay - 4:00
3-3 - MG Party - 2:22
3-4 - Terrible Thing - 2:31
3-5 - Hole In The Wall - 2:48
3-6 - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - 5:07
3-7 - Booker's Theme - 3:06
3-8 - Albert's Rap - 1:15
3-9 - Born Under A Bad Sign - 3:30
3-10 - Medley: I'm With You/I Don't Mind/Oh, Baby Don't You Weep - 4:02
3-11 - Meditation - 3:59
3-12 - Green Onions - 4:37
3-13 - Sarasota Sunset - 6:18
3-14 - I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - 3:58
3-15 - Hang 'Em High - 5:30
3-16 - Time Is Tight - 10:47
3-17 - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - 4:50

Notes: Stereo, except tracks 1-1 to 1-14, 2-11, 2-17 Mono

Tracks 1-5, 1-9, 2-16, 2-17, 3-2 to 3-4, 3-8, and 3-10 to 3-17 are Previously Unissued on LP.
Track 2-17 is a Radio Promo

Total Times:
Disc One 77:45
Disc Two 78:59
Disc Three 77:25

Label:  Stax ‎– 3SCD-4424-2
Released: 1998
Genre: Jazz, Funk,Pop, Soul














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4 comentarios:

  1. Un verdadero tesoro y un tesoro inagotable, esta es otra vez una gran fiesta, ¡así que gracias de nuevo por esta sugerencia para tocar el órgano otra vez!

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    1. Muchas gracias por tu comentario, sí es una gran colección de esta gran banda.
      Saludos!

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  2. Respuestas
    1. Yes, time is tight, let's take advantage of these good moments of music.
      ;)

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