Green Onions

Green Onions

by Booker T. & the MG's


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There's not a note or a nuance out of place anywhere on this record, which featured 35 of the most exciting minutes of instrumental music in any category that one could purchase in 1962 (and it's no slouch multiple decades out, either). "I Got a Woman" is the single best indicator of how superb this record is and this band was -- listening to this track, it's easy to forget that the song ever had lyrics or ever needed them, Booker T. Jones' organ and Steve Cropper's guitar serving as more-than-adequate substitutes for any singer. Their version of "Twist and Shout" is every bit as satisfying. Even "Mo' Onions," an effort to repeat the success of "Green Onions," doesn't repeat anything from the earlier track except the tempo, and Jones and Cropper both come up with fresh sounds within the same framework. "Behave Yourself" is a beautifully wrought piece of organ-based blues that gives Jones a chance to show off some surprisingly nimble-fingered playing, while "Stranger on the Shore" is transformed into a piece of prime soul music in the group's hands. Just when it seems like the album has turned in all of the surprises in repertory that it could reasonably deliver, it ends with "Comin' Home Baby," a killer jazz piece on which Steve Cropper gets to shine, his guitar suddenly animated around Jones' playing, his quietly trilled notes at the crescendo some of the most elegant guitar heard on an R&B record up to that time.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2012
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072339606
catalogNumber: 33960
Rank: 56674

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Booker T. & the MG's   Primary Artist
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Charles "Packy" Axton   Saxophone
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Organ
Lewis Steinberg   Bass
Al Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Doc Pomus   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Bob Altshuler   Original Liner Notes
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
Haig Adishian   Cover Design
Robert Mellin   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Chris Clough   Reissue Producer
Winley   Composer
Dorough   Composer
Muldrow   Composer
Irving Schild   Cover Photo

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