Booker T. and the M.G.s: Green Onions

Hard to believe that an instrumental group could get so popular in the 60s, but there were a number of them. BTATMGS was by far the best, as not only did they put out superior and funky stuff like this on the old Stax label, but they were the house/studio band as well, laying down irresistible grooves behind the likes of Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and Eddie Floyd. This album, essentially their debut, not only has the classic title track, but some cooking versions of tunes like “Comin’ Home Baby” and “Twist and Shout.” Of the classic ensemble of Booker T Jones/org, Steve Cropper/g, “Duck” Dunn/b and Al Jackson/dr (who lays down incessant rhythms throughout), only Jones and Cropper are still around, and they still sound as down home as dry rubbed ribs. This stuff is finger lickin’ good.

Stax Records

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