Tuesday, August 14, 2012
CD Review: It's Been 50 Years Of "Green Onions" For Booker T. & The M.G.s
Now after fifties years, the original full-length album of instrumentals was carefully remastered by Joe Tarantino and includes a live version of the title song and a live version of the Phil Upchurch hit “Can’t Sit Down.” Both songs were recorded live at the 5/4 Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA in 1965. The original album features 12 songs, most of them covers, including Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman,” the Isley Brothers’ “Twist And Shout,” and Jackie Wilson’s “A Woman, A Lover, A Friend,” but none of them had that spontaneous mix of blues and soul like “Green Onions.” Booker T. & the M.G.s even tried to recapture the magic with “Mo’ Onions.” This album began the career of a band that went on to make fourteen albums over the next fifteen years with many of them cracking the top 100 on the album charts.
This new remastered CD was released on July 24 and has these songs sounding better than they ever have before. For more information on this release, please visit concordmusicgroup.com.
Posted by JP's Music Blog