October 10, 2003
Rhino Flashback
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Instrumental Rock, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul, AM Pop

Album Review

There have been few backing bands in the history of rock that were as great as Booker T. & the MG's. As the "Stax band" of the '60s, the quartet's most impressive contribution to popular music was backing some of soul music's greatest names -- Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, etc. But Booker T. & the MG's also issued their own all-instrumental recordings -- scoring quite a few sizable hits on their own. While 2003's Green Onions and Other Hits doesn't include every single Booker T. highlight (at only a mere ten tracks in length, how could it?), it does include some of the band's best-known selections, including the groovy title track (which was used to great effect in the movie American Graffiti), "Hip Hug-Her" (used splendidly in another movie, Barfly), and "Boot-Leg," which features some great Jimi Hendrix-ish guitar courtesy of Steve Cropper. There are a multitude of more extensive Booker T. & the MG's collections out on the market (the single-disc The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's, the box set Time Is Tight, etc.), but for an affordable sampler of the fantastic Booker T. & the MG's, give Green Onions and Other Hits a try.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Green Onions
  2. Hip Hug-Her
  3. Jellybread
  4. Chinese Checkers
  5. Soul Dressing
  6. Groovin'
  7. Boot-Leg
  8. Behave Yourself
  9. Home Grown
  10. Mo' Onions