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BOOKER T. & THE MG'S
PYE RECORDS (UK) STX 1045 - UNION EXTENDED - BOOKER T. & THE MG'S
(issued in 1976 in UK only, stereo, no CD re-issue)
Overton Park Sunrise / Steve's Stroll / Duck Walk / Cotton Carnival / Midnight On McLemore / Union Extended // Avalon / Around Orange Mound / National Jackson / Beale Street Revival / Saucy Pt. 2 / Booker's Theme.
This LP was produced by Terry Manning and "post-produced by Booker T. & The MG's". It was issued in 1976 in the United Kingdom only under the Stax label and distributed by PYE Records, who owned the distribution deal at the time in Great Britain.
It is obviously an LP composed of various outtakes from the Stax vaults, one being even a previously issued track (Midnight On McLemore, coming from the "blue" Stax LP "And Now" under the name of Taboo) with just some instruments added (percussions and marimba by Terry Manning himself). Another curiosity: the intro to Overton Park Sunrise is exactly the same as the intro to the MG's version of "The Dock Of The Bay" (previously unissued, released by Ace and Fantasy on various CDs). So it appears that all these tracks had some post production surgery and Terry Manning, from Ardent studios in Memphis, one time closely associated with Stax was the master surgeon and player for most of the added instruments (He actually played the marimba on the Booker T. & The MG's hit from 1968 "Soul Limbo".
This LP had been scheduled for a CD reissue by Fantasy but was withdrawn at the last minute, probably due to copyright problems with Atlantic.
All in all, it's a very good Booker T. & The MG's album, showing their talent at its best. Many unissued tracks remain in the Stax vaults and we hope to hear more tracks in the future.
ORIGINAL LINER NOTES
It is now fourteen years since
Booker T & The M.G.'s emerged into public consciousness, having gone along with the
shifts and changes of public taste from the old early 60's days of "Rhythm &
Blues" to the ultra-cool extremes of some of today's "Soul" music, and in
that time there can hardly be a record buyer in the land who hasn't at some time or
another heard music played by the group. Those "Green Onions" of 1962 have now
ripened into a musical expression which, whilst still soulful, can no longer be hidebound
by narrowing and limiting definitions of musical genre. The increased upward mobility for
black artists within American recording industry circles has meant that old traditions
have been swept aside so that now we find the music of black America not just as once was
the case, on labels like OKEH, SAVOY and BLUEBIRD, but streaming from all aspects of the
media; film-scores, TV commercials and in almost all parts of the globe! In twenty years
the revolution has almost been complete, and although there is still yet some distance to
travel, at least in some respects the music of black America is no longer the Cinderella
of the music spectrum. The rise of movies in the States which were aimed directly at black
audiences meant that this was an area in which black performers could find work, and I was
not at all surprised when I read that one of the very first of these films was to have the
soundtrack music supplied by Booker T & The M.G.'s. Who better able to translate the
mood of modern America in musical terms?
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