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Booker T. & The M.G.'s - And Now! (1966) [Remastered 1992]

31-10-2014, 07:21
Jazz | Blues | Soul | Funk | R&B | FLAC / APE

Booker T. & The M.G.'s - And Now! (1966) [Remastered 1992]

Artist: Booker T. & The M.G.'s
Title Of Album: And Now!
Year Of Release: 1992
Label: Rhino Records / R270297
Genre: Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rock
Total Time: 38:21 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 199 mb

This is the album where Donald "Duck" Dunn (who previously played with Cropper in the Mar-Keys) replaced Lewie Steinberg on bass, so now each band member was a virtuoso on their chosen instrument. Dunn was certainly a more sophisticated and funky player than Steinberg, who was more blues-based and certainly held his own - but let's face it, this is the band's "definitive" lineup, hell, their only real lineup that mattered. Being a racially integrated band (Dunn and Cropper were white, Jones and Jackson black) in Memphis, Tennessee in the mid-'60s was in of itself a groundbreaking maneuver, but Stax was colorblind in those days when making great music was all that mattered. The band doesn't quite deliver a great album here, merely a very good one; there's nothing that's as awesome as "Green Onions" or "Soul Dressing," but this is probably the band's most consistently enjoyable set yet. Whereas the previous album contained mostly self-composed material (and let's not forget that Cropper and Jones in particular wrote or co-wrote many soul classics outside of the band), this album primarily leans on covers, though there are a few impressive originals such as "My Sweet Potato," which is led by a really nice Jones piano groove. Other highlights include the funky "Jericho" and the "Green Onions"-styled stomper "One Mint Julep," which also cribs some guitar riffs from the Stones' "Satisfaction." "No Matter What Shape" is catchy and has a really good melody, and other stellar covers come in the form of a slow and moody take on George Gershwin's "Summertime" and a rethinking of James Brown' "Think" on which Cropper's sparse, harsh guitar leads the way. Actually, it's tough to pick out highlights, like I said this album's strength is in its consistency, whether it be the bright keyboards and brisk beats that pace "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing" and its jazzier counterpart, "Soul Jam," or a faithful recreation of "In The Midnight Hour," which Cropper co-wrote with Wilson Pickett in the first place. There are a couple of tracks that never really catch fire, and like I said there are no real drop-dead classics here, but this was another strong entry by a newly solidified band who was ready to take the next step.


1. My Sweet Potato 2:47
2. Jericho 2:37
3. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) 3:01
4. One Mint Julep 3:05
5. In the Midnight Hour 2:58
6. Summertime 4:41
7. Working in the Coal Mine 2:42
8. Don't Mess up a Good Thing 2:44
9. Think 2:58
10. Taboo 4:25
11. Soul Jam 3:05
12. Sentimental Journey 3:13

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