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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by EllroyJames, Sep 16, 2019.
Time Is Tight (Live)
Thanks! Some of the music I grew up on.
Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper: The guys I learned how to play from)
I met Booker T one time way back in the late 80's (I was playing in the band of his ex-wife, the sadly missed Priscilla Coolidge); he was a really cool guy.
I'm a fan. (Turbo fan))
Al Jackson Jr!!
Always loved this one....
One of my favorite Beatles covers is Booker T's McLemore Ave.
booker T and the M.G.s are part of my musical world...since the early ‘60’s. That said, that first YouTube clip is something I can’t listen to due to the poor quality of the record player. There is way too much wow and flutter for me to give an ear to it.
Oh, that Hammond! I loved their music when it first came out and I still play it today. A friend of mine who played bought a Hammond organ that we chopped down and a huge Leslie speaker that we used to schlub around to gigs just so he could get this sound. Ah, nostalgia. He plays a Nord now.
Love that song - here's the recorded version with the long ending - love that F-F7-C#-F# ending - just beautiful
I like onions.
Is Cropper playing a rosewood Tele in that first clip? Looked all dark and I caught a glimpse of a maple colored skunk stripe.
Time ain't the only thing "tight" in this clip.
My jaw dropped when he started singing Born Under A Bad Sign.....he has an AMAZING voice. Did the MG's ever have vocals? I thought they were strictly instrumental.....I assumed no one could sing worth a hoot! Now I feel cheated that they didn't incorporate Booker T's singing.....DARN!
Can't remember exactly when, must be 12 years or 13 years ago, I went to see Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Young in Ft. Lauderdale. I really wanted to see 'em, and could only get nosebleed seating. Well..... I'm lookin' down on the "backup band" and dang they look familiar... Booker T and the MG's? The performance was about three hours long with two short intermissions. CSNY introduced the "backup" band by individual name, not Booker T and MG's... until they called the name of Booker T Jones. I was literally gobsmacked.... here I am seeing CSNY, and I get a side order of BT&MG's for free. Amazing show.
Steve Cropper with a Marshall (half)Stack.
Still sounds like Steve Cropper.
Solo starts a 1:40
In the mid '90's our Chicago Blues style band ( harp/lead singer, guitar, bass drums) lost our front man ( harp/singer abruptly quit to sell insurance!), for the next year or so we had to adapt best we could as a trio with me as front man ( guitar) and work up different music...
We all loved the MG's ( Memphis Groove), I used the Tremolo+footswitch on my Pro Reverb to ' toggle ' between playing Booker T and Steve Cropper parts, and we did Time is Tight, Soul Dressing, an instrumental version of the BeeGee's " To Love Somebody" and I even wrote a tune, " Tree Frog," as an homage to the MG's.
Forget how much music we have played and forgotten ( band is still around but we have changed or just added all kinda of 'old' music) need to revisit our MG's roots!
Steve, Don and Booker do a fine job, that is in no doubt. Watch again and really dial into Al. Sweet mercy!, that's some awesome playing. There are times there I'd swear he's channelling Joe Morello. There are so many subtle changes performed that really keep the pace up. Al was a force of nature.
The break at around 1:24, the section around 2:48 to 3:12... Wow.
I have the DVD from this Gig (Stax/Volt Revue: Live In Norway 1967)
and it has a bonus featuring include full commentary by Steve Cropper, Wayne Jackson and Rob Bowman.
They comment the whole gig and the stories they're telling are great.
Lots of background information aout the tour.
PS: Al is one the greatest Drummers i know.