Speechless. How I went 35 years without discovering the wonder and brilliance of this song, I have no idea. I have a lot to learn. I’ve always been familiar with Booker T. & the MG’s, their role in the history of Stax records (backing up such legends as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett), and their signature song (“Green Onions”); but apparently I’ve lived a sheltered life, because “Melting Pot”didn’t touch my ears until a couple weeks ago. I don’t mean to be a recurring advertisement, but thank you Sirius Satellite Radio. This is why I have you.
“Melting Pot” is the title track from the 1971 album that was the last recording of the MG’s original lineup: Booker T. Jones on Hammond B-3 organ, Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, and Al Jackson, Jr. on drums. This track sizzles. Listen in particular at around the 2 and a half minute mark when Booker takes off and soars. Amazing…
Booker T. & the MG’s:
Melting Pot (mp3)
- buy the album
- IckMusic Fact: MG stands for Memphis Group