R&B,  Soul

Into the Melting Pot

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)

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One Comment

  • Greg

    Yow. Thanks! I just caught this tune on hype.non-standard.net, and now I’m buying the album on EBay.

    I’ve always loved Green Onions, but didn’t know about the rest of the music. 🙂

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