Road From Memphis CD (2011)

Artist: Booker T. Jones

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Product Overview


Label Anti Records/ada
SKU 220601256
UPC 045778710126
UPC 14 00045778710126
Format CD
Release Date 5/10/2011
Author Booker T. Jones
Associated Artist/Work Booker T. & the MG's
Artist Influence Big Jay McNeely
Artist Influence Buddy Johnson
Artist Influence James Brown
Artist Influence Jimmy Smith (Organ)
Artist Influence Link Wray
Artist Influence The Shadows
Artist Contemporary Archie Bell & the Drells
Artist Contemporary Arthur Conley
Artist Contemporary Bar-Kays
Artist Contemporary Barbara Acklin
Artist Contemporary Bill Withers
Artist Contemporary Carla Thomas
Artist Contemporary Clarence Carter
Artist Contemporary Deon Jackson
Artist Contemporary Grant Green
Artist Contemporary James Carr
Artist Contemporary O.V. Wright
Artist Contemporary Otis Redding
Artist Contemporary Rufus Thomas
Artist Contemporary Sam & Dave
Artist Contemporary Solomon Burke
Artist Contemporary Steve Cropper
Artist Contemporary The Falcons
Artist Contemporary The Impressions
Artist Contemporary The J.B.'s
Artist Contemporary The Meters
Artist Contemporary The Wrecking Crew (Electronic)
Artist Contemporary Walter Jackson
Artist Contemporary William Bell
Artist Contemporary Willie Mitchell
Artist Contemporary Wilson Pickett
Artist Follower Atlanta Rhythm Section
Artist Follower Electric Flag
Artist Follower Funkadelic
Artist Follower Isaac Hayes
Artist Follower NRBQ
Artist Follower Paul Shaffer
Artist Follower Sly & the Family Stone
Artist Follower Stuff
Artist Follower The Band
Artist Follower The Blues Brothers
Artist Follower The Blues Project
Artist Follower Tower of Power
Artist Follower Willie Mitchell
Technical Info
Engineer Gabriel Roth
Producer Ahmir Thompson; Rob Schnapf; Booker T. Jones
CatalogID 871012
Lable Name Anti
Released 05/10/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 9s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00045778710126
Musical Guests
Jim James
Sharon Jones
Matt Berninger
Lou Reed
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Booker T. Jones (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, chimes); Dennis Coffey, Kirk Douglas (guitar); Ahmir Thompson (drums); Stewart Killen (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Rob Schnapf.
Liner Note Authors: Robert Gordon ; Booker T. Jones.
Recording information: MSR Studios, NYC.
Photographers: Piper Ferguson; Michael Weintrob.
Booker T. Jones could have gone in any direction after 2009's Grammy-winning Potato Hole. He's traveled the musical map with his ubiquitous MG's as recent reissues -- 1977's disco-centric Universal Language and the 1970 classic McLemore Avenue, a collection of Beatles covers -- attest. On The Road from Memphis, Jones and his B-3 choose to do some non-linear musical storytelling: in the title lies the key. This set reveals Jones' musical odyssey from the early days in Memphis to the places that influenced his thought and playing: the soul sounds that emerged from Detroit, Philly, and Los Angeles; all along a labyrinthine, groove-laden path into the present day. He enlisted the Roots -- the seemingly ubiquitous go-to house band of the 21st century -- with Amhir ?uestlove Thompson and Rob Schnapf as co-producers, with Dap-Kings' Gabriel Roth engineering. The Road from Memphis is loaded with treats: Detroit Funk Brother Dennis Coffey adds his trademark wah-wah and the Roots' Captain Kirk Douglas adds his jazz guitar sounds. Both men do excellent work, adding buckets of feel to Jones' B-3, ?uestlove's breaks and beats, and bassist Owen Biddle's low-end theory. Vocalists appear on some of the album's key tracks: Sharon Jones and the National's Matt Berninger duet on the slow, summery, "Representing Memphis"; My Morning Jacket's "Yim Yames" does a stunning turn as a soul singer on the Motown-inspired "Progress" (who knew?); Jones takes his own authoritative turn on the deep, funky fingerpop of "Down in Memphis" (even his voice has rhythm). And even Lou Reed gets in on the act on album-closer "The Bronx," doing his usual "real life happening on the streets" croak. It's in the instrumentals, however, that Jones reveals his story best. Opener "Walking Papers" uses the main vamp from Johnnie Taylor's classic "Who's Making Love," (he was backed by Jones and the MG's on the original), and perform it more like the "Cissy Strut"-era Meters. The reading of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" offers some of Jones most subtly inventive melodic organ work. "The Hive," "Rent Party," and "The Vamp" have exactly one transcendent idea each (how often can anyone say that about a song?); the band works them to death firing on all levels. The Road from Memphis has grease, grit, groove, and yes, greatness. Jones' story is compelling listening, but more than that , it's a backbone-slipping monster of a dance record. ~ Thom Jurek
Artist Overview
Booker T. & the MG's, led by soul organist Booker T. Jones and featuring famed songwriter/guitarist Steve Cropper, were the house band for much of the music that came out of Memphis in the 1960s on the Stax label. Their instrumental releases, typified by the minimalist, groove-soaked classic "Green Onions," were the very definition of soulful economy, supple chops, and laidback funk--truly regal stuff.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]n a rare move, Jones sings 'Down in Memphis' in an endearing baritone that makes you wonder why he's stayed quiet all these years."
Spin (p.100) - "This late-career gold watch puts Jones himself front and center with a supporting cast featuring the Roots, Sharon Jones, Yim Yames, and the National's Matt Berninger."
Billboard (p.32) - "Guest vocalists deliver impressive results, especially the National's Matt Berninger, who duets with Sharon Jones on the smooth groove of 'Representing Memphis.'"
Record Collector (magazine) (p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Throughout, you hear echoes of old tunes; a clip from 'The Horse,' a lonely lick of 'Eleanor Rigby'....This album is good enough to file alongside your MGs collection..."
Disc 1
1 Walking Papers
2 Crazy
3 Progress - (featuring Yim Yames)
4 Hive, The
5 Down In Memphis
6 Everything is Everything
7 Rent Party
8 Representing Memphis - (featuring Sharon Jones/Matt Berninger)
9 Vamp, The
10 Harlem House
11 Bronx, The - (featuring Lou Reed)
Product Attributes
Artist Jones,Booker T.
Music Format Compact Disc
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