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Road From Memphis CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 220601256
UPC: 045778710126
UPC 14: 00045778710126
Release Date: 5/10/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Walking Papers ~ Booker T. Jones
2. Crazy ~ Booker T. Jones
3. Progress - (featuring Yim Yames) ~ Booker T. Jones
4. Hive, The ~ Booker T. Jones
5. Down In Memphis ~ Booker T. Jones
6. Everything is Everything ~ Booker T. Jones
7. Rent Party ~ Booker T. Jones
8. Representing Memphis - (featuring Sharon Jones/Matt Berninger) ~ Booker T. Jones
9. Vamp, The ~ Booker T. Jones
10. Harlem House ~ Booker T. Jones
11. Bronx, The - (featuring Lou Reed) ~ Booker T. Jones

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Booker T. Jones (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, chimes); Dennis Coffey, Kirk Douglas (guitar); Ahmir Thompson (drums); Stewart Killen (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Rob Schnapf.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Robert Gordon ; Booker T. Jones.
Muze PNote Recording information: MSR Studios, NYC.
Muze PNote Photographers: Piper Ferguson; Michael Weintrob.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Ahmir Thompson; Rob Schnapf; Booker T. Jones

Engineer: Gabriel Roth

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jim James
Muze Guest Artist Sharon Jones
Muze Guest Artist Matt Berninger
Muze Guest Artist Lou Reed

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Lucky Man
Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
Muze Music Compilations Take Me To The River (ost)
Muze Music Compilations This Is The Blues Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Be Kind Rewind (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Raise Your Hand

Associated Artists and Works

Booker T. & the MG's

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/10/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 871012
Music Label Name Label : Anti
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00045778710126

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)
- 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..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Jones,Booker T.
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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