Time Is Tight CD (1998)

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by thestaxman@yahoo.com on 7/12/2002

The greatest drummer who ever lived, Al Jackson, Jr., the coolest, most persuasive bass player in the world, Donald "Duck" Dunn, the absolute superior guitar playing of the one and only Steve Cropper, and the special genius of organ/piano man and all round musical prodigy, Booker T. Jones made up a virtual "dream team" of music. Besides laying down perfectly tight, unbelievably soulful backdrops for some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, they recorded some of the best music ever made, and in instrumental form to boot. This is a great box set. You get the hits from "Green Onions" to "Hip Hug-Her" to "Hang 'Em High" to the amazing "Melting Pot". You get great rarities like "Hole In the Wall" ( Originally released in '65 under The Packers ), and the beautiful, superb "Meditation". And you hear the band's versatility on their remarkable range of covers. I wouldn't do much editing; however, I would replace a good bit of the pre-Dunn era material with later outings. And one could argue that the entire Melting Pot album, along with the entire McLemore Avenue album merit greatest hits status. Also, soul fans will no doubt cringe at the sound of Neil Young whining his way through the Cropper penned "Dock Of the Bay". Why this was picked to finish the collection, still baffles me. All and all, though, a fine showcase for the greatest band of all time. Read More

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Label Fantasy/stax
SKU 60070414
UPC 025218442428
UPC 14 00025218442428
Format CD
Release Date 9/22/1998
Links
Author Booker T. & The Mg's
Compilation Appearance American Graffiti
Compilation Appearance Northern Exposure
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-1968-71
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-20 Top Of The Stax Grea
Compilation Appearance Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Compilation Appearance Stax Story
Compilation Appearance Ali (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Incredible Soul Collection
Compilation Appearance Soul Comes Home: A Celebration Of Sta
Compilation Appearance Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock
Compilation Appearance Kings Of Funk
Compilation Appearance Stax 50th Anniversary:Best Of Stax
Compilation Appearance Monterey International Pop Festival
Compilation Appearance Stax Does The Beatles
Compilation Appearance Soulsville Sings Hitsville
Compilation Appearance Stax:soul Of Hip Hop
Compilation Appearance Stax:soul Of Hip Hop
Compilation Appearance Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Stax No 1'S
Compilation Appearance Comp Pop Instrumental/sixties V3:1962
Compilation Appearance America's Greatest Hits:1962
Compilation Appearance Songs From Scandal:gladiators (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Redding Otis-See and Hear Otis Redding
Associated Artist/Work Mar-Keys (The)
Technical Info
Engineer Joe Tarantino; Kirk Felton
CatalogID 4424
Lable Name Stax (USA)
Released 10/20/1998
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 229m : 6s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00025218442428
Musical Guests
Boz Scaggs
Neil Young
Isaac Hayes
Albert King
Album Notes and Credits
Booker T. & The MG's: Booker T. Jones (vocals, trombone, organ, piano); Steve Cropper (guitar, percussion); Lewie Steinberg, Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
Additional personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Albert King (vocals, guitar); Boz Scaggs (vocals); G.E. Smith (guitar); Charles "Packy" Axton (tenor saxophone); Floyd Newman (baritone saxophone); Gene Parker, Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Isaac Hayes (piano, keybaords, cowbell); Leon Haywood (organ); William Allan (keyboards); Terry Manning (marimba); Earl Grant (bass); Anton Fig, Jim Keltner, Steve Potts (drums); Magnificent Montague (congas).
Producer: Booker T. & The MG's.
Compilation producers: Rob Bowman, Bill Belmont.
Recorded between 1962 and 1993. Includes liner notes by Bill Belmont and Rob Bowman.
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Albert King (vocals, guitar); Booker T. Jones (vocals, trombone, piano, organ); Boz Scaggs (vocals); Steve Cropper (guitar, percussion); G.E. Smith (electric guitar); Charles "Packy" Axton (tenor saxophone); Floyd Newman (baritone saxophone); Gene Parker, Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Isaac Hayes (piano, keyboards, cowbells); Leon Haywood (organ); Terry Manning (marimba); Steve Potts , Jim Keltner, Al Jackson, Jr. , Anton Fig (drums).
Audio Mixer: Tim Mulligan.
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Recording information: Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/??/1962-07/03/1994); New York, NY (06/??/1962-07/03/1994); Pine Knob, MI (06/??/1962-07/03/1994); Stax Studios, Memphis, TN (06/??/1962-07/03/1994).
Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
Arranger: Booker T. & the MG's.
Even though the average pop fan only knows Booker T and the MGs for their biggest Top 40 hit under their own name, the supremely funky instrumental "Green Onions," they were THE backing band of the '60s. Nearly every one of the classic Stax/Volt singles of this era--by Sam and Dave, Otis Redding and a seemingly endless list of others--features organist Booker T. Jones, bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, superlative guitarist Steve Cropper and powerhouse drummer Al Jackson Jr.
TIME IS TIGHT collects most of the MGs' singles, plus unreleased goodies and live tracks; this three-disc set is the bedrock of Memphis soul. Booker T and the MGs were able to make "Ode To Billy Joe" and "Never My Love" sound funky, for cryin' out loud! Plus, the set includes a lengthy slice of MCLEMORE AVENUE, the group's brilliant, underappreciated song-by-song cover of the Beatles' ABBEY ROAD. Pure genius.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (1/99, p.102) - "...a must for any serious soul fan....these recordings sound incredibly fresh and provide the ultimate portrait of one of the grooviest instrumental bands ever."
Disc 1
1 Green Onions,Soul Limbo,Gotta Serve Somebody
2 Behave Yourself,Heads Or Tails,Lay Lady Lay
3 Jellybread,Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,MG Party
4 Home Grown,Hang 'Em High,Terrible Thing
5 Burnt Biscuits,Willow Weep For Me,Hole In The Wall
6 Chinese Checkers,Over Easy,(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
7 Mo' Onions,Time Is Tight,Booker's Theme
8 Tic-Tac-Toe,Johnny, I Love You,Albert's Rap
9 Fannie Mae,Lady Madonna,Born Under a Bad Sign
10 Soul Dressing,Mrs. Robinson,Medley: I'm With You/I Don't Mind/Oh, Baby Don'y You Weep: I'm With You / I Don't Mind / Oh, Baby Don't You Weep
11 Can't Be Still,Soul Clap '69,Meditation
12 Boot-Leg,I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do),Green Onions
13 Outrage,You're All I Need To Get By,Sarasota Sunset
14 Be My Lady,It's Your Thing,I've Been Loving You Too Long
15 My Sweet Potato,Something,Hang 'Em High
16 Hip Hug-Her,Sunday Sermon,Time Is Tight
17 Summertime,McLemore Avenue - (radio promo),(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
18 Slim Jenkins' Place,Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in ...: Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window / I Want You (She's So Heavy)
19 Groovin',Chicken Pox
20 Soul Sanction,Melting Pot
21 Pigmy
22 Booker's Notion
23 I Can Dig It
24 Expressway to Your Heart
25 You Don't Love Me
26 Never My Love
27 Blue On Green
28 Ode to Billie Joe
Disc 2
1 Green Onions,Soul Limbo,Gotta Serve Somebody
2 Behave Yourself,Heads Or Tails,Lay Lady Lay
3 Jellybread,Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,MG Party
4 Home Grown,Hang 'Em High,Terrible Thing
5 Burnt Biscuits,Willow Weep For Me,Hole In The Wall
6 Chinese Checkers,Over Easy,(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
7 Mo' Onions,Time Is Tight,Booker's Theme
8 Tic-Tac-Toe,Johnny, I Love You,Albert's Rap
9 Fannie Mae,Lady Madonna,Born Under a Bad Sign
10 Soul Dressing,Mrs. Robinson,Medley: I'm With You/I Don't Mind/Oh, Baby Don'y You Weep: I'm With You / I Don't Mind / Oh, Baby Don't You Weep
11 Can't Be Still,Soul Clap '69,Meditation
12 Boot-Leg,I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do),Green Onions
13 Outrage,You're All I Need To Get By,Sarasota Sunset
14 Be My Lady,It's Your Thing,I've Been Loving You Too Long
15 My Sweet Potato,Something,Hang 'Em High
16 Hip Hug-Her,Sunday Sermon,Time Is Tight
17 Summertime,McLemore Avenue - (radio promo),(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
18 Slim Jenkins' Place,Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in ...: Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window / I Want You (She's So Heavy)
19 Groovin',Chicken Pox
20 Soul Sanction,Melting Pot
21 Pigmy
22 Booker's Notion
23 I Can Dig It
24 Expressway to Your Heart
25 You Don't Love Me
26 Never My Love
27 Blue On Green
28 Ode to Billie Joe
Disc 3
1 Green Onions,Soul Limbo,Gotta Serve Somebody
2 Behave Yourself,Heads Or Tails,Lay Lady Lay
3 Jellybread,Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,MG Party
4 Home Grown,Hang 'Em High,Terrible Thing
5 Burnt Biscuits,Willow Weep For Me,Hole In The Wall
6 Chinese Checkers,Over Easy,(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
7 Mo' Onions,Time Is Tight,Booker's Theme
8 Tic-Tac-Toe,Johnny, I Love You,Albert's Rap
9 Fannie Mae,Lady Madonna,Born Under a Bad Sign
10 Soul Dressing,Mrs. Robinson,Medley: I'm With You/I Don't Mind/Oh, Baby Don'y You Weep: I'm With You / I Don't Mind / Oh, Baby Don't You Weep
11 Can't Be Still,Soul Clap '69,Meditation
12 Boot-Leg,I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do),Green Onions
13 Outrage,You're All I Need To Get By,Sarasota Sunset
14 Be My Lady,It's Your Thing,I've Been Loving You Too Long
15 My Sweet Potato,Something,Hang 'Em High
16 Hip Hug-Her,Sunday Sermon,Time Is Tight
17 Summertime,McLemore Avenue - (radio promo),(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
18 Slim Jenkins' Place,Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in ...: Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window / I Want You (She's So Heavy)
19 Groovin',Chicken Pox
20 Soul Sanction,Melting Pot
21 Pigmy
22 Booker's Notion
23 I Can Dig It
24 Expressway to Your Heart
25 You Don't Love Me
26 Never My Love
27 Blue On Green
28 Ode to Billie Joe
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