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Format: CD
Sku: 250138867
UPC: 888072341210
UPC 14: 00888072341210
Release Date: 6/25/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sound the Alarm
2. All Over the Place
3. Fun
4. Broken Heart
5. Feel Good
6. Gently
7. Austin City Blues ~ (featuring Gary Clark, Jr.)
8. Can't Wait ~ (featuring Estelle)
9. 66 Impala ~ (featuring Sheila E.)
10. Watch You Sleeping ~ (featuring Kori Withers)
11. Your Love Is No Love
12. Father Son Blues

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Matt Marrin.
Muze PNote Recording information: East West, Hollywood, CA; Redstar, Silverlake, CA; Skip Saylor Recording, Northridge, CA; The Village Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Paul Janovitz.
Muze PNote Booker T. Jones has certainly put his mark on modern pop music. As part of the legendary group Booker T. & the MG's, Memphis' first integrated band, and the house band at Stax Records in the 1960s, he pretty much was in at the ground floor of the invention of soul, backing classic soul hits by Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, and many others, as well as generating iconic instrumental hits from the era like "Green Onions," "Time Is Tight," and numerous others with the MG's. Jones left Stax as the 1970s hit and the label was essentially falling apart, and he's drifted from label to label ever since, his legacy secure as the dominant Hammond B-3 organ player of his generation (apart from Jimmy Smith, of course). Sound the Alarm is Jones' tenth solo album since leaving Stax, and it returns him to the label, now owned by Concord Records, a dozen years and change into the 21st century. Homecomings are nice, and it makes for a nice press hook for this outing, but anyone expecting some vintage-styled Memphis soul here is going to be disappointed, because there isn't much of it. Jones, who wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, has brought in several guests to help him out, and while it isn't exactly a duets album, it's pretty close, and the focus is hardly on Jones and his playing. There are a couple of nice urban R&B love ballads like "Broken Heart," which features Jay James on vocals, and "Your Love Is No Love," done with the group Vintage Trouble and spotlighting Ty Taylor on vocals, but most of the other tracks with lead vocals have little real impact or presence. The best tracks here by far are the handful of instrumentals, including the soul-jazz-like "Feel Good," the funky and bluesy "Austin City Blues" with Gary Clark, Jr. on guitar, and the set closer, "Father Son Blues," which features Ted Jones on guitar. There's nothing wrong with trying to get a more contemporary sound and feel (the album was co-produced by Jones and brothers Bobby Ross and Issiah "IZ" Avila), of course, but when you're Booker T. Jones, maybe you shouldn't worry about that. After all, the funky soul groove template that Jones helped create in Memphis some 40-plus years ago never really goes out of style. One wishes there were more of that here. ~ Steve Leggett

Producer: Avila Brothers; Booker T. Jones

Engineer: Matt Marrin; Seth Presant; Skip Saylor

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Mayer Hawthorne
Muze Guest Artist Luke James
Muze Guest Artist Jay James
Muze Guest Artist Gary Clark, Jr.
Muze Guest Artist Estelle
Muze Guest Artist Poncho Sanchez
Muze Guest Artist Sheila E.
Muze Guest Artist Kori Withers
Muze Guest Artist Vintage Trouble
Muze Guest Artist Ted Jones

Compilation Appearances

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

Associated Artists and Works

Booker T. & the MG's

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/12/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7234121
Music Label Name Label : Concord
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072341210

Professional Reviews

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's the instrumental cuts that enthrall....This is an estimable example of making things just like they used to."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jones's playing is inventive throughout, comparing favorably to his work with the M.G.'s..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Booker T
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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