The MG’s, The MG’s (1973)
They were always known, of course, as Booker T & The M.G.’s – until they weren’t! In 1973 there was a falling out and Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper were gone, leaving just the rhythm section. The great Al Jackson Jr (drums) and the wonderful Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass). They grabbed a couple of other session guys to complete a new line-up simply called the MG’s. And they made this album. And it’s not great – it’s not a patch on the fabulous stuff they made as Stax’s in-house backing band nor the Booker-led, organ-driven classics they recorded as a band in their own right. But it still has the magic touch of the rhythm section. Which is why I had to have it. And it has moments. Like their instrumental cover of The Spinners’ great One Of A Kind (Love Affair). Of course the real sadness is that after this was made the band decided to bury its grievances and Booker and Cropper were heading back to reconvene but that never got to happen properly. One of the world’s greatest drummers – The Human Timekeeper – was murdered. What a tragedy.
Sample Track: Sugarcane
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