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Booker T & The M.G.s: Green Onions (1962)
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Booker T & The M.G.s: Green Onions (1962)

From the distinctive organ groove and snapping guitar of the title track, Booker and his Memphis Group brought Stax soul to the charts and hearts (and subsequently a lot of soundtracks). Brilliant production by Jim Stewart brought this instrumental album home as the band covered Ray Charles’ I Got a Woman, Twist and Shout (the year before the Beatles recorded it), Acker Bilk’s Stranger on the Shore, Doc Pomus’ Lonely Avenue... A revelation even 60+ years on.

Next: Booker T & The M.G.s, McLemore Avenue; The Mar-Keys, Last Night; Carla Thomas, Memphis Queen