torsdag 12 maj 2016

Booker T. & The M.G.'S - Soul Limbo (Rare Soul Album US 1968)

220:- (SHM-CD Limited Remaster Edition. Classic Stax Soul Album. Utgången sedan 2009.)

Soul Limbo is the eighth album by Booker T. & the MGs, released in 1968 on Stax Records. The album was the first Stax LP issued after the label severed its ties with former distributor Atlantic Records in 1968.

The title track is perhaps best known in the UK as the theme tune for BBC Television's cricket coverage and later for Test Match Special, and features a marimba solo by Terry Manning. Its composition is somewhat similar to a song by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. The song was later covered by the English punk band Snuff.

The album also features the group's hit version of the title theme from the film Hang 'Em High.

This song was referenced by Karl Pilkington in his series The moaning of Life. When Karl says he had neighbours playing the cricket theme tune at 3am in the morning.

This 1968 album found the Memphis instrumental group running through the usual batch of then-current soul hit covers ("La La Means I Love You," "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy"), pop tunes ("Eleanor Rigby," "Foxy Lady") and hits like "Hang 'Em High" and the title track in their own trademark style. Most interesting are the tracks where Booker T. switches over to piano and the band suddenly becomes a very jazzy outfit, like "Willow Weep for Me" and "Over Easy." One of the better albums in their discography.

01. "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" (Al Cobb, Ray Whitley)
02. "La-La (Means I Love You)" (Thom Bell, William Hart)
03. "Hang 'Em High" (Dominic Frontiere)
04. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ann Ronell)
05. "Over Easy" (Booker T. & the MG's)
06. "Eleanor Rigby" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
07. "Heads or Tails" (Booker T. & the MG's)
08. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (Aretha Franklin, Teddy White)
09. "Born Under a Bad Sign" (William Bell, Booker T. Jones)
10. "Foxy Lady" (Jimi Hendrix)