Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions
Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions
Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions
Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions

Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions

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60th Anniversary edition

Booker T. & the M.G.'s :

Written by Al Jackson (A1, A4, A6), Booker T. Jones (A1, A4, A6), Lewis Steinberg (A1, A4, A6), Steve Cropper (A1, A4, A6), David Clowney (A2), Paul Winley (A2), Ray Charles (A3), Bert Russell (A5), Phil Medley (A5), Acker Bilk (B1), Robert Mellin (B1), Doc Pomus (B2), William Robinson (B3), Cornell Muldrow (B4), Dee Clark (B4), Sid Wyche (B5), Ben Tucker (B6)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : Stax

Original Label : Stax

Produced by Jim Stewart

Cover Photo by Irving Schild

Liner Notes by Rob Bowman

Originally released in 1962

Reissued in February 2023

Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Green Onions
  2. Rinky-Dink
  3. I Got A Woman
  4. Mo' Onions
  5. Twist And Shout
  6. Behave Yourself

Side B:

  1. Stranger On The Shore
  2. Lonely Avenue
  3. One Who Really Loves You
  4. I Can't Sit Down
  5. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend
  6. Comin' Home Baby

Reviews :

“There's not a note or a nuance out of place anywhere on this record, which featured 35 of the most exciting minutes of instrumental music in any category that one could purchase in 1962 (and it's no slouch multiple decades out, either). "I Got a Woman" is the single best indicator of how superb this record is and this band was -- listening to this track, it's easy to forget that the song ever had lyrics or ever needed them, Booker T. Jones' organ and Steve Cropper's guitar serving as more-than-adequate substitutes for any singer. Their version of "Twist and Shout" is every bit as satisfying. Even "Mo' Onions," an effort to repeat the success of "Green Onions," doesn't repeat anything from the earlier track except the tempo, and Jones and Cropper both come up with fresh sounds within the same framework. "Behave Yourself" is a beautifully wrought piece of organ-based blues that gives Jones a chance to show off some surprisingly nimble-fingered playing, while "Stranger on the Shore" is transformed into a piece of prime soul music in the group's hands. Just when it seems like the album has turned in all of the surprises in repertory that it could reasonably deliver, it ends with "Comin' Home Baby," a killer jazz piece on which Steve Cropper gets to shine, his guitar suddenly animated around Jones' playing, his quietly trilled notes at the crescendo some of the most elegant guitar heard on an R&B record up to that time.” AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder


AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.58 / 5

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