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Melting Pot

Melting Pot

by Booker T. & the MG's Booker T. & the MG's
Melting Pot

Melting Pot

by Booker T. & the MG's Booker T. & the MG's


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Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals, the latter in sharp contrast to their exploration of the Beatles' Abbey Road album material on their preceding album. And the irony was that it was their swan song. Booker T. Jones, in particular, was increasingly unhappy working at Stax/Volt Records, owing his feelings to management and structural changes at the company, and also felt the need to change the group's formula somewhat. Steve Cropper was playing lots of session work that was keeping him from recording in Memphis as well, and the result was an album recorded mostly in New York City, far away from Stax/Volt and largely built on the group's (especially Jones') best impulses. That said, Melting Pot managed to be a sort of back-to-the-roots effort in the sense that they were back to doing originals, but was also a strikingly more expansive record, with Jones in particular playing with an almost demonic intensity and range, backed ably by Donald "Duck" Dunn's rocksteady bass in particular. There were a few other touches, such as the wordless chorus on "Kinda Easy Like" and extended running times, showing the group stretching out on much larger musical canvases.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Stax
UPC: 0025218852128
catalogNumber: 8521
Rank: 80475


  1. Melting Pot
  2. Back Home
  3. Chicken Pox
  4. Fuquawui
  5. Kinda Easy Like
  6. Hi Ride
  7. L.A. Jazz Song
  8. Sunny Monday

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Booker T. & the MG's   Primary Artist
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Al Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Booker T. & the MG's   Producer
Steve Cropper   Composer,Engineer,Remixing
Ron Capone   Engineer
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Jay Messina   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Gordon Rudd   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Al Jackson   Composer
Jay Mesina   Engineer
Stan Hochstadt   Art Direction

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