GREEN ONIONS was the debut record for Booker T. & the M.G.'s. Little did they know that this record & many of their following
albums would later be looked upon as the primary milestones for creating the Memphis Soul sound. All of the songs on this
record are instrumentals, many of which are cover songs. Their formula is actually surprisingly minimalist with the tightly
knit rhythm section of Steve Cropper (guitar), Duck Dunn (bass) & Al Jackson Jr. (drum) laying down only the most basic
framework for Booker Jones (organ) to play his melodies over. Cropper does occasionally offer some highly tasty guitar bits
throughout, but is quite restrained for the most part. But it's this bare bones approach to their instrumental R&B that serves
to create such a wonderful vibe. GREEN ONIONS might sound a bit dated and less than earth shattering by today's standards, but
it remains a fine example of how less can often be so much more.
Highlights: "Green Onions" and "Behave Yourself".
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