Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Booker T. Takes You On A Hi Ride (1971)

Today's track comes from the most famous and influential instrumental soul band of the 1960's; Booker T. & The MG's. The group got their start as the backing band for the Stax/Volt record label. These early soul recordings featured artists such as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett on vocals, but the great southern soul sound came from keyboardist Booker T. and his house band.

In the early 60's the group began putting out instrumental records under their own name. The most well-known of which was their 1962 album 'Green Onions". That title track song went on to be a top-ten hit for the group and to date has been used in countless TV and film projects. The song is forever in rotation for its fun, infectious groove.

Today's song of the day is off of Booker T's very last album with Stax Records called 'Melting Pot'. The album was released in 1971 and featured a looser and more jam-session style of songs and sounds.

So here is the song "Hi Ride". I do wonder why the title uses "hi" and not "high"? There would never be a thinly veiled drug reference in 60's and 70's pop music, right?

Click the link to go on a groove-centered hi ride.

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