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Green Onions

Booker T. & The MG's

1962

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Green Onions

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3.39

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Imagine recording this when you’re 17? Like that’s all you need to know about this record. This record is so smooth and for 1962 was largely new landscape for soul and R&B. You can put this on at any time and you know you’re going to have a good time. Favorite song: Green Onions Least favorite: honestly didn’t have one

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Reading about it prior to listening, the title track is called out as one of the most recognized instrumental tracks... No idea. Hearing it the penny drops immediately, and I'm reminded again fo the depth and breadth of my ignorance.

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Hammond organ. Lovely for a track or two but a whole album............

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Ok for a couple of songs (green onions) but the one trick of organ & guitar becomes tired very quickly

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5

Green onions is the best candidate to be turned into an 8-bit game soundtrack.

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5

This sounds like something that Feathers McGraw from Wallace and Gromit would enjoy. And that Chicken/Penguin has great taste. A really catchy and enjoyable instrumental R&B/soul record, with a distinctive Hammond organ sound front and centre. It would perfectly soundtrack various daily tasks like doing the washing up, spreading toast or walking through a town or city. I'm glad they didn't try to put vocals on it, as any words matching the unashamedly joyous, and cool vibe would probably be really cheesy and ruin it. It's a perfect example of what it is and still sounds fresh almost 60 years after it was recorded. 5/5.

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5

What can I say? Funky 60s Instrumentals? One of the best organ song ever written?

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I’ve always loved the title track, Green Onions. To me it’s always been more than just a fun song to hear in movies, but just a really good listen on its own merits. I like the tone of the guitar and organ, and I really enjoy drums like this, where they are both assertive in the mix and also really simple. The only real problem I have with this record is that it is instrumental. Plenty of the songs hold up without vocals, but I felt a few tracks would have been improved by them. Also, is there a music genre whose meaning has evolved more than R&B? My personal enjoyment: 4/5 Did it belong on this list: 4.5/5

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4/2 Some classic instrumentals on here, replayability is low for me. Standout Tracks: Green Onions, Mo' Onions, Behave Yourself, Stranger On The Shore, Comin' Home Baby

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I didn’t know the song name but everyone has probably hear green onions sweet melody at some point. The rest is pleasant jams as well.

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5

One of the best albums ever!

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Way ahead of its time, fantastic album.

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Instant classic album. Timeless songs.

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5

That was extremely enjoyable. This is the first album that I would actually consider downloading for repeat listening. I had heard "Green Onions" on the radio, but I also liked the other songs. "Behave Yourself" stuck out to me.

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Nothing but GROOVES on this one. Classic record.

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Absolutamente genial

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Greeeeeeeeeeennnnnn ONNNNNIOOOONNNNNSSSSS! this song is everywhere. this is sold rhythm and blues. Comin' Home Baby is fucking solid

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I’ll play catch up on this one.

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This is just wonderful music. I knew the song Green Onions but I was surprised by the quality of the rest of the songs. I like cooking to this.

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Мне понравилось. Открыл для себя новое

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Great instrumentals.

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excelente

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Buen ritmo, buenas canciones

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My type of album, really good all around

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Super funky

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5

Perfect party playlist in one album. Style as music. Essential record.

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5

Really enjoyable and ahead of it's time.

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I didn't recognize the album name or artist, but most of the tracks were familiar.

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So good. Didn’t stop moving once.

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Slow motion movie blues. I remember from some film, but I don't know wich one. Kind of smooth and chilling music for meetings

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Enjoyed every song! Saved in my favorites

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This is a prime example of setting influence for the next 50+ years

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Oooh, I never knew the name of this first track. Green Onions is great! This whole album was great.

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Casual Thursdays will never be the same!!!

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great album, 10/10, instantly recognizable from the first five seconds favorite song was probably Rinky Dink it sounded like a Napoleon-Dynamite-Christmas

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Is it just me or is one of the tunes in Nacho Libre?!?! THE Nacho Libre, pure Cinematic Gold.

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5

This is fire!!! Really cool instrumental soul/rock. You’ll definitely recognize a few tracks on here.

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5

Love it. This can be party background music, work music, sit and listen and pay attention to every click of the organ keys music,… Positioned clearly at a point in the early 60’s because of the instrumentation and groove, but doesn’t sound old fashioned.

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Aí sim! Excelente!

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I know all these tunes but have no idea why... California Games? Movies like the Sandlot Kids? either way it's awesome 4/5.

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The definitive Hammond organ album. Great jams. Best track: Green Onions

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Groovy

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Solid classic jams to clean your house to

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The theme music of having a fun cool time in the 60s.

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7

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Fun fasho

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This whole album felt like an Austin powers sound track. And I loved that about it.

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elsket det, digg å høre på, nok av hits osv. kan være som følge av oaseeffekten etter en ørken av middelmådige album men hadde en fin stund med denne. Har en lekenhet som jeg setter pris på.

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awesome album. love jazz

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Seriously good R&B instrumentals.

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pretty darn fun

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Overall very soothing, easy on the ears and the slower songs really struck an emotion with me. I really enjoy this style of blues. A lot of rock jam standards are found here.

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Never had a name for the familiar opening track Green Onions.

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It sounds nice and Green Onions is classic but it’s mostly background. 7

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Blues instrumental con una canción conocida

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"Green Onions" disco instrumental

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Just sounded really nice. 8/10, may listen to again.

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4/5

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When you become a meme it’s usually because you’re iconic

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Nice to do homework to, sounded good. 7

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7/10

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Fun, quirky stuff.

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Dat ene lied van die film daar!

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Leuk instrumentaal album. Het nummer 'Green Onions' kwam me bekend voor

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Knew the title track. Was interested to hear the rest. Enjoyed it.

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Bit unsure if all of these are original songs or covers. Nonetheless, the album is a vibe.

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4/5

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The instrumentals were great, so I’ll rate it off that. Probably wouldn’t listen to it again though, since there aren’t lyrics and I prefer my music to have lyrics.

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Classic. Important album, you can hear that they influede a lot of artists

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1. Green Onions has an iconic opening. Everyone knows it. High Hopes for this album. I am hoping for vocals because I generally prefer albums that have vocals. Guitar sounds great, beat is steady and good. Nice synthy, keyboard sound. Enjoyable opener. 2. This is another non-vocal album, oh no. Rinky Dink feels summery. Really nice beat and melody is simple and repetitive but in an enjoyable way. Guitar solo is a nice touch. 3. I Got a Woman has a lovely intro, drums sound great. However, the sound is very similar to that of Rinky Dink. If this is another same shit, different song album I will lose my mind. 4. Mo' Onions has a very different sound. Guitar chords sound great. The synthy sound is consistent but sounds better here than on IGaW. 5. Is this where The Beatles got Twist & Shout from???? Oh my god. The melody sounds the exact same. I am in shock right now. 6. Behave Yourself has a lovely intro. Calm, still, cool. Very nice. Very soulful. 7. Stranger on the Shore sounds very similar to BY. From around 1:10 onwards, it is gorgeous. Sounds absolutely beautiful in my opinion. 8. Lonely Avenue sees the return of the earlier sound, but in a different way. The beat is slow and steady, not sure what instrument I am listening to but whatever it is it sounds great. The guitar sounds fab, I can nearly see the person playing it. 9. One Who Really Loves You contrasts greatly with LA. The key change is lovely, very very nice. All songs have faded. 10. Although there are no lyrics, you can almost hear them in You Can't Sit Down. Bit repetitive but still enjoyable. Beat and bass is nice. That breakdown and build up was very good. 11. A Woman, a Lover, a Friend's intro has been my favourite so far. Again the lyrics are right there just need to be sung. This melody is gorgeous. 12. Comin' Home Baby's intro reminds me of The Monkees for some reason. Very enjoyable. Really liking this. Final Thoughts: Although without lyrics, this is a great album and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Very good, I recognize some of these from general poo culture and music history.

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Está chido

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Instrumental, used a bunch in pop culture.

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Vibey instrumentals

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Dug it. Have not listened before but really liked it.

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Great blues

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Starts with an absolute banger and while impossible to live up to that start the rest of the album is funky as...

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wow. so many classic riffs. amazing.

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Classic group that defined the Memphis Soul sound. The song Green Onions is something i think many people have heard, but do not know the name of.

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Instrumental bem interessante

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I'm not sure if I had the right version but I only heard instrumentals

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A warranted classic. These guys don’t get as much praise as they deserve. 4.5.

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The title track is one of the funkiest jams of all time, and the rest of the album’s tracks don’t slouch either. Steve Cropper’s guitar work here is the type of thing that makes someone want to pick up a guitar for the first time. And to think this is the house band!

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First is classic!

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Man känner igen många låtar från typ dokumentärer på barnkanalen. Gött sound kort och lagom

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Groovy funky, could definitely listen to again

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Nice classic instrumental blues track with a flavour of "I know this song but did not know where it came from". Really liked it.

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Me gusto mucho! Parece un soundtrack de película basada en los 60’s.

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Great R&B album. Steve Cropper is the man.

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Until I started this journey, I had thought surprisingly little about how influential some of these albums were at the time. I've heard Green Onions a thousand times but never knew it by name.

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Title track is one for the ages - and the other albums cuts are pretty frickin' close. Good upbeat grooves. 3.5 stars.

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Damn, lot of my instrumental favorites are on this album. I didn't like it AS much as the other instrumental albums but it was still really really good.

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The covers were meh, and the rest (other than "Green Onions") were a bit repetitive. But "Green Onions" is one of the coolest songs in human history. It's this album's saving grace.

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Immediately recognizable opening, Green Onions is such an iconic jam and everyone should have heard it at some point. The whole album is instrumental jams, and a lot of recognizable songs. Not sure if they are covering them like Twist and Shout and Rinky Dink, or if these are the originals that were then covered by other groups. Sounds very 60s in the synths and guitars, pretty straightforward album with lots of hits from the time period.

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Pretty good! And cool to hear so many crossreferences to other songs I already know.

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A lot of fun from beginning to end. I had heard Green Onions a million times and never knew the title.

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Fun!

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Loved it

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so groovy! green onions was just the right song at the right place at the right time and stands up forever. the rest of the album was great too, but didn't meet the same level of perfection as the title track for me.

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Thought this was great. Had it on whilst I was writing a proposal for work.... not one of my favourite tasks but it's impossible to be miserable with this soundtracking whatever you're doing

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The title track, "Green Onions", is one of my all time favorite tracks. I will listen to it EVERY time. I know I have heard at least a few other tracks from Booker T., but I couldn't name the tracks. This album easily qualifies as "I would listen to this album again" -- > 4 stars. "Lonely Avenue" and "You Can't Sit Down" were happy surprises, but I rated each track on the the whole second half of the album with 4 stars each.

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I went into this album thinking I've never heard of this band, I've never heard a song by them, and I probably wouldn't enjoy it. It took literally 4 notes before I realized how wrong I was. Despite being unfamiliar with them by name, I've been hearing the songs on these albums for years. They've appeared in movies, they've been sampled, and artists have "stolen from" them. I can tell this band is truly legendary just by how familiar I am with their music. Even though it's not my usual style, I found the music interesting and enjoyable. It is all upbeat and just sounded like the musical version of sunshine. The musicianship was also incredible. Overall, despite my reservations, I thoroughly enjoyed my listens and feel like my musical mind has been expanded.

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This was great, just really enjoyable.

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Thought this was really fun! Enjoyed it.

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A very pleasant listens and some classic tuuuunes

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Green onions is an absolute classic! Cycling along to this gave me serious main character energy on my morning commute! Dangerously bouncy and fun! This is right up my street, the only reason it doesn't get top marks is because I prefer music with vocals and felt some of the tracks are better with vocals than only instrumental, but this is perfect for so many situations. Musically it's so interesting and impressive, I LOVE that the title track was written during a spontaneous jam which they then had to recapture. Musical genius.

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lots of hits I didn't even know were all from one group

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Exciting instrumentals. Lack of vocals and lyrical content are fully compensated for in the simple yet full music. 7/10.

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Wanted to get up and dance

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Enjoyable... and though green onions stands ahead by a long measure, the organ blues works for me.

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Filled with songs I knew but didn't know the names of, a very chill time

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Whole album's a bop. Loved it.

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This is a true blast from the past with Booker T and MGs bringing my teen years to life. This is a jazz classic that is underappreciated.

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Green onions is a song everyone’s heard but doesn’t know the name of but everyone should hear the rest of the album. Really catchy and led me on a binge of this and Smokey Robinson and such. Favs: green onions, one who really loves you

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Cool keyboard centric instrumental music. First track is well known.

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WHAT okay I pressed play and immediately recognized the title track, Green Onions - and so do you if you've seen/heard even a handful of American movie trailers. Booker T. wrote that riff when he was 17 and later improvised heavily for the recorded version that became a huge hit and shaped the sound of groovy Southern soul. But did you know there's 'Mo where that came from? That's right, 'Mo Onions is track 4! Besides the onion songs, Behave Yourself is the only other original on this instrumental album. The rest are covers of songs you probably already recognize - I was surprised to find out I knew most of them. Also, fun fact, this band and the Beatles had mutual appreciation of one another, and John Lennon affectionately referred to them as "Book a Table and the Maitre D's". This warmed the cockles of my Beatles-loving heart. Anyway. Great album, and glad to have filled in this particular gap in my musical history knowledge.

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Está Okeish fuera de los enormes clásicos y referentes culturales, pero siendo del tamaño que son, merece más que mi propia opinión

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The kind of classic album you didin't know you knew

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Классика.

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Funky great hooks. no vocals which could have pushed to a 5, as it is it's great background music.

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More like 4.5 stars. Classic

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Very good album. Essential and captivating. Great for working.

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Plucky blues guitar, lots of recognizable jams, including that one from The Sandlot. Good stuff.

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This album is good but I prefer their greatest hits album.

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green onions is LEGENDARY... the sandlot baby! but the album does sound like itself.

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Tästä tuli hyvälle mielelle ja varsinkin kun kuuntelu jakautu kahteen osaan niin ei kerinnyt kyllästymään tms. Nelonen kyllä hieman yläkanttiin, mutta menköön. Hauska!

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4

A fun listen! Great background grooviness to work to. Fave track - gotta be the title track!

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Great background music to work to. Green Onions always makes me think of the Sandlot.

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Sandlot

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Realno najbolji luk. I said what I said.

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Very interesting even without any lyrics! If I need to find out some BGM for making indie games or videos for uploading on YouTube, I'd like to use these. My favorite track so far is the second one, "Rinky Dink". And I love their version of 'Twist and Shout'. I wonder if the original versions of other tracks had lyrics. I searched for "Rinky Dink" for instance, but it had no lyrics, too. What makes Booker T. & The MG's version so special?

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Ahead of time!

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The title track is iconic and obviously why it's on the list. I think it's the first official album Stax label. It's bit uneven as a whole album, so not something you back to listen to often. The MGs are much better backing band esp when Dunn joined later on bass.

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17years old! wow. Great album. I loved it

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I like organ and I like the blues. Both can certainly sound cheesy over the course of 12 tracks, but together the cheese cancels out and the good parts of the Hammond and the form reinforce one another. Very fun instrumental version of Twist and Shout.

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Instrumentalt 60’er soul/rnb, elorgel, sprød guitar, covers

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Pleasant working music

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Very funkalicious

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Good and fun

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Närmare en tvåa än en fyra. Det är svårt att få ett instrumentalt album att verkligen flyga tycker jag.

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Decent, influential album. From a pure listening experience, the organ got a bit overused towards the end of the album

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funky fresh

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I really thought I was going to like this album more than I did. The first song is incredible, but the rest of the album doesn't have much to offer. Most of the covers are a bit uninspired, and the songs tend to all sound the same 3/5

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organ driven blues. Some themes seem to be repeated through the album, which detracts from its quality. Still enjoyed listening

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MMMmmm... Nice!

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Great smooth jamz

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i can see the appeal. some of the songs were cool and i recognised them from being sampled in newer songs.

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alright

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I had no idea that this song I’ve been hearing my whole life is called “Green onions.” I need to Google why the hell it’s called that, but I’m probably too lazy to do that. At any rate, these onions are pretty chill and I don’t even like onions. Put this on shuffle with some albums by the Meters and that’s a pleasant Saturday afternoon backyard bbq party.

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Bon cover de chanson connu et bon musicien. Plus musique d’ambiance. 3.25

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Groovy. 5/10

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Initially, I didn't like it too much, thinking about why these ambient songs were here in this list. However, I finished it with the opposite opinion. It is a very good album with some very good instrumental songs. It is surprisingly modern for a 1962 album.

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Background music and nothing more. Green Onions is a ripper.

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That first hook comes at you like a brick wall to the face. Second song is part of a Wu-Tang sample... oh shit I’m in love. 4th song is... is... unapologetically, the same as the first song, but slower. Huh, maybe I’m not in love. Some sweat, saccharine keys in this album, just lulling you. Hard to hate on something with such loungey good vibes. It’s great background music. Perfect for boozing and chilling. I’d definitely buy a vinyl, but it’s a bit one note. Hmmm. Is this better than Dusty Springfield? 3

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Not my typical musical style, but I found myself grooving to it, nice!

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Het begin van het album vertegenwoordigt ongeveer 30% van alle filmmuziek

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3

I, II, III, and Physical Graffiti all make appearances on the 1001 albums list. I love me some Led Zeppelin, but that seems like overkill. Especially because LZIII was critically panned when it came out, damned both for being less aggressive than its predecessors (Melody Maker) and for not being substantially different (Lester Bangs). Perhaps this album was included because it foreshadows Led Zeppelin's later work--Arabic modes and English folk songs both make their first appearance on LZIII. But I'm going to ignore LZIII's place in music history. Is it any good? The leadoff track, Immigrant Song, is relentless and menacing, driven by a staccato pedal point and Robert Plant's double-tracked vocals. A prominent tri-tone and a bridge that leads to nowhere, ending on a flatted 6th, contribute to the track's edge. Friends is a spooky modal tune, feature a flatted 5th and a minor 2nd. The arrangement is both sparse and ingenious, with strings handling a countermelody while Jimmy Page pounds out a rhythmic drone on the bottom. The song ends on a gorgeous synth drone from John Paul Jones, which leads into the next tune, Celebration Day. Here, Jimmy Page repurposes a riff from Robert Johnson's Terraplane Blues, but completely makes it his own. The chorus is pure pop. John Bonham's pounding drums seal the deal. Since I've Been Loving You is one of Led Zep's patented supercharged blues workouts--they wring out every last drop of emotion and intensity from the tune. Out On The Tiles is anchored by an extended Jimmy Page riff, woven together with Plant's vocal. The band is killer throughout the first half of LZIII. What guitarist Jimmy Page lacks in precision, he makes up for in taste, tone, and arranging prowess. John Bonham was the most powerful rock drummer of the era; sorry, Keith Moon. And the band's secret weapon is John Paul Jones, who plays keyboards with consummate taste, as well as bass. The second half of LZIII is less bombastic, which presents a problem for some fans, but is it really the weak link that critics claim it to be? Gallows Pole is a powerful rendering of an old English folk tune, driven along by mandolin, banjo, and John Bonham's kickass drums. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp has a more basic arrangement, but it's effective nonetheless. The softer tunes, Tangerine and That's The Way, are cunningly arranged and cast a melancholy spell. The weakest tune in the bunch is Hats Off To (Roy) Harper, which is 4 minutes of raunchy blues slide guitar paired with Robert Plant's processed vocals, in which he seemingly randomly spouts snippets of various blues lyrics. But even there, I appreciate how Jimmy Page recasts a traditional blues into something contemporary, utilizing the simplest of means. So, what's the verdict? I personally prefer Led Zep's harder side, but they pull off their more acoustically oriented stuff with skill, too. I prefer I, II, IV, and Physical Graffiti, but LZIII is pretty damned good.

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raj za semplove

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Instrumental album. Nice vibe for older music. It is, however, something, my grandpa would be listening to.

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A really nice instrumental jazzy blues album. Great for background listening. It's main failing however, is that apart from the great title track, the tracks are completely forgettable. If all of them were of the quality of the title track this would easily be a 4 or 4.5. Instead this is a solid 3.5 for me. Good experience to hear it once, but won't listen again.

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Would prefer lyrics, but sounded good

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I'm familiar with this one. It's pretty cool. Booker T's electric organ is peachy. For both positive and negative reasons, you can tell these guys were the house band at Stax. Positively, they already play great together, even though this was their first album; and you can hear their larger contribution to soul, blues and rock embodied in this short album. Negatively, this instrumental album, once you get past the amazing and influential title track, does often sound like a backing band, waiting for a vocalist to show up. I suspect this album was chosen for the 1001 list entirely on the basis of the title track, which should certainly be on a list of singles to hear before you die. 2.5 - good music, but not really as an album...

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Title tracks usage in films would lead you to believe this was more upbeat pop but a more jazz oriented genre.

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Pretty cool instrumental album- I had no idea how much of their stuff has been sampled over the years!

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I like Green Onions. pretty solid album, but didn't knock my socks off.

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Good, instrumental, fairly recognizable

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A fun album the title track is unmatched and sometimes the rest of the album seems like filler. But the band COOKS! 3 🌟

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Enjoyable, but nothing terribly groundbreaking here. This band was the house band for Stax records and contributed to the Memphis soul sound. However, on their own, the music is just a bit too sterile for me. These players are tremendously talented and are great at what they do, but the music is just not as alive as I would like

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Favorite tracks: Green Onion Rinky Dink Twist and Shout

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On one hand, it's the dictionary definition of "classic"; on the other, it fails to deliver as an album. Not that this takes anything away from the awesomeness of the title track.

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Ordinare

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piksel tarz video oyunlarındaki soundtrack gibi

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Leuk deuntje maar niet zo bijzonder dat ik er iets mee ga doen

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It's great as an instrumental album, but listening to it actively doesn't appeal to me that much. Good background music though.

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Jaunty, but a bit cloying after a while.samey.

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3 Stars. I didn't find this terribly interesting. I like that it's instrumental, but the keyboard sounds dated. Steve Cropper's guitar work redeems it a little

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Decent although sounds more like background music

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Acompasado. Buenos ritmos. Todo instrumental.

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Needed to take a couple listens, which was easy because it's pretty short. The title track is obviously a classic, and it's the slow stuff like Behave Yourself that really shows off creativity and talent. The others are just covers, and a cover has to be really special, or else I'd rather just listen to the original.

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Fun, great background while doing chores.

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Booker T (organ) was 17 when they recorded this. 17. So the title track has been so ubiquitous throughout my life that it almost feels like it's not a "real" song - just a theme that people hum from time to time. That's not to say it's not great - it is - it's just so known to me that I was curious to hear the rest of this album. It's pretty decent. Yeah it's...ok. I don't know, maybe it's just....meh? So I did some reading - the band were one of the first integrated bands which is really cool so I get that impact and is definitely important. And it's an easy listen - good playing, especially for 1962 - but for me is decent background music and not too much more. I'll give it 5/10 for cultural impact and it probably would have had a MUCH bigger impact on me had I been alive for it at the time. 5/10 3 stars

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"Green onions" is a big song. Oders aren't importants.

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Nostalgía, pabbi á skemmtaranum. GO er meistaraverk.

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groovy, i like the organ nothing mind-blowing, just some classic funky jam music. good for its genre. I give a 2.5 but round up to 3

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A couple of classic tracks complimented by some top notch easy listening standards. Outstanding keyboards!

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I did not know that THAT song was titled that or by this band. I don't love it but I don't hate it either.

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Foundational

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After looking at the album cover and the year it was released I wasn't expecting too much from this album. however when I popped it on, immediately I recognised the sound, although can't pinpoint from exactly where I recognise it from perhaps from movies or TV shows. Overall a good instrumental album with many familiar melodies. Best: Green Onions Worst: One Who Really Loves You

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Nice. Tight. Fun.

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Oh! Green Onions! Love that Mo Onions uses a heavier guitar riff. Better in some ways. Upbeat blues. I wonder what this would sound like with some banjo?

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This was decent. 3.5, not yet a 4, so I'll go with 3 for now. I'm not sure if I would put this on if I wasn't working/doing errands/chilling. But I definitely recognize what they were going for and can respect that. It just didn't click for me much.

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Cool Jam, man.

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OK

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La chanson-titre est géniale, le reste va de très bien à écoutable. Bonne musique de fond. Prefs: GREEN ONIONS, I Got a Woman, Twist And Shout, Lonely Avenue, Comin' Home Baby Moins pref: Behave Yourself

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Mouais (sauf chanson titre)

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Oh, so that's what that song is called. In a way, this feels like an entire album based around "Green Onions" but there's still plenty to like around the chill blusey instrumentals.

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Mostly mediocre

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Lekkere achtergrondmuziek

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eines dieser Alben, bei denen ich nicht weiß, ob sich die Challenge lohnt - ja, es ist ein mir bisher weniger geläufigeres Genre (bzw. Band, klar) und in manchen Punkten (Twist and Shout) bin ich definitiv überrascht, aber die Quintessenz ist und bleibt leider, dass ich weder mit Blues noch mit Orgeln nicht wirklich etwas anfangen kann. bin mir ehrlich nicht sicher, ob ich es - wie die meisten Alben bisher - einfach abbrechen oder mich die verbleibenden 15min noch durchzuquälen... ist beides doof. Hm. (aber U2 war schlimmer... :D)

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It seems like the same song over and over again

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It was definitely music.

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Bit too much organ playing for me, but I didn't think the entire album was bad. The title track is a classic though.

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Proving the band is so much more than Green Onions.

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groovy

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Grew on me as I listened

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Fun, playful, funky, trying to redo green onions, but that's not a necessarily bad thing

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The album is a nice collection of r&b style jazzy beats and Melodies. Green onions itself is a great song and will be played forever. Some of the other songs on here I’ve heard before and enjoyed again. Solid album. 6.7/10

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Green Onions (the song) is a bonafide classic. The smooth, walking bass paired with the bright electric organ makes it an easy song to enjoy. Unfortunately, few other songs on the album stack up. Worth noting that it's all instrumental and basically just jam sessions. Mo' Onions, for example, is a rehash of Green Onion with more guitar. Not that I'm complaining, but there's a distinct lack of structure or purpose here other than "we recorded a few jams that we liked". I don't know, I feel like there are maybe two or three good ideas in here and the rest is just cobbling together what they can. Not bad by any means but super underwhelming. I wish they just put a bit more time and effort in pulling together these songs.

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I feel like I'm being introduced on a 60's game show.

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Quite like it so far, didn't expect it to just be instrumental. Sounds like 3 or 4 stars.

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Fun 1960's instrumental. Relaxing in its own way.

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Excellente chanson thème. Quant au reste, ce sont de bonnes interprétations de succès de l'époque mettant en valeur l'orgue. Musique appropriée quand, à la mi-mars, on pellette des congères encore immenses malgré un soleil est de plus en plus chaud, et qu'on essaie de ne pas penser à la dernière tempête de l'année qui viendra inéluctablement.

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First track was extremely familiar. I had no idea this is who did that song! The entire album was instrumentals which I was not expecting. Good background music, but no songs that really wowed me.

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Heerlijke deuntjes, vooral die verlenging van geen onions

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Wow, de ahí viene wsa canción que es un lugar común de las películas ambientadas en los años 60! El resto del disco está bien y tiene varias tonadas que suenan conocidas. Ahora, ¿por qué se llama Green Onions?

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Instrumental music can be tough when I’m running, but this was better than expected. Some groovy tunes and fun bass lines. Was hoping this was Booker T as in the profession wrestler, only slightly disappointed.

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Pretty good. They just do too many cover songs.

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Green Onions is a great song. Rinky Dink is a decent cover. Mo Onions is just a continuation of Green Onions and It's good. The rest of the album contains cover versions of other popular songs around the time this album came out. If there were more original material like Green Onions I can see this being worthy of being on this list, but with a bunch of covers, it hardly makes the cut for me. Still enjoyable, just not great. 3/5.

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green onions and gammon organ

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Cheese and Onions.

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A bit slow at times, but was grooving all the way through.

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Ok, but I got bored

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ako sad nije vrijeme za ovaj album, kad je? mladi luk 5, ovaj album 3,5.

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Fun fact navodno su promijenili ime u green onions jer je funky onions zvucalo ko psovka.

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Great instrumental album, the song green onions is iconic and the covers are good too. Maybe slightly repetitive by the end.

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Highlights: Green Onions, I Got a Woman. Starts very strong, but it does drag on a bit by the end. Fun, mostly.

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Ah. Good background soulful instrumentals. Oddly I'm tired of Green Onions by now. Feels harsh giving a 3 but it's a reminder I don't need to listen to the album again despite it being Booker T

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You can just see the 60s era movies (or more likely, modern movies SET in the 60s) with these songs playing in the background. But that's all I like it for, background music. Won't be going back to listen to again anytime soon.

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oh is this cool! covers can be so interesting, to see what an artist does with an existing song. and more interesting when you take a song and turn it into an instrumental! the music really stands out then. booker t and the mgs did a cool, cool job. not to mention the ever famous, non-cover "green onions," which is always a treat to listen to. nice to listen to while working. i also learned that a popular song from dirty dancing, love is strange, used the guitar riff from "rinky dink"!

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A pleasant listen

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Fun, albeit a bit samey

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Genre: Rhythm & Blues 3/5 Man, back in 1962, this thing must've sounded like the coolest thing ever. The title track and opener, Green Onions - a song so injected into pop culture that people don't even know what it's called, who performed it, or where it came from - is so flippin' cooool, man. Blues guitar licks bend over a classic blues progression, played elegantly on the hammond organ. It's such a classic tune that it's hard not to absolutely love it. Through the rest of the album, Booker T. & The M.G.'s groove quietly through a collection of blues covers and originals, that range from catchy to goofy, with the line between the two drawing thinner as the project goes along. The problem with this one is that NOTHING else comes close to the title track, Green Onions, which is such an obvious lighting in a bottle recording. Impossible to duplicate. But tracks like Stranger on the Shore and I Can't Sit Down meander about and sound like the soundtrack to a goofy cartoon, in a funny, cute way. A few songs towards the end of the setlist truly blip and blop throughout the length of the song, which made me giggle a few times at some of the random guitar or organ licks. Overall, completely and totally inoffensive, and might be worth it for the title track alone.

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not my thing

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Erstes Lied gut. Danach zu viel HonkyTonk oder Orgelgepfeiffe.

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Ensformig

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I guess its a good instrumental album?

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would have loved some lyrics to go with this

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I didn't know what to expect from this, but it's a bit disappointing, isn't it? Nothing quite has the prowl and strut of the title tracks, and whilst some of the soul covers are decent - especially the Ray Charles cut - too much is half a step away from elevator music. Often, older music benefits from a more sparse, 'live' sounding production, but not in this instance - it's a tinny and undeveloped sounding album.

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Almost a three

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Un temazo absolutisimo. Pero el resto prace una feria de pueblo con un organillo...

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Dull.

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again no lyrics, I thought it was okay.

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Solid soundtrack to a day of boozin' and chillin'

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During the panini I discovered you can regrow green onion stumps if you place them in a small amount of water in indirect sunlight. Green onions forever. If you put this album in water and indirect sunlight it grows a bud light and a easy going attitude. Great BBQ music. C

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2/5 very ungutsy album, nope...

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Some enjoyable stuff. As an album, just too much of the same.

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Overall, I quite liked the music but as a collection of songs I found it too repetitive & similar. Perfect background music!

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It's quite boring. I think I've tried to listen to it before (a long time ago), and felt the same. Title track bangs though.

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Green onions is a famous original composition. The rest of the album is covers of famous songs played at the organ, meh.

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Classic title track but little else. Several covers, even another version of their same song. Kinda funk, kinda soul, really just background music. Struggled to get through 36 minutes.

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A pretty flat collection of 12-bar blues. However, both the first and last track are built around riffs / progressions that feature in probably 100 future songs.

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It’s an album packed full of covers we are all aware of. I struggle with too much funkiness and the unique sound and constant organ grow wearing on me.

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not my thing.

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not for me

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Meh

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Didnt mind this, but way too much organ in the end. Loved Green Onions...who doesnt and there were some good tunes. Thet did kill Twist & Shout though. Listened to once, wont do it again!! 2stars

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meh, instrumental, good songs sure, none of theirs. I'll give 2 cause Booker T was a great wrestler

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is this album just to show off the organ? i don't really get it. Aye, green onions is a tune, but the wedding band esqe covers? nah.

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I actually kind of actively dislike this album. it was kind of boring in the first place and one of the songs I can’t remember which one actually really hurt my ears it like screeched so I don’t really love it

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Just not my thing

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"Green Onions" is still a phenomenal instrumental, but this album feels like the product of a record thrown together after an unexpected hit single. Everything here is fine, but it's all just wallpaper, or at least interesting if you recognize the song. There's even an attempt at a second lightning strike with "Mo' Onions". It's... fine. Probably wouldn't have thrown it on this list. Favorite tracks: "Green Onions", "I Got A Woman"

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Same same sounding background type music, lots of covers

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This is one of those albums that should be on this list due to its legacy in music and media, but one I didn't like a lot. The title track has been heard several times in the past in movies and on Spotify shuffles and its a good song. Good organ and guitar riffs and solos here and there but got bored of it all very easily.

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Good but a little on the repetitive side. A lot of the songs sound the same.

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“The album features only instrumental songs and features Steve Cropper playing a Fender Telecaster.” Fancy.

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Not my style, but cool

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Kinda monotonous. Certainly some talent there, but I've heard enough organ-centric music at church to last a lifetime. I wish they played like this at church but still, not something I enjoyed listening to. Church or this album.

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Ultra rzadki instrumentalny strik, idealny na cztery setny pick listowy, podobnie jak z wczorajszym time out, kwartetowa banda, album znany i nieznany jednoczesnie, bo nie kojarzylem, a na last fmie juz byl sluchany, ale tutaj juz po pierwszej nutce cos nasuwa sie na mysl, tytulowy trak, plyta z roku 62, ktora jest jednym z niewielu krazkow w mojej biblioteczce z gatunku r&b bedacych w calosci instrumentalna, chociaz zdaje sobie sprawe, ze gatunek sam w sobie jest prawie tak stary jak muzyka rozrywkowa, to jednak jego wczesne nagrania nie sa jakos popularne, r&b zawsze kojarzy mi sie z rownia pochyla w kierunku coraz to bardziej oklepanego chorkowania na elektronicznych/synthowych beatach, ktore osiagnely poziom mulu w wczesnych latach 2k i implodowaly od nadmiaru rapowych influencji, a na green onionsach mozna posluchac r&b w postaci gdzie jeszcze groovuje, co jednak nie zmienia faktu, ze plyta jest straszliwie monotonna, nawet na jedynie 35 minut czasu jej trwania, na 12 trakow jedynie 3 to oryginalne kompozycje, do ktorych mozna zaliczyc behave yourself i utwory z cebularzem w tytule, reszta plyty to covery lub raczej aranzacje modnych zeby nie powiedziec najbardziej ogranych motywow r&b tamtych czasow, wiec sluchajac mozna wylapac pojawiajace sie w funkowym rapie samplarze, ale czlowiek nie jest pewny, czy akurat pochodza z tej plyty, czy z oryginalnych wersji, tak mialem wlasnie z rinky dinkiem, ktorego sampel najbardziej mi utknal w glowie z pitbulowych facetow w czerni, co z pewnoscia stanowi o brzmieniu tego kwartetu, to hammondowe brzmienie organow, ktore kojarzy mi sie z bardziej undergrundowymi psychodelicznymi nagraniami niz r&b, ale tutaj pan Booker flexuje na nich, bo stanowia one rdzen wiekszosci kompozycji, dodatkowymi instrumentami sa elektryk gitarowy, kontrabas i elektrykowy basior, no i drumy, ale jednak najbardziej zapadaja w pamiec fragmenty organowe, moze przez to ze rzadko gdzie sa az tak abusowane jak na tych 35 minutach, na plejke dodam z pewnoscia tytulowy opening i raczej starczy, zwlaszcza jak czlowiek ma wybierac w coverach, wiec plyta osluchana, moze jestem mniej uprzedzony co do r&b, ale nadal pozostaje nieprzekonany do kompilacji modnych coverow

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A whole lot of nothing really

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Background music, with a couple of through lines to some music I do like, but not much else pulling me back.

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Herkenbaar, maar ik mis na een paar nummers wel echt een zang.

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Het was best leuk aan het begin, maar werd toch wel een beetje saai. Ook niet echt slecht, gewoon boring.

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Begon lekker maar na een tijdje was ik er wel klaar mee

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Like the funkiest end of the pier band you've ever heard. You can decide if that's a good or bad thing. Best Tracks: Green Onions; Rinky Dink; Mo' Onions

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Organetto a gogo.

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To be honest, I am a bit confused how this ended up on this list. It's kind of just fine to listen to, but most of the songs are instrumental covers of better songs. 3/10

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Ihan hauska

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Blues standards by hammond organ. Some of the tracks work; some don't.

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I had heard the title track several times and liked it. Didn't realize the whole album was just the same organ sound over and over again.

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I don't think I had heard anything by this group aside from Green Onions and Mo' Onions! I didn't realize instrumental music was their entire jam! Green Onions is one of those songs that everybody knows. It's iconic, funky, and the organ solo just GOES FOR IT. Ultimately, I think the concept of instrumental funk is completely worthy of this project. As far as personal enjoyment, I thought it was just okay.

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I am drowning in organ music. I do however enjoy the bass on the album. But the only song I think I will ever listen to again is the titular track. Though I will probably listen to a different version of all of the covers at some point. Just way too much organ to want to listen to these ones again.

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Não curto música instrumental

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Great songs, but they're mostly covers right - so can't really award stars for that.

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Bit samey, but decent background tunes. They have better albums.

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Green Onions is a fantastic song, but this album is everything that is wrong with this list. I don’t doubt that these guys are talented individuals, but at a guess I would say they had a big hit with green onions and were then rushed into the studio to record a bunch of covers and release as a record to capitalise. Clearly having a big hit single in the 60s is enough to get your album into this book.

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Nedir bu ya

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Not my cup of tea. Sounds way too dated and mild, almost like muzak. Might have been something back in the days, but it didn't age well at all. Maybe if I was 70+ and nostalgic.

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Dat orgeltje..... dat FUCKING orgeltje! Het drijft me tot waanzin! Dit is werkelijk niet te harden.

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Elevator music. The original elevator music, but still elevator music.

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Awful elevator music,

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Brilliant ! Love that it's an instrumental album! Also, title track, OF COURSE! But just a great sound, and easy funk my souly rnb listening. Think I could add lyrics to all of it?

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