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Green Onions

Booker T. & The MG's

1962

Green Onions

Album Summary

Green Onions is the debut album by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, released on Stax Records in October 1962. It reached number 33 on the pop album chart in the month of its release. The title single was a worldwide hit and has been covered by dozens of artists, including the Blues Brothers and Roy Buchanan (both with Steve Cropper on guitar), as well as The Ventures, Al Kooper, The Shadows, Mongo Santamaría, Deep Purple (Live and studio versions) and Count Basie. Three previous Stax LPs – two by the Mar-Keys, one by Carla Thomas – had been issued on Atlantic Records. Green Onions was the first album released on the Stax label. It was also Stax's first charting album, peaking at number 33 on the Billboard 200. The album features only instrumental songs and features Steve Cropper playing a Fender Telecaster.The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.41

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5814

Genres

  • Soul
  • Funk
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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

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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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

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

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Thu Apr 15 2021
1

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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

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

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

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

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

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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Tue Sep 13 2022
1

All instrumental. A lot of tunes are extremely recognizable based on their usage in movies or remixes of other songs. Overall boring album though.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

great, all instrumental

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

One of the best albums ever!

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Way ahead of its time, fantastic album.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Instant classic album. Timeless songs.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
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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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Nothing but GROOVES on this one. Classic record.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Absolutamente genial

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

I’ll play catch up on this one.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Мне понравилось. Открыл для себя новое

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Great instrumentals.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

excelente

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Buen ritmo, buenas canciones

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Sat May 15 2021
5

My type of album, really good all around

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

Super funky

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Mon May 17 2021
5

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

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Really enjoyable and ahead of it's time.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

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

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

So good. Didn’t stop moving once.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

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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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Enjoyed every song! Saved in my favorites

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

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

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Casual Thursdays will never be the same!!!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

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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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

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

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

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

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Tue Apr 26 2022
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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Tue May 03 2022
5

Aí sim! Excelente!

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Wed May 25 2022
5

idk yet

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Just a perfect instrumental soul album. Clearly it's influence has spread far and wide, the sound that comes from this is just ubiquitous. Short but sweet, my only complaint is that there isn't more. Fav Tracks: Green Onions, Behave Yourself, Lonely Avenue

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

God damn I love the blues. The electric organ is used so perfectly on this album, it's just so much fun to listen to. After looking at the list of personnel that Booker T. Jones has collaborated with in the past, I would say a lot of people agree that he's the best at what he does. This album consists of one smash-hit original single, and mostly covers outside of that, but that doesn't stop the band from stamping their signature all over others' works. The instrumentation is fantastic and each member does a great job of taking their turn to chime in and take the spotlight. It's very clear that the guitar and keyboard are completely locked in and have spent loads of time playing together. Tight as fuck. Fave tracks: Green Onions, I Got a Woman, Behave Yourself

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Had no idea that I already knew the song 'Green Onions'. The most striking thing about this album is that is recorded in the 60s, it sounds much more contemporary than that. Pure groove, so funky

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

ok

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

An album of cool, smooth tunes. Instrumental only, but that just makes it seem more effortlessly chill.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Loved it.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Always hear GO, but never knew where it came from. Thumbs up on this for a mellow, travel album.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Each song was entertaining. Pretty creative. Reminded me of smooth sailing playlist but more upbeat. Didn't have lyrics though which felt like the finishing touch it lacked

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Variations on a theme, but it's a great theme (and one you've heard everywhere).

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

So much groove it should be against the law!

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

First listen. Unreal.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Classics

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Great Instrumentals with an organ and a band that is groove 60's beat.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

Imagine creating one of the best albums of all time where a) all the songs are instrumentals and b) you only wrote three of them. An absolutely killer sound that I think everyone is familiar with and probably have no idea who played it.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

I didn't expect to like this album that much but here we are. I loved how it mixed rock, R&B and jazz in such an organic way. The cover of Twist and Shout by The Beatles was awesome.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Good stuff

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

60s

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Mon Dec 19 2022
5

fun instramentals of classic songs. Chill and upbeat

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Tue Dec 20 2022
5

Are you kidding me? instant classic

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Wed Dec 21 2022
5

Great backdrop for many daily tasks

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Thu Dec 22 2022
5

If I had to choose one word for "Green Onions", it would be GROOVY. This is a great album to have in the background as you're doing something else. It's a nice backbeat for your day. I found myself nodding along to songs as I was working away my laptop. It was a pleasant work companion. I'll be putting that in my playlist.

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Thu Dec 29 2022
5

Instrumental master class and advertiser's and film director's dream.

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

Good r and b

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

cebolinhaa

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

I know that I'm going to love this. Green Onions is one of those "Epitome of cool" tracks that simply can't help but make you feel like you're the smoothest human to ever stalk to face of the planet. Second track comes at you with the Hammond organ croaking out a slightly clipped, muted tune. The backing is great, but when we come onto track 3, Jones is making that organ sing like a Yukon bear trapper on his annual visit to the brothel. Sure, the band is great and there's not a note out of place, but the organ is in this like Blackpool rock. It's magnificent. Track four up and we've got such a funky sound it almost hurts. Mo' onions? Mo' funk! Mo' organ! It isn't as cool as Green Onions, but it uses similar,well, everything. After this is Twist and Shout, which isn't as good The Beatles or Ray Charles' covers. Mildly let down, the Hammond becomes soulful and down tempo. We go further towards melancholy in track 7. Lonely Avenue, track 8, turns bluesy, with the Hammond doing the Lord's work, intricately replicating what you've come to expect from a Louisiana bluesman's harmonica. Track 9 comes upbeat, and I'm here for that. "One who really loves you" gives us intricate melodies and we move on apace with a nice short track that once again makes you want to get up and dance - and you know you'll feel great doing it. Track 11 comes around to blues again, and to be honest it's a little boring. The twiddliness reminds me a little of Withnail and I, but not quite in the way I'd home. Comin' Home Baby is a nice gentle finish to a superb album. Although nothing will reach the heights of Green Onions, Mo' Onions does come close. And Green Onions alone would get this album a 5.

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

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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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Groovy

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Solid classic jams to clean your house to

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

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

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

7

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Fun fasho

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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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Wed May 05 2021
4

awesome album. love jazz

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Seriously good R&B instrumentals.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

pretty darn fun

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Blues instrumental con una canción conocida

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

"Green Onions" disco instrumental

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

4/5

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Nice to do homework to, sounded good. 7

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

7/10

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Fun, quirky stuff.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Dat ene lied van die film daar!

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

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

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Mon May 03 2021
4

4/5

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

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

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Está chido

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