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Melting Pot by Booker T. & The MGs
Released: Jan 1971
If this album ended after the lead-off, eight-minute title track, it would still be a classic. The song's opening blues guitar figure is short and sweet and accented by a clipped organ that gradually opens up as the drums break into a gallop. It's difficult to get through the first two minutes -- much less the entire first song -- without re-listening again and again. This album is essentially the swan song of Booker T and the MGs original line-up, and it's an auspicious bow.
Sam Chennault

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