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Booker T. & Priscilla – 1972 – Home Grown

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Priscilla Coolidge was an American recording artist and sister of singer Rita Coolidge.

Between 1969 and 1979, she was married to Booker T. Jones, who produced Coolidge’s first solo album, 1970’s Gypsy Queen. Then the pair collaborated as a duo on three albums: 1971’s Booker T. & Priscilla; 1972’s Home Grown; and 1973’s Chronicles, which included the song “Time”, written by her sister Rita, which was allegedly “borrowed” by drummer Jim Gordon (formerly of Eric Clapton’s band Derek and the Dominos and Rita’s former boyfriend) and became the famous instrumental piano coda at the end of “Layla”). Jones produced Priscilla’s final solo album, Flying, in 1979; their marriage ended that year.

Tracks
A1 Save Us From Ourselves 4:31
A2 Born Under A Bad Sign 8:25
A3 Maggie’s Farm 4:52
A4 Muddy Road 3:37
A5 Don’t Think Twice, It’s Allright 3:50
B1 Color Your Mama 5:15
B2 The Sequence 4:20
B3 Who Killed Cock Robin? 12:20

By Max Bell

The legendary Booker T. Jones, is a musician, producer, writer and bandleader whose influence in shaping the funky side of pop soul is as vast as his available recorded output. Best known as frontman for Booker T. & The M.G.’s (stands for Memphis Group) he owns the prestigious Grammy Award for lifetime achievement.

A child prodigy who became a multi-instrumentalist in his teens, though we think of him as specialising in piano and organ –  where his distinctive approach is instantly recognised – Booker T. is indelibly associated with both the Stax and Atlantic labels, for which he recorded a prestigious run of discs, including Green Onions and Melting Pot, also running up a litany of such well-loved singles as “Hip Hug-Her”, “Soul Limbo”, “Hang ‘Em High” and the UK favourite “Time Is Tight”.

An R&B maestro, Mr. Jones is also associated with the highest class of band member and for his contributions to important albums by others. Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg and Al Jackson Jr., all contributed to the trademark M.G.’s sound and usually performed as a unit in backing such soul luminaries as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Delaney & Bonnie and countless others. As a significant sideman other Booker has played with Stephen Stills, Willie Nelson, Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. The M.G.’s own status is confirmed by their position in the Rock and Roll hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. That latter geographical detail is also a reminder that Booker T. and company are immersed in country blues and rock and roll, Southern soul and Memphis folklore.

Once they hit their stride in the mid-1960s their musical approach was a template for players on both sides of the Atlantic – notably The Spencer Davis Group, the Animals, Creamand Creedence Clearwater Revival – though their sound percolates through the culture and reflects their mixed black and white lineage. The master of the B3 Hammond returned to Stax in 2013 to create Sound the Alarm, follow-up tis Grammy winning (Pop Instrumental Album) The Road From Memphis, thus signalling a widespread renewal of interest in the roots of true soul.