Soul Limbo

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Soul Limbo
Studio album by Booker T. & the MGs
Released September 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre R&B, instrumental rock
Length 39:21
Label Stax
Booker T. & the MGs chronology
Doin' Our Thing
Soul Limbo
Up Tight
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (positive) [2]

Soul Limbo is the eighth album by Booker T. & the MGs, released in 1968 on Stax Records. The album was the first Stax LP issued after the label severed its ties with former distributor Atlantic Records in 1968.

The title track is perhaps best known in the UK as the theme tune for BBC Television's cricket coverage and later for Test Match Special, and features a marimba solo by Terry Manning. Its composition is somewhat similar to a song by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. The song was later covered by the English punk band Snuff.

The album also features the group's hit version of the title theme from the film Hang 'Em High.

This song was referenced by Karl Pilkington in his series The moaning of Life. When Karl says he had neighbours playing the cricket theme tune at 3am in the morning.


Track listings[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" (Al Cobb, Ray Whitley)
  2. "La-La (Means I Love You)" (Thom Bell, William Hart)
  3. "Hang 'Em High" (Dominic Frontiere)
  4. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ann Ronell)
  5. "Over Easy" (Booker T. & the MG's)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Soul-Limbo" (Booker T. & the MG's)
  2. "Eleanor Rigby" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  3. "Heads or Tails" (Booker T. & the MG's)
  4. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (Aretha Franklin, Teddy White)
  5. "Born Under a Bad Sign" (William Bell, Booker T. Jones)
  6. "Foxy Lady" (Jimi Hendrix)


  1. ^ Koda, Cub Thomas. Soul Limbo at AllMusic
  2. ^ Giraudo, Peter (November 9, 1968). "Reviews". Rolling Stone (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.). Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Galloway, A. Scott (1994). Rock Instrumental Classics Volume 4: Soul (p. 14) [CD booklet]. Los Angeles: Rhino Records.