Universal Language (Booker T. & the M.G.'s album)

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Universal Language
Studio album by Booker T. & the MGs
Released 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Soul, instrumental rock
Length 32:59
Label Asylum
7E 1093
Producer Booker T. & the MGs; co-produced with Tom Dowd on "Space Nuts"
Booker T. & the MGs chronology
Union Extended
(1976)
Universal Language
(1977)
That's The Way It Should Be
(1994)

Universal Language is a 1977 album by southern soul band Booker T. & the MGs. The album was recorded for Asylum Records, following the demise of Stax Records, of which the MG's were an integral element, in 1975.

MG's drummer Al Jackson, Jr. was murdered in 1975;[1] the remaining members recruited Willie Hall to replace him on this album.[2] The group would not record another album for seventeen years, returning in 1994 with That's the Way It Should Be.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review awarded the album 2 stars.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Cropper, Dunn, and Jones, except where noted

Side one
  1. "Sticky Stuff" – 4:09
  2. "Grab Bag" – 4:32
  3. "Space Nuts" – 3:27
  4. "Love Wheels" – 3:38
  5. "Motocross" – 4:33
Side two
  1. "Last Tango in Memphis" – 5:26
  2. "MG's Salsa" – 5:27
  3. "Tie Stick" (Cropper, Dunn, Jones, and Johnny Stevenson) – 5:01
  4. "Reincarnation" – 5:12

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bowman, Rob (1997). Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Trade. p. 364. ISBN 0-8256-7284-8
  2. ^ Concerted Efforts - Booker T. & the MG's
  3. ^ a b Allmusic Review accessed July 22, 2011