Melting Pot (Booker T album)

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Melting Pot
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Studio album by Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Released January 1971
Recorded 1970
Genre R&B, instrumental rock
Length 40:10
Label Stax
Producer Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Booker T. & the M.G.'s chronology
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Melting Pot is a 1971 studio album recorded by Booker T. & the M.G.'s for Stax Records. It is the last album to feature the group's classic lineup of Jones, Cropper, Dunn, and Jackson and the first of their albums to contain longer, jam-oriented compositions.


By 1970, band leader Booker T. Jones had become estranged from Stax, as he protested the changing atmosphere under the leadership of executive Al Bell.[1] Jones left Memphis, Tennessee, where Stax was headquartered, and moved to California. Guitarist Steve Cropper, also dissatisfied with the new Stax atmosphere, opened his own studio in Memphis, spending less and less time at the Stax studio.[1] Melting Pot was recorded in New York City, between M.G.'s gigs, as Jones refused to record in Memphis and wanted the band to create a different sound for the new album.[1]

The album's title track was edited for length and issued by Stax as a single in spring 1971.[1] "Melting Pot" peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and at number 21 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]

The review in Rolling Stone magazine was very positive, concluding in its final paragraph:

"Altogether, as an album, it works really well, with the group's customary taste and precision balanced against a new looseness and a return to earlier, funky playing patterns. That's more than enough to make it the best Booker T. album in some time, the Memphis Gas of the Year, and a Major Rock Event for everyone."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, and Al Jackson, Jr. except "Kinda Easy Like", by Jones, Cropper, Jackson, and Lewis Steinberg

Side One

  1. "Melting Pot" – 8:15
  2. "Back Home" – 4:40
  3. "Chicken Pox" – 3:26
  4. "Fuquawi" – 3:40

Side Two

  1. "Kinda Easy Like" – 8:43
  2. "Hi Ride" – 2:36
  3. "L.A. Jazz Song" – 4:18
  4. "Sunny Monday" – 4:35


Additional personnel

Production credits[edit]

  • Recording engineers – Ron Capone, Gordon Rudd, Rik Pekkonen, Shelly Yakus, Jay Messina, Steve Cropper
  • Remix engineer – Steve Cropper
  • Cover photographer – George Rodriguez
  • Art director – The Graffiteria/Stan Hochstadt
  • Art supervisor – Herb Kole, Larry Shaw


Year Album Chart positions[4]
Jazz Albums
1971 Melting Pot 43 2 5


Year Single Chart positions[5]
1971 "Melting Pot" 45 21



  1. ^ a b c d e Bowman, Rob (1997). Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Trade. p. 216-219. ISBN 0-8256-7284-8
  2. ^ Melting Pot at AllMusic
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Booker T. & the MGs US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Booker T. & the MGs US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Big Daddy Kane's Another Victory sample of Booker T. & the M.G.'s's Melting Pot". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  7. ^ "Showbiz & A.G.'s Silence of the Lambs sample of Booker T. & the M.G.'s's Chicken Pox". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

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