The MG's (album)

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The MG's
Studio album by The MG's
Released 1973
Recorded 1973 at Stax Recording Studio, Memphis
Genre R&B, instrumental rock
Length 41:02
Label Stax
Producer Donald "Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr.
The MG's chronology
Melting Pot
(1971)Melting Pot1971
The MG's
Union Extended
(1976)Union Extended1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The MG's is a 1973 album recorded by the MG's for Stax Records, but by 1973, leader/keyboardist Booker T. Jones and guitarist Steve Cropper were both estranged from Stax and residing full-time in Los Angeles, so remaining members Donald "Duck" Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. recruited Bobby Manuel and Carson Whitsett to replace Cropper and Jones respectively.[2]

Billed as "The MG's" since Jones was not involved with the project, the group released two singles, "Sugar Cane" and "Neck Bone". The singles and the album were not commercially successful, but were critically well received.[2] By 1975, Jones and Cropper agreed to reform the original lineup with Jackson and Dunn, but just days before their scheduled reunion, Jackson was murdered at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Donald "Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr., Bobby Manuel, Carson Whitsett; except where indicated

Side One

  1. "Sugar Cane" (3:06) (David Madden)
  2. "Neck Bone" (3:25)
  3. "Spare Change" (3:51)
  4. "Leaving The Past" (7:18)

Side Two

  1. "Left Overs (Bucaramanga)" (2:59) (Luiz, Sainz, Serrano)
  2. "Black Side" (3:57)
  3. "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" (3:21) (Joe Jefferson)
  4. "Frustration" (6:22)



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Bowman, Rob (1997). Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Trade. p. 302-303. ISBN 0-8256-7284-8
  3. ^ Bowman, Rob. (1997). p. 364