UpTight (soundtrack)

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Booker T. & the MG's - Up Tight.jpg
Soundtrack album by Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Released January 1969
Recorded 1968 at Stax Recording Studio, Memphis
Genre R&B, instrumental rock
Length 35:34
Label Stax
Producer Booker T. Jones
Booker T. & the M.G.'s chronology
Soul Limbo
(1968)Soul Limbo1968
The Booker T Set
(1969)The Booker T Set1969
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Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link

UpTight is a soundtrack album by Southern soul band Booker T. & the M.G.'s for the film of the same title.

The album's highlights include "Time Is Tight," the single version of which became a US Top 10 hit (the second biggest of their career) and a signature song for the band. The version of "Time Is Tight" included on the Up Tight soundtrack album is an alternate recording, which differs from the single version in several respects: it is in stereo, it is played at a faster tempo, it runs almost two minutes longer (4'55"), and it includes both an extended introduction and an instrumental "breakdown" (beginning around 3'30"), neither of which are in the single version. "Johnny, I Love You" (the B-side of "Time Is Tight") features a rare vocal by keyboardist Booker T. Jones. Judy Clay provides vocals on "Children, Don't Get Weary."

The album was recorded at Stax Records' studios by Ron Capone, produced by Jones, and was overdubbed and mixed at Ardent Studios by Steve Cropper and Terry Manning.

The album charted at number 98 on the Billboard 200 album chart and number 7 on the Billboard R&B albums chart.

"Time is Tight" was covered by the Clash on their 10-inch vinyl Black Market Clash LP in 1980 (and later on their Super Black Market Clash CD) and by Paul Shaffer on his 1993 double CD The World's Most Dangerous Party.

Track listings[edit]

All tracks composed by Booker T. Jones, except where indicated

Side 1
  1. "Johnny, I Love You" – 3:00
  2. "Cleveland Now" – 3:08
  3. "Children, Don't Get Weary" (Frank Williams) – 3:35
  4. "Tank's Lament" – 2:49
  5. "Blues in the Gutter" – 3:24
Side 2
  1. "We've Got Johnny Wells" – 3:46
  2. "Down at Ralph's Joint" – 3:51
  3. "Deadwood Dick" – 4:29
  4. "Run Tank Run" – 2:37
  5. "Time Is Tight" (Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr.) – 4:55

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