|Soundtrack album by|
|Recorded||1968 at Stax Recording Studio, Memphis|
|Genre||R&B, instrumental rock|
|Producer||Booker T. Jones|
|Booker T. & the M.G.'s chronology|
UpTight is a soundtrack album by Southern soul band Booker T. & the M.G.'s for the film of the same title. The album features "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 charted at number 98 on the Billboard 200 album chart and number 7 on the Billboard R&B albums chart.
Village Voice critic Robert Christgau called it a "superb score" and later said that until the band's 1971 Melting Pot album, UpTight was the exception to the "somewhat mechanical, boxy rhythms that always made their albums boring even though the individual cuts were unexceptionable".
"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.
All tracks composed by Booker T. Jones, except where indicated
- Side 1
- "Johnny, I Love You" – 3:00
- "Cleveland Now" – 3:08
- "Children, Don't Get Weary" (Frank Williams) – 3:35
- "Tank's Lament" – 2:49
- "Blues in the Gutter" – 3:24
- Side 2
- "We've Got Johnny Wells" – 3:46
- "Down at Ralph's Joint" – 3:51
- "Deadwood Dick" – 4:29
- "Run Tank Run" – 2:37
- "Time Is Tight" (Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr.) – 4:55
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