Classics: Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Melting Pot (Stax)
More than 40 years have gone since the release of ‘Melting Pot’ and I just keep on feeling goosebumps when listening to it. I guess the reasons are quite numerous for this. Beginning with the identity of the one who got me into it at a time when I was 13. In other words, no one but my late childhood brother who was a drummer/percussionist and eventually brought me into DJing a couple of years after. In addition to this, ‘Melting Pot’ pretty much belongs to the category of these pivotal gems which, most likely got me into the groove. From the Santana‘s ‘Abraxas’ album to Timmy Thomas‘ ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’. Not to mention War‘s ‘The World Is A Ghetto’ among others.
Last but not least, and after all these years dealing with music, how not to perceive ‘Melting Pot’ as a premonitory thing. Itself most definitely symbolizing what Indamixworldwide is about?!? Thus blending everything from Blues and Soul to the most progressive sides of the Groove. Meanwhile displaying an intoxicating Jazz vibes over a rumblin’ bassline…
From their 1971 album of the name which would be their very last studio project for Stax Records… ‘Melting Pot’ results from bandleader Booker T. Jones‘ will to come up with a different sound, thus recording it in New York.