One of their weakest albums
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This album is one of the MG's weakest. It's basically them plowing through a bunch of covers from 1969 or so. The playing is tight (as always) and some of the arrangements are interesting, but it can't even begin to compare with albums like "Soul Limbo" and "Hip Hug-Her.""
Perfection From The World's Greatest Soul Instrumental Band!
Peter Harrison | TAMPA EFF ELL A | 04/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As usual, another wonderful set from Booker T. & the MG's. The last reviewer must be listening to a different album than I am. Entirely beautiful soul music from beginning to end, with lots of nice touches from everyone in the band.....as usual! Listen and Believe. FAVE TRACKS: Sing A Simple Song, It's Your Thing.....ahhhh, what am I saying- THEY'RE ALL FAVE TRACKS! Cheers Mssrs Jones, Cropper, Dunn, and the late, great Al Jackson, Jr. Buy it!"
Under the Covers
thestaxman | Jackson, MS United States | 10/20/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Opening up in a fury with "The Horse", The Booker T. Set is one of the least effective of all MGs albums. The opening track is great. It features a rare bass solo by Donald "Duck" Dunn and can't be found anywhere else. Their great versions of "It's Your Thing" and "Mrs. Robinson" (which had some chart success) have shown up on several compilations. But this was a set of all covers, though Booker T. Jones did co-write "I Never Found a Girl" with singer Eddie Floyd. The musicianship of Jones, Dunn, Steve Cropper(guitar), and Al Jackson, Jr.(drums) makes it a worthwhile listen, but the title was very ironic, since reportedly Jones wasn't thrilled with the overall product. Afterwards, he and the band would stretch out quickly and effectively with the epic medleys of McLemore Avenue (their instrumental treatment of The Beatles' Abbey Road) and the all originals tour-de-force of Melting Pot."