"Of their Atlantic-distributed albums, this is probably Booker T. & The MG's strongest set. Six of the eleven songs are originals, and their cover of "Groovin'" by the Young Rascals made the R&B Top Ten. The title track was their first Top 40 pop hit since their smash "Green Onions" five years ago, and is up there with the group's funkiest numbers. The smokin' "Slim Jenkins' Joint," named after a soul food cafe two doors down from the Stax studio, was changed to "Slim Jenkins' Place" when some DJ's thought it was too sexually suggestive of a title. For instrumental soul music, this is the house band. If you dig Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, or even the Blues Brothers, then treat yourself to this disc."
Their best album!
Michael Sean | 04/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Hip Hug-Her" is the best MG's album. "Soul Limbo" is their second best. "Hip Hug-Her" is where all of the elements of their sound came together to their fullest potential. There's not a bad or weak song. The mix of covers and originals is perfect, as is the mix of up-tempo songs with slower, more atmospheric tunes. Newcomers to the MG's ought to start with "The Very Best of" on Rhino. Once that CD grabs you, this is the next step."
Show 'em how it's done
thestaxman | Jackson, MS United States | 09/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many people say that Hip Hug-Her is the best album ever released by Booker T. & the MGs. While that's up for debate, this certainly is one of the legendary quartet's greatest achievements. Donald "Duck" Dunn replaced original bassist Lewie Steinberg, and this was the second album with Dunn as a permanent member. This is the album where the four musicians merged into the most formidable instrumental unit the world has ever known. The title cut is just pure prime time Booker T. & the MGs. Booker T. Jones is playing with a newly found confidence, and this was the first single they released with Jones playing the Hammond B-3 organ. The B-3 itself could be partly responsible for Jones's swinging playing style, and he would use this type of organ on almost every track the group would eventually record. Tight as can be from start to finish is drummer Al Jackson, Jr., with that perfect snare sound and as usual, this album is full of great moments from him. No wonder, considering he started playing in his father's famed Jazz/Swing band when he was five years old, his work on the jazzy "Pigmy" and "Booker's Notion" (which obviously features terrific work, both on piano and organ, by Jones) is superior to any drummer I've ever heard in the Jazz world. The interplay between this band is rivaled by none, particularly the backbone of Dunn, Jackson, and Soul guitarist numero uno Steve Cropper. The hip shaking and perfectly titled "Soul Sanction" and especially the great "Double or Nothing" (which though used as an encore to this day at their concerts, will not be found on any MGs compilations) display their tight, yet seemingly effortless, playing that was the envy of groups such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Z.Z. Top, and even now such diverse artists as Chuck D. and Pearl Jam marvel at. The album's closer is a fantastic cover of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny". It's highlighted by some of the most perfect guitar work I've ever heard on the intro by the always impeccable Cropper and Jackson's patented delayed backbeat. And Booker's organ work just defines the essence of cool. When Hip Hug-Her was unleashed, the MGs went from being known as the best studio backing band in the world to being bona fide stars."
It doesn't get any better than this.
Victoria L. Kerns | Halesite, NY | 03/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The great Booker T and the MGs standards with the addition of "Get Ready" and "More" make this a must have for anyone collecting the best of Booker T and the MG's. Play it Steve!"