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McLemore Avenue Original recording remastered

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In Booker T. Jones, the seed was planted early. Not yet a teenager, he was already hauling his stack of newspapers to Phineas Newborn’s front yard where, while folding them for his after-school delivery route, he could listen to the jazz great practice piano. With those notes ringing in his head, he’d set out into the neighborhood, picking up the sound of the streets, the sound of ... Read more in Amazon's Booker T. & The MG's Store

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  • Audio CD (27 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Stax/Ace
  • ASIN: B000050UBI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 3 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
A bizarre and rather wonderful tribute to a bizarre and rather wonderful album. It's hard to think of any other band that could have covered an entire Beatles' album without sounding like the soundtrack to the movie of 'Sergeant Pepper', but Booker T and The MG's do it with superb conviction, by the simple means of leaving out the vocals. (That's not all they leave out - to the great relief of all, they also don't bother to cover the original album's most embarrassing blemish, the awful 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer'.) Booker T Jones plays the vocal melodies with great virtuosity on a variety of instruments, chiefly his ultra-cool Hammond organ with a Leslie speaker.

They also change the song order around, sequencing the tunes mostly as medleys with a few (such as their tender version of 'Something') standing alone. Steve Cropper reproduces the tasty but very difficult guitar licks in 'You Never Give Me Your Money', remarkable if the rumours are true that he never listened to the original and was taught the parts by Jones.

This isn't the most essential Booker T and The MG's album by a long way (that would be probably be 'Melting Pot'), but it's a remarkable one, down to the droll cover shot of the band crossing McLemore Avenue in Memphis, the street on which Stax Records' studio was located. On the strength of this record and some of their others, America's funkiest rhythm section was perfectly capable of soaring too.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matt Lewis on 25 Jun. 2002
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This has to be the finest Booker T & The MG's album ever released. It's their tribute to The Beatles "Abbey Road" but in the original Booker T style. Everything about this album is superb. From the wonderful Hammond organ to the great drum fills. Definitely an album that cannot be missed from anyone's collection. I rate this in my Top 5 of all time favourite albums.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Serle on 24 Jun. 2011
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The chances are, if you are reading this review you are already a fan of Booker T & MG's and possibly already own a copy of this album and trying to decide if it worth buying this "HD" copy. I have quite a few "remixed" cd's in my collection and this is the best I have heard. Very clean with nice bass definition.
I would say that the extra tracks are not as good as the main titles, but still not bad.

So - do yourself a favour - buy it - now!!

Just as a reference - listening with, Onkyo 715 compact cd/tuner/amp & pair of TDL bookshelf speakers on stands.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2011
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I bought the original CD when ACE released it through its Stax catalogue and have loved it ever since for it s simple quality of interpreting the Fab Fours best recorded offering and playing with the running order of the song cycle to their own agenda. I would even admit that at times I found myself preferring this to the orinal source material when choosing which one to play!

Now it comes issued in a new even clearer audio version with the bonus addition of several other Beatles tracks the group have recorded over the years at Stax (though none come close to equalling the Mclemore Avenue tracks standard). Also the very helpful high standard ACE booklet included fills in how the whole original sessions came to be. Most surprising for me was the group did not record it together in the Stax studio in Memphis which was the clear impression created by the cover photo and UK knowledge of how the group worked and rehearsed. Instead Booker T with Messrs. Dunn and Jackson laid down the main tracks and armed with these Booker subsequently met up with Steve Cropper in LA to do his guitar over dubs, given he was off producing another band. Regardless the music does not show any seams and is a priceless profesional reinterpretations of the Beatles classic, which many have considered unsurpassable over the years.

One only prays given ACE has access to the Chess catalogue they will now feel encouraged to give Ramsey Lewis the same treatment for his recordings of songs from the Beatles White Album on his "Mother Nature's Son" LP and also add the many other Beatles songs he has covered over the years, especially in the 60s when on Chess.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2011
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Like "Electric Mud" by Muddy Waters, "McLemore Avenue" by Booker T. & The M.G.'s divided fans and critics alike at the time of release - and has done ever since. Some call it a masterpiece - even visionary - while others see it as little more than an opportunistic cash-in that only half worked in Stax's otherwise impressively individualistic canon of releases. More than 40 years after the event - I think it's fair enough to call it a bit of both - good and bad (much like this new reissue actually). Here are the details...

Released May 2011, Concord Music Group, Inc 0888072328747 breaks down as follows (59:03 minutes):
1. Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Here Comes The Sun/Come Together
2. Something
3. Because/You Never Give Me Your Money
4. Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Tracks 1 to 4 are the album "McLemore Avenue" released April 1970 in the USA on Stax Records STS 2027 and July 1970 in the UK on Stax SXATS 1031

Tracks 5 to 10 are all Beatles covers - 5 and 6 are "You Can't Do That" and "Day Tripper" from the late 60s album "Soul Men"; 7 and 9 are "Michelle" and "Lady Madonna" from the 1969 album "The Booker T. Set"; 8 is "Eleanor Rigby" from the 1968 album "Soul Limbo" - while track 10 is a PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED (Alternate Take) of "You Can't Do That" (recorded late 60s).

The new 12-page booklet has very knowledgeable and affectionate liner notes by ASHLEY KHAN (author of books on the recording career of John Coltrane and Miles Davis).
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