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Booker T. & The MG's Audio CD
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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 (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B004SC8XHI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Medley: Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End / Here Comes The Sun / Come Together15:50Album Only
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(2011/CONCORD) 10 tracks (59:01) remastered w.12 page booklet.Medium 1
  1. Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/
  2. The End/Here Comes The Sun/Come Together
  3. Something
  4. Medley: Because/You Never Give Me Your Money
  5. Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr Mutard/Polythene
  6. Pam/She Came In Throught The Bathroom
  7. Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  8. You Can't Do That
  9. Day Tripper
  10. Michelle
  11. Elenaor Rigby
  12. Lady Madonna
  13. You Can't Do That (Alternate Take)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of Booker T & The MG's EVER!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars wow !!! 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, fascinating and deeply cool 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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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Here Comes The Sun King..." 30 Aug 2011
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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):

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" are from 1968; 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 1968).

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). You also get the original artwork and production credits, a collage of 2 photos on the inlay beneath the see-through tray and the disc itself pictures the group too. But it's a shame the booklet doesn't go any further - there's no new photos, no memorabilia - not even a picture of the lone 7" single of "Something" (US or UK). It makes the inlay feel workmanlike at best - even a little dull - when it should have spread its wings a little. But the big news is the SOUND...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless prime Booker T & MGs 26 Sep 2011
By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of their best excellently served up in top notch sound
Published 2 months ago by MC
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Beatles and Booker T Fans
I had this album on vinyl and have been looking for it on CD for a while. This version contains the original tracks plus some bonus tracks. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Class Act
First class instrumental arrangement of The Beatles' classic Abbey Road album plus some filler tracks of other Beatle tunes. Great sound and an album I love playing in the car.
Published 4 months ago by DW
5.0 out of 5 stars booker t and the mg's at their finest
simply brilliant , at first you think what on earth is this, but one you listen and digest this is absolute class a real memphis spin on the beatles
Published 5 months ago by Steven Tolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I was a bit worried this might be too cheesy. I needn't have worried. As with most other Booker T stuff they seem to get it right. The funky rhythms and cool tones abound. Read more
Published 8 months ago by deluxe112
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for father
Father loved it and so do I. The intricate arrangements and excellent playing make these covers a very worthwhile listen.
Published 21 months ago by S. P. Ryall
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars are not enough for this CD
The best instrumental version of Abbey Road ever. This album was originally released in 1970 and remains one of my favourite albums of all time. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2012 by Matt Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Wife: what the .... is this?
Had this weird old double LP (released perhaps only in Holland, Pop History no. 8 Booker T. & the MG's or something like that) that had some Beatles tunes on them. Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by A. Boers
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of both bands
If this had come out later than the awful Stars on 45 then it might have been laughable. But with great musicianship and genuine love/appreciation of the original it manages to... Read more
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