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Priceless prime Booker T & MGs,
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This review is from: McLemore Avenue [Stax Remasters] (Audio CD)
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.