- Vinyl (30 Jan. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B004E5GSVM
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McLemore Avenue [VINYL]
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1970 Booker T. & The MG's album that covers the Beatles classic Abbey Road, McLemore Avenue is the street the legendary Stax Studios were located on. Tracks: 1 - Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Here Comes The Sun/Come Together, 2 - Something, 3 - Medley: 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).
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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.
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.
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.
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
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Booker t and the Mgs play Abbey Road. Brilliant stuff by Booker T Jones, Al Jackson, Donald "Duck" Dunn and Steve Cropper. Read morePublished 11 months ago by briansaxjones
i wondered why it took me so long to buy this as a completist i know why .if u r into booker t stay away from this album ,boring boring ,ive played it to death & can not get into... Read morePublished 23 months ago by boss
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 morePublished on 28 Jun. 2014 by Ray