McLemore Avenue [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Booker T. Jones was so taken with the Beatles' Abbey Road, he claims he had to respond, just to say "thanks." He convened the MG's -- drummer Al Jackson Jr., bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, and guitarist Steve Cropper, and recorded McLemore Avenue, a cover version of the entire Abbey Road album in three long medleys (that approximated the structure of the Beatles' album -- particularly its second side) with a cover of George Harrison's "Something" set aside as a single. The MG's even aped the Beatles' cover photo, with one of them strolling down McLemore Avenue, the home of Stax Records. Booker T. & the MG's turned an already hip record into one that was funky as hell, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Booker T. Jones was so taken with the Beatles' Abbey Road, he claims he had to respond, just to say "thanks." He convened the MG's -- drummer Al Jackson Jr., bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, and guitarist Steve Cropper, and recorded McLemore Avenue, a cover version of the entire Abbey Road album in three long medleys (that approximated the structure of the Beatles' album -- particularly its second side) with a cover of George Harrison's "Something" set aside as a single. The MG's even aped the Beatles' cover photo, with one of them strolling down McLemore Avenue, the home of Stax Records. Booker T. & the MG's turned an already hip record into one that was funky as hell, and one that kept listeners guessing by rearranging the order of the tunes to suit the MG's as a band. The set begins with a medley of "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Here Comes the Sun/Come Together." The juxtaposition of the first two cuts is jarring but seamless. The quartet nails "The End," with fine soloing from Cropper and heated work from Jones on organ and electric piano, before a crescendo and a Moog intros "Here Comes the Sun," done as a summery Jimmy Smith-styled jazz number before turning all sinister on "Come Together." "Something" may have seemed a curious choice for a single, but with Cropper's greasy, bluesy guitar break and Jones playing his organ rhythmically more than melodically, it works beautifully. "Because," wedded to "You Never Give Me Your Money," is a spacious blend of melody and psychedelic groove, setting up the final medley. It is the set's tour de force, commencing with a shimmering "Sun King," before Jackson's drums announce a sprightly, funky "Mean Mr. Mustard" that careens into the guitar overdrive of "Polythene Pam" and the breezy "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," which morphs into a dramatic, blues-drenched, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" to close it out. Not only is McLemore Avenue a stellar interpretation of Abbey Road, it's one of the finest Booker T. & the MG's albums to boot. [The 2011 Concord/Stax remaster includes six bonus tracks, all of them Beatles covers: "Eleanor Rigby," "Day Tripper," "Lady Madonna," "Michelle," and two versions of "You Can't Do That," one finished, and one an unreleased alternate take. There's also a hilarious radio promo for McLemore Avenue tacked on.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072328747
  • Catalog Number: 32874
  • Sales rank: 37,223

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Booker T. & the MG's Primary Artist
Steve Cropper Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Booker T. Jones Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
Booker T. & the MG's Original Album Producer
Ron Capone Engineer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Gordon Rudd Engineer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
David Krieger Art Direction
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
The Graffiteria Art Direction
Chris Clough Reissue Producer
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