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Format: CD
Sku: 220648519
UPC: 888072328747
UPC 14: 00888072328747
Release Date: 5/10/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Here Comes the Sun/Come Together - (remix) ~ Booker T. & the MG's
2. Something ~ Booker T. & the MG's
3. Medley: Because/You Never Give Me Your Money - (remix) ~ Booker T. & the MG's
4. Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in Through the Bathroom Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy) - (remix) ~ Booker T. & the MG's
5. You Can't Do That ~ Booker T. & the MG's
6. Day Tripper ~ Booker T. & the MG's
7. Michelle ~ Booker T. & the MG's
8. Eleanor Rigby ~ Booker T. & the MG's
9. Lady Madonna ~ Booker T. & the MG's
10. You Can't Do That [Alternate Take] - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Booker T. & the MG's

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Booker T. & The MG's: Booker T. Jones (keyboards); Steve Cropper (guitar); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Al Jackson, Jr (drums).
Muze PNote Engineers: Ron Capone, Gordon Rudd, Rik Pekkonen.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Muze PNote Personnel: Booker T. Jones (guitar, piano, organ, keyboards); Steve Cropper (guitar); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: John Fry ; Steve Cropper.
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.
Muze PNote Recording information: Stax Studio, Memphis, TN (1960); Wally Heider Studio, Hollywood, CA (1960); Stax Studio, Memphis, TN (1968); Wally Heider Studio, Hollywood, CA (1968); Stax Studio, Memphis, TN (1969); Wally Heider Studio, Hollywood, CA (1969); Stax Studio, Memphis, TN (1970); Wally Heider Studio, Hollywood, CA (1970).
Muze PNote Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
Muze PNote 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. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Nick Phillips (Reissue); Chris Clough (Reissue)

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-20 Top Of The Stax Grea
Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Incredible Soul Collection
Muze Music Compilations 25 Rockin Instrumentals
Muze Music Compilations Soul Comes Home: A Celebration Of Sta
Muze Music Compilations Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock
Muze Music Compilations Stax 50th Anniversary:Best Of Stax
Muze Music Compilations Monterey International Pop Festival
Muze Music Compilations Stax Does The Beatles
Muze Music Compilations Soulsville Sings Hitsville
Muze Music Compilations Stax:soul Of Hip Hop
Muze Music Compilations Stax:soul Of Hip Hop
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Redding Otis-See and Hear Otis Redding
Muze Music Compilations Stax No 1'S
Muze Music Compilations America's Greatest Hits:1962
Muze Music Compilations Songs From Scandal:gladiators (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Comp Pop Instrumental/sixties V3:1962

Associated Artists and Works

Mar-Keys (The)
Original Soundtrack
Soul Side

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/10/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1970
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7232874
Music Label Name Label : Universal Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072328747

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "MCLEMORE AVENUE pays tribute to The Beatles...with the MGs covering ABBEY ROAD with instrumental aplomb."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Booker T.
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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