Mclemore Avenue (Stax Remasters) CD (2011)

Artist: Booker T.

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Product Overview


Label Stax Records/concord Jazz
SKU 220648519
UPC 888072328747
UPC 14 00888072328747
Format CD
Release Date 5/10/2011
Author Booker T.
Associated Artist/Work Mar-kets (The)
Associated Artist/Work Mar-Keys (The)
Associated Artist/Work Marketts (The)
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Soul Side
Technical Info
Producer Nick Phillips (Reissue); Chris Clough (Reissue)
CatalogID 7232874
Lable Name Universal Music
Released 05/10/2011
Original Release 1970
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 58s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00888072328747
Album Notes and Credits
Booker T. & The MG's: Booker T. Jones (keyboards); Steve Cropper (guitar); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Al Jackson, Jr (drums).
Engineers: Ron Capone, Gordon Rudd, Rik Pekkonen.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Booker T. Jones (guitar, piano, organ, keyboards); Steve Cropper (guitar); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
Audio Mixers: John Fry ; Steve Cropper.
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.
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).
Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
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
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MCLEMORE AVENUE pays tribute to The Beatles...with the MGs covering ABBEY ROAD with instrumental aplomb."
Disc 1
1 Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Here Comes the Sun/Come Together - (remix)
2 Something
3 Medley: Because/You Never Give Me Your Money - (remix)
4 Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in Through the Bathroom Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy) - (remix)
5 You Can't Do That
6 Day Tripper
7 Michelle
8 Eleanor Rigby
9 Lady Madonna
10 You Can't Do That [Alternate Take] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
Product Attributes
Artist Booker T.
Music Format Compact Disc
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