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Mclemore Avenue

Booker T. & The MG'sAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Here Comes The Sun/Come Together15:48Album Only
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listen  3. Medley: Because/You Never Give Me Your Money 7:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Medley: Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy)10:40Album Only

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In Booker T. Jones, the seed was planted early. Not yet a teenager, he was already hauling his stack of newspapers to Phineas Newborn’s front yard where, while folding them for his after-school delivery route, he could listen to the jazz great practice piano. With those notes ringing in his head, he’d set out into the neighborhood, picking up the sound of the streets, the sound of ... Read more in Amazon's Booker T. & The MG's Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZKD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. That's the way it should be! April 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Okay, okay. Enough with the Booker T. In-Jokes..
This record means business. No fooling around. Split into 15-20 minute medeleys that make you wonder why the Beatles didn't do it themselves (came close on "Sgt. Pepper," a record with almost no deadspace..).. The music.. oh the music...
It's so skillfully crafted; and done with care, at that! It's amazing what Mr. T. Jones can do with his hands and some keys. For that matter, it's amazing what Mr. Cropper can do while revisiting "I Want You," or the guitar work heard in "Because," which is radically different than the Beatles' version (hard to harmonize with no voices!!)
All in all, it's MORE than just a tribute album, it's a very skillfully done proving disc, letting everyone know that, yes, it IS "Abbey Road," and NO, it is NOT conventional!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Familiar songs, new music April 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I really do love the Beatles, and every little bit of what they do, but Booker T & the MGs' cover of Abbey Road stands on its own legs. It is an album you will play 3 times for every time it occurs to you to play Abbey Road. If you like the Beatles, this an album you will want to own, and if you like Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson, Jr., and Donald Dunn (yes, "Duck"), you will be glad you own this CD. Either way, get this one.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky Memphis Beatles! April 5, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An odd but great album. Releases like this are common now in this era of "tribute" albums, but in the late 60's something like this was uncommon. Booker T. Jones (organ, piano) and Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass) were big Beatles fans and cooked up the idea of covering the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album in the MG's laid-back funky Memphis soul style. It sounds like a bad idea, but it works. The stripped-down, propulsive MG's arrangements bring an edge to these familiar songs that makes them sound brand new. This isn't the best MG's album, but it's close.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Here Comes The Sun King..." August 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
(Like "Electric Mud" by Muddy Waters) "McLemore Avenue" by Booker T. & The M.G.'s divided fans and critics alike at the time of release - and has done so ever since. Some call it a masterpiece - even visionary - while others see it as little more than an opportunistic cash-in that only half worked in Stax's otherwise impressively individualistic canon of releases. More than 40 years after the event - I think it's fair enough to call it a bit of both - good and bad (much like this new reissue actually). Here are the details...

Released May 2011, Concord Music Group, Inc 0888072328747 breaks down as follows (59:03 minutes):

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 1991 CD comp "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".

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). You also get the original artwork and production credits, a collage of 2 photos on the inlay beneath the see-through tray and the disc itself pictures the group too. But it's a shame the booklet doesn't go any further - there's no new photos, no memorabilia - not even a picture of the lone 7" single of "Something" (US or UK). It makes the inlay feel workmanlike at best - even a little dull - when it should have spread its wings a little. But the big news is the SOUND...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instrumental Beatles by B & MG's Cool August 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you are a BTMG fan and a Beatles fan, you cannot beat this CD. I have all the BTMG material and playing this in wax, when first released, was a lot like the experience of playing Sergeant Pepper the first time.
It is beautifully done. Very few albums I own are as good as this. I'm very glad it came out in CD. GREAT!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow !! June 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The chances are, if you are reading this review you are already a fan of Booker T & MG's and possibly already own a copy of this album and trying to decide if it worth buying this "HD" copy. I have quite a few "remixed" cd's in my collection and this is the best I have heard. Very clean with nice bass definition.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem January 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first acquired a vinyl copy of this album a couple of years after its release, in 1970, after stumbling across it at one of the many record shops I used to frequent. Always a great admirer of Abbey Road by The Beatles, it was immediately visually intriguing, for obvious reasons. Having long ago lost track of that initial copy, it wasn't until I bought the Booker T & The MGs "Time Is Tight" box, that I remembered just how brilliant this album-long Abbey Road tribute was.

It consists of instrumental covers of Abbey Road, more or less in its entirety, albeit not in corresponding sequential order. It is everything and more anyone familiar with the legendary Stax house band's sound might expect: soulful, organic, inspired and, above all else, so tight - it's obvious these guys have played together before.

McLemore Avenue - the address of Stax studios - is one of those albums you can put on when you feel like listening intently to masterful musicianship, alone in the dark, perfectly positioned between the speakers; or when you feel like moving to that wonderful MGs groove; or just as pleasant, yet almost always engaging, background music. If you're a Beatles fan, and have somehow managed to miss this album, you have an unexpected treat in store.

Frustratingly, copies of McLemore Avenue appear to be difficult to find. This Japanese reissue, is an expensive option, especially given that it is not one of those limited edition, vinyl replica paper sleeve items, as you might expect. It is one disc in a standard jewel case. The sound is everything you would expect, however, and I am pleased to now have a pristine CD of this much-loved album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars abbey redux
Great album. heard some on the radio and picked it up. on vinyl, of course. having just been gettin into beatles music the last few years, this take on abbey road is good time... Read more
Published 4 months ago by michael s. wrobel, sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruising on Mclemore Avenue
This record is too much. The musicians are top of their class and they love the material. Don't hesitate. You want this now.
Published 4 months ago by djsmooth
4.0 out of 5 stars A Booker T must have.
Good recording, nice rendition of Beatles music. If your a music fan you'll want this one. If your a Brooker T or jazz fan this is a must for your music collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dave T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Homage to a Classic Beatles Album
The music and musicianship of Booker T & the MG's has been acknowledged and revelled in over the years by many critics and fans, myself being among them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thirty-Ought Six
4.0 out of 5 stars Funkified Abbey Road
A pleasurable revisit to Abbey Road. Probably not the finest work from these 4 great Memphis musicians, but a good solid album nonetheless. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeffrey L. Lanaghan
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting footnote
This is interesting as a historical piece, but if you like the Beatles or you like Booker T and the MG, there are probably better albums to listen to.
Published 13 months ago by Jefferson Wolfe
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
The MGs' technical skill and deep, deep pockets really play up the Beatles' gorgeous chord changes and melodies. Read more
Published 15 months ago by K. D. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars First oversea purchase I made.
I was fully happy with the product. I guess for some reason I was not fully aware it was coming from over seas. The package arrived with even a scratch. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter Lorenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine a world without imagination
Imagine that The Beatles were from Memphis (TN) and Col. Sanders was their manager. Abbey Road might have sounded like this interpretation of the classic album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Axis, Bold As Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
I purchased this as a gift for a Beetle fan friend. He never heard Booker T before and absolutely loves it! The music is great!
Published 19 months ago by Sheila M. Delprete
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