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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, May 10, 2011
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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!
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...Read more ›
It is beautifully done. Very few albums I own are as good as this. I'm very glad it came out in CD. GREAT!!!!
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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Not as musically intense as the Beatles playing. Nothing to do with no vocals. It's a nice album, just not , for me as wonderful as their other albums. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike
Never knew this existed when it came out. Found it while browsing. Bought it just to hear it.
Great album. Read more
Recorded and reissued with extras, sounds fresh and hipper than most anything lately. Fo sho'Published 9 months ago by PG Woods
Great take on classic Beatles tunes. The opening medley is a gem. Only critique -- I expected the album to maintain a more energized tone, as it's generally a fairly mellow affair,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mel L.
Funky Abbey Road! I heard this album at my local coffee hangout and was immediately taken with its groovy interpretation of The Beatles album. Read morePublished 11 months ago by WMD55