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McLemore Avenue by Booker T. & the MGs

The greatest band in America took on the greatest band in England, and the boys from Memphis held their own. This is a very cutting edge and ahead of its time album. The Beatles' and the MGs' influence and superiority on and over the future of music is clearly evident here. Al Jackson does things that the wonderful Ringo Starr could never imagine. Duck Dunn does the Paul McCartney thing better than Paul McCartney. And Steve Cropper never even heard Abbey Road! Booker T. Jones taught him what to play! Another testament to these two men's greatness. How could you do The Beatles without lyrics? Only one band could. When the MGs got their hands on anything, including the material here, one quickly forgets and doesn't need anything but the music. The whole band is in peak form. They bring their Stax soul/funk to the table and also, show themselves as world class musicians as on their both beautiful and barn storming cover of "Something". And In the End, McLemore Avenue equals or arguably betters Abbey Road.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Booker T. & the MGs
  • CD Title: McLemore Avenue
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 1969
  • Record Label: Stax
  • Musicians: Steve Cropper-guitar, Duck Dunn-bass, Al Jackson-drums, Booker T. Jones-organ.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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