MusicTAP is excited to share the news that one of the finest albums from Stax Records – in their incredible history – is being re-released as a special, remastered vinyl pressing as part of Record Store Day.

As the longtime house band for Stax, Booker T. & The M.G.’s not only helped to shape the label’s iconic sound, but also backed sessions by some of the biggest acts of the ’60’s—from Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, to Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett. The group also released many acclaimed titles of their own, and their 10th studio album, 1970’s McLemore Avenue, was no exception.

Inspired by The Beatles’ Abbey Road, released just a year before, Booker T. Jones set out to record a tribute to the album—naming his version after the Memphis street where Stax’s studios stood.

Featuring the classic lineup of Booker T. Jones on keyboards, Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, and Al Jackson Jr. on drums, the instrumental McLemore Avenue offers a supremely funky take on Abbey Road’s songs in the form of three medleys and one standalone version of “Something.”

This special 50th anniversary edition of the LP has been cut from the original analog masters by Jeff Powell at Memphis’ Take Out Vinyl and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing. The album comes housed in an old-school-style tip-on jacket, featuring the classic, tongue-in-cheek cover image of the band crossing McLemore Avenue.

Track List – McLemore Avenue:
Side A:
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End
Here Comes The Sun
Come Together
Something

Side B: 1:
Because
You Give Me Your Money
Sun King
Mean Mr. Mustard
Polythene Pam
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

ESSENTIAL LISTENING

McLemore Avenue will be available as of Saturday, October 24th, 2020

https://staxrecords.com/

By Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years - as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, freelance journalist, producer and manager and working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star, traveling down South and his orange Gretsch. He's pretty groovy!

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