Booker T. & the MG's


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Booker T and the MGs' McLemore Avenue is primarily interesting as a late '60s curio; like George Benson's The Other Side of Abbey Road, it's an instrumental recasting of the Beatles' Abbey Road, this time in the classic Stax/Volt style. It works, sort of, but it's rarely as transcendent as the group's best originals. The one exception is a sterling version of George Harrison's "Something" that's among the best versions of this oft-recorded song. Harrison's ballad is slow enough for Donald "Duck" Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr -- who always got better and funkier as the tempos headed south -- to work their stuff, and as Booker T. Jones' organ playing sets a suitably churchy ambience, Steve Cropper shows Harrison (then just learning how to play slide guitar, a sound that would become increasingly prominent on his '70s solo albums) how the original's slide guitar solo could have sounded in a perfect world. In the midst of an album that's otherwise kitschy fun, "Something" stands out.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1970 Stax 3:38
No Image 1970 Fantasy / Stax
McLemore Avenue 1970 Stax 4:11
No Image 1970 Stax 3:38
The Best of Booker T. & The MG's 1986 Stax 4:08
The Complete Stax-Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 1993
Various Artists
Stax / Universal 3:31
The Definitive Soul Collection 1994 Rhino / Atlantic 4:10
Time Is Tight [1998] 1998 Stax 4:07
Pops In Jazz, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Stax Profiles 2006 Stax 4:11
The Very Best of Booker T. and the MG's [Stax] 2007 Fantasy / Stax 4:12