Stax Does The Beatles and Motown

February 2, 2008

02/01/2008

(PR) Stax Records will release Stax Does The Beatles and Stax Sings The Songs of Motown Records on February 26. Stax, of course, was best known for creating its own songs — classics like “(Sittin’ On The) Dock of the Bay,” “Knock On Wood” and “Respect Yourself.” But in the hands of a Stax artist, a Beatles or Motown song found a new Southern groove, often redefining what would seem improbable to improve upon.

“I was moved by the Beatles,” explained Booker T. Jones of Booker T & the MGs, quoted in Rob Bowman’s Soulsville USA. “I thought they were doing really great things. Their records didn’t sound alike ever.” And thus Booker T & the MGs recorded the Beatles covers album titled McLemore Avenue, containing such songs as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Michelle” and “Lady Madonna,” all included on Stax Does The Beatles. MGs guitarist Steve Cropper called The Beatles “a cool group of superhumans. Hats off to the Beatles and thanks for the music.”

The remainder of the announcement is here. I am so looking forward to these releases. I can hardly wait.

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