Track of the Day: 'Abbey Road Medley' by Booker T. & the M.G.s

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader sends a great one for the weekend:

It’s not too far fetched to claim that The Beatles are the most covered band of all time. “I Am the Walrus” alone has been covered over 30 times! But to my knowledge, there was only one time where an album was covered in its entirely. (I do not count Danger Mouse’s Grey Album—that’s a mash-up, a different animal.) After hearing Abbey Road, Booker T. was so blown away, he felt that he had to come up with a response; McLemore Avenue takes the entire Abby Road album and not only recombines the songs in surprising ways, it turns them into soulful, bluesy, R&B jams. I’ve chosen the final album cut, a stellar instrumental re-magining of The Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window/I Want You (She’s So Heavy).

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