Soul Tribute to The Beatles

Soul Tribute to The Beatles

(Vanguard)

First Appeared at The Music Box, October 2003, Volume 10, #10

Written by John Metzger

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Is there anyone whose life has not been touched by The Beatles? Probably not. The bandís music has been reinterpreted more often than any other group in history. Not surprisingly, some renditions have been sterling while others have been absolutely dreadful. In resurrecting 12 R&B-tinged tracks recorded by luminaries such as Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Fats Domino, Soul Tribute to The Beatles falls on the positive side of the line that separates the good from the bad. Thatís not to say that there arenít a few duds: The Four Topsí Michelle, Natalie Coleís Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and Esther Phillipsí And I Love Him all fall flat, though to be fair, none are unlistenable, and at least Cole didnít do a duet with the ghost of John Lennon. For the most part, all of the artists make the songs their own, bringing out the soulfulness inherent in some of the tunes (Wilson Pickettís Hey Jude and Aretha Franklinís Let It Be) and completely reinventing others (Al Greenís I Want to Hold Your Hand and Otis Reddingís Day Tripper). All in all, itís a nifty set that does include a few classic performances. starstarstar

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Ratings

1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!

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