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I gave this one a chance before writing this review, but in the end what we have is faithful readings of Lennon and not much more. Now, Frisell did say that was his intent, to not change anything up and make the tunes unrecognizable or overtly jazzy. To that end Frisell is to be commended. There's not much worse than hearing a bunch of jazz reharmonizations of Beatles tunes. The problem then is, what do you do? In Frisell's case, the idea is that hearing these tunes come through the unmistakeable sound and approach of Bill Frisell (and this band) is enough. Unfortunately, it's not. The problem is not the band, since these guys have been playing together a long time and sound great as a unit. The problem is two-fold: (1) Hearing the melody of a tune stated over and over without any actual singing doesn't merit repeated listening. Actually, there's a name for music like that: Muzak, or Elevator Music if you prefer. Say what you will, but the very first tune here (Across the Universe) sets the tone, and by the third reading of the verse/chorus I was bored. You either do something, or you sing the tune, or you have Muzak. (2) Some of the selected tunes don't work. One of the obvious ones is "Mother". This is such a powerful Lennon performance that a trio reading of it is doomed from the start. There is nothing that can match Lennon's painful wailing at the end of Mother, and Frisell's take (unfortunately) trivializes it with the standard build, build, get louder, more fills - approach. This is one example, there's others.Read more ›
That was followed by a loose, amiable version of "Revolution"...made me think of the Grateful Dead's inclusion of the song in some of their later-period concerts. At this point I'm thinking "OK, it's some kind of Beatles tribute CD." As the song progresses, it ventures off into an almost jazzy western swing kind of vibe. Now I'm thinking "Who IS this?"
As a Beatles purist, in the overwhelming majority of instances, I feel that Beatles music is best left to The Beatles. There have been some admirable spins on the legacy here and there, but more often than not, a cover version of a Beatles song makes me want to pull out the original and have a listen.
You're then almost a minute and a half into the next track before the melody line of "Nowhere Man" reveals itself...the setup is somewhat like "Tomorrow Never Knows" from "Revolver" mixed with more of the pedal steel and a sort of cosmic cowpoke New Riders of the Purple Stage sort of rave-up. Once it kicks into the melody line, it remains a mix of genres, and around the three and a half minute mark, the musicians veer from the strict melody again into a nice improv. Now I'm really paying attention.Read more ›
On the drive home from Ypres, I listened to this CD for the first time. It was wonderful. I should explain that I come to this conclusion (and to the CD for that matter)out of a love of Beatles music and do not have a knowledge of the work of Bill Frisell.
The opening track was "Across The Universe". But as I was driving at the time, I could not read the album information. And so I immediately found myself playing an entertaining game of that "Name That Tune". I was trying to guess which song Bill was playing from the opening bars before the main melody started (sometimes this proved trickier than you might imagine).
The magic of "Across the Universe" came to life in an instant because in addition to the beautiful arrangement and performances, it perfectly captured my mood at that moment. It was understated but hugely enjoyable and brought back memories of the time when I first heard the "Let It Be" album. No need for words as they came flooding back into my mind at once.
And so the album progresses. There are uplifting numbers ("Revolution", "Please Please Me", "Number 9 Dream"). There are reflective numbers ("In My Life", "Hold On", "Beautiful Boy"). And there is pure Lennon ("Mother", "Imagine", "Woman"). All are wonderfully recorded. And for me, at least, they brought back many thoughts and memories/emotions that I would have considered to have been lost had I not listened to this CD.
Perhaps that's where the magic of this recording lies. It's an excellent selection of John Lennon's work.Read more ›
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I love Bill Frisell and he has done lots of great stuff. This is an album of John Lennon covers played in Bill Frisells quiet laid back style. Read morePublished 5 months ago by stephen keast
Too safe, too reverential a treatment of these songs. On YouTube you can find Frisell and friends playing much more interesting (live) versions of these same songs. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bartholome
Bill Frisell is good to see in concert, good to hear his original music, and not surprising he is good to hear cover one of the greatest of all time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mike77346782
If you're looking for John Lennon tunes with a jazz, country, folk variation, this is the one for you. I love the innovations.Published 14 months ago by Kenneth Boyd
If you are familiar with Bill Frisell's voice on the guitar and his approach to improvisation you would appreciate his lyrical interpretation of the songs chosen for this project. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Donald C. Muller
Maybe my expectations were too high. I have many Frisell recordings and Lennon as well and greatly enjoy their music. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Patrick Fagan