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The Beatles Uke


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Solid Air Records
  • ASIN: B001FWPXYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Penny Lane
2. And I Love Her
3. Strawberry Fields Forever
4. Here Comes The Sun
5. Eleanor Rigby
6. Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite
7. Fool On The Hill
8. Yellow Submarine
9. Piggies
10. She's Leaving Home
11. Honey Pie
12. For You Blue
13. Yesterday
14. Blue Jay Way
15. Goodnight

Editorial Reviews

The musical genius behind the keyboards for The CARS , Greg Hawkes, blends multiple ukuleles and studio wizardry to create magical interpretations of Beatles classics! Perhaps the most original and freshest of all Beatles tributes ..ever!

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He captures the spirit and passion of the music.
Simcha Borenstein
I love that he chose some of my favorite tunes like Penny Lane but also some of my favorite obscure songs like Honey Pie from The White Album.
Richardson
A must for all die-hard Beatles fans and Uke fans!
Eric B Schweitzer

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TBop62 on November 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having only heard the uke being played by my father when I was a kid ("my dog has fleas"), the LAST thing I thought I'd ever hear is a complete album of Beatles songs played on one.

WOW - there are times when I'm listening to the new interpretations of these classic Lennon-McCartney songs and I literally cannot "place my ear" (and I forget!) which instrument is playing such magical chords.

Who knew that the ukulele was such a versatile little instrument and so enjoyable to hear playing songs other than "Little Grass Shack" and "Minnie the Mermaid?"

My favorites on "Beatles UKe"are "Penny Lane," "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yellow Submarine"....and this album has helped me appreciate some of the songs from The White Album that I never really got into....but with this whole new "take" on these tunes, they've been fun to hear with a whole new vibe.

This is a "must-buy" for any Beatles fan....great job Greg Hawkes....we loved you in The Cars and your newest project rocks!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I love the Beatles but hearing about a multi track ukelele approach...well it seemed like a Banjo Symphony or something annoying ...was I ever wrong! I heard a track on the "My Favorite Martin" CD ...Eleanor Rigby and was sold. Mr Hawkes uses different Ukes to play all the different parts of the arrangements and they are just the freshest take on the Fab Four I've ever heard! I love that he chose some of my favorite tunes like Penny Lane but also some of my favorite obscure songs like Honey Pie from The White Album. This will be an item I give as gifts this Holiday season and will enjoy playing forever!

By the way...Greg Hawkes was the Keyboard player on The Cars...my goodness is he multi talented!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William larkin lll on December 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
What a pleasant suprise this is. I never knew that ukes could sound so good. Greg Hawkws really nailed it with this one. The detail of sound on each song pays proper reverence to the music. If you are a Beatle fan this is a must have. [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gene R. Obrien on March 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Stop! I know what you are thinking. You want to know why you would want a cd of Beatles song played on the ukulele. Get it and learn why. This truly is a wonderful cd and it puts these songs in a fantastic new light. And 'light' is what this album is full of. The songs sound wonderful and if you have an image in your head of some guy in a Hawaiian shirt with a lei around his neck playing the uke, FORGET IT!!! Greg Hawkes has successfully put that image to rest and given the uke a new breath of life and it is wonderful!!

The same talented hands that gave life to songs like 'Drive' and 'Just What I Needed' now give life to the uke and a FANTASTIC album of Beatle instrumentals. I encourage you to listen to the sound samples and buy this album!! You won't be sorry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marleen Duren on November 12, 2009
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I had a bride that wanted uke music played at her wedding, even more specific...Beatles uke music. What I assumed was an impossible endeavor led me to this album by Greg Hawkes. My client was more than pleased and I am now a uke fan. This album is not full of Hawaiian style riffs and does not transport the listener to sand and surf, rather, the listener is challenged by the rich blend of England's most hummable anthems laid down (or resurrected) by Hawaii's most beloved instrument. My only regret is that the album was not available for download. I had to go "old school" on this deal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card Recipient on February 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I heard this music in a gift store during a snow storm, and it was the most warming, calming music, I lingered in the store way after I was done. This is so lovely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simcha Borenstein on November 25, 2009
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Greg Hawkes is a musical genius. I was always blown away by his work with The Cars and this is a further testament to his amazing musical talents.

More often than not, when people try to cover Beatle songs they fall short. Joe Cocker and the I Am Sam soundtrack have good examples of how Beatle covers can work, but usually when I hear people cover Beatle songs it leaves me a bit empty. On this album, Greg Hawkes not only captures all of the musical nuances (from brass and string arrangements to background hand claps) of the original recordings, he does something far greater. He captures the spirit and passion of the music. And he does it all on ukulele which gives it a genteel, peaceful and even somewhat meditative quality. It is like hearing the songs again for the first time. It is captivating and gorgeous. In lesser hands something like this may have come off as a gimmick. But in his it is a true masterpiece.

One of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Hyland on September 12, 2010
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A tour de force of Ukulele playing. Hawkes uses all different kinds of Ukuleles including a plastic one he sloshed water in to give an amazing effect to the sound. Genius.
My favorite tracks are She's Leaving Home and Blue Jay Way but the whole album is fun and beautiful Ukulele playing.
This is also a great album for kids.

Update: I've listed to this on and off over the past few years. Each time I love it and seem to discover some parts of it I missed before. I recommend playing it on an excellent stereo system (no excess bass, I have Magnepan ribbon speakers) but, incredibly, it also sounds great on small speakers. On my iMac (27 inch, 2nd version, aluminum with down facing speakers) it sounds great. I think this is due in part to the ukulele being a small instrument which is acoustically ideal for small speakers.

The cover photo and design is fine but don't judge it by the album art and photos elsewhere.
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