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At long last, Beatles music covered tastefully!,
This review is from: Imagine (Audio CD)
I always felt that if an artist is going to cover another artist's music they should either improve on the original or do it differently but tastefully. Rarely have I heard Beatle songs that accomplished that. Among the few Beatle covers I do think accomplished that are Judy Collins 'In My Life', Joe Cocker's 'With a Little Help From My Friends',Ray Charles' 'Yesterday' and a couple of the tracks on George Martin's recent release 'In My Life'. Unfortunatly most of the cuts are silly and an embarrassment to Mr Martin but I have to think that he was induldging his friends on many of the tracks letting non singers e.g,Goldie Hawn, Robin Williams, Jim Carey, sing. Outstanding are two instumentals with guitarist John Williams covering 'Here Comes the Sun' and violinist Vanessa Mae with as probably as beautiful a version of 'Because' as the original. Three or four other tracks are fair with the rest for the garbage heap. One more cover comes to mind, Linda Ronstadt's 'Goodnight', from her album of lullabies. As for Ms. Harnoy's 'Imagine', it is nearly flawless. It captures that Beatle sound of the middle part of their recording career together when they created the haunting,lonely, eerie sound most exemplified by 'Eleanor Rigby', 'In My Life', and 'Nowhere Man'. She infuses that feeling into the whole album with her instrument the cello which is perfectly suited for the task. My only complaint would be some of the song selections but that is a matter of personal taste. I'd love to hear her play 'If I Fell' and a few others but I think she covered a great portion of songs that adapt well to the cello. I'm sure in years to come other great classical virtuoso's will be following in her footsteps in covering this remarkable catalogue of music.