- Audio CD (August 28, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: El Records
- ASIN: B000GJ289G
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,379 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Beatle Hits Flamenco Guitar Style
UK CD reissue of this 1964 album of instrumental Beatles covers by the legendary guitarist. Sonny Curtis is an absolute Rock legend to music aficionados, having briefly been a member of Buddy Holly's Crickets. He is best remembered for writing the unforgettable Rock anthem 'I Fought The Law', which was turned into a smash hit by the Bobby Fuller Four and, later, The Clash. The 12 tracks on this wonderful, yet atypical Sonny Curtis album include 'And I Love Her', 'She Loves You', 'Things We Said Today' and more. El. 2009.
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Impressive credentials. And yet, except for a CD version of his first album, there is NOT ONE CD containing his other early efforts never mind his own charted singles and their B-sides. Oh, his talents as a songwriter are well represented in any number of CDs by a range of artists that span all genres, and just to give you some idea of the importance of that aspect of his work here are a few of his most memorable tunes: Rock Around With Ollie Vee - the now-classic Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes 1957 recording that backed his first version of That`ll Be The Day; Someday - # 12 Country in 1957 for Webb Pierce; A Fool Never Learns - # 4 Adult Contemporary (AC)/# 13 Pop for Andy Williams in 1964; I Fought The Law - # 9 Pop in 1966 for The Bobby Fuller Four and # 15 Country in 1978 for Hank Williams, Jr.; I'm No Stranger To The Rain - 1989 # 1 Country for Keith Whitley; Love All Around which became the theme for The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970; More Than I Can Say - 1980 # 2 Pop for Leo Sayer (after being a # 61 in 1961 for Bobby Vee); The Straight Life - # 36 Pop/# 37 Country in 1968 for Bobby Goldsboro; and Walk Right Back - # 7 Pop in 1961 for The Everly Brothers and # 4 Country/# 15 AC in 1978 for Anne Murray.
As for this 2006 import release which reissues his controversial 1964 album (Imperial LP-9276/LP-12276), many of the more supercilious types condemned it then - and still do now - as nothing more than one in a long list of Beatles "exploitation albums." However, that flamenco purist reviewer aside, he does show amazing guitar dexterity in his delivery of 11 of their tunes with suitably soft Latin-flavored backing (one side, Ballad For A Beatle, is one of his own compositions). Not for everyone's taste, admittedly, but worth a listen if you simply enjoy well-played guitar.
Now, how about a proper CD anthology of his other efforts, including his 13 charted singles (most of which he wrote) and their B-sides (see a listing in the Comments below).