Lost Songs: Songs the Beatles Wrote But Never Recorded
Lost Songs: Songs the Beatles Wrote But Never Recorded contains rare gems written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, but never recorded by the Beatles. Mastered by Nick Webb, who engineered for the Beatles, at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, Lost Songs features a remarkable cast of musicians who recreated the incredible sounds of the Beatles circa 1962-1968, right down to utilizing vintage guitars ABD amplifiers. Musicians featured: Vinny Fazzari, Gus Gunsere, Jan Van de Mel, John Hayes, Truce Mitchell, Rory Campbell, Nicole Da Luz, Jeff Hollie, Micky Lluellyn and Siemen Terpstra. Track list includes: "I'll Keep You Satisfied," "Bad to Me," "Tip of My Tongue," "Cat Call," "Nobody I Know," "That Means a Lot," "From a Window," "World Without Love," "I'm in Love," "I Don't Want to See You Again" and "One And One"
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Less impressive are by-the-numbers arrangements featuring vocals from Starship's Mickey Thomas, Santana's Alex Ligertwood, Toto's Bobby Kimball, Pablo Cruise's David Jenkins, Ambrosia's David Pack, the Tubes' Fee Waybill, and others. Soft rock from Air Supply and the Little River Band are not the band's best moments. The cavalcade of Beatle-era knock-offs is represented by the Buggs, competent musicians who sound like they were plucked from a music hall, rather than a rock club, for this cash-in. Elton Jonh, not to be confused with Sir Elton, covers Badfinger's "Come and Get It," and Jackie Lomax sings "Sour Milk Sea," both written by Beatles but not generally associated with the band.
The collection's most rocking moments come in former teen-idol Leif Garrett's stomping version of "Birthday," Sweet's Cheap Trick-like cover of "Ticket to Ride," and Molly Hatchet's take on "Back in the USSR." All three, like many of the other recent recordings are borrowed from Abbey Road: Tribute to the Beatles on Goldenlane's sister label, Cleopatra. None of these new versions are revelatory, and with so many truly great Beatles covers on the market, there's little to recommend this collection in place of picking up the few selected tracks such as those from Affinity, Denny Laine and perhaps a couple others. Better yet, pick up the recent Beatles catalog reissues. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
If you're looking for the originals, then by all means seek them out and play them to your heart's content. But if you'd prefer a truly innovative and loving interpretation of forgotten Beatle tunes, then give this a spin. Fazzari, you're great!