In My Life
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There used to be a section in every record store labeled "Personalities." It was where often painful renderings of contemporary pop hits by the likes of Sebastian Cabot and Mae West could be found biding their time until Rhino Records' Golden Throats series could gleefully discover them. In My Life is a Personality Record with two crucial distinctions: a surprisingly low pain threshold and Sir George Martin. Deciding to make a farewell album on his own terms, the gentlemanly former Beatles producer gathered an eclectic crowd of "heroes and friends" (Jeff Beck, Jim Carrey, Phil Collins, Sean Connery, Billy Connolly, Celine Dion, Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Mae, Bobby McFerrin, Robin Williams, and John Williams) to cover a selection of Fab Four tunes.
There are surprising revelations throughout. Carrey displays a vocal prowess as elastic as his face--and a good deal more refined--on "I Am the Walrus". Instrumental showcases include Beck's subtle tonal explorations of "A Day in the Life," and Vanessa Mae and John Williams milking the latent classicism from "Because" and "Here Comes the Sun," respectively. And then there's the overly competent MOR ("Here, There and Everywhere" by Dion, Collins's "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," and "The End"), and one big disappointment (McFerrin and Williams's "Come Together" succumbs to the latter's incessant vocal mugging). This recording recalls Martin's early larks with Peter Sellers and the Goons one moment (Hawn's breathy nightclub lark on "A Hard Day's Night," Connolly's ringmaster turn on "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"), and reveals his own sentimental heart the next (Connery's restrained reading of "In My Life," Martin's own compositions, "Friends and Lovers" and "Pepperland Suite"). An odd, yet decidedly dignified final memento from the man who earned a Knighthood being the "Fifth Beatle." --Jerry McCulley
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For those, I say,"get some, lay back and have a sip of the red, have a smoke, then listen to it."
There is no one trying to rip you off here folks, it's not the Beatles, but it is tastefully and tactfully done. I think it's fair to say that it is respectfully done with talented people, by a talented producer with light aire in mind.
So what was Sir George supposed to do after the Beatles, sit back and do nothing? I guess maybe Beethoven should have sat on his ass after 4 pieces or so, so's not to damage the first efforts?
This just sounds like a group of friends having some fun really. I could picture Ringo, George, John, and Paul sitting around with everyone on this cd, joints or not, just having fun doing some great music a bit more justice. Don't worry, they aren't taking the show on tour or anything.
Relax folks, relax.
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took a long time to ship - possibly problems at Canada-US border?
But worth the wait.
ジム・キャリーの引きつるような声での「I am the Walrus」、スターウォーズでもお馴染みのジョン・ウィリアムスによる「Here Comes the Sun」、極めつけはショーン・コネリーによる「In My Life」。あの独特のややイギリス風の訛りが入った声が耳元でささやくように朗読すると、ビートルズの歌詞は文芸作品としても逸品だったことが分かる。