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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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True fans of the Beatles may be amused by a different take on some of their favorite hits, as well as by a view into the mind of the man who helped establish the greatest band of all time. On the other hand, they may just want their money back.
My suggestion -- listen to previews of the songs somewhere (Apple's ITunes store has 30 second previews of every song) and then decide for yourself. But I'd definitely toe-tag this one with a buyer beware warning label. Know what you're getting BEFORE you spend the money.
First of all, the general praise. The concept is George Martin giving his last hoorah proxy a compilation and revisiting of his collaborations with The Beatles. Okay; a safe enough prospect. Years ago, I would have thrown a fit at the mere suggestion that any Beatles songs may ever be changed in any way, shape or form. Now, I am a little older and wiser, and see the value in this. This album is not saying "Here is how it should be." This album says, "Let's get a bunch of people together to have some fun with a recording of some good songs." In My Life accomplishes this.
Now, the specifics:
1. Come Together: The main difference (aside from Robin's showy interpretation of the vocals) is that the bandmates here decided to rock this song out quite a bit more than the original. Deny it all you like, but the original song is really quite bare. The majority of the noise is the bass, drums and John singing. In this rendition, more instruments play, and the instruments are cleaner and louder -- and they have more people singing, which seems somehow appropriate. I have no complaints.
2. A Hard Day's Night: This took me a few listens to adjust, but it is fun, at the least. This song really showcases the attitude of the album, that of a group of adults enjoying their childhoods. Not my favorite, but still quite well-done.
3. A Day in the Life: This will sound strange, but my main complaint here is the lack of anything new. More or less, Jeff Beck plays the melody from the original while a new orchestra plays the old music from years ago. The music from way back when was (and is) fantastic, but faithful reproductions are not the aim of this album.Read more ›
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Mixed bag. Some gems and some interesting interpretations.Published 10 months ago by Garrett O' Dowd
I got it for Sean Connery essentially talking one song, In My Life, which we played at our wedding, not his version, and, boy, does it totally make this album worth it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chris bct
Without George Martin producing, the Beatles would have been just as mediocre-sounding as any other British Invasion band. Read morePublished 18 months ago by NOCTULE
lovely and quirky. Who knew that Robin Williams could sing like that??Published 20 months ago by Alana
I have been a fan of the Beatles since a child. I was born in 1961 as they were coming to be famous. I first found this CD by watching the making of it on YouTube. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Deborah M Carlson
I am glad I got this CD. The seller was quick and efficient and the cd is very good quality and a great price. I would buy from this seller again.Published 23 months ago by Bernadette Leeth