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MUSIC REVIEW: A SOUL TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

Written By: Ivy Greenwall

2009-08-07

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As the time nears for the impending Beatles Rock Band and their vast collection of songs to arrive on the shelves in video game format, a great many of us are excited to play an instrument representing one of our favourite of the Fab Four and get to be caught up in the Beatlemania firsthand. Here is a collection of others who have tread the waters early on in the game and have been put into a collection that shakes up the notion of sub par versions of songs only appear on tribute albums. "Soul Tribute To The Beatles" is an excellent compilation featuring some of their musical contemporaries breathing unexpected new life into some old favourites.


Artists featured here are well known musicians in their own right and are no slouches when it came to making music history themselves. The compilation kicks off with Wilson Pickett's soulful rendition of "Hey Jude." From that moment on, this album continues to astonish. Aretha Franklin's version of "Let It Be" gains a gospel touch that works so incredibly well that she makes it her own complete with gospel choir backing. Otis Redding's take on "Day Tripper" contains a groovy organ and brassy horns that makes you really want you to get up and strut your stuff. Ike & Tina Turner bring a funky grit to an already funky Beatles tune with their version of the classic "Come Together." Tina's husky vocals weaves powerfully and effortlessly around Ike's strong bass.

Another standout track is Ester Phillips version of "And I Love Him" (title changed to obviously suit the gender singing) is so sultry and sexy as she purrs out this testament of love. "Can't Buy Me Love" performed by the quintessential girl group, the Supremes, seems like the song was tailor made for them. There is only one real turkey in the mix with Natalie Cole's live version of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" but that is hardly anything to grumble about considering when most cover versions of songs don't measure up to the original.

This compilation was released in 2003 but anyone with a love of digging around for a used copy on disc will cherish the gem. Or check for individual tracks on i-Tunes. It is well worth the treasure hunt and your reward is a collection of kick-ass tunes.

TRACK LIST:

Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude
Fats Domino - Lady Madonna
Marvin Gaye - Yesterday
Aretha Franklin - Let It Be
Ike & Tina Turner - Come Together
Otis Redding - Day Tripper
Esther Phillips - And I Love Him
Al Green - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Supremes - Can't Buy Me Love
The Four Tops - Michelle
Earth, Wind, & Fire - Got To Get You Into My Life
Natalie Cole - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

About The Author:  Ivy Greenwall was literally born in Hollywood on the famous Sunset Strip. He has worked in the music industry for over 15 years. In his travels he has met everyone from Ray Manzarek, Motorhead's Lemmy, crooner Morrissey, and the infamous Ozzy Osbourne.  Almost every notable musician in the past couple of decades has crossed his path, although humbly he would be the last person to tell you this fact.