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Beatle Country
Charles River
Beatle Country
Genres: Country, Pop
 
The overwhelming success of the Fab Four spawned a host of instrumental and tribute albums during the '60s (a phenomenon that continues into today), but very, very few few measured up to this 1966 LP from Cambridge, Massac...  more »

      
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All Artists: Charles River
Title: Beatle Country
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Select
Release Date: 3/21/1995
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Classic Country
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661554122, 011661554146, 001166155412

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The overwhelming success of the Fab Four spawned a host of instrumental and tribute albums during the '60s (a phenomenon that continues into today), but very, very few few measured up to this 1966 LP from Cambridge, Massachusetts-based bluegrass band the Charles River Valley Boys. Longtime friends of Paul Rothchild, who coproduced the album with fellow Elektra stalwart Peter Siegel, Bob Siggins (who is quoted in the notes), Jim Field, Joe Val and Everett A. Lily didn't just pick the obvious Beatle candidates for country-ization, like I've Just Seen a Face and What Goes On, but also went far a field for tunes like Norwegian Wood and Paperback Writer, seamlessly laying bluegrass harmonies atop arrangements that picked and grinned their way through the famous chord changes. CD debut for a great album, a Collectors' Choice Music exclusive!

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A rock&roll classic that belongs in every country collection
Peter Durward Harris | 03/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As an old fan of the CRVB and a good friend of the guy who helped arrange this album when it first came out about 30 years ago, I am a heavily biased observer. But as one who lived through the 60's after college and grew up with the Beatles, but who's greater love is for bluegrass music, I can say without hesitation that this is one of my all time favorite albums. I am delighted to see that it has been re-released as a CD. It should definitely be a part of every country music lover's personal collection. It's a classic blend of two great polyphonic styles of 20th Century music."
The first bluegrass Beatles tribute
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 10/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Apparently, the CRVB recorded several albums, although this is the only one I've come across. It is a brilliant collection of Beatles covers originally recorded in 1966. They didn't just go for the obvious songs - this must be one of the few Beatles tributes not to include Yesterday.Some of the songs are very famous, like I feel fine, Help! and Ticket to ride. Less well known are Baby's in black, And your bird can sing and What goes on. I was pleased to see the rarely-covered Paperback writer included, though perhaps my favorite here is Yellow submarine - they insist on singing it as Yeller submarine, but do it very well, including bubbling sounds.In 1966, when this album was recorded, the line-up included Joe Val, a mandolist and singer well known in bluegrass circles, and Jim Field, former lead singer of the New Lost City Ramblers. The other members were Bob Siggins and Everett A Lilly. Three guest musicians were brought in for the recording - Buddy Spicher, Craig Wingfield and Eric Thompson.This is a wonderful, if slightly unusual, album, but if you enjoy bluegrass music, it's well worth a listen."