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Genres: Pop, Rock, Classical
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Mike E. from MILWAUKEE, WI
Reviewed on 5/2/2007...
Great background music for work, dinner parties or relaxation.
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 07/15/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Newton Wayland's "Beatles Greatest Hits" is weak for two reasons. First, the recording quality is mediocre. Many tracks sound like a bootlegged audience recording. The kit drummer often doesn't seem to be microphoned at all, rather the drums leak into the other musician's mics. Second, while a symphonic version of Beatles music is a great concept, it's simply not done well here. Many arrangements are stuck between having the dignity of a symphony orchestra and the attitude of instrumental rock. Most of this issue could have been resolved by sending the drummer out for a cup of coffee while the tape was rolling. If you enjoy pop music, you may enjoy this schizophrenic aspect. The few tracks that actually show-off the talent of a trained musician, like 'Something' are barely recognizable. It seems that Waylan's arrangements are either note for note to the original or so far out that the melody is unrecognizable. The song choice is good and the sound effects (the Sgt. Pepper's audience, the Yellow Submarine banter) are effective. At the time of review, this disc was out-of-print and for good reason. While some tunes work well, it is ultimately a shame to waste one's ears on this disc with so many great Beatles tributes."
Well arranged version of well known hits
Kevin P. Costello | Atlanta, GA | 11/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD consists of a "pops" orchestra (~2/3 of the tracks) and pianist (the remainder) playing songs made famous by the beatles. The orchestrated versions are done in a brass and wind-heavy style (I was reminded of a pep band, but much more professional sounding!), and basically stay true to the original songs. They are quite good, and I particularly liked the very energetic "Live and Let Die". The piano pieces, while still based of the Beatles songs, disguise them inside a light, classical sounding piano part. This has mixed success, as sometimes the original songs are basically unrecognizable!Overall a very nice CD, especially at the price."