Hearing old favourite songs redone in a totally different manner from the original can be a challenge. It’s especially true when vocal songs that are basically embedded in your DNA are turned into instrumentals. So fans of the Beatles should approach this new compilation of jazz treatments of the Fab Four’s tunes with an open mind and fresh ears, because there are some magnificent performances here. Starting right off with Chick Corea and Gary Burton’s take on Eleanor Rigby. The two master musicians are totally in sync as they turn the tune into a driving, meditative work.
Special programme celebrating the classic chart-topping songs of the most successful band in history, counting down the results of an exclusive poll.
Special programme celebrating the classic chart-topping songs of the most successful band in history, counting down the results of an exclusive poll. Which of the Fab Four's 27 chart-toppers from the UK and the US has been voted the nation's favourite Beatles number one? From She Loves You to Hey Jude, Day Tripper to The Ballad of John and Yoko, and I Want to Hold Your Hand to Let It Be, the programme tells the stories behind some of the band's most enduring hits, which were all written within an eight-year period in the 1960s. The programme hears stories from those who knew the band best, as well as praise from famous fans across the generations - including model Twiggy, ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus, singer Sandie Shaw, contemporary singer-songwriters Jake Bugg, George Ezra and Corinne Bailey Rae, musical mastermind Jools Holland, and Manfred Mann's Paul Jones.
Released in early 2007 as part of Universal's extensive and cheaply packaged Number 1's series, this disc compiles 20 number one R&B singles from the Temptations.