Here, There and Everywhere: The Songs of the Beatles

Here, There and Everywhere: The Songs of the Beatles

     
 

The Fab Four not only created classic songs, they forever changed how music could sound -- challenging us to listen to the raw yet sophisticated tones of the string quartet in "Eleanor Rigby," introducing our Western ears to the exotic twang of the Indian sitar, and throwing us off guard with quirky sound effects in "The Yellow Submarine." Now Windham Hill hasSee more details below

Overview

The Fab Four not only created classic songs, they forever changed how music could sound -- challenging us to listen to the raw yet sophisticated tones of the string quartet in "Eleanor Rigby," introducing our Western ears to the exotic twang of the Indian sitar, and throwing us off guard with quirky sound effects in "The Yellow Submarine." Now Windham Hill has applied their special magic to favorite Beatles tunes, showcasing such inventive instrumentalists as pianist George Winston. Guitarist Snuffy Smith lays down a sweet version of "You Won't See Me," while Tuck and Patti cover "I Will" and Sean Harkness sings "Blackbird," the album's only vocal cuts. Wayne Johnson applies his Spanish guitar style to the dramatic "Eleanor Rigby," George Winston goes retro with a stride piano version of "Martha My Dear," and the classical ensemble Angels of Venice weave an Indian paisley spell over "Within You Without You." Other highlights of this enchanting 13-track tribute album feature pianist Liz Story, Celtic harpist Lisa Lynne, and guitarist Michael Hedges.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Windham Hill never has embraced the full-on pop that was the Beatles' stock-in-trade, but then the Beatles are universal -- any musician, regardless of genre, has heard at least some of their music and most know it very well. So it should come as no surprise that every musician, from classical to heavy metal, has had the temptation to offer their own interpretation of classic Beatles songs, and Windham Hill's Here, There & Everywhere: Songs of the Beatles is simply another in a long line of Beatles covers. For dyed-in-the-wool Fab Four fans, it may be among the most frustrating, since pop fans are often not New Age fans. And it is true that some of the cuts on the tribute simply float away into the ether, relying entirely too much on texture. Similarly, others sound a little off -- strangely, George Winston's "Martha My Dear" sounds too crisp for this setting -- but most fall into a middle ground, where a familiar melody is reworked into languid, atmospheric instrumental numbers (with the exception, of course, of Tuck & Patti's "I Will" and Sean Harkness' "Blackbird," which add soulful vocals to a new acoustic template). Naturally, this will not win over any doubters, especially pop fans that will just assume that these are mangled versions of old favorites, but fans of Windham Hill will likely to find this an entertaining diversion, even if it is a little uneven.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0019341125129
catalogNumber:
11251

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Hedges   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Michael Manring   Fretless Bass Guitar
Liz Story   Piano,Track Performer
Tuck Andress   Electric Guitar
Tuck & Patti   Track Performer
John Bergamo   Tabla
Wayne Johnson   Track Performer
Patti Cathcart   Vocals
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Peter Kent   Violin
Randy Kerber   Piano
David Low   Cello
Jim McGrath   Percussion
Maria Newman   Viola
Dean Parks   Guitar
Tracy Silverman   Flute,Violin,Keyboards,Track Performer,6-String Viola
Evan Wilson   Violin
George Winston   Track Performer
Angels of Venice   Track Performer
George Tortorelli   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Recorder,Tamboura,Bamboo Flute
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Guitar,Track Performer
Doyle Dykes   Track Performer
Sean Harkness   Acoustic Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Track Performer
Carol Tatum   Keyboards,Hammered Dulcimer,Synthesizer Bass
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Laura Halladay   Flute
Erich Kory   Cello
Lisa Lynne   Mandolin,Harp,Bandora,Track Performer,celtic harp
Christopher Pellani   Udu
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Réal Léviellé   Piano
Gilberto "Gil" Morales   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Hedges   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Brian Keane   Arranger,Engineer
Tuck Andress   Engineer
Wayne Johnson   Contributor
Tom Carr   Mastering
Patti Cathcart   Arranger,Producer
Howard Johnston   Engineer
Avi Kipper   Engineer
Bennett Salvay   String Arrangements
Tracy Silverman   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
George Winston   Arranger
Steven Miller   Engineer
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Producer
Doyle Dykes   Engineer
Sean Harkness   Arranger
Carol Tatum   Producer
Florian Ammon   Engineer
Tim Jacquette   Engineer
Love Tribe   Arranger,Producer
George Nardo   Engineer
Lisa Lynne   Arranger,Producer
Justin Lieberman   Engineer
Gilberto "Gil" Morales   Engineer
Lane Gibson   Engineer
Charles Eller   Engineer

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