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Rubber Soul Jazz

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Booker T. & the MG's' LP dedicated to covers of much of the material on a specific Beatles album (1970's McLemore Avenue, which focused on songs from Abbey Road) was the first such project to get widespread critical attention. It's sometimes forgotten, however, that it wasn't the first effort of its sort. About four years before, a bunch of top Los Angeles session musicians got together under the name the Music Company to knock off a jazz version, track for track, of the Beatles' Rubber Soul LP. Yes, it was undoubtedly an exploitative project; the group was a temporary studio-only concoction, and the album was done to capitalize on the Beatles' success while Rubber Soul was hot. As such exploitation projects go, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Booker T. & the MG's' LP dedicated to covers of much of the material on a specific Beatles album (1970's McLemore Avenue, which focused on songs from Abbey Road) was the first such project to get widespread critical attention. It's sometimes forgotten, however, that it wasn't the first effort of its sort. About four years before, a bunch of top Los Angeles session musicians got together under the name the Music Company to knock off a jazz version, track for track, of the Beatles' Rubber Soul LP. Yes, it was undoubtedly an exploitative project; the group was a temporary studio-only concoction, and the album was done to capitalize on the Beatles' success while Rubber Soul was hot. As such exploitation projects go, however, this has got to be one of the better ones, and it is certainly leagues above the likes of the Hollyridge Strings albums. For one thing, the players, though most famous primarily for their work on Hollywood pop
ock sessions, are very good, including Hal Blaine on drums, Tommy Tedesco and James Burton on guitars, and Don Randi on piano. More importantly, these really are pretty good straight jazz arrangements with a bit of pop and some playful liveliness, as well as some Latin rhythmic influences here and there. It helps, of course, that the songs are so good, but as great as the Beatles' tunes were, it wasn't true that no one could ruin them; just listen to those Hollyridge Strings albums, for example. The Music Company, on the other hand, treat the material with respect, and at the same time aren't afraid to put their own stamp on the songs. The bossa nova and flamenco-tinged arrangement of "In My Life" might be the highlight, but really, it's surprisingly enjoyable all the way through, even if it might be no substitute for the Beatles (and probably won't find immense favor with serious jazzheads, either). Note, incidentally, that this follows the track listing of the original 1965 U.S. version of the Rubber Soul
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667518222
  • Catalog Number: 182
  • Sales rank: 170,588

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2:05)
  2. 2 I've Just Seen a Face (2:10)
  3. 3 You Won't See Me (1:50)
  4. 4 Think for Yourself (2:28)
  5. 5 The Word (2:27)
  6. 6 Michelle (2:43)
  7. 7 It's Only Love (1:58)
  8. 8 Girl (2:28)
  9. 9 I"M Looking Through You (1:59)
  10. 10 In My Life (2:35)
  11. 11 Wait (1:51)
  12. 12 Run for Your Life (2:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Music Company Primary Artist
Don Randi Piano
James Burton Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Gary Coleman Percussion, Vibes
Hal Gordon Conga
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Technical Credits
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Don Randi Arranger
David Hassinger Engineer
Marshall Lieb Producer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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