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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Recording predominantly instrumental soul-jazz Beatles' covers isn't a unique concept; both George Benson and Booker T. & the MG's attempted a similar concept to varying degrees of success in the early '70s. But Soulive strips the sound down to a three-piece organ combo and swings its way through 11 Beatles tunes, including rockers such as "Help" and "Day Tripper," jazzing them up without losing the hummable melodies that makes this timeless music still resonate. Despite the album's title that wittily takes the Soulive moniker and combines it with the Beatles iconic recording, there are only two tunes from Rubber Soul. Regardless, this is a frisky reimagining of Fab ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Recording predominantly instrumental soul-jazz Beatles' covers isn't a unique concept; both George Benson and Booker T. & the MG's attempted a similar concept to varying degrees of success in the early '70s. But Soulive strips the sound down to a three-piece organ combo and swings its way through 11 Beatles tunes, including rockers such as "Help" and "Day Tripper," jazzing them up without losing the hummable melodies that makes this timeless music still resonate. Despite the album's title that wittily takes the Soulive moniker and combines it with the Beatles iconic recording, there are only two tunes from Rubber Soul. Regardless, this is a frisky reimagining of Fab Four's gems that stays true to its source yet adapts the music to Soulive's distinctive soul-jazz groove. At first glance, the set list seems somewhat unlikely for interpretations in this style. Surely "Revolution" and "I Want You She's so Heavy" don't look like obvious candidates for a Memphis-styled R&B makeover. But Soulive uses its basic organ-guitar-drum setup with few overdubs to effortlessly soar through these tunes without a hint of pretension. Guitarist Eric Krasno handles most of the "vocal" parts, walking a fine line between rock and jazz, especially on the riff-heavy "Day Tripper," without slipping into either. Organist Neal Evans provides muscular yet nimble support, often taking the place of what were the background vocals of the originals. The solos are generally kept short, sharp, and tight, unlike other jazz covers that use a song's melody as a jumping-off place for lengthy improvisation that often strays too far from the tunefulness of the source material. Rather, the trio keeps the Beatles' songwriting abilities foremost in the presentation, although when they do wander off the page on short jams -- as in "Taxman" -- but it's never for long. Like the Liverpool lads who intuitively meshed together, Soulive's members interlock to yield results greater than the sum of its parts on this successful tribute that combines the Beatles sense of excitement, imagination. and musical exploration with a funky, down-home R&B/jazz groove.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Royal Family Records
  • UPC: 687480100323
  • Catalog Number: 1003
  • Sales rank: 55,252

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drive My Car (3:30)
  2. 2 Taxman (3:13)
  3. 3 In My Life (2:37)
  4. 4 Eleanor Rigby (4:19)
  5. 5 I Want You (She's So Heavy) (5:00)
  6. 6 Come Together (4:15)
  7. 7 Something (3:11)
  8. 8 Revolution (3:35)
  9. 9 Help! (3:07)
  10. 10 Day Tripper (3:05)
  11. 11 While My Guitar Gently Weeps (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Soulive Primary Artist
Neal Evans Piano, Hammond Organ, Group Member
Alan Evans Drums, Group Member
Eric Krasno Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Paul Gold Mastering
Alan Evans Engineer
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