The Persuasions Sing the Beatles

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
It may be easy to get cynical toward a project like this, especially with so many Beatles cover albums floating around. But leave it to the Persuasions, a 40-year-old a cappella singing group, to make virtually every kind of Beatles song fit into their style. They turn "Come Together" into doo wop, "Oh! Darling" becomes a sweet soul ballad, even "Don't Let Me Down" becomes an impassioned R&B track. A few songs lose a little bit of steam from these renditions, especially "Love Me Do." But these aren't bad versions of these songs; they just take a different route from the original. What the album proves more than anything else is what incredible pop songs these are. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
It may be easy to get cynical toward a project like this, especially with so many Beatles cover albums floating around. But leave it to the Persuasions, a 40-year-old a cappella singing group, to make virtually every kind of Beatles song fit into their style. They turn "Come Together" into doo wop, "Oh! Darling" becomes a sweet soul ballad, even "Don't Let Me Down" becomes an impassioned R&B track. A few songs lose a little bit of steam from these renditions, especially "Love Me Do." But these aren't bad versions of these songs; they just take a different route from the original. What the album proves more than anything else is what incredible pop songs these are. For this to work at all is a miracle, let alone for it to be a solid, enjoyable album. Few bands have written material that translates to other genres as well as the Beatles, and in the hands of the wonderful Persuasions, these take on a whole new life of their own. Fans of a cappella soul, as well as fans of the band, should check this out. These are some unique and excellent readings of these classics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Chesky Records
  • UPC: 090368022028
  • Catalog Number: 220
  • Sales rank: 197,742

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Persuasions Primary Artist
Jerry Lawson Vocals
Ray Sanders Vocals
Jayotis Washington Vocals
Jim Hayes Vocals
Dave Revels Guest Appearance
Lloyd "Butch" Phillips Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer
David Chesky Producer, Executive Producer
Norman Chesky Executive Producer
Jerry Lawson Arranger, Producer
Hugh Martin Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Barry Wolifson Engineer
Rick Eckerle Engineer
Nicholas Prout Mastering
Ken Kessler Liner Notes
Dave Revels Contributor
Lloyd "Butch" Phillips Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A ''must have'' CD!

    The new CD, ''Persuasions Sing the Beatles'' is FABULOUS! The Persuasions' harmonizing voices and trend-setting style are memorable, unique and classy! Their voices are truly their instruments! Everytime I hear ''Octopus's Garden,'' I am amazed at how they are able to sing it totally a cappella...How do they do that? This CD is a hit! It's a wonderful surprise to hear the ''world's best'' vocal group perform the songs of the ''world's best'' pop group...It's a fantastic ''fab-four'' union! Whether you're a Persuasions fan, a Beatles fan, or a fan of both phenomenal groups, the ''Persuasions Sing the Beatles'' is a ''must have'' CD for all music lovers. Thank you, Persuasions for sharing your voices, your inspiration and creativity with the rest of us. The Beatles should be proud!...I know that this Persuasions fan is!...Keep on surprising us fellas!

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