Abbey Dub: Reggae Beatles Tribute

Abbey Dub: Reggae Beatles Tribute

by Yellow Dubmarine Yellow Dubmarine

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Overview

This whole concept began with the Easy Star All-Stars, who had a surprise hit back in 2003 with a reggae version of Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon, rendered as Dub Side of the Moon. That album's success led inevitably to follow-up projects re-creating albums by Radiohead and the Beatles. Jumping onto the same train now is a young band called Yellow Dubmarine, who have recast the Beatles' iconic Abbey Road album as Abbey Dub. The results aren't bad at all, but at times they sound a bit forced. The dark psychedelia of "Come Together" is a good match for the slow and bass-heavy rockers treatment it gets here, and the reggae settings work particularly seamlessly on "You Never Give Me Your Money" and a very fine and sweetly melancholy one-drop version of "Sun King." Elsewhere the results are a bit more questionable. "Here Comes the Sun," one of the best pop songs ever written, stoutly resists being recast as a reggae tune, and the band essentially gives up, tacking on some offbeat guitar accents but otherwise delivering a straight rendition of the original, only with less compelling vocals. Their version of "Because" tries for a sort of nyahbinghi stateliness, but only succeeds at sounding rather tired. The album's best moments come near the end, with excellent settings of "Golden Slumbers" and, especially, "Carry That Weight." The latter evokes the glory days of the sufferer's anthem, and thus truly manages to raise the possibility of a mystical connection between the Beatles and early-'70s Jamaica.


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Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Mri Associated
UPC: 0020286160359
catalogNumber: 160359
Rank: 227597

Tracks

  1. Come Together
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  4. Oh! Darling
  5. Octopus's Garden
  6. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  7. Here Comes the Sun
  8. Because
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Sun King
  11. Mean Mr. Mustard
  12. Polythene Pam
  13. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
  14. Golden Slumbers
  15. Carry That Weight
  16. The End
  17. Her Majesty

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yellow Dubmarine   Primary Artist
Joe Keyes   Choir, Chorus
Dave Markowitz   Choir, Chorus
Marc Shapiro   Choir, Chorus
Dave Shaughnessy   Choir, Chorus
George Jamison   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Hunter   Choir, Chorus
John Wood   Choir, Chorus
Robbie Cooper   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Hunter   Choir, Chorus
Caleb Stine   Choir, Chorus
Kenny Liner   Percussion,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Patrick Rainey   Alto Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Jon Zerivitz   Choir, Chorus
Rich Markowitz   Choir, Chorus
Ben Freedman   Choir, Chorus
Idy Harris   Choir, Chorus
Matt Zernhelt   Choir, Chorus
Mario D'Ambrosio   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Luke Schuster   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Linsey Auxier   Choir, Chorus
Lindsay Roemer   Choir, Chorus
Lauren Ojalvo   Choir, Chorus
Kim Wiltshire   Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Sloane   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jonathan Drye   Percussion,Group Member
Jessica Krasnick   Choir, Chorus
Jason Budman   Percussion,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jake Wase   Choir, Chorus
Geordie Keagle   Choir, Chorus
Gary Grahm   Choir, Chorus
Evan J Rosenthal   Choir, Chorus
Ellen Zektser   Choir, Chorus
Duff Winkenweeder   Choir, Chorus
Dub Choir   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Daniel Davis   Trumpet,Group Member
Cullen Murr   Choir, Chorus
Chris Bently   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Cara Laeng   Choir, Chorus
Brooks Wase   Choir, Chorus
Arielle Klig   Choir, Chorus
Ann Liner   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Grossman   Choir, Chorus
Aaron Glaser   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Tracey Schindledecker   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Sorge   Choir, Chorus
Tom Haller   Choir, Chorus
Sue Markowitz   Choir, Chorus
Phil Glaser   Choir, Chorus
Nick Morrissey   Choir, Chorus
Sara Kryscio   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Matthew Hotez   Trombone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kenny Liner   Producer
Chris Bently   Engineer
Mike O'Brien   Artwork

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