Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles

Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles

by Roberta Flack

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Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles

The Beatles' song catalog is one of the best-known and revered bodies of work in the whole of modern music, and the depth, variety, and timelessness of the songs this once-in-a-lifetime band produced make that catalog both a marvel and a treasure. Everyone knows these songs, and everyone knows them in the original Beatles versions. Those versions are there, shining in stone, and even when they show up in remixes like in the recent LOVE mashup, the original recordings echo unshakably in the mind. Roberta Flack knows this. On Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles, she tackles 12 of the group's songs -- 11 written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and one written by George Harrison -- and she knows full well that she's dealing with the ghosts of the original versions. She knows, and she addresses it by reconfiguring the 12 songs she's chosen to sing into fascinating new shapes and arrangements, not exactly escaping the original versions, but giving them a fresh new direction by jazzy shifts in the melodies, and pinning them to inventive and very contemporary rhythms and recording techniques. Flack doesn't treat songs like "In My Life," "We Can Work It Out," and "I Should Have Known Better" like they're made of museum glass, and because of it, she stretches them into interesting new corners. Not everything works -- Flack singing "Come Together" could never have been a good idea -- but what does work, and that's most of what's here, brings these Beatles songs delightfully into the 21st century. Even though the ghosts of the original versions still echo here, they support rather than derail what Flack does with them.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2012
Label: 429 Records
UPC: 0795041785220
catalogNumber: 17852

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roberta Flack   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Barry Miles   Keyboards
Bernard Wright   Keyboards
Jerry Barnes   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Dean Brown   Guitar
Shedrick Mitchell   Keyboards
Morris Pleasure   Keyboards
Vivian Sessoms   Background Vocals
Bernard Sweetney   Drums
Buddy Williams   Drums
Charlie Drayton   Drums
David Williams   Bass
Sherrod Barnes   Bass,Guitar,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chris Parks   Drums
Selan Lerner   Keyboards
Nicholas Branker   Bass
Ricardo Jordan   Drums
Katreece Barnes   Background Vocals
Tameka Simone   Background Vocals
Paul Lassiter   Strings
Nathan Page   Guitar
Kuhari Parker   Drums

Technical Credits

Roberta Flack   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Barry Miles   Arranger,Producer
Jerry Barnes   Arranger,Producer
Steve Weeder   Engineer
Jason Goldstein   Engineer
David Alan Kogut   Art Direction
Sherrod Barnes   Arranger,Producer
Brian Montgomery   Engineer
Chris Parks   Engineer
Ray Hendrickson   Engineer
Blake W Ellison   Cover Art
Suzanne Koga   Management

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