12 April 2010

THE LONDON JAZZ FOUR - TAKE A NEW LOOK AT THE BEATLES

















London Jazz Four for Polydor from 1967.

Mike McNaught-Piano,Harpsichord ;Ron Forbes-Vibes; Brian Moore -Bass; Len Clarke-Drums .

I never could and still can't stomach The Beatles but this is a real corker of an album that somehow transcends the original songs to the extent that many of the tracks don't sound like Beatles covers at all!
Here's a write up from AllAboutJazz:
This Brit quartet made the songs of the Fab Four their own, taking a lot of risk in reinterpreting many timeless classics but also approaching lesser-known Lennon-McCartney tunes (sadly, there are no Harrison compositions on the album). The result is a collection of songs that sound almost if they were completely new. For instance, "I Feel Fine" receives a Bach-like harpsichord riff that repeats itself throughout the track, the rest of the instruments basically improvising around the song's original melody.
John Lennon's Dylan-esque "Rain gives a lot of space for vibes player Ron Forbes and pianist Mike McNaught alternately to showcase their visions on each song. Gone is the song's original dark feel, which is replaced by a slow, peaceful one. The early tune "Yes It Is" is barely recognizable, featuring percussion, finger cymbals, and a triangle as backdrop for the piano, which sounds as if McNaught's fingers had a hard time moving over the keys, giving an otherwise simple song an eerie, almost ghostly feel.
The quartet swings through "Please Please Me" and "Things We Said Today", but the latter has more of a Latin jazz sound with some Afro undertones. "A Hard Day's Night" turns out to be one of the best tracks on the lp. The song morphs into a jazz waltz, which is an interesting development. Also pay close attention to the playfulness and simplicity of the musicians' take on "Yellow Submarine".

19 comments:

cheeba said...

Take a new look at OIR too! I like the layout revamp Bacoso, nice one.

An all-time fave this - and I'm no big fan of the fabs either. Been caning "Things We Said Today" for ages and it never fails to please feets on the floor.

Bacoso said...

http://www.mediafire.com/?zzdgjewd1ui

OR


http://rapidshare.com/files/375037702/The_London_Jazz_Four.rar

Robert said...

thanks B for the mirrors and this album that I can't wait to hear!!

em-uno said...

Great record that manages to completely circumvent the pitfalls of the dreaded Beatles cover-version. Love the bossa-jazz take of "Things We Said Today". Another tip of the bowler to Bacoso. Huzzah!

Phillip said...

Fantastic. Know only "The Things We Said Today" from a Karminsky comp. Looking forward to the rest. Thank you!

Simon666 said...

had "Things we said today" on a comp somewhere, great to hear the rest! thanks B :)

shoshidge said...

this looks awesome!

pastyhead said...

right on my hansom....more afro cuban for all the pastyheads down here....

makuma said...

Nice one, looking forward to hear this!

This is my fav. cover of the Beatles. Saw their concert live here in Brighton.

http://www.myspace.com/theamritatrio

intepreting Eleanor Rigby in a indo-jazz style using instruments like dilruba, flute, tabla, hangdrum..

Thom Jurek said...

Many thanks for your repeated efforts in posting this Bacoso; this is such a winner and I'm so thrilled to have it. Thank you again.

boogieman said...

Thanks Bacoso, I've always enjoyed Brits Jazz from the 60-early 70s and I must confess a certain fondness for the Fab Four's melodies. I grew up listening to those guys (although I still prefer the early Stones but that's another story).
Cheers

Andy said...

Thanks a lot,again I am not a big Beatles fan but some of their songs do jazz up nicely,check out Eleanor Rigby by Jeffrey Smith,top stuff

Andy said...

Well I have played it through over the past week on my way to work and give it the big thumbs up,very enjoyable,cheers.

DJ Payce said...

Thank you sir!

winton tostello said...

Playful, simple, understated, elegant: again lessons of taste...
Thanks man!

b3playr said...

Very cool! I can't wait to listen straight through this. It sounds incredibly fresh and diverse. Right around the time you posted this album, Soulive put out "Rubber Soulive" - a Beatles cover album:

http://www.mediafire.com/?gtgiw21xwnj

If anyone has the Japanese bonus track ("She Came In Through The Bathroom Window"), I'd love to hear it in its entirety:

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/product/detail/3737784

Also of note, a UK pressing of the album on vinyl is due Sept. 20th:

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/product/detail/3894430

richard said...

I love this! thanks so much, been looking for ages and finally get to hear it, Thins we said today a classic, Rowenna x

Clint's archive said...

Many thanks Bacoso!

Benjamin Herman said...

thank you!