I have not had this much fun at a blog ever. We’ve talked before on these pages about the pros and cons of covering Beatles songs, but Roger Greenawalt and Dave Barratt (a.k.a. Roger And Dave) have totally altered my thoughts on the subject with their slated 3-1/2 year project, The Beatles Complete On Ukulele. Their mission? “Record & perform on ukulele all 185 original compositions by The Beatles with 185 guest artists” (a new one each week). Now, the whole ukulele angle might pique your interest, or… it just might send you running. Resist that temptation. These are not simply homemade strum and hum renditions (like McCartney’s uke version of “Something”). Since Jan ’09, Roger And Dave (and a lot of friends) have created 43 (so far) absolutely wonderful, full-blown covers, from “I Saw Her Standing There” to, yes… “Revolution 9,” sporting inventive arrangements fronted by various singers & bands (think of Roger And Dave as the George Martins here), all performed with gobs of wit and imagination. I’ve included three tracks below (that I can’t stop listening to) to give you an incentive to investigate further. Along with the free downloads are some amazingly insightful ruminations about the roots, rhymes and reasons behind the tunes, delivered with a fresh, utterly irreverent, sometimes professorial, expertise. To be honest, I’m still working my way through the site, but what I’ve already seen, read and heard has my once-jaded senses reeling. Highly entertaining and highly recommended!
Elaine Caswell #043 Day Tripper
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