Songs of the Beatles

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Songs of the Beatles
Studio album by Sarah Vaughan
Released 1981
Recorded 1977[1]
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 43:45
Label Atlantic
Producer Marty Paich and David Paich
Sarah Vaughan chronology
Copacabana
(1979)
Songs of the Beatles
(1981)
Send in the Clowns
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/5 stars[3]

Songs of the Beatles is a 1981 (see 1981 in music) album by American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan.

The album contains songs written and originally performed by The Beatles with contemporary pop/R&B arrangement. It was recorded in 1977 but was not released until 1981 due to a recording contract problem.[1]

Reception[edit]

On balance, Los Angeles Times jazz writer Leonard Feather is favorable in his assessment, awarding the album three and a half stars, notwithstanding some ill-advised commercial trimmings:

Recorded several years ago, inexplicably shelved and now belatedly released, this is neither the ill-advised venture one might fear nor a vital part of musical history. Produced and arranged by the father and son team of Marty and David Paich, it has its moments of superior Vaughan, notably on "Eleanor Rigby" and "Here, There and Everywhere." What went wrong is mostly the fault of the producers: overdressed arrangements ("Fool on the Hill"); overdubbed background singers of which Vaughan was not even made aware; a tiresome tenor sax and rigid rhythm on "Come Together." For the most part, though, on the strength of her indomitable musicianship and the inherent virtues of some of the tunes, Vaughan overcomes.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lennon–McCartney, unless noted.

  1. "Get Back" - 2:55
  2. "And I Love Her" - 4:08
  3. "Eleanor Rigby" - 3:48
  4. "The Fool on the Hill" - 4:15
  5. "You Never Give Me Your Money" - 2:48
  6. "Come Together" - 3:22
  7. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" - 3:31
  8. "Blackbird" - 3:34
  9. "Something" (George Harrison) - 4:16
  10. "Here, There and Everywhere" - 2:49
  11. "The Long and Winding Road" - 3:08
  12. "Yesterday" - 4:02
  13. "Hey Jude" - 1:09

Personnel[edit]

Recorded in 1977:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael Minn. "Sarah Vaughan Biography / Discography". Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Songs of the Beatles at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b Feather, Leonard. "Jazz Briefs". The Los Angeles Times. July 26, 1981.