Various Artists

Daytrippers: Songs of the Beatles

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Covering the Beatles is the pop music equivalent of a kamikaze mission -- even the most ingenious and unique rendition seems destined to suffer in comparison to the original, and the potential for failure is virtually limitless. And yet artists are drawn to the Lennon/McCartney songbook like bees to honey, driven by some strange compulsion to remake perfection in their own image -- at least many of the acts populating Daytrippers: Songs of the Beatles opt to go the instrumental route, minimizing at least some of the suffering by comparison. To be fair, there is some invention present here, and many of the artists lay down truly soulful grooves some distance removed from the Beatles' originals -- still, even the better performances are at best lightweight, and the worst are utterly superfluous. Said highlights include Herbie Mann's "Come Together," King Curtis' "Hey Jude" and Marion Williams' "My Sweet Lord."

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