Pete Best

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AllMusic Review by Aaron Badgley

Pete's second incarnation of the Pete Best Band for the 1990s, and it's not much of an improvement. Pete went back to Liverpool, again, to record a concert, this time at a replica of the original Cavern, where he once played with another band called the Beatles. Once again, this CD is filled with poorly recorded, second-rate cover versions of rock & roll standards. Worth noting, however, is that Pete actually covers several songs the Beatles themselves had covered, and his band performs their versions of two Lennon/McCartney songs, "Love Me Do" and "I Saw Her Standing There." Once again, one gets the sensation of hearing a bar band covering Beatle songs while patrons drink and occasionally clap.

As with his other CD, it is difficult to judge Best's playing, as he is joined on drums by his brother, Roeg Best, for undiscernible reasons. If it was Pete's intention to show the music world that he is a talented musician, rather than an interesting footnote, he does not succeed with this release. Instead, the listener cannot help but feel pity for the guy. Once again, Beatle completists only; all others should avoid.