Though their songwriting would ultimately be emulated by pop/rock bands all the way into the 21st century, the iconic Beatles, like many of their contemporaries, spent their early years honing their craft while playing other people's songs. Offering up a musical history lesson, Borrowed by the Beatles features two discs of songs by the artists who inspired the Fab Four before they were the most famous band on the planet. With songs by the likes of Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and Buddy Holly, this collection lays out the early rock and R&B sounds that helped to catapult the Beatles into the spotlight before they would become formidable songwriters in their own right, and makes for a great history lesson about rock & roll's formative years.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2