Pete Best

Live at the Adelphi: Liverpool 1988

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By now everyone is familiar with Pete Best's story, being axed from the Beatles on the eve of their rise to fame. The story did not end in the '60s, though; Pete tried to exploit his name and his past involvement with the Beatles by releasing a number of singles and one album. In 1988, Pete Best formed a new incarnation of the Pete Best Band, and hit the road. This CD was taped at his "comeback" concert in Liverpool, and was originally released on his own label to be sold only at his shows. In 1996, Cherry Red decided to cash in on the success of the Anthology series, and reissued the album with a barely audible interview tagged on at the end. The question is, why? This CD is overall a mess -- sloppy playing, poor recording, and an audience who seems more interested in their drinks than the band. Overall, it is a dismal, embarrassing affair, essentially a boring bar band playing covers of classic rock standards. The version of "I Hear You Knocking" is particularly appalling. The only positive aspect of the CD is its humor; the introduction calling this "the greatest band ever" is too funny. For Beatle completists only; all others should pass.

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