Little Steven took his Disciples of Soul on an international tour to support his 2017 comeback Soulfire, a journey highlighted by a surprise gig in November of 2017 at the Cavern Club, the Liverpool venue where the Beatles cut their teeth in the early 1960s. Student of rock & roll that he is, Little Steven decided to dedicate a good chunk of his lunchtime set to covers the Beatles played at the Cavern Club. "Boys," "Slow Down," "Some Other Guy," and "Soldier of Love" provide the heart of the album, giving the record an earthy kick. They also provide a good contrast to his Beatles interpretations, nearly all taken from albums made after the Fab Four decided to stop touring to focus on studio work. The fact that the Disciples of Soul can bring "Good Morning Good Morning," "Magical Mystery Tour," and "All You Need Is Love" to the small stage at the Cavern Club speaks as much to their versatility as it does to the improvements on technology, and their presence helps illustrate just how far the Beatles got in such a short time. Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul sound like they're having a blast both at the Cavern Club and barreling through "I Saw Her Standing There" with Paul McCartney, a cut taken from a London encore a few days before this show. It's a bonus that's as fun as the album proper.
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