Mike Westbrook

Off Abbey Road

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This is a weird record, to say the least. Pianist Mike Westbrook and his English avant-garde octet remade the Beatles' entire Abbey Road record with unusual interpretations of each of the titles. The instrumental segments work best (Peter Whyman and Alan Wakeman are fine on reeds) but the overly pompous vocals of Phil Minton and Kate Westbrook, which lack the Beatles' humor, largely sink this strange outing. An interesting idea but the results are uncomfortable and not too appealing.

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