Pete Best

Once a Beatle, Always..

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Pete finally gets it right -- well, sort of. Using the same band as his disastrous 1995 Back to the Beat, Pete decided to enter the studio for his first product since an interesting 1990 single. Once again, he resorts to cover versions, but the his choice is someone suspect, as all of the cover songs are Beatle songs (such as "Back In the USSR" and "Revolution") which are just better left alone. Where the CD does succeed is with the original compositions from guitarist Vince Hagen and Pete's brother, Roeg Best, who also drums. The songs are reminiscent of early 1980s guitar music, and in the case of "She's the Girl" and "Six Little People," the songs are actually pleasant. When one programs out the terrible cover versions and sticks to the original songs, one has an overall positive listening experience. In fact, it is sad that Pete needs to continually lean on his involvement with the Beatles, because there is some promise in this band that is overshadowed. One other note -- the sleeve of the CD is a somewhat embarrassing parody of the Beatles' Anthology 1. Really unnecessary.