The Beatles didn't simply inspire the teens of suburban America to pick up guitars and form garage bands; they also inspired musicians as far away from Liverpool as Lebanon, Laos, or Lithuania. The third volume in the Exotic Beatles series is yet more unimpeachable proof of the Fab Four's global reach, assembling 20 recordings that span the farthest reaches of the musical spectrum. What sets apart this disc from its predecessors is the inclusion of spoken word reflections from the Beatles' contemporaries (Allen Ginsberg), lovers (Yoko Ono), and acolytes (Oasis' Noel Gallagher) that contextualize the band's enduring relevance, even if this crazy quilt of covers is as delightfully irrelevant as you can get. Contributors this time out include organist and BBC Radio personality Ena Baga ("World Without Love"), Hollywood arranger Marty Gold ("Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"), Japanese pop trio Shang Shang Typhoon ("Let It Be"), and rhumba masters los Fernandos ("Yellow Submarine"). And even if some of the more out-there tracks are more interesting in principle than in practice, it's still better than your average Paul McCartney solo record.
AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny