Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Blue Lounge - A Lennon & McCartney Songbook (2008)

Blue Lounge is European producer/remixer Giacomo Bondi (don't worry, I've never heard of him, either). For this attempt at space-age bachelor pad remixes of Beatles' tunes, he put together a group of competent musicians, cleverly named this cover band The Apple Pies, and then set about to give these wonderful tunes the lounge treatment. This album is more of a curiosity than anything else - The Beatles meet Massive Attack meet Zero 7, but much better than Love. Great background music, though. Not for active listening, you can put this on at your next party and everyone will be asking who it is.

Tracks: Like most Lounge/Chill Out music, it all starts to sound the same after a while. The cuts that work best are Norwegian Wood, Drive My Car, Tomorrow Never Knows (which ends up being more trance than lounge), and Day Tripper. I really want Blackbird to work because I love that song, but it comes up just short. Less successful are the treatments of And I Love Her, Cry For No One, and Paperback Writer.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, I bought this at Half Price Books a few months ago.

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