Artistically Beatles

It’s safe to say that I have more Beatles cover albums in my collection than official Beatles albums.  (I have to make that distinction, as I have a nice sized collection of bootleg albums.)  And over the years, I’ve bought some absolute junk.

I have no idea when I picked up Vincent DiCola’s Artistically Beatles.  It may have been something I found at Big Lots.  I remember when a new music store opened at the mall, and they had a rack of budget CDs; perhaps it was on that rack and one day I found it.  Unlike other albums in my collection, I have no firm memories of this.

DiCola is a Hollywood session musician, probably best known for scoring Transformers: The MovieArtistically Beatles isn’t junk.  It’s actually a very competent album.  However, it is also a very surprising take on the Beatles, radically reinventing ten of their songs in an 80s synthpop style.  The result is something that wouldn’t sound out of place on a soft rock or adult contemporary station next to Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” or Boy Meets Girl’s “Waiting for a Star to Fall.”  I won’t say anything here is a “gem,” but there are nice versions of “Something,” “You Never Give Me Your Money,” and “Norwegian Wood.”

A curiosity in my collection, DiCola’s Artistically Beatles is there for those rare moments when I need to imagine Rodimus Prime and Galvatron battling it out to the music of the Beatles.  Roll out!

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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