RCA Camden CAS-2438
"The Fool on the Hill"
"The Long and Winding Road"
Marimbas plus Strings
"Let It Be"
Alan Black Schackner
The Electronic Harmonica with the New Group
A Tribute to The Beatles As Master Music Writers of Our Times
In the six years since they came out of a dingy little club in Liverpool singing a simple
little ditty entitled I Want to Hold Your Hand, John Lennon, Paul McCartney,
George Harrison and Ringo StarrThe Beatleshave added immeasurably to the
world's treasure of great music. They dominated the music scene of the 1960s as few fields
have ever been dominated before, and their influence stretched into the parallel worlds of
fashion, grooming and even total life style. In fact, if any single word can properly
describe the "Soaring Sixties," that word is Beatlemania.
But when these mopheads first appeared in an
era of crewcuts, critics tended to dismiss them as another soon-to-be-forgotten English
foursome. The incredible string of hit songs that followed proved them far, far wrong. Now
critics are beginning to question their lasting power. Can The Beatles make the transition
from musicians to masters? Can Beatlemusic transcend the ever-changing tastes of the music
marketplace and survive beyond its listing on the charts? The eight songs selected for
this album make a strong case that they can, and they will.
Perhaps the great success of The Beatles lies in the fact they excel in all three elements
of music production: writing the music, the lyrics and then being able to perform them.
They discovered early what was right for them, but they were never afraid to experiment.
And many of those experiments signaled the beginning of a bright new era of popular music.
Because they are so exceptional in all three areas, they seldom receive their deserved
acclaim in each individual phase. The world has long recognized The Beatles as brilliant
performers. This album is a tribute to The Beatles as master music writers of our times,
as performed by the finest musicians availableseveral of the popular
"Living" groups and other top artists from the Camden series.
© 1970, RCA Records