Strings For Pleasure Play The Music Of John, Paul, George & Ringo

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Another MFP release from 1975 (and another David Wharin sleeve) recorded at Abbey Road, appropriately enough. I wouldn’t have paid the original 87p for it, but 25p in 2010 is just fine.

I was expecting a total soft-orchestral bland-out, but the rhythm section is surprisingly full-bodied. Big-up arranger Denny Wright. Surprising also to find that it encompasses a few post-Beatles numbers, like “Imagine” (Lennon), “My Love” (McCartney) and “Photograph” (Starkey/Harrison).

It is amusing also to read Roger St. Pierre’s sleeve notes, which provide a cautiously optimistic slant on the Beatles’ legacy from a mid-seventies viewpoint…

“…it’s a chastening thought that many teenagers today are not even barely aware of just who the Beatles were…they have become somewhat dated in their content but the strength of those superb melodies has lived on…the passage of time has enabled us to re-guage their importance in a more dispassionate manner…their material will probably become as permanent a part of the musical scene as the works of Beethoven and his peers”

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