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Album: Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney
# Song Title   Time
1)    Back in the USSR - Chubby Checker
2)    We Can Work It Out - Maxine Brown
3)    Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey - Fats Domino
4)    Ticket to Ride - Wee Willie Walker
5)    Good Day Sunshine - Roy Redmond
6)    Please Please Me - Mary Wells
7)    Eleanor Rigby - Gene Chandler
8)    And I Love Her - The Vibrations
9)    Come Together - Chairmen of the Board
10)    Blackbird - Billy Preston
11)    Paperback Writer - R.B. Greaves
12)    Rocky Racoon - The Moments
13)    Drive My Car - Black Heat
14)    Lady Madonna - Junior Parker
15)    Help - David Porter
16)    Yesterday - Linda Jones
17)    Day Tripper [Previously Unissued Alt Take 4] - Otis Redding (previously unreleased, alternate take)
18)    Why Don't We Do It in the Road - Lowell Fulson
19)    I Saw Her Standing There - Little Richard
20)    Don't Let Me Down - Donald Height
21)    Get Back - The Main Ingredient
22)    Long and Winding Road, The - New Birth
23)    I Want to Hold Your Hand - Al Green
24)    Let It Be - Aretha Franklin
 

Album: Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney
# Song Title   Time
1)    Back in the USSR - Chubby Checker
2)    We Can Work It Out - Maxine Brown
3)    Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey - Fats Domino
4)    Ticket to Ride - Wee Willie Walker
5)    Good Day Sunshine - Roy Redmond
6)    Please Please Me - Mary Wells
7)    Eleanor Rigby - Gene Chandler
8)    And I Love Her - The Vibrations
9)    Come Together - Chairmen of the Board
10)    Blackbird - Billy Preston
11)    Paperback Writer - R.B. Greaves
12)    Rocky Racoon - The Moments
13)    Drive My Car - Black Heat
14)    Lady Madonna - Junior Parker
15)    Help - David Porter
16)    Yesterday - Linda Jones
17)    Day Tripper [Previously Unissued Alt Take 4] - Otis Redding (previously unreleased, alternate take)
18)    Why Don't We Do It in the Road - Lowell Fulson
19)    I Saw Her Standing There - Little Richard
20)    Don't Let Me Down - Donald Height
21)    Get Back - The Main Ingredient
22)    Long and Winding Road, The - New Birth
23)    I Want to Hold Your Hand - Al Green
24)    Let It Be - Aretha Franklin
 
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  • The respect the Liverpool lads paid to U.S. soul artists -- by covering tunes early in their career from the Motown, Little Richard, Isley Brothers, and Arthur Alexander catalogs and turning them into Beatles songs -- gets switched around on this immaculately researched and assembled collection. Throughout its 24 tracks, the compilers excavate deep into the archives of American soul to find rare and obscure covers of Lennon and McCartney (no Harrison) compositions. This shows the effect the Fab Four had on '60s and '70s R&B and funk artists, whose often raw approach infused rootsy American grit to the material. Names such as Donald Height (singing a wonderful "Don't Let Me Down," one of the Beatles' most soul-inflected offerings), Wee Willie Walker (a driving, Stax/Wilson Pickett-driven "Ticket to Ride"), and Black Heat (getting funky on "Drive My Car") will only be familiar to hardcore fans of obscure soul. But their versions are every bit as incisive and, well, soulful as choices from the more legendary likes of Aretha Franklin (a full-on gospel reading of "Let It Be), Otis Redding (doing his "got-a, got-a, got-a" best on "Day Tripper"), and Little Richard (returning the favor of the Beatles singing his tunes and borrowing his "wooooo" shout with a rollicking reading of "I Saw Her Standing There"). Mary Wells, who opened for the band early on, gets a little schlocky on a Vegas-styled "Please Please Me," a song she probably heard nightly as part of the Beatles repertoire, but most of these selections bring a biting R&B flavor to the songs. The compilers scoured the vaults to find R&B versions of unlikely material such as "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Fats Domino), "Rocky Raccoon" (the Moments), and a twist on "Why Don't We Do It in the Road" from Lowell Fulson (arguably the album's most left-field choice) that do these songs justice, placing them in a different context but maintaining the Beatles' lock on melody. That's also the case with "fifth Beatle" Billy Preston's swampy "Blackbird," which shifts the vibe from hushed folk to harpsichord/organ-enhanced gospel. Both Beatles and U.S. soul fans will find plenty of unpredictable, even revelatory surprises throughout this generous 72-minute disc. Creative, Revolver-styled cover art further elevates the package. Enlightening liner notes in a bulging 20-page booklet featuring rare photos explain why these songs were chosen (and why others were not), and set the stage for a second volume of this concept that should be every bit a delight as this one. ~ Hal Horowitz
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Al Green takes it to the river on 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'; Aretha goes back to the church with 'Let It Be'..."
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