Sunday, June 5, 2011
Chacksfield Plays The Beatles' Song Book
Phase 4 Stereo
London SP 44142
According to his wiki page, Frank Chacksfield scored a number 1 hit on "some" Amercian charts for his 1954 single, a 78rpm titled Ebb Tide (a tune that became an exotica standard).
It was hard for me to believe that 16 years later in 1970 (if the date I found is correct) Chacksfield released an easy Beatles album. It's also hard for me to believe that you can find this album on CD with a covers project he did on Simon & Garfunkel.
To me... it just seem like a risky project at the time and this light pop vibe didn't age well.
Norwegian Wood has a nice, almost "spy" movie quality to it. But generally... and I'm almost never this hard on any record... the album sounds sort of like a high school band project. I mean... a GOOD high school band... but...