Michelle - Ray Martin
RCA Records - CAS 2438
Beatles covers albums are usually a good bet if you are looking for something "not-quite-right" or "oddball". I mean, who can do "The Beatles" and get away with it?
This "compilation" album, however, is really right-on. This is an inventive "space age/light pop" approach. Ray Martin's cover of Michelle is the best I've heard (for this time period). Hey Jude (Living Strings - Arranged and conducted by Johnny Douglas), The Fool On The Hill by Living Jazz (Arranged and conducted by Phil Bodner), The Long and Winding Road by The Living Trio (Arranged and conducted by Al Caiola), Eleanor Rigby by Living Marimbas (Arranged and conducted by Leo Addeo), Yesterday (Ray Martin and his orchestra), Let It Be (Arranged and conducted by Al Caiola) and Ol-la-di, Ob-la-da (The Electric Harmonica with the New Group - Arranged and conducted by Alan Black Schackner) are all pretty damn great!
Even the almost "polka" harmonica cover of Ol-la-di, Ob-la-da, as whacky as it is... is pure fun!