I have waiting for this album for some time, somehow managing to hold myself back from buying the imported verssion. With three extra tracks compared to the import version I can safely say that it has been worth the wait, providing one the most touching and understated albums of the year.
The artist list reads like a Who's Who of contemporary geniuses, exhibiting how the Beatles have managed to influence such a wide range of musicians. Each track seems to suit the artist so well, for example Eddie Vedder's superb version of You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, helping to illuminate the songs in a different light. Every song plays a part on this album, each song flowing gently into the next culminating with an excellent verison of Here Comes the Sun performed by Neil and Liam Finn.
The only disappointment for me was the slightly dry verison of Lucy in the Sky by the Black Crowes, personally I was looking forward to the direction that they might take this song, but sadly they seem to plod through with musical efficiency. This, however, does not detract from the album in any way.
I originally wanted this album for just one song, being a huge fan of Eddie Vedder, yet it has provided me with album much fuller than just one song. The day after buying this album I had it playing loudly in our back garden and one of my friend's turned to me and professed that he was going to go out and buy the album the following day. This is typical of the brilliance of this album, able to touch even the most hardcore Beatles fan in a totally different way.