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William Basie was a key figure in the development of the jazz big band. Perhaps of secondary importance was his work as a keyboard player — even Basie was sufficiently modest about this area of activity that he once described himself as a "non-pianist." But his bands were also a crucial formative experience for many musicians, who would have received less encouragement and less ... Read more in Amazon's Count Basie Store

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  • Audio CD (18 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ocium
  • ASIN: B00006915B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Captain Kirk on 17 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This very rare and long time out of print recording was the second LP that Basie recorded using only the songs of the "Fab Four".
The stunning arrangements are by the fabulous writer Bob Florence.
Recorded in 1969 the album made little impact at the time on its first release. Basie recorded a number of contemporary albums around this time having found much new material to work with including an album of James Bond movie themes which had modest success.This second album of Beatles songs is a real swinger with some excellent performances by the orchestra.There are some real surprises in the arrangements and orchestrations creating a very "hip" and "groovy" sounding Basie. The old Basie sound is still there using understated passages which is of course his hallmark.

With the Count in command this album is brash and breezy - this is high energy music. With some great solo work by members of the orchestra this is a must have CD for big band enthusiasts with a modern ear.
Basie has recorded some fabulous albums over the years and the Beatles songs should be up there with the best of them.
The Basie piano is as bluesy as ever and with those terrific understated solos the missing notes don't keep you guessing 'cos you fill' em in for yourself.
It's not what Basie plays that makes his music so endearing to fans - it's what he doesn't play that is important. He knows instinctively just when to cool it and gets away with it. This is the genious of the Basie sound,never too loud,never too soft. The fluid and slurpy sound of the Basie saxes is another device he uses to create his unmistakable sound and there is plenty of that in this super CD.
All tracks are in stereo with excellent balance and channel separation.
If you haven't heard this album before give it a try. This is typical Basie in a modern late 1960's setting.
Thank you for reading my review and I'm sure you will enjoy this fabulous CD.Happy listening!
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By D Jones on 16 Oct. 2013
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Very good big band versions of Beatles hits. Has the 'swing' style to it you get from a Sinatra album. However for me the version of Come Together is truly marvelous. Really clever interpretations of songs we all know and like. Great CD for a sunday afternoon in the summer. 9/10
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The Basie-Beatles tracks are fine but I was disappointed to find "The Atomic Mr Basie" is in mono, although the recording was originally available in stereo. That detracts from an otherwise good CD.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock VINE VOICE on 25 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Oh dear. When jazz meets pop the results can often be the musical equivalent of a car crash, and you definitely get that with Basie On The Beatles. This was Basie's second stab at the music of the Fab Four, and by 1969 when this was recorded, the Beatles may have been in meltdown as a group, but their back catalogue kept lots of other musicians gainfully employed. With jazz on the skids, some of the bigger names still in the music weren't afraid to take on more popular material - and here's the result.

On The Beatles is hard work because it simply doesn't pay any regard or respect to the original material. As a result, the Basie band belts out raucous, inappropriate renditions of the material, including the least reflective and introspective version of "Yesterday" that you're likely to hear. It makes James Last sound good.

On the plus side, if you've not got the Atomic Mister Basie - a classic from 1957 - you get that included here, so you can at least enjoy some decent big band jazz along the way.

Very much a product of its time, the cheesy music, cover art and liner notes from Ringo Starr that don't quite ring true all add up to something to consider carefully before purchasing. You're unlikely to spin the Beatles part of this CD more than once or twice, it's that bad.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelbourne1904 on 8 Nov. 2012
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An interesting CD.I like Basaie but I was left with the overall view that the Count and his arrangers didnt quite get what The Beatles were doing.At times the phraseing is so corny that it sounds almost child or escalator like .Further injustice is done with the awful sounding organ as the lead instrument in Something where the key to the song is the lovely guitar solo(why not sax?),not to mention McCartney's magical bass lines.I like Norwegian Wood but that would have been an easy conversion with the underlying jazz waltz waiting to jump out.Cool enough reception from me but left me interested enough to buy Basie's Beatle Bag soon.
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