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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woolies Wonderful Wecords,
This review is from: The Embassy Beatles Covers (Audio CD)This is a fantastic idea to revive these old Embassy records. I used to have several of these old Beatles recordings on the Embassy label and listening to them now in high quality digital sound makes me appreciate them more than back in the sixties. I believe that at the time of each recording session the artists only had a few days to learn each song which makes listening to them now seem even more remarkable and appreciate how clever the singers were. I think this compilation is great value as it contains notes and art that give an insight into just went on at Embassy and it's good to know that two of its singers can still perform Lennon McCartney songs some forty something years on as shown on the featured bonus tracks.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday's unwanted stuff is now wanted,
This review is from: The Embassy Beatles Covers (Audio CD)At the time Embassy singles were never going to be part of a collection.Like the American TOPS and HIT labels they were offering 2 chart songs for less than the price of one and were seen as cheapo cheapo.
Yet the covers were quite imaginative-almost reconstructions.Not that this mattered in the days before there were such things as record collectors.
Most of the singers were ex dance band crooners and few went any further-Maureen Evans was an exception.
There was once a report of John Lennon suggesting Embassy signed the Beatles as no one else seemed interested-this was no doubt a joke and showed the label's low standing even then.
Today its different and in the CD reissue world the Embassy label is seen as collectable in its own right with high prices on E Bay
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typhoons,
This review is from: The Embassy Beatles Covers (Audio CD)At last! Some of the artistes from Embassy Records are getting some recognition . The quality of the recordings are great ,they have a quality about them that that has a "sixty's" feel to it .THE TYPHOON'S interpretation of the Peter & Gordon songs I particularly liked. More Embassy re-issues please
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have !,
This review is from: The Embassy Beatles Covers (Audio CD)From the mid 50's to the mid 60's the Embassy ( UK ) record label was created and existed for Woolworth Department Stores in the UK, afectionaly often referred to as " Woolies ". These were " Sound Alike " otherwise known as " Cover Records " imitating the chart hit versions by the artists that made the songs famous. The objective of Embassy Records were to offer Woolworth Customers a more affordable budget priced alternative as Embassy Records sold at about half the price of the charted Hit Version on the major record labels of the day. Embassy Records featured a Hit Song on each side of the record adding even more value to some of these lower priced gems. By no means were Embassy Records something obscure, they sold thousands of copies of each of the many records they made during the approximate 10 year life of Embassy.
The CD being offered here are " Cover Versions " of hit Beatles Singles as performed by Embassys own version of the Beatles, " The Typhoons ". The CD itself is of first class replicated ( not home made or individually burned ) quality. The liner notes include a brief but fairly comprehensive history of Embassy Records, the individual 4 primary members of " The Typhoons " , well written descriptions and session information on the individual tracks featured on this CD.
The audio quality is excellent on this CD if you consider that the material used for the creation of this CD may or may not be from original Master recordings but quite possibly from well preserved, pristine 45's. My ears tell me that the audio quality on this CD is representative of the audio found on UK manufactured 45's of the era. With many CD re-issues of material from the analog recording era, when it is so called " Digitally Re-Mastered " often times the sound will be altered or played with such as redistributing the sound to make original mono recordings sound like stereo as well as changes to the original audio levels and EQ . Personally I don't care for this and I am very happy that it sounds like No Tampering of the original sound was done on this CD, and many thanks to the production crew of this CD for " keeping it original ". I have not heard any sounds of scratch, hiss from record wear and only a very very slight tracking error wear near the end of a couple of tracks but it is so slight it could be my imagination. You also have to consider these were intended as " Budget Recordings " in the first place. Text info is also on the CD which will display track title if your player has a digital display on it.
There are two Bonus Tracks on this CD recorded in 2010 by two of the original Typhoon members Ray Pilgrim and Mike Rodway, obviously their voices have aged a bit since the 1960's but they can still sing !
Although many people outside of the UK may have never heard or have been aware of " Embassy Records ", just about the whole world knows The Beatles and for the die hard Beatles Fans out there I can certainly recommend this collection of Beatles Covers as I consider it as part of Beatles and UK recorded musical history. You can web search for more information about Embassy Records which you may find quite interesting in itself.
I ordered this CD through Amazon.com ( USA ) making it easy and convenient not having to deal with foreign money conversion ordering etc. The CD itself was shipped from the UK and arrived in about 10 days in my mailbox here in New York USA in good condition.
There are several other compilations of Embassy Records that have been put onto Compact Disc. I wish Amazon would offer those too !
( UK Readers, This is the review I posted on Amazon USA which is the first review of this item on the Amazon USA website. I am sure many Beatles fans here have never heard of Embassy Records although just about everybody has heard of The Beatles. I have copied my review here to Amazon UK to share with you an Americans review of this CD. About 15 years ago I bought a few Embassy 45's at a Car Boot Sale there in the UK, that is how I learned about Embassy Records and have been a fan ever since. )
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