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Beatles tracks given unique arrangements
on 14 November 2011
Magical Mystery Guitar tour is the follow up to Carlos Bonell's Queen Guitar Rhapsodies.Unlike it's predecessor though the album features purely solo guitar arrangements and forgoes the orchestral accompaniment.
Unlike the Queen album though which mainly sticks to the recognised arrangements of the Queen recordings, this album has some inventive and courageous arranging by Carlos Bonell where he frequently takes his time to fully unveil which particular Lennon/McCartney or Harrison track is being performed.Most notable in this respect is "Penny Lane" which actually begins with "Kemp's jig" before rolling seamelessly into "Penny Lane"
The two George Harrison numbers here, "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something" are both among the highlights, HCTS because of it's up tempo drive and bravura and "Something" with it's calm and delicate re-harmonisation which acts as the centrepiece of the album.
The album is varied in style and goes from the aforementioned zest of "Here Comes the Sun" through the jazzy humour of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and frantic bass of "Eleanor Rigby" to the heavily adapted "Here There and Everywhere" and "Fool on the Hill" closing with the joyful "With a Little Helk from My Friends". For me however the standout tracks are "Strawberry Fields" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
There are fifteen tracks in all but what Bonell does so well is keep the core of these classic tracks while somehow embelishing them to bring something new to material that has been re-recorded so many times before.I am not a die hard fan of the Beatles but on this album Carlos Bonell certainly brings a refreshing twist to this enduring material which I am sure will be of interest to guitar players and Beatles fans alike.