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This will always be a subjective album, with a liking of the distinct Motown sound probably more important than whether one enjoys the Beatles.
The Fab Four's songs are now so ingrained into our musical lives that they're universal - and a like a bit like, say, Dylan, even if you don't go for their actual sound, there can be no denying that the songs are about the best around.
Buying this CD, at a time when I was snapping up all the Beatles albums, this came up, secondhand and for pennies. Why not? So, though not my daily listening sort of stuff, all the great Motown stars are here - and they each bring their own style and slant to each song. Some sound like whole new songs!
Favourites of mine that stand out are Stevie Wonder's 'We Can Work It Out' and Marvin Gaye's 'Yesterday'. After Diana Ross' straightforward, but effective 'Long & Winding Road', the Supremes spacey and way-out 'Come Together' seems odd at first - but so was the original! It could be argued that versions of 'Imagine' and 'My Sweet Lord', both excellent, by Diana Ross and Edwin Starr as they are not Beatles songs, but solo projects. However, that would be nit-picking and many probably won't notice!
Whether this is a repackaged album or not, it's great to get a covers album by world-famous artists who had already made their name and style long before recording these, rather than the other way around, which often seems the way for today's wannabe's think they can noticed.
So, take this 17 track CD as a nice mixture of familiar songs done with a twist and as a Motown compilation. It is an album you can play all the way through but would probably want something quite different afterwards. Gently recommended.