Laurence Juber excels in covering The Beatles

Juner, the guitarist that Pete Townshend calls “a master,” returns for a fourth round of Beatle songs for solo guitar — and excels once again.
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Laurence Juber
The Fab 4th
HoLoGram (CD)

5 Stars

The guitarist that Pete Townshend calls “a master,” returns for a fourth round of Beatle songs for solo guitar. This one’s the best of the four because while the first three had the more popular songs, this one delves a little deeper to any Beatlemaniac’s delight. The 16 beloved melodies — adorned with his spectacular runs — wend themselves right to the heart and brain, thus it is highly recommended you do not know upfront what songs are coming.

Highlights include such beloved fare as “Every Little Thing” (a song so good it lends itself to interpretation: check out the 1969 Yes version), “I’ll Be Back,” “Don’t Bother Me,” “I Need You,” “She’s a Woman” and “Julia.”

Juber served as lead guitarist in Wings. A renowned photographer and studio session man for everyone from Harry Styles to Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, LJ (as he’s known) is the consummate acoustic fingerpicker, able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. Yeah, he’s that good, a Superman of guitar.

–Mike Greenblatt  

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