Black artists reinterpret the Fabs

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Various Artists – Glass Onion:Songs Of The Beatles

This disc consists of 21 covers of Beatles songs by American soul and jazz artists from the Atlantic and Warner stables in the ’60s and early ’70s. The approaches vary from the emulative to the freely reinterpretive, but the abiding impression remains that much of what The Beatles recorded only made sense when done by them. Among the more successful efforts assembled here are covers by Aretha Franklin, King Curtis and The Meters, but the abiding question is “why?”