Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles
I’m a sucker for an album of Beatles covers – I’ve collected up loads of the Chet Atkins-styled and other lounge/easy-listening ones over the years. And this might be the very best of them – a brand new but so-so-retro mid-century modern-af take on Beatles songs as guitar-slinging instrumentals. So if you’re in the Chet Atkins camp (and some of this is very Chet Atkins – All My Loving and some of this is very camp – From Me To You) you’ll want to hear this immediately.
Also you should be in the Joel Paterson camp. This classy mofo plays and plays! He has guitar skills for all day and he has used them, often, with a variety of bands and as a soloist/leader. Here his band-chums are the redoubtable Alex Hall (drums), Chris Foreman (organ) and Beau Sample (bass) and of course the material here is great because it’s by the best band in the world ever.
You get a few different styles from Paterson too – sure, it’s all retro rockabilly-jazz-blues instrumental with a nod to the 50s and 60s – but you’ll hear ‘Sleepwalk’-styled balladry (If I Fell), swinging organ-combo good pop vibes (Can’t Buy Me Love), Duane Eddy walkalong guitar-groovers (Things We Said Today) and weepy slow country-blues drifters (Because). On every track and in every way Paterson’s tone is immaculate, his technique flawless and maybe this is the very best way to hear him – or certainly a great intro – because you already know the songs have such heart.
The version of Something takes what Jeff Beck borrowed from Atkins and reframes it in a fuzzy Ry Cooder style.
God this album is just a fucking delight!
Massive nerd-alert. Massive good guitar times.
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