Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles
As a follow up to his popular Christmas album, Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar, Joel Paterson announces the 2019 release of a new instrumental guitar extravaganza: Let It Be Guitar! (Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles). The album features the Chicago guitarist’s signature blend of vintage jazz, exotica, blues, rockabilly, western swing and country, and uses classic Beatles songs as a sonic template to take you on a mid-century musical journey. Let It Be Guitar! showcases fresh new arrangements of these familiar tunes, employing a wide variety of musical styles and guitar sounds, paying tribute to Joel’s biggest influences including Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Jorgen Ingmann, James Burton, Buddy Emmons, Ernest Ranglin and many more!
Let It Be Guitar! features Joel on guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, tic-tac bass; Beau Sample on upright bass; Alex Hall on drums, percussion and vibes; and Chicago jazz legend Chris Foreman on four tracks at the Hammond B3 organ.
Recorded in Chicago at Reliable Recorders and at Joel Paterson’s home studio; Engineered by Alex Hall and Joel Paterson; Mixed and mastered by Alex Hall at Reliable Recorders, Chicago, IL; Produced by Joel Paterson
Of the inspiration for the album, Paterson says, “This is the guitar record I’ve always wanted to make. I love the Beatles and their artistry and attention to detail in the recording studio—and I love all-things-guitar. So, I had a great time diving into these amazing songs, coming up with my own arrangements, and at the same time paying tribute to some of my favorite guitarists and vintage recording techniques of yesteryear.”
The album’s liner notes were written by JD McPherson, who picturesquely describes the album: “Each of Joel’s interpretations of these songs are concise, genre-bending, stylish tone poems, mixing both Joel’s and the Beatles’ own century-spanning inspirations into one zesty musical stew. Contained within certain tracks, you may even find nods to OTHER instrumentalists who have delved into the Beatles’ body of work… It’s almost the meta-sonic equivalent of a Liverpudlian Rube Goldberg drawing.”
Here are the complete liner notes for Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles, written by J.D. McPherson:
If you’re a Joel Paterson fan (as I am), you might not have expected to hear him really dive into the Beatles catalogue—but if you’re a Beatles fan (as I am), you certainly understand why he would. The wellspring of pop/rock & roll masterpieces recorded by The Fab Four beg for constant revisitation by instrumentalists and song stylists of all shapes, sizes, and string numbers.
That’s why this record is so exceedingly enjoyable to me. Each of Joel’s interpretations of these songs are concise, genre-bending, stylish tone poems, mixing both Joel’s and the Beatles’ own century-spanning inspirations into one zesty musical stew. Contained within certain tracks, you may even find nods to OTHER instrumentalists who have delved into the Beatles’ body of work…It’s almost the meta-sonic equivalent of a Liverpudlian Rube Goldberg drawing.
Joel’s phantasmagoric pedal steel guitar on the Santo & Johnny-esque This Boy weeps gently (pun obviously intended) against a spot-on perfect 1950s pop rhythm section, and on I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party, the guitar sound kicks into a double-clutching, gear-jamming, king-of-the-open-road anthem. With its exotica tilt, And I Love Her sounds as though it could have been recorded in a Nashville A-Team session, after the band had heard it cooing from radio speakers during a cigarette break. If we follow the rabbit a little further down the hole, on the ska-tinged No Reply, Joel respectfully channels Jamaican guitar genius Ernest Ranglin, who recorded his own delightful Beatles covers decades ago.
This ain't your uncle's Beatles cover record. This inspired recording is just what Doctor Robert ordered for Beatles fans (and contrarians) everywhere. Let It Be Guitar!