Any Beatles tribute album will be interesting for its song choices, but maybe more so for the Persuasions.
Any Beatles tribute album will be interesting for its song choices, but maybe more so for the Persuasions. Surprisingly, the veteran a cappella quartet favors the heavily produced late-period Beatles, and cuts like "With a Little Help From My Friends," "Ob La Di, Ob La Da," and "Octopus's Garden" (with a whistle solo) are tailor-made for the group's vocal artistry. The slow doo-wop treatment on "Oh! Darling" is perfect, as is the religious reading of "Imagine"; the stark "Come Together" especially displays Chesky's characteristic concern for pristine sonic quality. Best of the early-Beatles covers are "Love Me Do," reconfigured into a bouncy upbeat ditty, and a dirge-like "Yesterday." The set ends with an exuberant half-minute snippet of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," though it should have been extended into a full version by nixing the puzzling inclusion of "The Ballad of John and Yoko."—JB