Thomas R. Mossman "tomboy" North Hills, CA
5.0 out of 5 stars
Released in time for the 25th anniversary of the Beatles' seminal Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sgt. Pepper's by Big Daddy is not only one of the best Beatles cover albums, I consider it one of the best cover works, period. What makes this album work is that by nature of marrying the original Beatles works with musical styles (and in some cases specific pop songs) of the 50's and early 60's, Big Daddy succeeds in truly putting their own unique spin on the songs. And, the band succeeds admirably; most artists who cover Beatle songs usually just end up paling in comparison.
As fun as the covers are, half the fun of this album is figuring out which artists were emulated in performing the track-list. Where else could you hear "With A Little Help From My Friends" as performed by Johnny Mathis; "Within You Without You" as a piece of beat poetry with jazz accompaniment; "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" set to Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park"; or "A Day In The Life" in the style of (McCartney idol) Buddy Holly? This album is for Beatle fans who also have a great love and appreciation for 50's-60's pop music, and can have a sense of humor about the whole thing. Don't miss it.