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As a long-time Beatlemanic, I had high hopes for this one. In My Life is famed Beatles producer George Martin’s last musical work and he has chosen to go out with a whimper instead of a bang I’m afraid. The idea of the record was to pair Beatles songs with some of the performers most admired by Martin. Sounds good so far right? Yeah, until you discover the “performers” are, by and large, not musicians but actors. I don’t really have to tell you that Goldie Hawn impersonating a chanteuse on “A Hard Day’s Night” or Sean Connery literally reading “In My Life” is an embarrassing display, do I?


Some of the folks on this record fare better—Robin Williams is a hoot leering his way through “Come Together,” but Jim Carrey shouting “I Am The Walrus” is pretty close to a musical travesty. Like me, hard-core Beatles fans will want to hear Martin’s last musical statement. All I can say is, “please, Mr. Martin, try this again with real musicians.” There’s certainly no shortage of Beatles admirers among pop’s current elite.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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