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Hits To Spare (Think Like A Key)

By • Aug 20th, 2021 • Category: Album review

Scotland’s Joe Kane has been plying his Merseybeat-esque furrow for a few years now and this album is a great summation of his work.

There are 14 rockin’ tracks here, which mainly pay homage to the early Beatles releases, starting with the very catchy ‘Egg and Chips’.

He plays all the instruments on these tracks and it is clearly a labour of love, right down to those authentic claps, riffs and double harmonies… The instrumentation sounds bang-on, although it is worth remembering that the actual Beatles, even right up to the end of their recordings, preferred to hear their songs in mono – not even sure why, given the sonic alchemy of their material from Revolver onwards, but there you go, confirmed by numerous sources…

BM fell in love with Beatles a long time ago and still holds a massive torch for all their work, so to hear original songs in their early style, well it’s a pushover…

There are so many highlights here – it’s such an entertaining listen… there are humorous moments of pure silliness such as ‘One Of Those Gerrlllss’.

It takes a lot of talent and thought to replicate not the actual songs but alternative songs, so while these tracks can sound a bit throwaway, they are actually attempting to match the originals, and that is some ask…

The record is actually an immense achievement by Joe Kane and BM can’t really think of anyone who has succeeded in doing this so well, or at all really – because the songs stand on their own, but are not some kind of attempt to pass them off as something truly original (thinking of you Noel and Liam) and they are just so damn enjoyable…

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