Michael Gerber
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Apple Jam's Off the Beatle Track

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In the process of refurbishing Nancy Carr’s earlier post on the Seattle-based Beatle-tribute band Apple Jam, I discovered these videos and had to pass them on.

2009’s “Off the Beatle Track” is Apple Jam doing an LP’s worth Lennon/McCartney songs never released by the Beatles (a recent obsession of mine) in the style of the early Beatles.

What I’m noticing as I listen to this stuff is the pure songwriting chops; the variation between songs and sounds, the multitude of hooks. And Apple Jam’s performance is convincing me that, if The Beatles had wanted to apply themselves to these songs, all of them could have found a place in the early catalog… maybe even become hits. It’s inspiring.