Michael Gerber
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Avedon Beatles 1967

Beatles, 1967.

This past Friday in Chicago I saw Tributosaurus play all of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Magical Mystery Tour” live, and it was astonishingly great. Hearing the whole thing performed with ALL the instruments originally used—a string section, woodwinds, brass, and a host of Indian instruments—underlined just how rich and rewarding these albums are. The greatest double album the Beatles ever made, in my opinion.

Recordings aren’t going to do this justice, but here’s a clip of “A Day in the Life” that’s been posted:


Here are a few of my favorite moments from the show:

  • The drummer, Dan Leali, singing “With A Little Help From My Friends” while drumming
  • The string section and “Indian band” on stage during “Within You Without You”—a powerful visual  representation of Harrison’s bringing Eastern and Western musical stylings together
  • The harp in “She’s Living Home”
  • The clarinet trio on “When I’m Sixty-Four”
  • The bass saxophone on “Good Morning, Good Morning” (Biggest sax I’d ever seen; looks like something Dr. Suess dreamed up)
  • The brass on “Lovely Rita”
  • The piccolo trumpet on “Penny Lane”
  • Steve Frisbie’s uncannily channeling McCartney’s vocal style, especially on “Magical Mystery Tour”
  • The band’s humor throughout; they take the music, but not themselves, seriously