Musician, Composer, Actor, Screenwriter and Producer
"This may be the best Beatles LP since The Rutles" -John M. Borak, Goldmine Magazine, March 13, 2009
"We couldn't afford The Beatles' music, so we got the next best thing- Alan Bernhoft"
-Marc Cushman, director & producer, "Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney" (feature film available on DVD Sept '08)
"One of the top 20 CDs of 2008" (#14)(GOLDMINE MAGAZINE,Feb 27th)
"Top 100 CDs of 2008" (#27) Powerpop Station, Brazil
"Top 125 CDs of 2008" (#48) Absolutepowerpop.com
POWERPOP RADIO, BRAZIL
"...hard to believe that was not written by the genius of Paul McCartney...The opening track, the energy and youth “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” perfectly emulates the first stage of the Beatles. The beautiful “Magic Everywhere” is a treasure ...“Winter Ocean Mary Go Round” travel to the psychedelic world of John Lennon "
Los Angeles-based Renaissance dude Alan Bernhoft has written and performed music for films, children’s music, rootsy blues rock, Eastern European-influenced dance music and space-age crooning, according to his website. He’s also an actor, a voice-over artist and oh yeah, he’s portrayed John Lennon with Beatles tribute bands.
It’s that Lennon connection that Bernhoft mines quite successfully on the charming Beatlesque One, a 16-track collection that finds him performing original music in the style of the Fab Four. Taken as such, this may be the best Beatles LP since The Rutles, the Spongetones’ Beat Music or Utopia’s Deface The Music.
Things kick off nicely with the early Beatles-styled “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby,” a storming little number that comes off as a cross between “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Leave My Kitten Alone” (“Be Mr. Nice” is another number in a similar vein). In addition to aping Lennon’s vocal stylings, Bernhoft also manages to capture the McCartney whimsy on numbers such as “Everything is Fine,” the Beatles For Sale-ish “Be Here For Me” and the absolutely delightful “Sunshine Girl.”
Some of the tunes on Beatlesque One obviously emanate from Bernhoft’s love of kids’ music, such as the cutesy-poo “Playdate,” “Police Officer Sam” and “Chocolate Chip Cookie Rock,” which is baked with a “Roll Over Beethoven” batter (“Roll over Famous Amos and tell Mrs. Fields the news?”) At any rate, Beatlesque One is a cool little homage that’ll make Beatles fans grin.
-March 19, 2009 by John M. Borack
ABSOLUTE POWER POP
"LA's Alan Bernhoft is a veteran music pro who's played in a punk band, written rock musicals, scored movies and released a children's album, just for starters. Along the way, he's recorded a number of tracks that are yes, Beatlesque, and he's compiled them here in Beatlesque One. So while there's no mystery as to the operative sound here, the question remains: just how good are these "Beatlesque" tracks?
Answer: Pretty darn good. Bernhoft covers most of the Beatle era in sound here, so the effect is not unlike a Rutles album. "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" is the leadoff track, and it perfectly captures the Early Beatle sound and is quite reminiscent of "Leave My Kitten Alone". "Magic Everywhere" would be at home in the mid-period of Rubber Soul and Revolver, and "Someday" and "Sunshine Girl" are dead ringers for some of McCartney's more playful moments while "Winter Ocean Mary Go Round" hints at Lennonesque psychedelia. Perhaps the standout track is "Growing Older", which has an "Eleanor Rigby"-like melody in the verses (without the strings) and then merges it with an "I've Just Seen a Face"-like chorus. The disc closes with three children's tracks, but are quite enjoyable on their own terms. As the producer of an independent movie about McCartney noted, "We couldn't afford The Beatles' music, so we got the next best thing- Alan Bernhoft", and if your tastes run more to the whimsical McCartney side of the Beatles, Beatlesque One should be Number One on your list to get."
KOOL KAT MUSIK
Another "no-brainer" comes across our desk. As the title of the CD suggests, this one is "uber-Beatlesque"!
ST. CROIX MUSIC
"This article strays a bit from the normal tributes to bands that have their own original sounds. Not to say that this artist doesn’t have any originality, it’s just that he focuses on paying tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beatles. So in my ears he covers both territories when it comes to being different and still carrying the traditions of another band at the same time. By this I mean that he is recreating a sound that we all know, but doing it in his own way. This is one of the reasons that I’m featuring “Beatlesque One in our “Spotlight Zone International” for the New Year. The other of course is that this issue is a tribute to the Beatles and I can’t think of any other independent artist that fits the bill.
Alan Bernhoft has written and produced music that sounds close to the Beatles for film companies that want a Beatles sounding songs, but don’t want the actual Beatles recordings in their movies. This has opened many doors for Alan which he has walked through with pride. Obviously he loves The Beatles and has dedicated his life to the preservation of a sound that has become one of the world’s modern day classical music genres. And for this I’m proud to give him exposure in our little publication from paradise.
Alan Bernhoft has written and produced music that sounds close to the Beatles for film companies that want a Beatles sounding songs, but don’t want the actual Beatles recordings in their movies. This has opened many doors for Alan which he has walked through with pride. Obviously he loves The Beatles and has dedicated his life to the preservation of a sound that has become one of the world’s modern day classical music genres. And for this I’m proud to give him exposure in our little publication from paradise"
NOT LAME RECORDS
A more appropriate title you shall not find. Listen and you'll hear Herman's Hermits(track #5), The Beatles(Track #1), The Lovin'Spoonful(#4) and early Beach Boys(#11). It's an homage, a love letter and very high recommendation for most of music fans spending time on the Not Lame site!
And here I though The Rutles were back in town. No, it's multi-talented singer-songwriter Alan Bernhoft with a collection of songs that really captures the feel and sound of The Beatles. From The Spongetones to The Beatnix to The Fore - people love Beatlesque power pop. It's no surprise really that this style of power pop is one of my guilty pleasures. Alan does a great job with these songs, so they are not just an imitation or tribute band (like the Fab Faux). These are all original compositions with the spirit of 1964 starting off on "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" and "Be Mr. Nice." Some of these songs are from Bernhoft's film, "Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney". Marc Cushman, the film's director & producer said "We couldn't afford The Beatles' music, so we got the next best thing- Alan Bernhoft." The different eras are all covered well with hightlights on "Someday ('08 Mix)" with a bit of Sgt. Peppers style, and both "Sunshine Girl" and "Winter Ocean Mary Go Round" have a bit of a Mystery Tour flavor. Alan wrote all the words & music, sings, plays all the instruments and produced the recordings at his AIM Studios in Los Angeles. Fans of Beatlesque pop rejoice!
"I was completely taken by surprise.
I’ve never heard anyone approach The Beatles essence (especially without actually outright doing one of their songs) and capturing it in spirit, sound, recording technique and vocally (even the drumming is uncanny) and literally doing them absolute justice. I have even seen some tribute bands (good ones too) that didn’t impress me as much as your originals, which come closer than actual Beatle songs themselves. Not only are the songs great but the production is excellent and very clever. This is the kind of music you can listen to many times and hear something different in the mixes every time. Finally! Something TRULY Beatlesque. I have many friends who are Beatles fanatics to this day and I will be sending them all your site. Okay. Enough boot polish! (Beatle boots that is!) keep up the good work."
-Frank X. Brittingham
Beatlesque One is a collection of Alan's MOST Beatles- like songs, including six titles from the feature film, "DESPERATELY SEEKING PAUL MCCARTNEY"
Alan wrote the words & music, sings, plays all the instruments and produced the recordings at his AIM Studios in Los Angeles.
Alan's other new release is FRANKENSTEIN ROCK, the soundtrack to his Frankenstein Rock Musical, which he intends to make his second feature film.