There are far too many great Beatle songs to do a proper tribute on a single CD. This was the creative dilemma faced after the release of Liverpool Re-Imagining the Beatles, where the focus was placed solely on arrangements from the John Lennon and Paul McCartney songbook. However, now on Here Comes The Sun, the spotlight has been widened to include the other great Beatle songwriter, George Harrison.
His presence is obvious on the title track, but is also heard on Sir George, a musical tribute I initially began composing during the making of Liverpool, and then later completed to be included in this project.
Lennon and McCartney songs still make up the lion’s share of the repertoire ranging from their innocent early days, There’s A Place and Please Please Me, to their more mature, studio savvy period, notably Penny Lane and I Am The Walrus.
My multi-talented brother, Gary Lanz, and co-producer, engineer, Chip Westerfield, again skillfully carried out the production chores. All exercised reverence for the ever-present spirit of the Beatle’s music taking great care in making these unique arrangements come to life.
I am forever indebted to the other George, Sir George Martin, the brilliant producer and arranger who was arguably the “fifth Beatle” helping them greatly expand their musical reach and guiding their revolutionary use of the recording studio.
With that in mind, Sir George, seemed a fitting musical conclusion to this nearly four year arranging and recording odyssey, and with its apropos subtitle, Liverpool Farewell, we complete this chapter and tribute to an era of music that continues to live on and inspire. Here’s to the world’s greatest, the one and only Beatles!