the version of "Stand By Me" that you have heard on the Diamonds are Forever commercial is Laurence Juber from this CD!!!
the CD that the book Popular Songs For Acoustic Guitar is from!
LJ's great arrangements of timeless classics!
Every Breath You Take
Stand By Me
God Only Knows
Maybe I'm Amazed
In My Life
Let It Be
A great CD for guitarists but an even better gift for music lovers in general!
Laurence Juber “Pop Goes Guitar” Solid Air Records 2008
Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber released in his career
more than 20 acoustic guitar CD's. Laurence Juber is a fine
melodically acoustic guitarist, performer and composer. His
newest CD “Pop Goes Guitar” is a showcase of pop songs
which are re-arranged by Laurence Juber. An excellent song
choice of pop legends like the Beatles, The Police, Elvis Costello,
Elton John and The Rolling Stones are played with fantastic
guitar techniques in a brilliant atmosphere. Juber excels in
arranging soulful and touching pop songs by adding his own
skilled captivating signature to existing cuts. Although
most songs are more than 25 years old, they still touch ones
soul. Juber's talent to give songs extra dimensions, with his
ability to add an gentle and intimate touch to each song. This
CD is joy to listen to.
Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews
Reviewing the best in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music
Laurence Juber, "Pop Goes Guitar," Solid Air Records, 2008
The music on this CD will reinforce Laurence Juber’s status as the ultimate feel-good acoustic guitarist.
"Pop Goes Guitar" focuses on one strong aspect of Juber’s repertoire: solo instrumental versions of well-known
pop tunes. Earlier in his career he recorded "My Girl" and Jimi Hendrix’s "Little Wing," delved extensively
into the Beatles and Wings catalogs, and took a left turn into the Great American Songbook with "I’ve Got the
World on Six Strings," a wonderful CD devoted to Harold Arlen’s music. On this new disc he gives the same
treatment to iconic pop songs of the 1960s and later (the most recent being The Police’s 1983 hit, "Every
Breath You Take"). Several recordings from Juber’s earlier CDs reappear, including "Let it Be," "Maybe I’m
Amazed," "My Girl," "Oh! Darling," "My Love" and "In My Life." The new tracks, including Brian Wilson’s "God
Only Knows," Elvis Costello’s "Alison," Jagger-Richards’ "Angie," and Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s "Your Song,"
are great listening and will broaden the horizons of guitarists who take their cues from Juber the teacher.
Of the new recordings, my own favorite is his moody rendition of "God Only Knows." This music works on many
levels; his song choices are great, as is the guitar playing. Also, by presenting these tunes as instrumental
solos, Juber promotes their acceptance as standards for instrumental guitarists. Not coincidentally, Juber has
published a companion book/CD package, Popular Songs for Acoustic Guitar (Hal Leonard), in which he teaches the
tunes on this CD. You won’t go wrong buying "Pop Goes Guitar," either as a CD or from iTunes.