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LJ Plays the Beatles Vol. 2 $15.99

10 years in the making...the follow up to our all time most popular CD and top 10 in the all time Acoustic Guitar Magazine  list....LJ Plays the Beatles by Laurence Juber... Vol. 2 is here!!
We also are thrilled to announce he is working on the transcriptions and we have made an agreement with Hal Leonard to publish a matching folio/book and that its now available !!!
the songs..
1. Penny Lane
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. Drive My Car
4. Here There & Everywhere
5. You Can't Do That
6. Blackbird
7. I Feel Fine
8. Dear Prudence
9. When I'm Sixty-Four
10. Please Please Me
11. No Reply
12. I Am The Walrus
13. All I've Got To Do
14. Michelle
15. The Long & Winding Road

REVIEW: Laurence Juber's second album of acoustic guitar Beatle songs sparkles

Listening to former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber play guitar is a real delight. Hearing him play Beatle songs is icing on the cake.  LJ Plays the Beatles Vol. 2 starts off with a joyful version of "Penny Lane" that bounces with each note. Following is a very serious rendition of "Eleanor Rigby" that shows that Juber can also shift moods easily.
The tone of the record shifts back and forth between light ("Drive My Car", "When I'm Sixty-Four"), somber ("Here There & Everywhere"), beautiful ("Michelle," "The Long & Winding Road," "Blackbird", "Dear Prudence", "All I've Got To Do") and straightahead ("I Feel Fine", "You Can't Do That", "Please Please Me").
"LJ Plays the Beatles Vol. 2" is just more proof that the greatness of the Beatles crossed musical boundaries here, there and everywhere and that Juber excels at taking listeners down those roads.
Steve Marinucci / EXAMINER.Com

REVIEW from Nov/Dec

Laurence Juber, "LJ Plays The Beatles Vol. 2," Solid Air Records 2010

Guitarists from Chet Atkins to Ralph Towner have mined the Beatles catalog since the groupís worldwide breakout in 1963-64. Starting out as a teenager, Laurence Juber has been doing just that from the earliest days of Beatlemania. Itís fair to say that Juber now dominates the field of solo guitar interpretations of the Beatles' music. Most of his arrangements on this second "LJ Plays the Beatles" collection utilize DADGAD tuning and take advantage of its close intervals. This is an important element of Juberís arranging style, as it facilitates the placing of melodies in the guitarís midrange, thereby leaving headroom in the higher registers for embellishments, variations and improvisation. My favorites on this disc are "Penny Lane", "Eleanor Rigby", "Michelle", "Blackbird", "I am the Walrus", and "The Long and Winding Road". On several of these tunes he captures key elements of the original recordings, including the piccolo trumpet solo on "Penny Lane" and "Eleanor Rigby's" string quartet. LJ highly personalizes both "Michelle" and "Blackbird", reaching new heights as an interpreter and providing guitarists with insight into reimagining the original, iconic arrangements, on which many guitarists cut their teeth as novice fingertylists. "I am the Walrus" captures the ominous mood of the original, almost alarming so. Juberís surprisingly understated readings of the rockers, "You Canít Do That," "I Feel Fine, and "No Reply," show his willingness to take risks in order to engage the listener (much as he did several years ago with his slowed-down, jazzy version of "Canít Buy Me Love." The lack of any George Harrison songs in this set seemed, at first, puzzling. The explanation is that a companion transcription folio to this CD entitled "LJ Plays Lennon & McCartney" is in the works by Hal Leonard Publishing, so George Harrison fans will have to wait a little longer for LJ's promised recorded version of "Something." If such wasnít already apparent, Laurence Juber has redefined solo acoustic guitar playing. I attribute this equally to three elements of his approach: arranging skill, a deep understanding of DADGAD tuning, and willingness to present popular songs. And letís not forget his prodigious workload. If youíre already familiar with Juberís music, you donít need convincing. If you donít know Laurence Juber, then "LJ Plays the Beatles, Vol. 2" is a fine introduction to his masterful interpretive skills.
© Patrick Ragains

LJ Plays The Beatles Volume 2. All of Laurence Jubers CDís exhibit his virtuosity and unparalleled mastery of the guitar, but his most popular project to date has been his instrumental interpretation of classic Beatles songs. If you liked Volume 1, you will surely love this. Recorded with his new flamed maple OMC-LJ Pro Custom Artist Edition, LJís phrasing is clear and precise, capturing the emotional essence of each

Artist: Laurence Juber
Product Type: AMR CDs
Item #: SACD2095
Price: $15.99
LJ Plays the Beatles Vol. 2
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 11 July, 2010.

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