The grand finale, "Carry That Weight/The End," sounds as if Yellow Dubmarine knew they couldn't deviate too far from the heavy rock and dueling guitar-sound of the Beatles' iconic version. But the slower tempo and horns, which duel with the guitars, just doesn't evoke the ferocity, the "let's go out on top" note of the original. Yes, they do end with the "hidden" track, "Your Majesty," which features a distorted vocal, piano, and slight percussion, sounding like it was recorded via tape recorder in someone's basement.
I realize it might be unfair to expect a group like Yellow Dubmarine to equal the Beatles. However, covering a Fab Four album invites, nay demands, such comparisons. Anyone attempting to completely re-imagine a classic album by any artists will encounter resistance. Embarking on such a project is fraught with danger, and Yellow Dubmarine obviously bravely took on this challenge. The results are mixed, and one wonders if some songs simply do not lend themselves to drastic remakes. Dub fans may want to check out Abbey Dub, but Beatles fans—and classic rock fans in general—will constantly find themselves comparing these tracks to the originals, and in every case, the Beatles still come out on top.
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