October 5th & 6th was filled with Beatlemania at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Classic Albums Live performed both sides of the White Album on the 5th, and the album, Let It Be, along with a compilation of Beatles songs on the 6th. I’ve been to many Beatles tribute bands for I am an avid Beatles fan, and Classic Albums Live sacrifices the costumes and the looks for sound quality.
There were 10 people on stage, and they sounded incredible. They had four different singers each playing a different instrument, a violinist, a cellist who sang back-up vocals, a drummer, a pianist, saxophonist, and trumpeter. All the songs were played in the correct order of the album, and they played without interruption. There were many points in the album where I wondered if they can pull something off, such the song Revolution #9, but they delivered. Although there were some points when the singers’ voices got tired, it was easily overlooked.
If I could change one thing, it would be to add trombone, baritone, and tuba players. There were some points where a stronger brass section was needed. While listening to the music, I was looking around at the audience and realized most of them were older, some of them young when the Beatles were still live. Almost all of them were extremely happy with what they were hearing, some closing their eyes lost in their memories. Overall, Classic Albums Live had a spectacular performance and if the Beatles were to play these albums live, it would sound a lot like them.