Rubber Band – XMAS!: The Beatmas (1996)

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Since the Beatles are unfortunately no longer around to share their wonderful little holiday tunes with us, I suppose the next best thing to such entertainment is this great disc by Rubber Band. And what characters these guys are, as they blatantly rip off chunks of Beatles songs and retool them into Christmas classics! Or is it the other way around?

In any event, they’ve slapped together a tremendously enjoyable album guaranteed to convert even Scrooge into a believer of the season. From their singing to their playing, Rubber Band stages dead on imitations of John, Paul, George and Ringo, marking them the ultimate Beatles tribute band. And that’s the truth!

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” wields a mean game of ping pong with “Ticket to Ride,” while “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” weaves in and out of “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Taxman” infiltrates “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer” with astounding results. Although “Please Mr. Postman” was originally recorded by the Marvelettes, Rubber Band takes their cue from the Fab Four’s popular copy of the tune then mixes it up with George Michael’s “Last Christmas.” Then there’s “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” set atop “Silent Night,” while “A Bairn is Born in Beatlehome” tosses slices of “All You Need is Love” into the proceedings. Not many people associate “Jingle Bells” with “Love Me Do” but Rubber Band’s merging of the songs testify to be a perfect fit.

Every track on XMAS!: The Beatlemas (Kick Records) is performed in an elated manner, spreading good tidings left and right, and high and low. These songs are so contagiously catchy that you’re bound to spin the record over and over again. In fact, you’ll probably be still listening to Beatmas by the time summer arrives!

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Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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