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All Together Now
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the album is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon and George Harrison, but some may feel that the third-rate covers border on the disrespectful. And since plenty of young kids enjoy the verve and energy of the Beatles' original albums, why give them this inferior substitute?
What's the story?
Some things in life are hard to improve upon, and loyal Beatles fans will claim the Fab Four belong in this category. ALL TOGETHER NOW may be good proof ot this. The album presents 13 of the band's popular hits, but recorded by teens and preteens. Youthful voices sing \"You Won't See Me\" -- but without emotion and backed by synths set to a choppy rhythm. \"Can't Buy Me Love\" is belted out earnestly by what sounds like the struggling cover band from the garage next door. \"I Saw Him Standing There\" suggests a reunion of Josie and the Pussycats and the Spice Girls.
Is it any good?
Beatle fans are bound to disparage this album, but they aren't the only disgruntled listeners: 14- and 11-year-olds familiar with the Beatles describe various tracks as "a waste of money" and "rubbish," finding them embarrassing imitations of the originals. The only people this CD might please are those unfamiliar with the Beatles, and they would be better served by a helping of the originals.