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Cathy Berberian: Revolution

Beatles songs go baroque! An operatic first!

Eventually, record producers realized that it's a bad idea to make entire albums of Beatles songs done in some unique or perculiar non-rock style. Unfortunately, that seminal moment did not occur until some time after opera singer Cathy Berberian recorded this unbelievable LP.

The liner notes on "Revolution" (a Beatle song that Cathy doesn't actually perform on it) start off rather tongue-in-cheek, asking "Who are they kidding? Is this another put-on, some sort of musical joke?" The notes quicky go on to assure the reader that it is not, but one listen to the music on this album and you won't know what else to make of it. Opera. The Beatles. Error. Error.

Call your friends over. Place your jaw squarely in the open position. Drop the needle on Revolution, and prepare to be amazed.

Cathy Berberian: Revolution
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Songs:

I Want To Hold Your Hand (MP3) What were they thinking!?

See Also: Beatle Barkers

Your Comments:

Penn Gillette (ci852230@yahoo.com) says:
Yo! You bunch of dumbass motherfuckers. She's a musical genius and if you don't get a joke don't just stand there sayin' dumb shit! Jimmy Buffett may be more your speed. (Don't be givin parrots a bad name with your stupid straw hats and queer-ass sandals)

Quit watchin Green Acres and listen to the Free Design's first few albums and maybe your heads will clear the fuck up. (06-27-2004)

soundnut says:
Holy sweet mother of Jeebus... Stinky-bad. (06-21-2004)

simon says:
Hey Mag1965 - Stripsody is on the CD "Magnificathy: The many voices of Cathy Berberian", on the Wergo label. The CD also has her version of "Ticket To Ride" (even better than the song here), as well as "Surabaya Johnny", "Summertime", and classical works by Monteverdi, Debussy, Cage, and Busotti. Anyone interested in Berberian's work should start here. (and then seek out her recordings of Berio, particularly Sequenza 3, Recital, and Folk Songs.) (05-29-2004)

Pier Giorgio Zucco (zats@tiscali.it) says:
She was a magnificient artist. It's a life than i'm looking for this record that was also published in Germany with the title Beatles arias for special fans. I've got an audio cassette of it. If anyone could find me the record itself well......I would be ecstatic! She was unique absolutely great! I live in Milan Italy where she also lived. Admirors write me. Ciao (05-05-2004)

Pier Giorgio Zucco (zats@tiscali.it) says:
She was a magnificient artist. It's a life than i'm looking for this record that was also published in Germany with the title Beatles arias for special fans. I've got an audio cassette of it. If anyone could find me the record itself well......I would be ecstatic! She was unique absolutely great! I live in Milan Italy where she also lived. Admirors write me. Ciao (05-05-2004)

Pier Giorgio Zucco (zats@tiscali.it) says:
She was a magnificient artist. It's a life than i'm looking for this record that was also published in Germany with the title Beatles arias for special fans. I've got an audio cassette of it. If anyone could find me the record itself well......I would be ecstatic! She was unique absolutely great! I live in Milan Italy where she also lived. Admirors write me. Ciao (05-05-2004)

guys everywhere says:
an assault of the senses- in a good way... (04-28-2004)

jhgjhgj (ghjhgjghjhg@hotmail.com) says:
gfdjggggggggggfgfdhdfh (04-23-2004)

Mag1965 (mag1965@hotmail.com) says:
Hello, I'm intresting in a Cathy Berberian song.
The name is Stripsody.
Someone can help me to take it?
Who can help me, can send me a song (mp3 or wav) to my e-mail: mag1965@hotmail.com).
Thank you for everybody. (04-18-2004)

Doug Jones says:
Not as bad as I feared...Whew. What high notes!kinda entertaining, except for the bleeding of the eardrums... (04-14-2004)

Christina says:
my professor played this song in our music class...she loves Cath Berberian...she thinks she has a great sense of humor (04-08-2004)

George Berberian (hunter@wpi.edu) says:

Good range. Anyone have this on eight-track? (03-30-2004)

Brian Leonard (brian@ral.ph) says:
To paraphrase Steely Dan, even Cathy Berberian shoulda known there are some roulades she can't sing... (03-26-2004)

Richard Astley-Clemas (alicespiral@yahoo.co.uk) says:
Not the first one she did BEATLE ARIAS in the 60s.
At least its better than 99% of opera. (03-23-2004)

Paul (Not McCartney) says:
I just noticed something very weird ; in the album cover, in the drawing, Cathy Berbian has her real teeth in one the drawings of her head. For odd reason I find that utterly repulsive. (02-25-2004)

xorg (xorg@ntlworld.com) says:
Now at least some of the lyrics to 'Your Gold Teeth' by Steely Dan make sense! "Even Cathy Berberian knows There's one roulade she can't sing" (02-25-2004)

Fu (Fu@kedByBush.us) says:
Much like my morning showers, an accustic sensation. (02-21-2004)

Hugo the Fishhead (fishhead@eudoramail.com) says:
Amazin'! How in the world did you find this album? (02-09-2004)

lik i wud pt dis on da intrnet says:
INTERESTING!!!!!!! (02-03-2004)

Hans von Staden (hansvonstaden@gmx.de) says:
Is there anybody, who can tell me how to get this
LP / CD ? (01-26-2004)






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