The Fab 4th Laurence Juber
- 1Across the Universe02:26
- 2Every Little Thing02:33
- 3Back in the USSR02:34
- 4If I Fell02:40
- 5A Day in the Life03:44
- 6Tell Me What You See02:51
- 7Lady Madonna02:34
- 8I’ll Be Back02:37
- 9I Will02:53
- 10Don’t Bother Me03:05
- 11She’s Leaving Home03:20
- 12I Need You02:42
- 13She’s A Woman03:05
- 16You Never Give Me Your Money (Bonus track)02:55
Info for The Fab 4th
The Fab 4th is an album of songs by The Beatles, arranged and performed on solo acoustic guitar by Laurence Juber. Known to his fans as LJ, his playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy®, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer. This is his fourth Beatles-inspired solo guitar recording. The first of the series, LJ Plays The Beatles, was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums.
Laurence Juber: My wife Hope first suggested the idea of an album of solo arrangements of Beatles tunes more than twenty years ago. I was reluctant at first, considering myself primarily a composer, not an arranger. But, then I figured that as she listens to me play for so many hours a day, it was only fair to devote a portion of that time to these tunes.
In return, she took on the role of producer.
As the arranging unfolded, I found myself ever-more deeply drawn, both as a guitarist and a musician, to the depth and dimension of their creativity. Stripping the songs down to their musical essentials exposes their uniquely nuanced musicality, while seeking the complementary guitaristic space, is an exercise in my own creativity.
Little did I realize at the time, that LJ Plays The Beatles, would become the first of an evolving series, with a volume two, a volume 3 (LJ Can’t Stop Playing The Beatles) and, at Paul McCartney’s instigation, One Wing.
Hope’s idea for a title, The Fab 4th, was the call to action once more.
There are almost 200 original Beatles compositions. Not all translate well to the fingerboard, although there have been some serendipitous moments, when an unlikely candidate revealed itself as a cool arrangement.
This collection includes favorites that I missed on the previous albums, along with some under-appreciated songs, and a few guitaristic challenges. There are many that haven’t yet made the cut, and I’m not sure that I’ll tackle any more, but that’s what I’ve said before……”
Laurence Juber, guitar
GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.
A music graduate of London’s Goldsmith’s College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970’s. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.
Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 27 solo albums. The latest Downtown, is a collection of standards recorded in one five hour session at Hollywood’s Capitol Studios. Juber has 4 guitar folios in print. The latest, The Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar was published by Hal Leonard in January 2019.
His LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber’s DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best audio.
His ‘photo memoir’ Guitar With Wings was recently published by Dalton Watson Fine Books.
As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.
Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and scored the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning.