BBC Radio 2 have attempted to recreate the recording of the Beatles LP "Please Please Me", under similar conditions (i.e. in 12 hours on the 11th of February in Studio 2 at Abbey Road) but with 11 different artists, including Beatle peers The Merseybeats, Paul Jones (ex-Manfred Mann), Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook from Squeeze, Joss Stone and more.
Is it a bold move or a stunt? You be the judge. I would have thought that the two remaining Beatles should have been involved with this, but alas they weren't. Ringo was in Australia with his All-Starr band, and who knows where Paul was and what he was up to.
Actually, it would have been interesting to see if the offspring of the Beatles, who recently hinted to the press they might get a band together (Dhani Harrison, Sean Ono Lennon, Zak Starkey and Mike(?) McCartney), could pull off playing those songs in 12 hours at Abbey Road.
I've only heard a couple of performances from this broadcast - one by the Stereophonics and one by Mick Hucknall. I don't care much for Mick, but the Stereophonics took "I Saw Her Standing There" and smashed it out of the park in one take. Take a listen below:
You can read my review of the First Beatles LP right here