Picks and Pans Review: Stars on Long Play
The short American attention span that gave us fast food and condensed-book clubs must have been producer Jaap Eggermont's inspiration to string together excerpts from Beatles tunes connected by a thumpy disco beat. Side One is devoted to, among other snippets, 32 seconds of Ticket to Ride, 46 seconds of Day Tripper, 31 seconds of My Sweet Lord, 23 seconds of A Hard Day's Night and a mere eight seconds of Nowhere Man. All are surprisingly close to the Fab Four's originals, but spliced together, excruciatingly, by the got-ta-boogie vocals of some faceless studio group. That part of this side became the country's top single in June is shameful. Side Two is devoted to a similar potpourri of disco hits, bubble gum pop and oldies abridged by Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers. This is like sitting at a car radio and punching the button to a different station every few seconds. If that's what turns you on and off, this is the record you've been waiting for.