Picks and Pans Review: Backbeat
The movie BackBeat tells the story of the Beatles in 1960, when they were a bar band rocking in the dives of Hamburg, Germany. To recreate those raw, hungry times, soundtrack producer Don Was assembled a dream team of alternative rockers, including Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, with Afghan Whig Greg Dulli duplicating John Lennon's husky-growl and Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner doing Paul McCartney justice. These slacker all-stars play such Mop Top classics as "Twist and Shout" with the careening intensity of a bunch of punks, which is exactly what the Beatles were before they were fab. And Was wisely anchors the whole deal with intentionally rough, first-takes-only production. Great art? No, but BackBeat is an infectious labor of love that revives a time worth reliving. (Virgin)
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