The Long and Winding Road

 
   

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Track Listing (with instrumentation)

DISC 1
Hello, Goodbye (two steel-string guitars)
Can't Buy Me Love (two steel-string guitars)
Here, There and Everywhere
(solo classical guitar)
All You Need Is Love
(two steel-string guitars)
Her Majesty
(solo classical guitar)
Help! (three mandolins, steel-string guitar)
When I'm Sixty-Four (solo classical guitar)

I Want To Hold Your Hand
(mandolin, three steel-strings)
Hey Jude (classical guitar, three steel-string guitars)
I'll Follow the Sun (classical guitar, two steel-strings, 12-string)

I Feel Fine
(solo steel-string guitar (bottleneck slide))
Eight Days a Week (three steel-string guitars, bass guitar)
You Can't Do That (solo steel-string guitar)
Come Together (four steel-strings, jazz guitar, bass guitar)

If I Fell
(solo classical guitar)
Across the Universe (solo steel-string guitar)
Day Tripper (five steel-string guitars)

In My Life
(solo classical guitar)

DISC 2

Penny Lane (mandolin, classical guitar, 12-string, bass guitar)
Yesterday (solo classical guitar)
Paperback Writer (mandolin, steel-string, classical guitar)
Ticket To Ride (solo 12-string guitar)
A Hard Day's Night (two steel-string guitars)
Lady Madonna (solo steel-string guitar)
Eleanor Rigby (four classical guitars, four steel-strings (1 bowed))
Blackbird (two classical guitars)
She Loves You (solo classical guitar)
Love Me Do (mandolin, three steel-string guitars)
From Me To You (solo classical guitar)
Let It Be (solo steel-string guitar)
Yellow Submarine (two banjuleles, steel-string guitar)
Michelle (three mandolins, two classical guitars)
Get Back (solo steel-string guitar)
Because (solo classical guitar)
Norwegian Wood (mandolin, four steel-strings, bass guitar)
The Long and Winding Road (classical guitar, steel-string guitar)

   

Reviews

"Spread over two well-filled discs, here is a very interesting and beautifully played set of some of the most well-known songs ever written. Variety is the order of the day, as Thomas has made every effort to arrange each successive piece for a new combination, so you get on the one hand a number of solo classical arrangements such as Her Majesty, which becomes delightfully ragtime in feel, a cheeky "From Me To You", a slightly exotic "If I Fell", next to "Hello Goodbye" for two steel-string guitars, "Help", for three mandolins and a steel-strung guitar, "Come Together" for four steel- strings, a jazz guitar and a bass guitar, and even "I Feel Fine" for bottleneck slide guitar! This is all beautifully done, lots of fun and all wonderfully played and should be owned by anyone interested in fine guitar playing, and/or the music of the Beatles." [Chris Dumigan, Classical Guitar magazine]

 

"This two-disc project showcases Thomas' impressive technique on several acoustic instruments: steel string guitar, classical guitar, mandolin, 12-string, bottleneck slide, bass guitar and a banjulele. The Atlanta native multi-tracks his solo playing so that some songs may have three or five or eight instruments interweaving simultaneously, a prodigious undertaking in and of itself. However, what strikes one most about this collection is Thomas' bold arrangements. While Thomas plays a few of these "straight," he turns a few entirely on their ears, and fusses and tinkers with the rest. Straight, with only one instrument, and quite nicely done are "Yesterday," "Here, There and Everywhere," "If I Fell," and "In My Life." Happily, no surprises there. But Thomas takes the feverishly adolescent exuberance of "She Loves You" and transforms it into a lovely, achy, mature love song. It's a completely fresh reading and beautiful -- and it's pure genius....Thomas offers plenty of other fodder for discussion, but there's no denying his fine guitar work. And his new arrangements of old classics allow us to chew on some chestnuts with fresh ears." [Minor7th.com]

"The great merit of these versions is based primarily on the imaginative arrangements (ranging from jazz to pop through blues and classical), but also in the versatile and sensitive way of playing of this wonderful musician… The result is a delight to hear, and to name but a few, we have greatly enjoyed his visions of 'Help', 'In My Life', "Because" and 'Norwegian Wood'" [The Beatles' Garden fanclub magazine]

   
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