Ken Tucker
November 02, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
The Beatles
genre
Pop

We gave it a B

Although Tony Sheridan’s name gets smaller type than the ­Beatles on the cover of First Recordings, it’s his showy, Elvis-influenced singing that dominates these recordings made in 1961-62 B.R. (Before Ringo). No Lennon-McCartney compositions here; instead, you’ll find ­mostly covers of chestnuts such as ”My Bonnie,” ”Ain’t She Sweet,” and ”Sweet Georgia Brown.” George Harrison provides some nice guitar fills throughout, but this disc only hints at the greatness to come. B

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