Bedtime With the Beatles: Instrumental Versions of Classic Beatles Songs

Bedtime With the Beatles: Instrumental Versions of Classic Beatles Songs

by Jason FalknerJason Falkner


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Fans who know Jason Falkner best for his ironic songwriting and jagged-edge productions may be surprised to hear Bedtime With the Beatles. This lullaby album, subtitled "Instrumental Versions of Classic Beatles Songs," is exactly what it says it is: a collection of the quietest, most calming versions of Beatles classics most listeners have ever heard. There's no irony at work here, no wink of the eye, just Falkner performing -- at a painstakingly slow pace -- a set of Lennon/McCartney evergreens, obviously focused away from the early days of Fab Four frenzy and toward the post-1965 balladry of Rubber Soul, Revolver, The Beatles, and Let It Be. The instrumentation is either solo guitar or layers of keyboards, usually including solo piano, plus the gauzy tones of synths, a complete string section, or an appropriately childlike electric piano. Though relying on a minimalist aesthetic must have posed a large challenge for Falkner (he's made no secret of his fondness for the wall-of-sound approach), he displays a clear talent for simplistic performance. He highlights the melodies, but also brings into sharp focus the many and varied harmonies of these Beatles songs. "I'm Only Sleeping" is the most natural choice here, though "The Long and Winding Road," "Across the Universe," and the opener "Blackbird" are all beautiful songs given lovely performances. It's difficult to escape the impression that without Falkner's name attached to the project, his fans would loathe this album, but Bedtime with the Beatles is a surprising success.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Sony Wonder (Audio)
UPC: 0696998586024
catalogNumber: 85860
Rank: 23391


  1. Blackbird
  2. Across the Universe
  3. And I Love Her
  4. I'm Only Sleeping
  5. If I Fell
  6. The Fool on the Hill
  7. Mother Nature's Son
  8. Michelle
  9. Here, There and Everywhere
  10. In My Life
  11. The Long and Winding Road

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Falkner   Primary Artist,Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Jack Brand   Violin
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Endre Granat   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
David Low   Cello
Rene Mandel   Violin
Roger Neill   Conductor
Simon Oswell   Viola
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Aimee Kreston   Violin
Phillip Levy   Violin
David H. Speltz   Cello

Technical Credits

Jason Falkner   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Roger Neill   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Jason Rankins   Engineer
Rynda Laurel   Concept

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