Review: The Beatles hits played at Regent covers show

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The Magic of The Beatles, Regent Theatre, Ipswich

From moptops to Sergeant Pepper outfits – The Magic of The Beatles dressed, sung and sounded like their 1960s heroes.

It is not easy covering The Beatles but the Ipswich Regent audience got a very good imitation on Saturday night.

Playing in simple chronological order, the covers band went through all the phases – from the black and white TV days of I Want to Hold Your Hand to Let it Be’s Get Back.

Many of my favourites were played – Strawberry Fields Forever, Back in the USSR and Revolution 1.

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There could have been more of the psychedelic songs though, no I am the Walrus, Day in the Life or Tomorrow Never Knows.

To be fair to The Magic of The Beatles, these are all songs which require a lot of production and/or backing musicians – which the group did not have.

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One of the standout moments was when Lennon, McCartney and Starr’s players left the stage, for a performance of George Harrison’s Here Comes The Sun, bringing a welcome change to the band dynamic.

In terms of the musicians – McCartney’s intricate bass and Ringo’s drumming work were excellent representations. The voices are what they are – close to the real thing but no more.

Key tracks from Revolver and Rubber Soul were missing. But when they have got such an exhaustive catalogue of music I’ll forgive them as I did get to hear Penny Lane and Come Together live.

Matt Hunter

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