Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Beatles Meet James Bond In Our Latest PianoSoft Release

Last week we released two new PianoSoft collections, and they're two of the best we've released in quite a while. Let's take a closer look.

In My Life - Beatles 1965

This collection is perfect example of what PianoSoft can be, as it captures both great performances from pianist Joel Plimmer as well as highlighting the Beatles at their creative peak. Beatles '65 shows the Beatles as rock and roll experimentalists, with "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man", and also includes two of their most moving ballads, "Yesterday" and "In My Life".

In keeping with its title, all of the songs selected for this collection were originally released in 1965. Most songs appeared on either Help! or Rubber Soul, while "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out", both of which were recorded during the recording sessions for Rubber Soul, were released on a double A-side single.

For more about Joel Plimmer, the pianist behind this new collection, check out this article from our beloved contributor, Cathy.

Midnight Cowboy - Fabulous Film Songs

Midnight Cowboy features the classic film themes of John Barry. You may not know Barry by name, but a quick look at the track list for this collection should reveal that you already know him by his music. Perhaps best known as the composer of scores and themes for the James Bond films of the 60s and 70s, his themes for other films such as Midnight Cowboy and Somewhere In Time (both included here) are some of the most recognizable soundtrack works of their time.

For this collection Barry's work has been arranged and performed by pianist David Spear, a notable film composer in his own right. Spear's orchestrations have been heard in such comedy classics as Airplane! and the Three Amigos, but in this collection he puts his skills as a pianist to work, creating beautiful solo piano arrangements of some of Barry's most famous themes.

Both collections are available now through Yamaha MusicSoft or Internet Direct Connection.

- Doug