"New York City and the morning sun...
were awoken by the strangest sound.
Reportedly as far as Washington...
the tremors shook the earth
as Alfie blew underground."
The band Klaatu...thanks to their self-titled album...became famous (or infamous)...for being the "rumored" collaboration of..The Beatles...incognito.
From what I gathered talking to a few rock fans who were on-board with The Beatles from the time of "Sgt. Pepper"...some conspiracy theorists concluded that Klaatu...was really The Beatles. So as...to allow the "Mates from Liverpool" a chance to record together again...without the pressure of living up to their previous work!?!
And...from a few songs on this album...I can see how a Beatles connection might be made. This...and the aching hope all Beatles fans had that...John. Paul. George. Ringo... might truly try to pull a fast one and get back together for...one...last...time.
Fun to believe, yes...but sadly untrue.
Klaatu was simply a three member band from Canada who recorded a popish, lovingly quirky, and slightly Beatlesque album. And "moptop" fans everywhere turned their backs on Klaatu faster than Obama giving the cold shoulder to Rev. Wright.
However..."Klaatu" (1976)...when one forgets all the "rumor baggage" surrounding it...stands up as a pretty darn good record. Beatles be damned!
Track 4 is the McCartneyish sounding..."Sub-Rosa Subway". A good tune with just the kind of mystery voices and noises and occasional trumpets that certainly helped move the conspiracy rumor along. Add some great bass work and harmony and you have a satisfying song
But, for a few songs that might remind listeners of another well-known band (cough, cough) ...Klaatu offers up their own brand of popcorn.
Mostly...Klaatu is a CD filled with quirky, catchy melodies and, at the very least, will entertain even the most jaded listener. A neat addition to your music collection.
Klaatu:-->"Sub-Rosa Subway" (Klaatu) (1976) (Must Own)