Milos Karadaglic Blackbird: The Beatles Album on LP
After delighting audiences with the classical heritage of the guitar on his three previous albums, acclaimed guitarist Miloš Karadaglić returns with a pleasantly surprising departure; Blackbird – The Beatles Album. Performing delicate new arrangements of iconic songs by The Beatles, the "charismatic, sensitive player" (The New York Times) collaborates with celebrated artists from the varied worlds of pop, jazz and classical, including Tori Amos, Gregory Porter, Anoushka Shankar, Sergio Assad and Steven Isserlis.
Miloš explains, "Recording this album opened a door into a very different reality. It felt as if I was exploring an alter ego I never knew I had." Highlights include "Blackbird," "Come Together," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Eleanor Rigby," "Fool on the Hill," and "Let it Be" among others. Blackbird – The Beatles Album was recorded in the famous Studio 2 of Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles themselves recorded most of their legendary songs. Further harkening back to the original sessions, this new recording also used some of the original microphones from The Beatles recordings. "The spirit, the whole magic of this space was truly intoxicating. It was a bit like they were all there," says Miloš.
Blackbird – The Beatles Album also brought together a talented array of behind-the-scenes collaborators. Brazilian guitarist-composer Sergio Assad handled guitar arrangements on all tracks, with the exception of "Yesterday" which is the Takemitsu version Milos first played at university. Tony Award-winning orchestrator and composer Christopher Austin, a friend of Miloš' from his student days at the Royal Academy, contributed string arrangements on three tracks, and jazz bassist Chris Hill (who has worked with Jamie Cullum, Annie Lennox and others) provided improvised bass parts to several songs.
Miloš is delighted at the collaborative nature of the project. "The partnership between George Harrison and Ravi Shankar was one of the most important cross culture collaborations in music. Inviting his daughter Anoushka Shankar, who is one of my absolutely favorite musicians, to join me on ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' was a no-brainer." The project also marks the first time Miloš has worked with pop vocalists. "Recording ‘She's Leaving Home' with Tori Amos was a deeply emotional experience, and it was amazing having Gregory Porter on ‘Let It Be' too. I could not have asked for more. Musically, this project has been the most fun I've ever had."