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Here's the Verve & Happy Tiger Beatles sets...neither are really "outstanding", but both have Jaws, and both do have their transcendent moments (I really like the Happy Tiger Fool On The Hill, and the Verve Michelle, gorgeous section playing, and Jaws on Michelle for once sounds like he DOES give a damn ).
Basie is no doubt the only artist of his generation to do two full albums of Beatles covers, and it's notable, perhaps, that in both he covered period-specific songs. For the first one, that's pretty much was all that was available, but for the second one...maybe not so much. Arrangers are Chico O'Farrill for the Verve and Bob Florence for the Happy Tiger.
At no time is there any doubt that you're listening to a Count Basie record.