MUSIC: HELP! HE'S NOT DOING FINE

EVEN WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM SOME FRIENDS, THE FORMER BEATLE'S LATEST CLASSICAL EFFORT FALLS FLAT

How legit can an aging rocker get? At 55, Sir Paul McCartney seems determined to find out. Standing Stone, his second voyage into the deep waters of classical music, is a four-movement symphonic poem in which McCartney endeavors to suggest "the way Celtic man might have wondered about the origins of life and the mystery of human existence." The CD version, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, shot right to the top of Billboard's classical chart.

The former Beatle isn't the only rock musician currently trying his hand at classical composition--Billy Joel announced in September that his plans include...

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