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Covers of Beatles' songs U favour over the original


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#1 of 109 Rachael B

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Posted March 19 2005 - 03:01 PM

I just revealed in another thread that I adore Mike Harrsion & Spooky Tooth doing I AM THE WALRUS. I think it's rulz. Can you name a brilliant Beatles cover?

I have some others but I'll wait and see what comes around...
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#2 of 109 DanFe

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Posted March 19 2005 - 03:11 PM

Kenny Rankin did an excellent cover of Blackbird.

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Posted March 19 2005 - 03:22 PM

"Happiness is a Warm Gun" by The Breeders, on their album Pod. It's hard to believe anyone could make Lennon/McCartney material sound palatable, but The Breeders were a great enough band to swing it.

#4 of 109 Clint B

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Posted March 19 2005 - 03:22 PM

While I love the Beatles original, I think Joe Cocker's version of "With A Little Help From My Friends" beats it.

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Posted March 19 2005 - 05:36 PM

There aren't any for me.

I love some of them (Cocker's WALHFMF for one) but none of them top the originals.

Richie Havens did a great album of Beatles/Dylan covers...I used to have it on tape but I don't have it anymore.

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Posted March 19 2005 - 08:09 PM

Beatles songs should never be covered. No one can do them justice, especially any songs during and after "Sgt. Pepper." To me, this is the same as someone trying to cover "Stairway to Heaven."Posted Image

#7 of 109 Cees Alons

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Posted March 19 2005 - 08:41 PM

None.

There are a few that I like to listen to now and then as well, e.g. I was about to post Joe Cocker's version of With a Little Help.
But in the end, I always prefer the OAR (of course) - the Original Album Recording.
Mostly, it's George Martin making all the difference (except for Let It Be Posted Image ).

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Posted March 20 2005 - 03:33 AM

I agree with Cees, with one exception, which is the version of 'Across the Universe' by Tina Apple [? - the one on Pleasantville]. And that is simply because of Pavlovian conditioning - I associate a pleasant event with that particular version of the song. I couldn't claim that the interpretation is necessarily better in its own right (though in fairness, it's a good interpretation).

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Posted March 20 2005 - 03:34 AM

I absolutely love Aerosmith's cover of Come Together. One of the few Beatles covers that I can manage to listen to without thinking it was musical heresy. Posted Image
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Posted March 20 2005 - 03:42 AM

Across the Universe By Fionna Apple. Agreat cover that I was going to list but was beaten to by Andrew.

The vidoe for this is just as good, and directed by P.T. Anderson.
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#11 of 109 Rachael B

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Posted March 20 2005 - 03:45 AM

Dan, Crosby, Stills & Nash did a purr-dy fair cover of Blackbird at the Woodstock Festival. I have that Kenny Rankin album. I have most of his albums. I'd forgotten about that one when making my Covered Music Dishes project, hmnnn...I'm stille adding to it. That Rankin track will be on the next disc.
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Posted March 20 2005 - 03:56 AM

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#13 of 109 Rachael B

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Posted March 20 2005 - 04:00 AM

For ya'all that say that there are no worthy covers, I'd suggest that you simply haven't heard enough of them to be stuck on this conclusion. I'm quite sure there must be atleast 500 Beatles' covers in my expansive music collection...? There be some nuggets amongst the ore.
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Posted March 20 2005 - 04:06 AM

Count me in with those who can't really think of a Beatles cover that I prefer over the original, though I'm definitely not of the camp that believes they should never be covered.

In fact, two of my favorite bands, The Dave Matthews Band and Toad the Wet Sprocket (now defunct), have both covered Hey Bulldog quite well! In live settings, I love their renditions (nothing like the raw energy of live sound to really give "umph" to that song), but it's a different creature from what The Beatles put on tape, and I can't say I find it superior.

Somewhat hypocritically though, I do find some covers done by The Beatles to be superior to the original (Twist and Shout comes immediately to mind).

Damn it, just replying to this thread reminds me how much we need either remastered CDs, or hi-res versions (or both!) of The Beatles catalog! Posted Image

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Posted March 20 2005 - 04:10 AM

Cees, what if the original-album-recording of a Beatles song, well, Lennon-McCartney song is by somebody else? ...like, say, Peter & Gordon's A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE...? Posted Image I know that's a cheap trick! Speaking of Cheap Trick, they do Day Tripper with gusto!Posted Image
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Posted March 20 2005 - 04:16 AM

OK, I'll reveal another monster cover of the Beatles. YESTERDAY by Marvin Gaye. He's simply a better singer. I bet I've heard 25 versions of Yesterday and most are dull and without luster. Marvin's is compelling!
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Posted March 20 2005 - 04:21 AM

Grand slam, Cees, do they have them in foot-sey ball too?Posted Image I have to admit I like's dat Fiona Apple Universe too...alot! But, the only ball that cleared the fence, NOT!Posted Image
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Posted March 20 2005 - 04:25 AM

These don't surpass the originals, but are fantastic covers nonetheless:

"I Am the Walrus" by Oasis + The Bootleg Beatles, from the "There and Then" concert DVD, NOT the drunken, tuneless, altogether shitty version from "The Masterplan" CD.

"Strawberry Fields Forever" by Ben Harper.

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Posted March 20 2005 - 05:05 AM

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Posted March 20 2005 - 05:23 AM

This probably doesn't count, but in The Concert for George, I think there are some songs that I prefer to the original versions.