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« Reply #2220 on: August 01, 2017, 12:45:22 AM »

How about our favourite cover versions of Beatles songs ?

I recently heard Wilson Pickett's Hey Jude.. I'd forgotten just how magnificent this is..
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« Reply #2221 on: August 01, 2017, 07:09:16 PM »

This one pops out as my first choice, but there are many more. I'll have to add them as I think of them.  :)

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« Reply #2222 on: August 04, 2017, 05:01:37 AM »

I've always liked Joe Cocker's version of With A Little Help From My Friends.
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« Reply #2223 on: August 04, 2017, 12:32:50 PM »

Here's a few great ones...

First, we have what would be a competent cover by some middle-aged rockers (Steve Winwood, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynn) but is elevated to EPIC level with one of the greatest guitar solos ever, performed EFFORTLESSLY by Prince. I think I've posted this performance in this thread before, but why not one more time? Prince's solo starts at about the 3:30 mark and continues all the way to the end. As one commenter on the YouTube video puts it: "You know you bad when you throw your guitar in the air and it don't come down. RIP Prince."  Watch Dhani Harrison (George's son who is the spitting image of him) whenever the camera catches him enjoying Prince's solo. It's hard to contain the emotions watching this. It's pure bliss:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/6SFNW5F8K9Y" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/6SFNW5F8K9Y</a>


This is from the beyond-awful Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie (starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees). But, it's a good cover. Though, the song wasn't even a decade old when this was made:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/gjX3VLjxxns" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/gjX3VLjxxns</a>


And this version, well you either love it or you hate it. Much like Nirvana, there's not much in between. I love it. It's so mournful and soulful, and puts a dark edge to a very tame and gentle ballad:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/QVH192K1Sk4" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/QVH192K1Sk4</a>


The other greatest voice of the grunge genre (imo), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) doing two, and I'm expanding this to Solo Beatles Covers so that we can hear a fantastic rendition of John's "Gimme Some Truth", which starts at the 5:27 mark.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/2c_eQAgT23I" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/2c_eQAgT23I</a>
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« Reply #2224 on: August 04, 2017, 12:47:18 PM »

Just reading through some more of the YouTube comments from the "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" cover above, and found this:

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Interviewer:  What do you smoke to keep looking this young?
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« Reply #2225 on: August 09, 2017, 01:19:30 PM »

No particular reason, just really enjoying this song today and wanted to share it. Let's see how long it's online before it gets pulled down for copyright violation:  I've Just Seen A Face


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« Reply #2226 on: August 09, 2017, 01:30:23 PM »

If anyone wants to add a Beatles-song-of-the-day, (and if it's not on Vevo or YouTube) you can add your own at Kiwi6 and then paste the "Direct Hotlink" they'll give you after the upload here.
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« Reply #2227 on: August 09, 2017, 11:06:54 PM »

No way I can post you tube links here.... But my Beatle track of the day is Across the Universe..
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« Reply #2228 on: August 09, 2017, 11:46:33 PM »

I just discovered a cool website tonight:  Beatlesbible.com, and up top, you can click on "Songs" and find a great page of info about every Beatles song. So, I'll add some of that info for each of the songs we decide to post here.  So retroactively, I'm going to post something cool about "I've Just Seen a Face". 

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The Beatles recorded I've Just Seen A Face in six takes on the morning of 14 June 1965. To the last of these they overdubbed a maraca part. The song is unusual in that it doesn't contain a bass guitar part.

In a breathtaking display of versatility, McCartney's songs I'm Down and Yesterday were also recorded on the same day.

No bass! I hadn't noticed before because one of the three guitars does push the song along almost as a bass would. Also, I really think Paul sums up what I love about the song in this statement:

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It was slightly country and western from my point of view. It was faster, though, it was a strange uptempo thing. I was quite pleased with it. The lyric works: it keeps dragging you forward, it keeps pulling you to the next line, there's an insistent quality to it that I liked.

It was recorded in the home of his (then) girlfriend's parents (Jane Asher).  Jane and Paul dated for five years, almost the entirety of Beatlemania:  From 1963 to 1968, and she was the muse for most of his greatest songs. I don't know for certain that he wrote "I've Just Seen a Face" for Jane, but I would make the leap. Just about all the songs at this time were about her and their relationship (good and bad).


Paul with Jane Asher

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No way I can post you tube links here.... But my Beatle track of the day is Across the Universe..

Across the Universe (Let It Be ... Naked)

I have three versions of this song,  the "Rarities" version, the "Let It Be" version, and the "Let It Be ... Naked". I'm putting up the last one since I haven't listened to this CD in a good long time.  Here's some really interesting quotes from John about it:

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It was a lousy track of a great song and I was so disappointed by it. It never went out as The Beatles; I gave it to the Wildlife Fund of Great Britain, and then when Phil Spector was brought in to produce Let It Be, he dug it out of the Beatles files and overdubbed it. The guitars are out of tune and I'm singing out of tune 'cause I'm psychologically destroyed and nobody's supporting me or helping me with it and the song was never done properly.

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It's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best. It's good poetry, or whatever you call it, without chewin' it. See, the ones I like are the ones that stand as words, without melody. They don't have to have any melody, like a poem, you can read them.

And this one is great... poor Cynthia. He never really had anything positive to say about her, even this:

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I was lying next to my first wife in bed, you know, and I was irritated. She must have been going on and on about something and she'd gone to sleep and I'd kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream. I went downstairs and it turned into sort of a cosmic song rather than an irritated song; rather than a 'Why are you always mouthing off at me?' or whatever, right? ...

But the words stand, luckily, by themselves. They were purely inspirational and were given to me as boom! I don't own it, you know; it came through like that. I don't know where it came from, what meter it's in, and I've sat down and looked at it and said, 'Can I write another one with this meter?' It's so interesting: 'Words are flying [sic] out like [sings] endless rain into a paper cup, they slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe.' Such an extraordinary meter and I can never repeat it! It's not a matter of craftsmanship; it wrote itself. It drove me out of bed. I didn't want to write it, I was just slightly irritable and I went downstairs and I couldn't get to sleep until I put it on paper, and then I went to sleep.

It's like being possessed; like a psychic or a medium. The thing has to go down. It won't let you sleep, so you have to get up, make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep. That's always in the middle of the bloody night, when you're half awake or tired and your critical facilities are switched off.

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Lennon initially wanted Across The Universe to be released as a single while The Beatles were in India with the Maharishi, but the group opted for Lady Madonna instead.

Which just makes me shake my head. As I wrote waaaaay back toward the beginning of this thread, Paul almost always got the singles, and the "A" sides, which makes the "1" album so McCartney-heavy.  I have nothing against Lady Madonna, but I very much doubt "the group" opted for Lady Madonna instead. ;)
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« Reply #2229 on: August 10, 2017, 02:27:20 PM »

No particular reason, just really enjoying this song today and wanted to share it. Let's see how long it's online before it gets pulled down for copyright violation:  I've Just Seen A Face

The U.S. version of Beatle albums are generally really annoying in how they were butchered, but the one exception is Rubber Soul, which I actually quite like. It's not better, but the flow of songs works really well, and I've always liked how it opens with "I've Just Seen a Face." When I hear that song it transports me back to my pre-teen/early teen days when I originally listened to the album. No other Beatle song does that. (As a side note, the local library had the U.K. version of Revolver, which I copied, and so I never had to deal with the album missing three vital songs.)
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« Reply #2230 on: August 10, 2017, 04:12:30 PM »

I agree with you, but at the time, the only American albums that I balked at were the A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, HELP! and YELLOW SUBMARINE because I didn't want to have to listen through all the George Martin orchestral stuff between Beatles songs, so I bought imported versions of those. It wasn't until I started buying CDs that I had the imported versions of the rest of the catalogue and realized how cheated we had been. 

Speaking of songs that bring us back to childhood, mine is the SOMETHING NEW album, and especially my two favorite songs from it:  Things we Said Today and Slow Down.  SOMETHING NEW was my introduction to The Beatles. And I apologize if I've told this story before, but it's a long thread, and an old thread.  My uncle, who had just left living in a monastery for the past dozen or so years, went to a record store to buy me a birthday present. I think I was about 10 years old, so it was the mid 70's.  Knowing nothing about music, he asked the record store employee what music was popular nowadays, and the employee said "You can't go wrong with The Beatles, The Carpenters and Foghat".  So, I got one cassette tape of each. And of all Beatles cassettes to choose, it was the SOMETHING NEW cassette, which didn't even exist in England. But, I wore that tape out I listened to it so much.

So, why not... here's another song of the day:  Slow Down

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The song was taped swiftly in six takes in the afternoon of 1 June 1964. The rhythm track of take three was the best, and onto this was overdubbed a double-tracked Lennon vocals.

Three days later George Martin added a piano part. None of the performers appear to have taken it too seriously, with vocal fluffs (most noticeably during the line "But now you've got a boyfriend down the street"), a somewhat workmanlike guitar solo and generally sloppy playing.

But that's the essence of rock 'n' roll, and Lennon's vocal has enough brio to make the result worth searching out by Beatles fans.



Slow Down was probably my introduction to rock music. I don't think I'd ever heard anything like it before. My parents didn't listen to rock, and my brother had terrible taste in music (I think he was listening to Roy Clark and aspiring to be him someday at about that time).  Lennon's voice rips the song to shreds. I think he's a very underrated singer (and I realize "underrated" is controversial when saying anything about The Beatles).
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« Reply #2231 on: August 12, 2017, 03:23:49 AM »

Song of the Day:

Day Tripper

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/VVgVqAT_RLA" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/VVgVqAT_RLA</a>

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Lxxtk7E4aKo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Lxxtk7E4aKo</a>

This is as close as I can get at his point in my life to being obsessed with a Beatles song. It's such a, pardon the expression, badass song. It's built around one of the Beatles' best guitar riffs. The lyrics are simple but highly suggestive, and sung very coolly by John Lennon.

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The song was a knowing reference to the burgeoning drugs-based counterculture of the mid-1960s. 'Day tripper' was a slang term for someone who failed to fully embrace the hippy lifestyle.

    "That's mine. Including the lick, the guitar break and the whole bit. It's just a rock 'n' roll song. Day trippers are people who go on a day trip, right? Usually on a ferryboat or something. But it was kind of - you know, you're just a weekend hippie. Get it?"

John Lennon, 1980
All We Are Saying, David Sheff


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    "Day Tripper was to do with tripping. Acid was coming in on the scene, and often we'd do these songs about 'the girl who thought she was it'... But this was just a tongue-in-cheek song about someone who was a day tripper, a Sunday painter, Sunday driver, somebody who was committed only in part to the idea. Whereas we saw ourselves as full-time trippers, fully committed drivers, she was just a day tripper."

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

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The lyrics employed other double meanings. "She's a big teaser" was originally "She's a prick teaser", though they never seriously considered recording it like that.

    "I remember with the prick teasers we thought, That'd be fun to put in. That was one of the great things about collaborating, you could nudge-nudge, wink-wink a bit, whereas if you're sitting on your own, you might not put it in."

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
from beatlesbible.com


And apparently John Lennon plays the guitar solo, which was certainly not his specialty, and it sounds pretty darn good. As for the writing of the song, it's almost all John, but Paul helped out, though to what extent I'm not sure.

Here's Paul McCartney performing the song live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB6pVG2OmVU

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« Reply #2232 on: August 12, 2017, 09:21:47 PM »

When we were talking earlier about some songs that highlight Ringo as a great drummer, I would add Day Tripper to the list if it's not there already. I love Ringo's intro to the song and he has some great fills. And if I'd ever known that John played that riff, I'd forgotten.
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« Reply #2233 on: August 13, 2017, 01:31:32 PM »

How about our favourite cover versions of Beatles songs ?

I recently heard Wilson Pickett's Hey Jude.. I'd forgotten just how magnificent this is..

I defy anyone not to appreciate Siouxsie and the Banshees' version of Dear Prudence ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6rrTROoZIw

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« Reply #2234 on: August 13, 2017, 06:41:32 PM »

P.S. Sorry not sure how to embed videos on here (it's been a while since I tried to do anything technical on here!)

You may find guidance in this thread ... :)

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=10316.0
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« Reply #2235 on: August 13, 2017, 11:32:30 PM »

I love  that cover of Dear Prudence...

Always liked I've Just Seen a Face.. Makes me think of Dylan..
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« Reply #2236 on: August 22, 2017, 03:29:27 AM »

A whole slew of Beatles songs and albums have suddenly appeared again on youtube, but just as I think the record company is relaxing its policy, I see my original video for "Day Tripper" I posted a few posts back was taken down, so I replaced it with two different promo videos from 1965, neither of which I'd ever seen. While the videos are up, here's two for "Paperback Writer" .

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/xen-IVnoUxo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/xen-IVnoUxo</a>

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« Reply #2237 on: August 22, 2017, 03:31:52 AM »

I defy anyone not to appreciate Siouxsie and the Banshees' version of Dear Prudence ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6rrTROoZIw

P.S. Sorry not sure how to embed videos on here (it's been a while since I tried to do anything technical on here!)

I love that cover. I saw Siouxsie in the early 90s, but I can't remember if they played "Dear Prudence." They did play "Helter Skelter," I remember that.
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« Reply #2238 on: October 09, 2017, 03:18:35 PM »

John's birthday today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaB_45dHRXZ/ (Paul's instagram)

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« Reply #2239 on: October 09, 2017, 08:41:52 PM »

Great song.  O0
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