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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    TWO OF US

    Here's two more:

    First off, here's the Aimee Mann and Michael Penn version from the 2001 film I Am Sam. It's pretty damned faithful to the original, but it's, well, smoother. They aren't singing this as "brightly" as John and Paul did, but they harmonize beautifully.





    And here's Paul covering it in 2010 in Argentina, 2005 in Red Square, and 2010 in Nashville. This time he's taking the lower notes, which is the melody anyway. Can you figure where the harmony vocal is coming from?





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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    But wait . . . there's more . . . .

    TWO OF US

    Pianist Steve Dobrogosz released a very beautiful solo piano cover of Two of Us on his 2009 album Golden Slumbers. If you like this sort of thing, this should be high on your list. His playing is nuanced and respectful, and the arrangement is excellent. He's a pro, releasing 39 album since his first in 1980, most of them in the last 20 years. Originally from the US, he moved to Sweden in 1978 at the age of 22, and has enjoyed a stellar career there ever since.





    Still Folk (Brazil) (basically two guys from Brazil that perform American folk music) produced a live-in-the-studio video of the two of them performing Two of Us in 2014. Their accent-less vocals are stellar, and their playing is top notch.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    TWO OF US

    . . . appears on Guster's 2007 EP Satellite. It's a banjo version. They mess with the original funky timings

    And Scott Reeder's cover appears on Sucking The 70's 2: Back in the Saddle Again. I'll link it because of two things, the thick toms, and the killer fretless bass.





    . . . And if you're a fan of Bossa Nova, here's a version from Grazyna Auguscik and Paulinho Garcia they released on their 2008 album The Beatles Nova. They change it up enough to make it unique.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    THE BEATLES MOVIE MEDLEY ("Magical Mystery Tour", "All You Need Is Love", "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", "I Should Have Known Better", "A Hard Day's Night", "Ticket to Ride", and "Get Back")


    In 1982 Capitol Records and Parlophone (grudgingly) released The Beatles Movie Medley single to support the release of the compilation LP Reel Music, which was released in support of the cleaned-up and Dolby-ized re-release of the film A Hard Day's Night.

    Excerpts from seven songs from Reel Music (culled from the 5 Beatles films) were edited together to make a single track.

    And it remains the only Beatles single not released on CD. The single peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #10 on the British charts in 1982.





    So . . . the original audio is rare, although you could, if you wanted, pick up the 7" vinyl: Prices I've seen range from $12.99 to $483.90.

    And here's an 1 minute edit of those edits, so you can get a sense of the "flow" (or lack of flow) of the original 3:56 single.





    But these two guys, who go by "Cu☆d(カスタード)" performed the medley in 2008: The video description translates as -

    Sunday, July 20, 2008
    From the acoustic live performances at the night market in the city of Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.

    Cu ☆ D (custard) is a sweet duo formed by the vocal and the guitar of amateur rock band Custard Mustard. This tune is the one that the famous medley of Beatles was covered by us in the rear range humbly.


    Actually, I'm surprised that I found a cover of this single at all . . .


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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Beatles Cover Song of the Day

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    Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

    This song was never officially released until it appeared as the B-side to "Free As A Bird" in 1994, even though it was recorded in 1966.

    In 1999 Ringo Starr re-recorded the song for his Christmas album I Wanna Be Santa Claus, with Aerosmith's Joe Perry on guitar.

    In 2000, R.E.M. released a cover version on a Christmas single for their fan club. The Smithereens also covered the song for their 2007 album Christmas with the Smithereens. It was also covered by Terry Draper (formerly of Klaatu) on the 2002 compilation Takin' Care of Christmas. In 2013, Elephant Stone covered it for the Cleopatra Records release Psych-Out Christmas.

    Additionally, covers were also recorded by Kustard Kings ( the House band of the New York City based Loser's Lounge series) in 2002, Rico Pierce (a Reggae singer from Kansas City) in 2014, and, The Beat Bugs in 2016.

    The Beat Bugs, you say? What, pray tell, are the Beat Bugs? The Beat Bugs are a computer-animated comedy Netflix television series, revolving around the lives and adventures of five bugs who live in an overgrown American-style backyard. While the series creator, Josh Wakely, is an Australian, the cast members are predominantly Canadian.

    The show was inspired by Josh's lifelong love for The Beatles to create a show around the music he loved. It took Wakely three years to acquire the rights to the music he needed to create this series.

    But the best cover, by far is by Ringo Starr.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

    One of the massive problems with creating a cover for such a repetitive song is that it's pretty hard to come up with anything that you can do with it other than just covering the song as is.

    One other problem is that the original fan club release back in 1967 was over 6 minutes long, and was more about the little skit interruptions than the song itself. Indeed, the song pretty much takes a back seat.

    The official release years later was cut down to about 3 minutes by removing all the chatter to make it basically just the song, which is pretty short on substance actually.

    Surprisingly, while the fanclub flexidisc ran 6:20, it did not include the entire recording of the song that The Beatles made at the time.

    Here's the original recording they used to bring in and out for the in all its repetitive glory:



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    And here's the far more interesting Xmas 1967 fan club flexidisc:



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    But English psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker managed it to bring something new to the song somehow. They accomplished it by interpolating Flying, from Magical Mystery Tour, technically making this cover a medley of two Beatles tracks.



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    The cover by the Kustard Kings goes with an instrumental R&B take on it. They solve the dilemma of the songs repetitiveness by chopping it down to 1:27.



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    The Smithereens also covered it, and normally I wouldn't bother posting such a faithful reproduction, but they add a well-placed instrumental break with a guitar solo, and then start adding some other tweaks as well.



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    Here's Dramarama's 1990 cover demo:



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    And, just 'cause I mentioned 'em in the previous post, Here's the Beat Bugs' version. It's actually pretty standard except for the cartoon voices, and the audio-only doesn't really do justice to the Beat Bugs, which seem to be all about the wonderful animation that's been created for Beatles songs.



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    Beatles tribute band The Weeklings put their own by discovering that Christmas Time is Here Again and Flying can be sung simultaneously. They also create a very Beatles-esque introduction for it, and finish up with a relyricized Baby You're a Rich Man chorus. And they still keep it down to a very economical 2:15.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Wow, I had no idea this one had so many covers! There's not much variety in the tune, but I LOVE it - seems to epitomize that 66/67 Beatles sound with great harmonies, drum tone, and Paul's rhythmic piano playing. I hear a pre-Badfinger vibe, too.

    The Weeklings are a talented lot! Glen Burtnik has worked with quite a few talented groups.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    I've never heard that song before. I'm sorry, but it's rubbish. One of the most annoying songs by anybody, ever, that I have ever heard. 5'46"? One minute would have been more than enough.

    McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is a symphonic prog masterpiece by comparison.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    I've never heard that song before. I'm sorry, but it's rubbish. One of the most annoying songs by anybody, ever, that I have ever heard. 5'46"? One minute would have been more than enough.

    McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is a symphonic prog masterpiece by comparison.
    I think that the context of its origins might be significant here.

    The song was just a little tongue-in-cheeky thing Paul whipped up, and that they chopped up as linkage for their antics on their annual Christmas message to their fan club members. I doubt he ever intended for it to be a holiday standard. It was a throwaway. And the original 6 minute version was chopped up like meat for a fun Xmas stew.

    And it wasn't until decades later that it was ever given an official release, and even then it was trimmed down considerably.

    I'm fond of it for the great 3-part vocals, the cheekiness, the rockiness, and the humor of the original Xmas version.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    My Bonnie

    1961

    Here’s a real anomaly. Yeah, it’s a Beatles song, but it was Tony Sheridan on lead vocal, with The Beatles being hired hands. And this was back when it was John, Paul, George, Stu, and Pete. And Stu was there, but did not play; instead Paul played bass.

    Recorded June 22, 1961, and released in Germany in October 1961, although it wasn’t released in the UK until January 5, 1962.

    Of course, My Bonnie is itself a cover of an old folk song, with the first version of My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean being released in 1901 by the Haydn Quartet, and another version, Bring Back My Bonnie To Me, was released in 1919 by Anna Gluck and Orpheus Quartet.

    The song was covered again until Cecil Aagaard & His Swingsters in 1941.

    In August 1952 Ella Fitzgerald (with Bobby Orton’s Teen-Aces) tackled it, followed by versions by Ray Charles, and Ed McCurdy in 1958.

    Three more versions were released before the Tony Sheridan & The Beatles (as The Beat Brothers) version was released: The Adam Singers, Per Elvis, and Charles Tuinenburg and the Goossens Brothers.

    Since then there have been versions by Bobby Darrin, Jerry Lee Lewis and a surprising number of not-as-well-known artists with names like The Weasels, The Crescendos, The Ravens, Holly Hepp and The Happy Sound Singers, Pinky and Perky, and The Speedos.

    So here’s The Beatles version. John & Paul provide Jordinaires-style backing vocals. Sheridan sings lead AND performs the lead guitar solo. What’s surprising, given how much discussion has been gone over in regards to Pete Best’s drumming, is just how polished the drum track is here. Of course, there is a rumor that Bernard Purdie later overdubbed the drums when Polydor wanted to release this to cash in on The Beatles’ success, but weren’t happy with the drum tracks.





    So, here’s the funniest cover of the song, from Lou Abbott, from the 1945 Abbott & Costello film The Naughty Nineties.





    But here’s the first known recording of the folk song, by the Haydn Quartet.





    In 1938 Ella Logan recorded a nice perky swing version with Perry Botkin and His Orchestra

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    INTERMISSION

    It's hard to believe that the premiere of the BEATLES' 52-minute surrealistic comedy
    MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
    aired on December 26, 1967 on BBC1

    in glorious

    Black & White

    No wonder it was "poorly received" by critics. I can't even imagine how mundane this film might look in B&W.

    Here's the 2012 restoration, provided for educational and promotional purposes only (It's available for purchase HERE: https://www.thebeatles.com/film/magical-mystery-tour or http://www.magicalmysterytour.com/.


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