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    BEATLES COVER SONG OF THE DAY

    I Saw Her Standing There


    Originally released March 22, 1963 as the opening track to The Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me. It grabbed everyone’s attention with its “One-Two-Three-Fah” count-in.

    There are over 100 official cover versions of this song by a diverse collection of artists, including Anthony Newley (back when he was “Tony Newley”), Little Richard, The Tubes, Jerry Garcia, The Smithereens, Bob Welch, The Charles River Valley Boys, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Elton John with John Lennon, Billy Joel with Paul McCartney, Stone the Crows, Human Nature, Santos & Johnny, Sting, and the cast of Glee. Even Led Zeppelin has a live version. There are punk, ska, country, jazz, bluegrass, funk, rockabilly, easy listening, big band, go-go and heavy metal versions, with some kickin’ solos done on guitar, sax, trombone, fiddle, banjo, organ, honky-tonk piano, and harmonica.

    I’ll tell ya, I was torn between Tiffany’s completely committed live performance, Little Richard imitating Paul McCartney imitating Little Richard in a groovin’ R&B cover, Jerry Garcia’s Swing Ska-ish vocal extravaganza with a Hawaiian lap-steel solo, the jazzy version by the Shota Osabe Piano Trio, or even the killer bluegrass cover by the Deadly Gentlemen.

    And then there’s Casey Abrams joyous scat version when he guested on American Idol in 2013.

    But I’ll go with Tiffany, who made it a hit again, 25 years after it was a #1 for The Beatles. I actually enjoy her gravelly delivery.



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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    I Saw Her Standing There


    I really love what American Idol contestant multi-instrumentalist Casey Abrams does with this song.

    He finished in 6th place in the 10th season (2011). Since then he's released an album in 2012, and an EP in 2015. He's also released 7 music videos between 2011 and 2016.

    I love the absolute JOY he infused the song with.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    I heard this one today on the radio; a competent rendition I suppose, though I would not say it adds anything to the original:



    There is a completely gratuitous key modulation at the beginning of the last verse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    I heard this one today on the radio; a competent rendition I suppose, though I would not say it adds anything to the original:



    There is a completely gratuitous key modulation at the beginning of the last verse.
    Right away it's a fairly standard nothing-new interpretation, right down to the arpeggio guitar chiming in on the second verse. There's a bit of "sweetener" added (strings) throughout, and some very nice double guitar in the bridge after the instrumental section. Yep, an extra key change, and a couple of extra chords right before the tag.

    That said, there's nothing objectionable about this cover, other than it's pretty syrupy. Manilow's voice is silky and suits the song well, but I think that in order to include an extra key change they had to start the song in a key that's really low, making it a bit muddy-sounding in the beginning.

    I could take issue with the mix as well, with the arpeggio guitar being undermixed until the instrumental section. And then it's a merely perfunctory solo, exactly the same notes as the Beatles version, but played "square".

    I usually don't include these sort of covers here, as they're usually really only for fans of the artist covering the song. And there are people that truly love Manilow's voice. And I'm fine with that . . . he does have a nice voice, and has a pleasant laid-back musicality that is completely unthreatening.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    I Saw Her Standing There

    Little Richard




    Little Richard performed this standard funk/R&B version in 1970. I imagine that the Beatles would have been pleased that one of their rock heroes was covering one of their songs. Paul did a few covers of Little Richard songs with The Beatles (Lucille, Long Tall Sally, Ooh! My Soul, and Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey, and also used his Little Richard voice for some of their own (I'm Down comes to mind).

    Throughout the Quarrymen/Beatles' existence, they played a total of at least 11 Little Richard songs in live shows: In addition to the three they covered on radio or studio recordings, they also performed Can't Believe You Wanna Leave, Good Golly Miss Molly, Reddy Teddy, Rip It Up, Send Me Some Lovin' and Tutti Frutti.

    John covered both Reddy Teddy and Rip It Up as a medley on his Rock 'n' Roll album, as well as a cover of Little Richard's Slippin' and Slidin'.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    I Saw Her Standing There

    Shota Osabe Piano Trio


    A straight-ahead piano trio jazz arrangement for your enjoyment.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    I Saw Her Standing There

    Shota Osabe Piano Trio


    A straight-ahead piano trio jazz arrangement for your enjoyment.

    Was skeptical about this, but they made it theyre own, without my hearing beatle vocals in my head while listening, They took advantage of the hooks and accents nice too. Thanks!

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    And it's time to move on . . .

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    Beatles Cover Song Of The Day

    LONG TALL SALLY


    First released by the Beatles on the US LP The Beatles Second Album April 10, 1964, then in the UK on June 19, 1964 on the Long Tall Sally EP. It was recorded in March during the Hard Day's Night sessions. But the song had been part of their live repertoire all the way back to 1957 when they were still the Quarrymen, and was performed right up through 1966.

    However, the Beatles’ version is, in itself, a cover: It was originally released by co-songwriter Richard Penniman, aka LITTLE RICHARD in March 1956., and has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley (twice), Pat Boone, The Kinks, The Scorpions, Led Zeppelin, Tom Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Winter, Wanda Jackson, and Molly Hatchet.

    Jerry Lee Lewis did a cover of it that was so fast it put scorch marks on it.

    SONG FUN FACT: Little Richard and his producer wrote the song with lyrics that went so fast to prevent PAT BOONE from stealing it (and Boone DID eventually release a cover of it). Here’s the original:





    The Beatles' version was pretty damn good too:





    And here's that nitro version by Jerry Lee Lewis I mentioned earlier:

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    Wow,^ Jerry and the Beatles, doing Long Tall Sally. Highly charged innovative rock and roll back then. When you see Paul & co. belting that out, your watching those years in the cavern, earning their chops.

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    Hope it is okay if I post a "I Saw Her Standing There" cover still. Here goes:

    "I Saw Her Standing There" holds what I think may be a unique distinction among Beatles songs, in that all four of the Fab Four have been part of a "cover" performance of the song after the breakup of the band, albeit in a live setting. John Lennon shared vocals with Elton John as a guest at the latter's Thanksgiving concert night concert at Madison Square Garden in 1974. The night The Beatles were inducted into the RRHOF, Ringo and George were part of the big one shot group of performers that played the song. (The lead vocals were rotated among the all star group of singers that night, and George sang a line of the song along with future Wilbury bandmate Bob Dylan.) Paul has sung the song with Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, David Gilmour, and others, and it has been part of his set list on various tours.

    It doesn't stop there. Members of Paul's 1970's band, Wings, Henry McCullough & Denny Seiwell, did a tribute album to The Beatles that included "I Saw Her Standing There". Laurence Juber, a member from Wings later in the decade, also an acoustic guitar instrumental version of "I Saw Her Standing There". It is pretty good. In my mind, it is not far off from what we might expect from Steve Howe if he ever did this song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesNY View Post
    Hope it is okay if I post a "I Saw Her Standing There" cover still.
    Of course it is.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    LONG TALL SALLY

    I mentioned Pat Boone in Little's Richard's blurb about the song.

    This cover by Pat "parasite" Boone is remarkable for just how lame it is. It's the quintessential of neutering of an R&B song. The only redeeming things I can say about it is that I CAN UNDERSTAND EVERY SINGLE LYRIC and the sax solo is kickin'.

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    LONG TALL SALLY

    I also mentioned Led Zeppelin, but they never recorded a proper version of it, only covering it live, which was often pretty rough.

    Early on, though, in 1964, The Kinks covered it, substituting a harmonica for the sax in the solo slot. It tanked, but it's surprisingly "punkish", and pre-dates the Punk genre by over a decade. Well, maybe it's more "Garage" than punk.

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    Of course, as a big fan of Wanda Jackson and her Rockabilly "I'm ripping my vocal cords to shreds" voice, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention her 1958 cover of LONG TALL SALLY.



    . . . . And, yes, that's how she really sounded.

    Listen to this live version of Elvis' Hard Headed Woman (written by Claude Demetrius):

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    It's time to move on . . .

    CRY FOR A SHADOW

    THIS one's a real anomaly in the Beatles catalog for many reasons.

    One, it's the only Harrison/Lennon composition.
    Two, it's one of the very few instrumentals the band recorded.
    Three, it was recorded as part of their 1961 session with Tony Sheridan
    Four, it's one of only two official releases of the Beatles, without Tony Sheridan, that features Pete Best on Drums (not counting the Anthology or BBC compilations that were released decades later).

    So, considering it's relative obscurity, let's start with the Beatles' recording of the track, which features very mature and polished guitar work from George Harrison. And, yeah, that's Paul putting in his trademark scream in the background.



    As for finding a cover version of the song, well, there ARE plenty of almost note-for-note by plenty of Beatles Tribute bands (The BeaTrips, The Blue Meanies, The Cavernbeats, etc), but even the covers are pretty much note-for-note as well.

    The Smithereens covered it on their 2008 "B-Sides The Beatles album", and this might be the best of that lot. And THAT was a followup to 2007 release, Meet The Smithereens!, was a song-by-song re-creation of the Beatles' 1964 debut American album, Meet The Beatles!. Notably, on drums is Andy White, who played on the Beatles song P.S. I Love You, and the single version of Love Me Do (and claims to have played on Please Please Me as well).

    Not surprisingly, The Pete Best Band also includes this in their set list. Considering that Pete played on the original, I think it's fitting. There's a video of a performance on YouTube, and it's not bad at all, but it's not really "great" either.

    But there are two versions I think are actually worthy of attention. The first is a video of Los StraitJackets performing the song live on New Years Eve 2010. They really capture the spirit and vibe of the song, and their headgear is truly a crackup.





    The other is by Australian Martin Cilia, who gives the lead line some great . . . some great . . . well, some great something. It's not just that it's drenched in reverb, but he adds some wonderful nuances using a Les Paul. For those of you that actually play lead guitar, you'll hear the difference right away. For the rest of you novices, you'll have to actively listen to hear what I'm talking about. [That said, the video itself is a bit low-budget]

    I think I like his version as much as the original.

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    Forgot till I heard it, very beatles (george)..., and Smithereens. After all, they covered 2 whole Beatles albums.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iaOM3-NnR8

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Four, it's one of only two official releases of the Beatles, without Tony Sheridan, that features Pete Best on Drums (not counting the Anthology or BBC compilations that were released decades later).
    Looking at the photos in that clip, it's painfully apparent (admittedly with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight) that Best did not really belong. He just looks so out of place. The other three look like they are getting into the spirit of being a band; he looks like a session drummer; grimly concentrating on getting the beat right while thinking about what he's going to have for dinner before the next session with some other band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yesed View Post
    Forgot till I heard it, very beatles (george)..., and Smithereens. After all, they covered 2 whole Beatles albums.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iaOM3-NnR8


    Yeah. I mentioned The Smithereens, but ultimately decided NOT to post their cover.

    While it's "nice" ( I particularly like the sound of the rhythm guitar on this one), it really only grabs me because it doesn't suck like the other covers on their two Beatles covers albums. Yeah, that's my opinion . . . I think that lowering the keys on almost every Beatles song gets pretty old really fast. Vocally, I think The Smithereens' take on the Beatles songs is uninspired. I don't like the way their lead vocalist handles the vocals.

    Yeah, well, anyway, this cover, with the exception of the rhythm guitar, is just a well-done note-for-note reproduction of the original. I guess that was their intent, but, really, there's just nothing in their version that really stands out. I just can't give it "Beatles Cover Song Of the Day" status, or even an Honorable Mention.

    Yep, it's certainly noteworthy that they've released two entire albums of Beatles covers, but I'm just not impressed with how they sound. Of course, lowering the key of any really familiar popular song runs the risk of sounding a bit more dull because you can lose some of the brightness. But with these guys it's not just the lower keys; their faithful recordings seem depressing and lacking energy. Maybe it's the production or mixing or mastering.

    And while all their covers seem to be played at the same tempo as the originals, most of them feel like they're slower.

    Anyway, their collection of covers presented a dilemma for me: I love these songs, and they're playing them faithfully. Why do I not care for them? I honestly think it's the vocalist - his tone and timbre are flat. Not flat, as in in "singing below pitch". The vocals are flat, as in "unexciting". The guy doesn't have John's rawness and energy nor Paul's personality and charm; it's just boring. Yawnsville.

    The guitars are missing some brightness and "twang" as well. And while the drums seem to be played spot-on, they're under-mixed and have had the high end EQd out; they're "thud"-dy.

    I waded through several of the covers, and found a couple that I thought were pretty good, though. Their cover of Ringo's It Don't Come Easy sounded pretty good - well, they didn't have to change the key for starters, and it's hard to NOT sing better than Ringo. And the cover of Don't Bother Me, certainly improved on George's strange double-tracked vocal on the original.

    And I do appreciate their appreciation of the Beatles. Releasing two cover albums is really remarkable.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    I don't believe anyone has yet mentioned this Beatles cover album. What are people's thoughts on this?

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    On the original "Cry for a Shadow", I like Paul's bass playing. Some nice bass fills. And he was quite new to bass, having switched over from guitar, right? Take that Quincy Jones!

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