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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    I'm still very partial to the Brazil '66 cover of Fool On The Hill, even being a vastly different treatment it complements the Beatles so wonderfully.

    I thought it was an original enough arrangement that it didn't piss me off when it was released in 1968. Now it just seems wistfully quaint.

    Mendez basically put a bossa nova beat to it and added strings.

    It was a big hit, reaching No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    It also spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart.

    Fool On The Hill always seem so innocent, but with darker subtext. It really was an unusual track.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    I guess these qualify as "covers"; classical guitar style renditions of two Lennon/McCartney songs. featured in this podcast that I regularly listen to:

    http://rtrfm.com.au/show-episode/plu...gs-2018-04-22/

    Note that the podcasts are only available for about a month from date from broadcast if you want to listen.

    I thought "Penny Lane" was pretty ordinary. Competently played, but no surprises, just an instrumental rendition of the song.
    Penny Lane
    The Australian Guitar Duo - Jacob Cordover and Rupert Boyd
    April 3, 2013 Corazon Aquino Hall, St. Scholastica's College, Manila
    ( Lennon-McCartney arr by Leo Brouwer)

    Here's the same





    Here's the same arrangement with a proper music video, with closeups of the intricate and clever guitar work.
    DuoSF (Christopher Mallett and Robert Miller) perform Penny Lane by The Beatles, Arranged for two guitars by Leo Brouwer. Video shot and edited by Mark Boyer.



    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    I was very impressed on the other hand with "The Fool On the Hill", which I thought brought out a few extra nuances to the music.
    The Australian Guitar Duo performs The Fool on the Hill by Lennon/McCartney, arranged by Leo Brouwer (b. 1939). Recorded live; produced by SMH Music, llc



    Very pretty and expressive. Almost impressionistic, like some Fauré or Debussey.

    Here's another arrangement for two classical guitars. This is the other famous John Williams. He originally played both parts on a studio version, arranged by Leo Brouwer, but for this live version he duets with famed Australian guitarist Kevin Peek.



    Both show how the timeless songs by The Beatles easily translate into other genres. It's not just the melodies, but the chord structure, harmonies and countermelodies.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Like the guitar versions, but without the words it doesn't work as well for me. The song is about a story, even an abstract one but it has to be vocalized. The Beatles did a phenomenal job creating this story and it is ACCENTED by the various musical parts.

    Makes a real difference.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Discount Ministry View Post
    Like the guitar versions, but without the words it doesn't work as well for me. The song is about a story, even an abstract one but it has to be vocalized. The Beatles did a phenomenal job creating this story and it is ACCENTED by the various musical parts.

    Makes a real difference.
    Well that's probably why I was not blown away by their version of Penny Lane. It's well played, but to me just sounds like Penny Lane without the singing. The Fool On the hill, on the other hand, while it lacks the singing, in compensation has some extra things in the music to compensate.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    1964

    Komm, gib mir deine Hand


    Ah yes: Yet another anomaly in the Beatles’ catalog, the German language version of I Want To Hold Your Hand. The original English language version was released by the Beatles late November 1963, and was the first they recorded using that new-fangled four-track technology.

    However, the German language version was recorded in Paris January 29, 1964 using the backing track from the Abbey Road session from mid-October 1963. It was released as a single in Germany only 5 days later, on February 4, 1964 (and as a single in the US about six weeks later). In the US it was included on the July 20 release “Something New”.

    The Beatles had to learn the translation phonetically. The translator got composing credit on the song, and used three different pseudonyms as a tax dodge.

    For some folks, though, it’s a rarity

    the Beatles original version could be considered a cover I suppose:

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    That is a SELFIE
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Discount Ministry View Post
    That is a SELFIE


    Fine.

    There’s a great faithful version by tribute band The Fab Four, but their YouTube posting doesn’t allow embedding, so here’s the Brazilian Beatles Tribute band Beatles 4ever performing live.

    I love that this is kind of strange to have a Brazilian band cover a German version of a song originally written and released in English.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    LET IT BE



    But I’ll leave you with the extraordinary live version performed solo by the song’s composer, Paul McCartney, at Live Aid 1985. He’s in his prime and delivers a wonderful vocal performance.

    Of course, as you MIGHT be able to tell by unison crowd cheer after the 2nd verse, Paul's vocal mic wasn't live for the beginning of the song.

    There was no sound check. Paul was the last one on, for the "grand finale", right after Queen, whose roadies were scrambling to get Queen's gear off, and unplugged one cord too many.

    The version on the DVD was an overdub done later.

    Here's how it sounded THAT DAY. You can see how nervous Paul gets from the get-go, as he can't hear himself in the monitors . . . but doesn't know if it might just be only HIS feed, and maybe the audience hears it just fine . . . . so he soldiers on. You can hear when his mic is finally restored, but it still takes him a verse to recover . . .

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

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    Considering how much Elton John admired the Beatles, it's a bit surprising that I never heard of him performing the song. It would suit his style perfectly. As a matter of fact when Let It Be came out I remember wondering if the Beatles had been influenced by Skyline Pigeon, two cover versions of which had been released just a year or two earlier.

    That particular style of song - vocals sung over a backing consisting of piano chords - is so common now that it's easy to forget that it was very new at that time. In fact I would credit Elton, along with the Beatles, as pioneering it.
    Again, it seems a bit strange that Elton John never covered Let It Be. Then again, I think he was more a fan of John Lennon.

    He did cover Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. He also sang and played on Lennon's Whatever Gets You Through the Night with John, in 1974 and bet him that it would be a hit. As a result, John appeared with him in concert, and the two sang I Saw Her Standing There, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and Whatever Gets You Through the Night.

    The following year Lennon's son Sean was born, Elton was made godfather.

    Elton also performed Imagine in Central Park in 1980.

    And, of course, Elton did write Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) (with lyrics by longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin) which was released in 1982.

    Elton John wrote and recorded an earlier instrumental tribute to Lennon, "The Man Who Never Died", which was issued as the B-side of "Nikita" in 1985 and eventually included as a bonus track on the remastered reissue of Ice on Fire.

    Elton performed Lennon's Come Together in 2000 in Madison Square Garden, and performed Harrison's Something in 2002.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Komm, gib mir deine Hand[/B]

    Here’s a less-muddy (and less bassy) tribute version by The Liverpool Shuffle player at Windsor castle.



    And here’s another German tribute band, Lucy In The Sky, playing in Louisville


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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Komm, gib mir deine Hand[/B]

    And, just to be a completest, here’s a version by a Japanese Beatles Tribute Band (The Minor Beats), for entertainment value only. The singing is actually a bit flat.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    I never thought "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" was all that great, in English or German or any language. "She Loves You" is a much better song.





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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Of course, as you MIGHT be able to tell by unison crowd cheer after the 2nd verse, Paul's vocal mic wasn't live for the beginning of the song.

    There was no sound check. Paul was the last one on, for the "grand finale", right after Queen, whose roadies were scrambling to get Queen's gear off, and unplugged one cord too many.

    The version on the DVD was an overdub done later.

    Here's how it sounded THAT DAY. You can see how nervous Paul gets from the get-go, as he can't hear himself in the monitors . . . but doesn't know if it might just be only HIS feed, and maybe the audience hears it just fine . . . . so he soldiers on. You can hear when his mic is finally restored, but it still takes him a verse to recover . . .

    I remember that vividly as I had just rode my bike to the next town in an over/under bar and had TWO flat tires, all because my town's cable system didn't have MTV back then. Geek as I was I was not happy about the dead mic.

    (And I had to walk six miles to get home as well, dragging an old heavy Schwinn with me and knowing I had an expensive repair job ahead of me).

    Us kids (18 I was at that time) were extremely lucky to be around in pioneering times such as the 1980s.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Discount Ministry View Post
    I remember that vividly as I had just rode my bike to the next town in an over/under bar and had TWO flat tires, all because my town's cable system didn't have MTV back then. Geek as I was I was not happy about the dead mic.

    (And I had to walk six miles to get home as well, dragging an old heavy Schwinn with me and knowing I had an expensive repair job ahead of me).

    Us kids (18 I was at that time) were extremely lucky to be around in pioneering times such as the 1980s.
    Great story!

    I also had a heavy Schwinn Varsity, although that was over 10 years previous to this. Bright orange. Eventually, after he retired, my dad decided it was his, and he and my mom would ride around for many years. When he moved out of state, he gave it back. I still have it, along with the original user manual.
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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Komm, gib mir deine Hand

    Here’s a version by German band Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (later, F.S.K.) in 1987. Except for the female vocalist, it sounds a bit like leftovers from the early 70s, although the band is technically classified as German New Wave.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Komm, gib mir deine Hand



    Here’s a later TV show version from what appears to be a German doo-wop group.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Komm, gib mir deine Hand

    But wait. There's one more . . .

    So here’s something different, a very uptempo version by the Punkles from 2012.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    #32

    1965

    Bad Boy


    The Beatles covered this 1958 Larry Williams song (released in January 1959) in 1965 for an intended US-only release. It appeared on the US Beatles 11-track album Beatles VI (a Capitol Records Frankenstein that included 6 tracks from Beatles for Sale, 2 tracks from the yet-to-be-released Help!, the B-Side track Yes It Is, and the two specially recorded tracks intended for American audiences, Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Bad Boy, both written and originally recorded by Larry Williams). The UK audience had to wait until December 1966 to hear this track, when it was released on A Collection of Beatles Oldies.

    The song had been part of the band’s live set since the early 60s. Not surprisingly, there are no available YouTube videos of The Beatles recording (Well, there’s one, but the quality is so poor I wont bother posting a link. Of course, if it were better quality, youtube's automatic copyright system would detect it and take it down.).

    But, there are several “tribute” covers that can give you the idea.

    Here’s the best, from the Rock ‘n’ Roll music camp (Rock Skool) at KGMC (Keyboard Galleria Music Center) GigMasters, Live at the Roast House, Valencia, CA - September 20, 2009. The musicians, except for their “coach” on bass guitar, appear to be 12 / 13 year old boys. Yeah, they mess up twice, but hey! It’s live, and they’re kids. And it’s the coach playing the wrong notes anyway.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    "Bad Boy" was an early hit - the first I believe - for Australian band the Twilights. They were hugely successful for a period from about 1965-1967, starting as a covers band but eventually recording their own songs, penned by member Terry Britten. He later went on to bigger things as a successful songwriter, writing hits for Tina Turner and Cliff Richard, among others. Lead vocalist Glenn Shorrock later went on to front Axiom and The Little River Band.

    TheTwilights also included a McCartney in the line-up.

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    Re: Beatles COVER Song of the Day

    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    "Bad Boy" was an early hit - the first I believe - for Australian band the Twilights. They were hugely successful for a period from about 1965-1967, starting as a covers band but eventually recording their own songs, penned by member Terry Britten. He later went on to bigger things as a successful songwriter, writing hits for Tina Turner and Cliff Richard, among others. Lead vocalist Glenn Shorrock later went on to front Axiom and The Little River Band.

    TheTwilights also included a McCartney in the line-up.
    Awesome. You beat me to it.

    The Australian group The Twilights, which had formed in 1964 largely because of a shared enthusiasm for The Beatles, released their cover of Bad Boy in June 1966 (the same month Beatles VI was released) which was a Top 10 Hit in many parts of Australia. The Twilights' lead singer was Glenn Shorrock, who, as you pointed out, went on to international success with the Little River Band.

    Anyway, their cover is quite faithful, although their lead guitarist did try to out-do George while simultaneously trying to sound like him.

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