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Covers that are BETTER than the original
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21 March 2014
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Ron Nasty said


That's just nasty posting that. Flippin' heck that is horrendous.

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Though strictly speaking not a Beatles song (it was written by the accomplished "granny music" show tunes composer, Meredith Willson), I think they (probably largely Paul) made it into a Beatles classic -- Till There Was You.

In some ways, I like the Ray Charles rendition better.  Needless to say, he adds considerable gravitas of heart and soul.  Paul in that song was doing this thing he does sometimes -- cultivating sort of a flat affect in his tonality (think Fool On the Hill, Yesterday, Blackbird, I Will, etc.) which I like in its own way; but the lyrics of Till There Was You are simply too poignant to be treated in such an anodyne way, I think.

Also, the careful listener will notice Ray Charles adds his own little twists to the lyrics here and there:


There were bells

on the hill

but I never heard them ringing

Oh no, I never heard them at all

Till There Was You… baby

Oh no, oh no…


There were birds

in the sky

but I never saw them winging

Ahhh… I never saw them at all

Till There Was You.


Yes! There was music

and there wonderful roses

Y’all know they tell me: in sweet, fragrant meadows

of dawn, and dew…


There was love

the thing was all around me

(He he!) And I never heard it singing, singing, you know…

I never heard the thing at all

Till There Was You.


Yeah, yeah, yeah!

There was music

and oh, there were wonderful roses

didn’t I say they tell me

in sweet, fragrant meadows

of dawn, and dew…


Oh, there was love

and it got all around me, baby

but I never heard it singing

no darling, I tell you I never heard it at all…

Till There Was You.

Sing your heart out baby, sing it!

[Choir:] There were bells!

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I'm generally not a big fan of covers (unless done by the Beatles a-hard-days-night-john-1), and I'm definitely not impressed by the majority of attempts to cover Beatles tunes. They've got such a distinctive sound, and their songs match that perfectly. I've heard many very poor covers, not just of Beatles music, it makes me not want to hear any of the good ones either.

But, there are exceptions to any rule. Joe Cocker's version of With A Little Help From My Friends is legendary, of course. Tat's not even a cover anymore; he re-made the entire song!


And then a friend of mine surprised me a few years ago by covering Blackbird. He also played the song for my mum when she was going through chemo, so his way of playing it is special to me. I had to get used to Ellem's singing style (not a fan of that thing she does where the back of the throat is sort of locked) but I've come to really like this version:

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There is the odd cover which is quite nice but, as far as I'm concerned, not one equals the original.  And I cordially detest Cocker's With A Little Help From My Friends - its bombastic spasming misses the point of the original completely.

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derek said
I know there are not many Bee gees fans and lesser fans of that 1978 film, BUT i do love Robin Gibb's version of "Oh! Darling" one of his best vocal performances, shouldve been on a Bee Gees Greatest Hits album.

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I take that back,  Aerosmith's version of Come Together is done quite well! a-hard-days-night-john-6 BEATLES Music gives me Eargasms!  apple01

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JPM-Fangirl said

Joe Cocker's version of With A Little Help From My Friends is legendary, of course. Tat's not even a cover anymore; he re-made the entire song!

I think he did an amazing job with this song. Often, when I hear his version, I have to remind myself it was a Beatles song.

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