3 February 2014
1 May 2011
Ron Nasty said
That's just nasty posting that. Flippin' heck that is horrendous.
14 May 2015
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
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
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…
Sing your heart out baby, sing it!
[Choir:] There were bells!
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27 March 2015
I'm generally not a big fan of covers (unless done by the Beatles ), 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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11 November 2013
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.
28 March 2014
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.
Uuuugh! I hate everything about that movie soundtrack, this song included!
I take that back, Aerosmith's version of Come Together is done quite well!
14 April 2010
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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