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What Beatles songs would sound good "Reggaefied"?
28 April 2014
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Imagine any Beatles song turned into a Reggae song -- which one would sound good that way?

My choice would be Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Think about it.

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28 April 2014
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Yeah, that one's halfway to reggae (or ska at least) already!

For some reason, the first one I thought of was "Octopus' Garden". Actually, I would guess that any number of Beatles tracks could be adapted fairly easily for reggae, if they're midtempo or slower, and in 4/4 or 2/4 time with a pronounced backbeat. As for whether they'd sound "good" that way, my opinion can't count for much, since I've never liked reggae very much at all. (There are exceptions, of course. But I can't fully enjoy them without ganja.)

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28 April 2014
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Here is Yesterday Reggae cover

 

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28 April 2014
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I saw the cut-off title on the updates list and thought it said ragtime and I got all excited. Sadly, I've never been a fan of reggae.

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28 April 2014
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There is a Wings 1980 rehearsal of Got To Get You Into My Life which has got a ska feeling to it. The instrumental part of I Call Your Name also has an early ska type feeling to it as well.

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28 April 2014
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Here is a reggae version of "And I Love Her." I like a few songs with this distinctive beat, but I get tired of it quickly.

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28 April 2014
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Thanks to all for the links.  I just thought of another one that would work:  Two Of Us.

I too tire easily of reggae; but often that's a case of the musicians themselves not really putting much of the spice of variety into their songs.  Some musicians seem to get so much into the groove of their subculture (whether it's reggae, or country, or folk, or rock, etc.), they completely forget about trying to mix it up and add sounds that are outside the Box.  Sometimes, that's why a particular genre sounds better when done by an "outsider" who adds something new, as for example Stevie Wonder's attempt at reggae:

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28 April 2014
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Yeah that song's classic, but not as good as "Boogie On Reggae Woman" - which has NO reggae at all in it!

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29 April 2014
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I agree that Boogie On Reggae Woman is better -- more inventive.  I'm not even sure what genre it is.

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29 April 2014
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Just a heads up, "Reggae" is misspelled as "Raggae" in the title.

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29 April 2014
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Funny Paper said

I agree that Boogie On Reggae Woman is better -- more inventive.  I'm not even sure what genre it is.

Just basic funk/r&b, I'd say.

I can imagine the stride-piano section of "You Never Give Me Your Money" ("Out of college, money spent...") redone in a Jamaican fashion - kind of the same way "Live And Let Die" turns into reggae for a bit in the middle.

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29 April 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Just a heads up, "Reggae" is misspelled as "Raggae" in the title.

Now I know why I felt too lazy to try to change it -- I just spent like 2 annoying minutes trying to figure out how to edit the title, to no avail.

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29 April 2014
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Funny Paper said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Just a heads up, "Reggae" is misspelled as "Raggae" in the title.

Now I know why I felt too lazy to try to change it -- I just spent like 2 annoying minutes trying to figure out how to edit the title, to no avail.

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29 April 2014
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29 April 2014
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Trojan Records was the most important British label for Jamaican music in the late-'60s and early-'70s, licensing music from the majority of the major Jamaican labels. A few years ago they released the 3CD Trojan Beatles Tribute Box Set, collecting together what they felt were the 50 best tracks in their catalogue from that time. It takes in ska, rocksteady and reggae, and as Jamaican music was more single orientated at that time, it can be assumed that most were singles there, and likely hits.

It included the following Beatles songs:
And I Love Her
Blackbird
Carry That Weight
Come Together
Don't Let Me Down
Eleanor Rigby
Get Back
A Hard Day's Night
Hello Goodbye
Here Comes The Sun
Hey Jude
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Will
I'll Be Back
If I Needed Someone
In My Life
Lady Madonna
Let It Be
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Something
Yesterday
You Won't See Me

Plus these solo, given away, and covered by The Beatles tracks:
Come And Get It
Give Peace a Chance
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Imagine
Isn't It a Pity
Live and Let Die
My Love
My Sweet Lord
Twist And Shout
World Without Love

Many of them appear in more than one version, but it gives a good idea of what contemporary Jamaican musicians thought worked within their style of playing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....JudvHD1w3g

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MrMoonlight said
I saw the cut-off title on the updates list and thought it said ragtime and I got all excited. Sadly, I've never been a fan of reggae.

Ha ha - same.

30 April 2014
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A bit of Bob Marley every once in a while is good but aside from that reggae is not a genre that captivates me.

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Wow, mja6758 wins thread!

EDIT: Sorry, make that "Ron Nasty"

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Title fixed. Remember to @ me if you see something that needs a-fixin'. I do have a 40+ hour a week career to manage too a-hard-days-night-paul-3ahdn_paul_01 . Some threads I only pop into on occasion - this occasion is a quick lunch in the breakroom.

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Thanks Ahhh Girl!  I don't know what happened -- I'm ordinarily such a stickler for spelling "reggae" correctly!

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