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What songs should they have covered?
18 November 2011
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Okay, so, this is 1969, in the Apple basement, Someone (let's say John, for the sake of sake) says, "This album will be completely covers. No originals. I'll sing 4, Paul 4, George 4 and Ringo 2." Now, take it away; come up with 15 songs, all with a release date of 1969 or earlier. And make sure you mention the singer. (Original artist will be brackets, singer's initial will be after the artist). Here's mine. Oh, and be creative... no using a song they already released!

  1. I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye) J
  2. Monday Monday (Mama and the Papas) P
  3. The Losing End (When You're On) (Neil Young) J
  4. My Girl (The Temptations) G
  5. Stop In The Name of Love (The Supremes) P
  6. Dancing In The Street (Martha And the Vandellas) J
  7. For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield) R
  8. I Second That Emotion (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) P
  9. Young At Heart (Frank Sinatra) P
  10. Good loving (The Rascals) G
  11. Too Many Fish in The Sea (the Marvelettes) R
  12. Tell Him (The Exciters) G
  13. Respect (Aretha Franklin) J
  14. Ain't Too Proud To Beg (The Temptations) G
I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
19 November 2011
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John:

Fire- Jimi Hendrix

Marrakesh Express- CS&N

Desolation Row- Bob Dylan

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)- Marvin Gaye

Paul:

Waterloo Sunset- The Kinks

I Come And Stand At Every Door- The Byrds

Space Oddity- David Bowie

God Only Knows- The Beach Boys

George:

Somebody To Love- Jefferson Airplane

Sympathy For The Devil- The Rolling Stones

People Are Strange- The Doors

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea- Cab Calloway (ha)

Ringo:

Mother's Lament- Cream

Pinball Wizard- The Who

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19 November 2011
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The thought of John singing "Respect" is hilarious. I have no idea what that'd be like as an actual cover.

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19 November 2011
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This is tough, I don't really see George and Ringo as having great cover voices...well with some exceptions (If Not For You).

I think Paul would do a great job on the slower ballad types, God Only Knows would be really interesting. Actually, looking around youtube there's a version where Paul sings it with Brian but from much later. John would bring the energy, I'd want him to rip a few and those motown choices are all good.

Paul

I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons) - Nat King Cole

Hello There Angel - Marvin Gaye

What I'd Say - Ray Charles

Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan (they'd have to work with this one, but it could be nice if they sweetened it up a bit)

George

Castles Made of Sand - Hendrix

She's Not There - the Zombies

John

Be My Baby - the Ronettes

A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

All I Could Do Was Cry - Etta James

Runaround Sue - Dion

Ringo

Louie Louie - the Kingsmen

Instrumental (with Billy Preston)

Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet

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20 November 2011
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While there are some interesting choices,  By 1966 The Beatles would never cover a song let alone from their contemporaries.  I am surprised that they didn't record an Elvis song on the early records.

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20 November 2011
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I think they should have fleshed out their "Rainy day Women 12 & 35" jam from the Let It Be sessions. I've always wanted that Dylan classic to get a proper redoing. I think "Ballad of a Thin Man" would've been a good John cover as well (given his reference to it in "Yer Blues"), most likely solo. Happy listening! apple01

20 November 2011
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They should've Livin' Thing, with George on vocals.

You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Titch and I would like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two.
20 November 2011
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beatle ed said:

While there are some interesting choices,  By 1966 The Beatles would never cover a song let alone from their contemporaries.  I am surprised that they didn't record an Elvis song on the early records.

They did for Let It Be.

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20 November 2011
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Most of the songs they covered during Get Back were oldies that they knew from the old days (Elvis, Buddy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry), tho there were a handful that were more recent (The Band, Hendrix and their classic House of the Rising Sun (seriously if you havent heard it you really should, the beatles being deliberately awful. Bored and stoned i imagine)).

 

A few i can think of

 

I Heard It Thru The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye (listed above but i hear George singing it not John)

Delilah – Tom Jones (John)

Hello Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson (Paul)

It Doesnt Matter Anymore - Buddy Holly (John & George)

Sloop John B – Beach Boys (just for the lyrics (i want to go home/the worst trip ive ever been on))

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20 November 2011
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Oh Lord, House of the Rising Sun is truly awful. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

They do sound quite stoned though.  

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20 November 2011
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I love how they deliberately did it so awfully terrible. And maybe a little nod to Yoko at times with some of the vocals.

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seaglass eyes sunny smile said:

Oh Lord, House of the Rising Sun is truly awful. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

Why? I like it!!

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I Me Mine said:

seaglass eyes sunny smile said:

Oh Lord, House of the Rising Sun is truly awful. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

Why? I like it!!

That version was awful. Context means everything.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
20 November 2011
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I think they should have covered House Of The Risng Sun..

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20 November 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

I Me Mine said:

seaglass eyes sunny smile said:

Oh Lord, House of the Rising Sun is truly awful. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

Why? I like it!!

That version was awful. Context means everything.

I meant I like the Beatles' bootleg version.

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20 November 2011
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Beatles' bootleg version

 

Check this out:

 

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20 November 2011
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Tomorrow Never Knows said:

Check this out

 

That's what we're talking about and meanmistermustard has already given the link.

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20 November 2011
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That's what we're talking about and meanmistermustard has already given the link.

I don't think i am disturbing anyone if i repost the link

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27 November 2011
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tough one....would love to hear john sing like a rolling stone.

i can hear him doing heard it through the the grapevine....but would rather hear in a CCR beat...love marvin, but ccr rocks it.

 

this is a tough nut to crack here.

 

gk.

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I love this thread and wish more people would have acted on it.

Like a Rolling Stone as someone already mentioned would be great for John.

Jailhouse Rock by Elvis for John

something old for Paul like that Making Whoopee song

give Ringo one of those non rock n roll songs of the 60's like The Impossible Dream

maybe give George Turn Turn Turn by the Byrds

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