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What songs should they have covered?
23 October 2012
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bikelock28
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Totally agree about Jailhouse Rock, billyshears…it suprises me that the Beatles didn't do many (any?) Elvis covers, seeing as John and George were such big fans of his…maybe none of them had the right voice.

And, if the Beatles had kept still been going in 1974 would have been awesome if they'd done a cover of Bowie's Rebel Rebel. I can imagine George blasting out the riff.

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23 October 2012
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They did a coupla Elvis songs for the BBC, "That's All Right Mama" and I forget what else.

Their covers were usually pretty faithful to the original arrangements. Since they never did any Dylan songs proper, it would've been nice if they had electrified some of the early Dylan acoustic songs that the Byrds or whoever never got around to, like maybe "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" done rockabilly-style.

Needless to say, it'd also be nice if they had the OPPORTUNITY to cover anything from 1970 or later – not that I think they'd have necessarily done a better job than the original performers. (I mean, I wouldn't want to hear them take on a Led Zeppelin song – Ringo, much as I love him, wouldn't be up to the task!)

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30 October 2012
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bikelock28 said
Totally agree about Jailhouse Rock, billyshears…it suprises me that the Beatles didn't do many (any?) Elvis covers, seeing as John and George were such big fans of his…maybe none of them had the right voice.

And, if the Beatles had kept still been going in 1974 would have been awesome if they'd done a cover of Bowie's Rebel Rebel. I can imagine George blasting out the riff.

On the "Live At The BBC" album, they cover That's All Right Mama and I've Got a Woman (Originally by Ray Charles, but their version is definitely based on Elvis' cover, George even does Scotty Moore's solo note-for-note).

31 October 2012
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I think I Forgot To Remember To Forget was sung by Elvis but no idea if they covered his or the original.

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31 October 2012
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Here are some likely covers:

 

Ringo: "Wolly Bully" Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

Ringo: "King of the Road" Roger Miller

Ringo: "Name Game" Shirley Ellis

Ringo: "I'm Henry VIII, I am" Herman's Hermits

 

George: "Tell Her No" the Zombies

George: "Ring of Fire" Johnny Cash

 

Paul: "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" Manfred Mann

Paul: "A World Without Love" Peter and Gordon (ha ha)

 

John: "Glad All Over" DC5

John: "Surfin' Bird" The Trashmen

31 October 2012
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Would love to hear any of those Ringo covers…except for the Herman's Hermits song…pretty much the worst piece o' crap of the entire DECADE! (Except maybe some other Hermits track.)

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4 November 2012
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They did a coupla Elvis songs for the BBC, "That's All Right Mama" and I forget what else.

 

On the "Live At The BBC" album, they cover That's All Right Mama and I've Got a Woman (Originally by Ray Charles, but their version is definitely based on Elvis' cover, George even does Scotty Moore's solo note-for-note).

Cheers for that. I've listened to them and to be honest I don't particuarlarly rate either of them, but I'm glad that the Beatles did at least one Elvis cover.

EDIT- Found their version of I Forgot To Remember To Forget (also from Live At The BBC). George's vocals in it makes me swoon and Paul plays a mean bass line!

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10 December 2012
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Anyone else agree that John would have done a cracking job singing NW5 by Madness?

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15 December 2012
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I think they should have created an entire Christmas song album. That way, I wouldn't have to decide whether to listen to the Beatles or Christmas music. (Of course, the Beatles won that, even though it was December.)

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22 December 2012
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Egroeg Evoli said
I think they should have created an entire Christmas song album. That way, I wouldn't have to decide whether to listen to the Beatles or Christmas music. (Of course, the Beatles won that, even though it was December.)

:)

I don't think you were talking about this, but the Beatles released a Christmas record to members of their fan club from 1963-1969. If the people from Apple want to make money, they should put them all on one album. I believe you were talking about the Beatles covering classic Christmas songs, which would've been a good idea.

 

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24 December 2012
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Hm, a good idea if you aren't completely annoyed by xmas music, maybe! (I do enjoy those fan club records, though.)

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8 February 2014
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I thought the song selection on John's Rock n' Roll album was terrific, but that the production was awful to be honest.  I would have liked to hear John do those songs but to have made the record similar to the way the Beatles used to work in the early days ie. live in the studio with a sparse but tight basic rock n' roll backing trying to get everything first or second take to capture the spontaneity and explosiveness that is so important to that kind of music. 

I am a massive fan of Spector's music normally, but the likes of Sweet Little Sixteen do not work with the wall of sound. For me Phil made great pop records but wasn't a rock n' roll producer.  Phil's music is closer to orchestral music than it is to Sun records.

I think John should have gotten a genuine rock n' roll producer like Jack Clement or Bumps Blackwell to produce the record and James Burton on guitar.  John Lennon was a great rock n' roll singer but he just didn't do himself justice on the Rock n' Roll album.  It pales in comparison to his earlier recordings in the genre such as Twist And Shout, Money and Rock n' Roll Music.  The Rock n' Roll album seems to lack energy, bite and conviction for me and I don't like the way his voice is recorded either whatever they have done.  Makes him sound sort of distant – don't know how to describe it but the vocals somehow lack the warmth of the earlier stuff.  Rock n' Roll is essentially primitive music.  It is meant to have a raw unrefined ragged edge.  Elaborate productions worked well for John on the likes of Strawberry Fields but rock n' roll stuff is a different story.  Overproduction can tend to water down the fire and is best avoided for me.  Sometimes less is more.

I just would have loved to hear John perform these songs as well as I know he could have done.

 

27 June 2014
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The Get Back sessions are such a bloody tease. Imagine if the Beatles covered Hendrix, Dylan or Pink Floyd (early Floyd obviously)?! I'm now extremely sad that we never got a full version of this.

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28 June 2014
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they could have done a good job with this elvis song 

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28 June 2014
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I think they should have covered the monster mash

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29 June 2014
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Their buddies in the Bonzo Dog Band beat them to it!

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