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What songs should they have covered?
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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).

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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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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.


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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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they could have done a good job with this elvis song 

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The Youtube channel HerbBlake has a lot of songs that are Beatles outfakes or recordings that have been falsely attributed to The Beatles by bootleggers over the years.  One of the songs he has on there is the Harry Nilsson cover of Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues passed off as a Beatles song with Lennon on vocals.



Even though it's not The Beatles, it does make me think that it would have been cool if The Beatles or possibly Lennon solo had covered that song.


(As a side note, the Harry Nilsson cover of Subterranean Homesick Blues was produced by John Lennon and features Ringo on drums.)

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