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The best Beatles covers (other musicians covering Beatles songs)
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That's excellent! Harry actually did them justice; it wasn't phony or trying too hard, as most of them are. I myself love most of the covers from 'Across The Universe' the film. Subsequently, it's one of my favourite movies, and I think they did a splendid job changing the songs enough to sound altered, but still reminiscent of the Beatles.

Here's one of my favourites from the film (which may be a little cheesy with taking the strawberries literally, but none the less) Strawberry Fields sung by Joe Anderson (soldier) and Jim Sturgess, who bears a slight resemblance to Mr. McCartney, no? *sigh* That voice. And that face. *double sigh* Kiss

If you haven't seen it, I highly, highly recommend it. You either love or hate the weirdness, but I'm sure us Beatlemaniacs will have seen it all before because of a little thing called Magical Mystery Tour. Wink

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Many would say Joe Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends" is among the very best, and I'd agree with that.  His "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" is another good 'un.

Other favorites:

"I Am The Walrus" - Oasis

"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" - Elton John

"In My Life" - Johnny Cash

"Here Comes The Sun" - Richie Havens

"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" - William Shatner

(Okay, just kidding on the last one.)

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I love If I Fell by Reba McIntyre.  Superb guitar sound on that!

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Alissa said:

I myself love most of the covers from 'Across The Universe' the film. Subsequently, it's one of my favourite movies, and I think they did a splendid job changing the songs enough to sound altered, but still reminiscent of the Beatles.

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If you haven't seen it, I highly, highly recommend it. You either love or hate the weirdness, but I'm sure us Beatlemaniacs will have seen it all before because of a little thing called Magical Mystery Tour. Wink


That clip's not too bad, I think. I never saw Across The Universe - I don't think it got much of a cinema release here in the UK. I was put off anyway after seeing Eddie Izzard's Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!, which was so awful it made me want to kill someone. If anyone's feeling brave and wants to see it out of the context of the film, it's here:

Going back to good covers, there's an album called Motown Sings The Beatles which contains some fantastic versions. In fact, there are loads of great soul/r&b covers, such as this by Wilson Pickett:

On the subject of Motown, there's a Supremes album called A Bit Of Liverpool that's mainly Lennon-McCartney songs, with a few others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A....._Liverpool
Apparently the sound quality on the reissue is pretty bad, but I'm curious about it anyway. Some of it's on YouTube if anyone's interested.

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I think something should be said for amateur covers too. This acoustic guitar version of If I Fell is lovely.

Edit: This one is great too!

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That version of If I Fell is not just lovely but very clever - I take my hat off to anyone who can play like that, be they amateur or professional.

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He does a great job doesn't he? I found it while trying to find a cover of In My Life I had heard before. Who ever did it did an excellent job recreating the faux harpsichord part, but I can't find it! Frown If you know of the video I'm talking about please post it.

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Okay, there's a few relative obscurites here (I couldn't resist) but this is a list of my current top 20 Beatle covers, in no particular order...

Here Comes The Sun - Richie Havens

The Rolling Stones - I Wanna Be Your Man

Every Little Thing - Yes

Strawberry Fields Forever - Tomorrow (live)

Help - Deep Purple

Eleanor Rigby - Vanilla Fudge

Tomorrow Never Knows - 801 (live)

With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Elton John

We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder

She's A Woman - Jeff Beck (produced by George Martin)

Got To Get You Into My Life - Earth, Wind & Fire

Blackbird - Dionne Farris

I Don't Want To Spoil The Party - Roseanne Cash

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Eddie Vedder

Don't Pass Me By - Phish (live)

Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey - The Feelies

Helter Skelter - Siouxsie & The Banshees

Wild Honey Pie  - Pixies (Live At The BBC)

Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Breeders

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I typically judge a cover by how closely it adheres to the original.  It's just my thing, I s'pose, but I don't like a lot of "artistic interpretation" when it comes to covering The Beatles.

This cover of "Golden Slumbers" by Ben Folds was really, really beautiful, I thought, and very true to the original.

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Alissa said:

That's excellent! Harry actually did them justice; it wasn't phony or trying too hard, as most of them are. I myself love most of the covers from 'Across The Universe' the film. Subsequently, it's one of my favourite movies, and I think they did a splendid job changing the songs enough to sound altered, but still reminiscent of the Beatles.

Here's one of my favourites from the film (which may be a little cheesy with taking the strawberries literally, but none the less) Strawberry Fields sung by Joe Anderson (soldier) and Jim Sturgess, who bears a slight resemblance to Mr. McCartney, no? *sigh* That voice. And that face. *double sigh* Kiss

If you haven't seen it, I highly, highly recommend it. You either love or hate the weirdness, but I'm sure us Beatlemaniacs will have seen it all before because of a little thing called Magical Mystery Tour. Wink


Ok, I really wasn't the biggest fan of Across The Universe MOVIE WISE, but I will admit that I did buy the movie and the soundtrack. But only for 2 reasons. 1st reason-Jim Sturgess was absolutley smoking in the movie! And yes, I agree, he does resemble Paul, which is why I think he is very much hott:) And 2nd reason-the covers on there are amazing! I have always disliked Beatles cover versions with a passion for some reason, but when I listened to the music on Across The Universe, I was completely blown away. The only song that I didn't like on the movie was "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", but only because I never liked the song in general.

Oh and the Strawberry Fields scene in the movie, yes taking the strawberries literally was quite corny, but the 2 men did sing the song beautifully. I never knew the song would sound so well as a duet...

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Personally, I love Andy Patridge's version of Strawberry Fields Forever.

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

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I personally liked Lilly Scott's rendition of "Fixing A Hole" On American Idol this year. Talent is lacking this year on the show, she is one of the few good ones on their

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