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The best Beatles covers (other musicians covering Beatles songs)
27 January 2014
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Ron Nasty
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A great choice. Here is my riposte - Echo & the Bunnymen, one Liverpool group paying tribute to another, finally found the version I was looking for!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....nPv1k-0j6Q

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1 February 2014
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I've been on kick to find good a capella covers of Beatles songs, and so far I've found these:

Who's Your Daddy! cover of Strawberry Fields. I love the rhythm and I'm really impressed by the "cello" sound.

Swingle Sisters cover of the same. Gorgeous. I kind of wish someone could find a way to mesh the two covers.

 

The Dolls' cover of Dear Prudence. The lead's slightly flat, but it's a delicate and lovely version.

Still looking, I'll probably update with more.

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1 February 2014
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Somebody way back in 2010 said Stevie Wonder's We Can Work It Out was the best, and I'd have to concur. They didn't copy a video so I'll do that:

However, I do also very much like Sufjan Stevens' What Goes On:

 

6 February 2014
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Beautiful, haunting version of Strawberry Fields by Bill Frisell that came to me as a recommendation via musicaficionado.com. On my third *ahem* sixth listen.

 

From this old post, it looks like he did an entire album of John songs.

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7 February 2014
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I think Ray Charles deserves a mention on this thread.

I have never heard anyone who could convey as much feeling with his voice.

I never liked Till There Was You until I heard Ray sing it.  I think that Ray was such a master that he was able to make it sound like a better song than it really is.

There have been many recordings of Yesterday but for me Ray's version stands out.  Yesterday is a sad song - it's ironic really that Paul is always thought of as the cheerful optimist and yet his most famous song is so melancholy.  However, Ray takes this to another level - the way Ray does it, is not just sad, it is tortured and harrowing and it really does sound as if he longs for Yesterday.

 

7 February 2014
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Yes.  For singers with emotion -- deep, poignant, human, tragic yet not resigned emotion -- Ray Charles is the absolute best of all.

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7 February 2014
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I really like this version of "Good morning" from Micky Dolenz.

 

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9 February 2014
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Another a capella cover - Eleanor Rigby:

 

 

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19 February 2014
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More a capella versions:

I think I posted this in another thread and meant to post here: "Eleanor Rigby." Been playing this one quite a bit.

And just posted last week: William and Mary's Reveille performing "Blackbird." Very touching tribute to the Beatles as part of the video.

Edit: Just realized I've been mistaking this thread with the one is in the All Together Now section.

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20 February 2014
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My favorite Revolution 9 cover

 

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21 February 2014
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Very lovely cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps by the MonaLisa Twins:

 

 

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24 February 2014
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Came across these two Bon Jovi covers that I liked.

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6 March 2014
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I'm a little hesitant to put this the best Beatles covers section as the soloist seems to be straining bordering on screamy. But this arrangement of "We Can Work It Out" by Pitch Slapped is good - based more on the Stevie Wonder version - and it just got nominated for a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (ends at about 3:30). And I like the segueway into "Love on Top."

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6 March 2014
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Discovered this a little back and posted it in the 'listen to now' thread. Deserves to be here.

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Where to put this? Where to put this?

Ringo doesn't fall exactly into the category of "other musician", but I'll go ahead and put this song here. Ringo's cover of "Love Me Do" from Vertical Man. Heard it tonight for the first time. heartapple01heart

 

26 April 2014
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I know I go on about Green Day sometimes, but I honestly think they might be the best cover band of all time. Including The Beatles. They're incredible at covers, and they cover a lot of stuff. Their version of Like A Rolling Stone is absolutely incredible. Now to make it Beatley relevant, they did an absolutely incredible version of Working Class Hero for the Save Darfur album. I almost put it in the better than the original thread, and I would've if the original wasn't also incredible.

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11 May 2014
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Be Sharps said
I really like this version of "Good morning" from Micky Dolenz.

 

 

I was about to post this myself. Good thing I did a search. Bears repeating anyway. :-)

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

11 May 2014
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Joe Cocker- With a Little Help From My Friends. I will not say anything more.

The Black Keys (one of my favorite bands)- She Said, She Said

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

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19 May 2014
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In light of last night's performance by Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips, The Guardian picks some of the best and worst Beatle covers. [x-posted to the bad Beatles cover thread]

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19 May 2014
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Always loved this version of "Eleanor Rigby" by Richie Havens - (apologies if this has already been posted [someone's gonna tell me that I'm the one who did])

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