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What Beatles song might have sounded better (or worse) with a different singer?
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Woah. Had never heard that In My Life cover before. That really sucks some hairy monkeyballs.

It's slow, his voice is even worse than I expected. What the hell George, it doesn't even sound like you! I also couldn't understand half of what he was mumbling, and surely not the bit about missing the others. You could tell me anything about what he's singing in this one and I'll believe it, really.

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Linde said
Woah. Had never heard that In My Life cover before. That really sucks some hairy monkeyballs.

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Interesting, I've given some thought to my original post, but I can't seem to come up with any more Beatles songs that would sound good (or even interesting) if the singers were switched around. Perhaps Ringo doing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "Long and Winding Road" -- basically any of Paul's "granny" music might sound interesting with Ringo singing it (also "Your Mother Should Know")...

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Would have liked to have heard just one take of John singing Why Don't We Do It In The Road?? His voice would surely be great for that.

There is supposedly an outtake of Paul singing I Want You (She's So Heavy) but it's almost certainly not (not the Get Back sessions version). What do you think?

 

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Sorry, FP, I did derail it a bit by posting George's In My Life...!

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Hadn't really thought about this, but Paul's Concert for George rendition of For You Blue is absolutely beautiful. I think that could have sounded pretty good. It's still good with George, though.

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Someone else doing Good Night off the White Album - not sure who, but doesn't seem to suit Ringo.

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trcanberra said
Someone else doing Good Night off the White Album - not sure who, but doesn't seem to suit Ringo.

Actually, John sang on the demo, and in Geoff Emerick's book, he calls it beautiful, and says Ringo did a respectable job, but when John did it, it was incredible. Sorry, don't remember the exact quote but that little bit stuck out to me.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

trcanberra said
Someone else doing Good Night off the White Album - not sure who, but doesn't seem to suit Ringo.

Actually, John sang on the demo, and in Geoff Emerick's book, he calls it beautiful, and says Ringo did a respectable job, but when John did it, it was incredible. Sorry, don't remember the exact quote but that little bit stuck out to me.

Nice - I half had John in mind.

 

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trcanberra said
Someone else doing Good Night off the White Album - not sure who, but doesn't seem to suit Ringo.

I think it does suit Ringo, but I think John would be a better fit. He wrote it with Julian in mind so he could probably sing it with a different kind of emotion than Ringo. 

 

Which doesn't really make sense because Ringo also had 2 sons by then, but I hope people will get what I mean. John wrote it so it's more personal for him

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meanmistermustard said
There is supposedly an outtake of Paul singing I Want You (She's So Heavy) but it's almost certainly not (not the Get Back sessions version). What do you think?

 

It sounds too generic for Paul. Or if it is him, he didn't warm up to the song, making John the better choice for it.

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meanmistermustard said
Would have liked to have heard just one take of John singing Why Don't We Do It In The Road?? His voice would surely be great for that.

There is supposedly an outtake of Paul singing I Want You (She's So Heavy) but it's almost certainly not (not the Get Back sessions version). What do you think?

 

I don't know about this... The roughness in John's voice really makes this song it sounds quite clean and I agree with Parlance it does sound generic with Paul's voice if that makes any sense

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I believe parlance's point was that it wasn't Paul. It sounds to generic to be Paul, not that it sounds generic because of Paul. Correct me if I misunderstood. 

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
I believe parlance's point was that it wasn't Paul. It sounds to generic to be Paul, not that it sounds generic because of Paul. Correct me if I misunderstood. 

Oh, yes. Sorry, I didn't see the previous post. That's what I meant exactly.

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It sounds like Paul to me, though.

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"Why Don't We Do It In The Road??" always sounded like a John song to me. I'm quite certain he would have done a good job singing it.

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The only vocal change I would have made to any Beatle recording is ironically enough on "In My Life." No, I wouldn't have had George sing it...

I would have subtracted Paul. This is the only song of theirs where I find the harmony less than helpful. Granted, I understand that according to Paul he wrote the melody, so it's natural that he would have wanted to be in on it. But I think it would have been better with John alone. It would have sounded more like this great rendition:

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So for a few years now there's been controversy over whether this is real or not. From the viewpoints I've seen, it's more or less an equal verdict. I've seen plenty of conflicting stories on the comments section, but thankfully, this isn't YouTube.

As for me, the instruments and the tuning sound exactly like they do on the original, and it really sounds like Paul in the lead. It's even got the slight vibrato in his voice you can hear at times during the later years - so I really want to believe.

Note by Ahhh Girl 10 June 2014: Posts 38-41 originally were a thread titled " I Want You (She's So Heavy) Alternate Take - Real or Fake?"

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Its certainly not Ringo's normal drumming style and with it supposedly being Paul on vocals who is drumming?

I've wanted it to be them but wanting to and it actually being are two different things. Its not the Beatles for me.

 

Note: This topic has been addressed in this thread (posts 24, 31 - 35).

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I have no idea.  I've heard plenty of arguments from both sides.  Whoever is singing certainly does sound a lot like Paul McCartney.  I'm constantly on the fence about this one.

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