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Best Covers (Beatles covering others' songs)
13 December 2014
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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy
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Atlas said

Great Video……. And all those years the Isley Bros took all the credit.

Doesn't matter, as The Beatles' version is better than both.  a-hard-days-night-paul-11

I think being as objective as is possible that the Beatles versions of Really Got a Hold on Me…..Money……..Please Mr Postman and Twist And Shout outdo the originals.

It doesn't matter, as The Beatles' version is better than both.  a-hard-days-night-paul-11

 

I think being as objective as is possible that the Beatles versions of Really Got a Hold on Me…..Money……..Please Mr Postman and Twist And Shout outdo the originals.

No doubt "Twist And Shout " does.  I'd say "Boys " also outdoes the original version, and perhaps all 3 of their Larry Williams covers as well.

 

I'm pointlessly musing that it would have been very interesting to have heard them take on a Stones classic……..Not sure they could have made a better version of 'Sympathy for the Devil' but given the challenge and audacity of even attempting such sacrilege they would have pulled out all the stops……John would certainly have killed the vocal.

The closest they came to covering The Stones was "I Wanna Be Your Man ," which, of course, they themselves originally wrote for The Stones.  ahdn_paul_01While we're on the topic, The Who actually DID do two Stones covers: "The Last Time" and "Under My Thumb," neither of which are as good as the originals, of course.

10 July 2019
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The early Lennon vocals on Twist And Shout , Money and Please Mr Postman are unbelievably good and even better live; I saw some live footage on YouTube not too long ago and it was from a U.K show that ended with John singing Twist And Shout and Money and this gives Plastic Ono band a run for it's money and is infinitiely superior to anything on his Rock and Roll album, his vocals are not nearly as good as late as 74, when in 64 they are shredding on these covers.

Live At The BBC (which sadly *again* Lennon mentioned in a later interview but never saw released) has many great covers and most always John's vocal is truly powerful and original, he makes the other two sound so *white-bread*. McCartney always sounds like Little Richard on these covers and on I'm Down and She's A Woman .

Interesting that the last real cover on an album, Dizzy Miss Lizzy is not as powerful, although you can hear that the singing is, maybe the production has evolved to accommodate more complex songs so it kind of deadens the impact of covers like this? Interesting is that Lennon became 'the clever Beatle' not long after Help and only returned to his rock roots in 1969 at the Toronto Festival with Clapton and during Let it be.

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