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Imagine good covers of Beatles (and post-Beatles) songs
3 November 2012
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Here are some of mine (for this game, the musician or band you pick doesn’t have to be still around or alive necessarily):

 

Drive My Car — Earth, Wind & Fire (with a funkier soul edge plus brass)

 

Norwegian Wood — Bob Dylan (also have Dylan replace the flute at the end with his signature harmonica)

 

I Saw Her Standing There — Tom Jones

 

Things We Said Today — a Latin pop version, with Gloria Estefan and Linda Ronstadt doing the vocals in Spanish (“Te dices que me almas/Si yo tendria a ir…”), with Carlos Santana on guitar, and Latin percussion (congas, timbales, etc.)

 

I Will — duet with Phoebe Snow and Stephen Bishop

 

I’m So Tired — duet with David Bowie and David Byrne

 

Julia — Emmylou Harris, with mandolin, fiddle, accordion

 

Penny Lane — James Taylor

 

Here Comes The Sun — Neil Diamond

 

Post-Beatles:

 

Man We Was Lonely — Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young — with Neil Young doing the main single-part vocals

 

My Love — Barry Manilow

 

Power Cut — the Roche Sisters

 

You Are Here — okay work with me on this and step out of the box, maybe take a hit of acid first:  Frank Sinatra

 

Mother — This is the strangest cover idea yet I think — imagine this:  Emmylou Harris doing a kind of slow and stately country version (with guitar strum, mandolin, sad fiddle sound etc.)

I can just hear her sing out Mother ………… you had me, but I never had you” in that mournful country way she can do so well.  Of course, she would not get progressively more raucous with screaming, as John did, but I think she could transform the song suitably.  Actually, the part where John starts progressively screaming occurs at the end, when he keeps repeating —

“Mama don’t go….. Daddy come home” — which Emmylou could do backed up by a few other singers all together, and throw in a couple of “rough” male voices to give it punch.

 

Comic Relief:

A Day In The Life — Leonard Nimoy doing John’s part, and William Shatner doing Paul’s part, with John Tesh arranging and conducting the orchestra.

 

Okay, I think I’ve done enough damage for now…a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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