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Songs by other bands that sound "Beatles-ish"
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SaxonMothersSon said
Of course The Hollies, Look Through Any Window. But Delaney & Bonnie (friends of George who inspired him to write My Sweet Lord) had a song called Never Ending Song of Love (from Motel Shot album) which I swore was a Paul number a la I've Just Seen A Face. Look it up. See if you agree.  

Bus Stop by the Hollies also sorta reminds me of Things We Said Today.

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There's lots of places this could have gone, and I couldn't decide which, and so I'm putting here...

The lead single from the Wu Tang Clan's 2007 album 8 Diagrams, based around a sample of blues guitarist Jimmy Ponder covering George, George gets co-authorship. Extra twist, the track is fully credited to Wu Tang Clan featuring Erykah Badu, Dhani Harrison and John Frusciante. Dhani plays rhythm on a 1961 Gretsch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u72nMAIJkno

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There is an outstanding band from Sicily called Cirrone whose music has more than a hint of Beatles!
The three brothers sing in English and have the most amazing harmonies and guitar playing and their songs have a definite Beatles influence (they've also played The Cavern Club by invitation a number of times) 
Everyone I have introduced to their music says they hear echoes of The Beatles (in a good way!!)
Here are a couple of examples of their songs:
 
https://youtu.be/QTlrHiTsaDw

https://youtu.be/fl3DZHIpcfw

 

 
https://youtu.be/yf0l5ZQeXNg

 
More information and music at http://www.cirroneband.com
 

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Nice sound and the songs sound very "George".

Pivotal Moments in Beatles History No.118:  Yoko helps herself to one of George's digestives. 

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I't posted a few Crowded House songs already (my next favourite band after The Beatles). I'd forgotten how Beatley this song sounds. I think it starts off very Lennon and goes a bit Macca (or is it the other way around?). You have to listen far enough to hear the great middle 8/bridge part.

https://youtu.be/IlIGjQ7U5wo

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Pivotal Moments in Beatles History No.118:  Yoko helps herself to one of George's digestives. 

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This Bread song is very Let It Be-ish sounding, it could fit onto that album easily, I think.

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"I'm only myself when I have a guitar in my hands."

-  George Harrison

 

 
 

 

 
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"Lies" - The Knickerbockers

"Live" - The Merry Go Round

"Exit Stage Right" - Ronnie Burns

"Baby's Rich" - The Gods (They also did a killer version of "Hey Bulldog")

The Golden Earrings - Much of their early output, especially "Daddy, Buy Me a Girl"

"Brand New Day" - Stray (obscure B-side from an obscure band but it nails the McCartney ballad sound)

"No Matter What" - Badfinger

"Hope" - Klaatu

The DEFACE THE MUSIC album from Utopia, although Rundgren's nasal vocals somewhat tend to spoil the effect

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Here's something obscure which 70's kids will recall. It's actually the single of Roger Glover's (Deep Purple bassist) first solo album The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshopper's Feast  in 1974 and the single went a bit viral in 70's terms. 

https://youtu.be/E4wuQnzDjhM

Psychedelia just wouldn't go away, you see.

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Whenever I listen to 'Ashes to Ashes' by David Bowie, I somehow have to think of 'Wild Honey Pie' because the sound of the distorted guitar at the beginning of each song sounds quite similar to me. Am I only making it up or is someone of you hearing a resemblance too? 

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The very best Beatles-ish album that I've heard is by Todd Rundgren and Utopia, called Deface the Music (1980).  Almost all songs have the Beatles' sound.  Also check out the B-side of Todd Rundgren's Faithful album (1976) for a rendition of Strawberry Fields and other groups' hit songs.  As well, if you like identifying heavy guitar-band sounds, listen to Todd Rundgren's Arena (2008).  It's amazing.  All on Spotify.

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About a Girl by Nirvana sound something by the Beatles.

Kurt Cobain didn't die to be a cute t-shirt on Forever 21.

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BackInTheUSSR said
About a Girl by Nirvana sound something by the Beatles.  

Kurt Cobain is supposed to have written About a Girl after listening to Meet the Beatles repeatedly. 

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Von Bontee said
I found an Emitt Rhodes anthology just last year, a 2CD set featuring all four of his solo albums! I remember posting something to the effect that "he even outdid Paul himself, as far as 1970 play-everything-yourself pop-rock albums go", but in retrospect I've come to appreciate McCartney more than previously - Emitt's record is less eccentric, he's not trying to create odd instrumentals or sound experiments. His later albums sound even less Macca-like.  

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I've not heard any of his later stuff, just the self-titled - are the other albums any good?  

Wish Ben Ramon was still around so I could answer him finally, 4 years late.  🙁  Anyway, Mirror from 1971 is more of the same - tidy, melodic pop-rock in the cherries album/Ram tradition, but with more sincerity in place of Paul's whimsy and occasional experimental ism. Also, the addition of a Leslie effect to some of the guitar tracks adds a bit of subliminal second-hand George Ness to the proceedings. And it rocks a bit harder in places.

I wish I could share a bit of this guy's vintage music but none of it appears to be on YouTube. (I imagine Necko's heard him, wonder who else? Martha? Evangeline? TRC?)

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I personally think this wouldn't be a single bit out of place on Help! Has that sort of You've Got To Hide Your Love Away sound to it:

https://youtu.be/98bxyKbHwrY

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SgtPeppersBulldog said
I personally think this wouldn't be a single bit out of place on Help! Has that sort of You've Got To Hide Your Love Away sound to it:

https://youtu.be/98bxyKbHwrY

  

The Bee Gee's singing a song on a Beatles album would be very out of place.

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Hi all,

I sort of skimmed the thread and thought I'd put some stuff I didn't see.  Sorry if some songs already were mentioned.

 

Hollow Hand - "Farewell"

Chris Weisman - "Double Bill".  This guy actually put out an album called Beatleboro (he's from Brattleboro, VT).  Guitar starts out the same as "Here, There And Everywhere".

Elliott Smith - "Say Yes". Speaking of "Here, There And Everywhere", Elliott Smith has been mentioned but I'm not sure this song has.

LCD Soundsystem - "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up".  Surprised I didn't see this one on my quick scroll-through of the forum.  I hear "Dear Prudence" but once the guitar outro comes in, the Beatles sound becomes very obvious. (Actually when I found a youtube link, I noticed that I was not alone in noticing that it's basically "Dear Prudence".

Calvin Love - "Warm Blindness and a Cool Breeze".  Sounds like it could have been on All Things Must Pass.

Dr. Dog - "Goner".  This band seems to emulate a lot of classic rock-esque sounds. I get some Bowie in this song as well.

Tony Molina - "No One Told He"

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