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The best Beatles covers (other musicians covering Beatles songs)
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Three covers from 2005 by one of my favourite bands, the Cowboy Junkies.

The first two are from their album Early 21st Century Blues.

The first is a version of George's Isn't It A Pity . It doesn't stray too far from the original, maybe a little more mournful:

The second, John's I Don't Want to Be a Soldier, deviates further from the original as they invite Rebel to add an original rap section to the song:

Third up, probably from the same sessions, is a Beatles cover that appeared at the end of the year on a various artists album, This Bird Has Flown, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rubber Soul .

What happens when a female vocalist takes on the misogynistic Run For Your Life but changes the gender?

Holy feck! I'm running...

A stunning cover, but whereas the Beatles version gets a lifted-eyebrow for it's dodgy gender politics, this remarkable reinvention is psychotic. It could almost be the theme song for Glenn Close's "bunny boiler" in Fatal Attraction!

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Superb harmonies and plenty of fun in this acoustic cover version of If I Fell :

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The love you take is equal to the love you make

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RECOVER is a new FACT series in which our favourite artists reinterpret songs by their heroes.

For the series’ first episode, south London musician Kwake Bass (featuring additional vocals by Dewey) jammed out to Radiohead's 'Idioteque' and left us stunned.

On our second episode, French multi-instrumentalist and all round musical mastermind Jacques steps up with his own rendition of The Beatles' 1968 track 'Blackbird '. Jacques' cover – which makes full use of his guitar, effects pedals and loopers –doesn't disappoint.

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The thing about Beatles covers is that J can't really enjoy them because they're not the Beatles. Every time I hear someone else singing a Beatles song I think "John/Paul/George/Ringo does is better." However, there are a few covers that I can stand, two of which are Sheryl Crow's version of Mother Nature's Son and Joe Cocker's version of She Came In Through The Bathroom Window .

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I like this kid......He may look like Harry Potter's love-child but....Tons of talent.

 

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False harmonics the lot......He's even better now.

Paul should send him a few bob and get him to teach him the guitar arrangement. 

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Josh MFing Turner!!! Yes! I’ve been watching his stuff for years. I’ve posted those covers in here before. He is just amazing and his original music in his folk duo The Other Favorites is really really good. Some of the best new music out there in my opinion. 

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Here is more Josh Turner. Came out a little bit ago but its great. 

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Somebody else has most likely already said this, but Michael Jackson covered Come Together . However, in my opinion it wasn’t that good... tbh I’m not really into covers of Beatles songs, kinda ruins it for me. (But I’ll admit there are some decently good ones...)

Reporter: Beethoven figures in one of your songs. What do you think of Beethoven?
Ringo Starr: He’s great. Especially his poetry.

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silverhammerYT said
Somebody else has most likely already said this, but Michael Jackson covered Come Together . However, in my opinion it wasn’t that good... tbh I’m not really into covers of Beatles songs, kinda ruins it for me. (But I’ll admit there are some decently good ones...)

  

I have a system for Beatles cover. you have to be an Approved Musician (registered trademark) to record one of their songs. 

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I have a system too: I don't listen to them, because they're not the Beatles. On the few occasions when they come on on the Beatles Channel and I'm too lazy to turn the sound off, I get upset when they change things to try to turn it into their own song. It's not your song, guys, at least respect it and play it the way it was meant to be played!!! 

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Myself, I can't think of anything worse than a straight cover, @50yearslate. I hate artists who just try Xerox-ing the original. Whether a Beatles song or anyone else's song, if you're gonna do a cover, do your best to own it, to make it sound like it's yours and reflects who you are as an artist. Otherwise there's no point.

After all, The Beatles themselves when they covered other artists, more often than not rearranged those songs to make them more them...

Here's Bob doing his one and only performance of Nowhere Man  in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 12 August 1990.

I want to do a John Lennon song. One of my favorite John Lennon songs for this special occasion...

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TheWalrusWasBrian said 

I have a system for Beatles cover. you have to be an Approved Musician (registered trademark) to record one of their songs. 

a-hard-days-night-paul-10So what about Beatlebug's covers? What about my band's covers (the good ones...)? Etc... 

Do you realise how many bands without a registered trademark exist? Why shouldn't we be allowed to show our love of the best band in the world?

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Myself, I can't think of anything worse than a straight cover, 50yearslate. I hate artists who just try Xerox-ing the original. Whether a Beatles song or anyone else's song, if you're gonna do a cover, do your best to own it, to make it sound like it's yours and reflects who you are as an artist. Otherwise there's no point. 

My thoughts exactly. Thank you for putting it much more eloquently than I was going to though!

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The Hole Got Fixed said

TheWalrusWasBrian said 

I have a system for Beatles cover. you have to be an Approved Musician (registered trademark) to record one of their songs. 

a-hard-days-night-paul-10So what about Beatlebug's covers? What about my band's covers (the good ones...)? Etc... 

Do you realise how many bands without a registered trademark exist? Why shouldn't we be allowed to show our love of the best band in the world?

You two are Approved by me, that's what i meant. paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif But yeh, good point. I'm overprotective. *clutches bunches of paper with lyrics and chords on them as the boys try to get them back*

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Myself, I can't think of anything worse than a straight cover, 50yearslate. I hate artists who just try Xerox-ing the original. Whether a Beatles song or anyone else's song, if you're gonna do a cover, do your best to own it, to make it sound like it's yours and reflects who you are as an artist. Otherwise there's no point. 

My thoughts exactly. Thank you for putting it much more eloquently than I was going to though!

  

Yes, i also agree! Good artists make covers their own. 

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I amn't elitist about covers, they just have to be halfway decent (so not some kid plunking out the melody to 'Hey Jude ' in their bedroom) and somewhat fresh whilst still retaining the essential elements of the original.

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I quite like that. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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I came across this today and I was quite blown away by how beautiful it was, the playing, arrangement, and tone. (His outfit is the cat's pajamas too a-hard-days-night-john-6)

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Looking to correct someone who suggested on another site that, when looking at the solo Beatles,

...when all 4 Beatles were still alive, Paul was the only one that didn't have any particularly unsuccessful releases, while Ringo was the only one that didn't have any particularly successful ones.

I wanted to counter this by bringing up 1973's Ringo album, and pointing out how successful it and its singles were (#1's and all). In checking things I came across this great Camper Van Beethoven cover of Photograph from the '80s:

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Fresh from my subscription feed, I will now be listening to this on repeat:

Such a beautiful rendition heart

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