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Any Major Beatles Covers: 1967-68

April 16th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The second mix of Beatles covers comprises songs from the group’s 1967-68 period, ending rather abruptly in the middle of the White Album selection. So the third mix will carry on with songs from that double album (leading with the Beach Boys doing Back In The USSR).

There are some quite unexpected covers. Ella Fitzgerald singing Savoy Truffle? Soul group The Moments singing Rocky Racoon, of all songs? Some performers are also surprising. Bill Cosby, for example. The stand-up comic did an album of covers in 1969, including Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s not mugging for comedic effect either, though it is fairly bizarre. Backing Cosby is the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.

Elvis Costello’s performance of “an English folk song” was a minor highlight at Wembley’s Live Aid, not because Costello is doing it very well, but because the crowd is filling in the horn bits, thereby proving Costello’s introduction right. McCartney has attributed inspiration for the sound of Lady Madonna, particularly the piano, to Fats Domino, so it is apt that Domino’s cover, recorded soon after the Beatles released it, should feature here.

Some inclusions are entirely obvious: Pickett’s Hey Jude is the best version of that song, and Spooky Tooth’s cover of I Am The Walrus is masterful. I also particularly like Richie Haven’s take on Strawberry Fields and John Denver’s Mother Nature’s Son.

Part 3, covering 1968-70 will be posted next week.

TRACKLISTING
1. Richie Havens – Strawberry Fields Forever (1969)
2. Kenny Rankin – Penny Lane (1970)
3. Bill Cosby – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1968)
4. The Undisputed Truth – With A Little Help From My Friends (1973)
5. Syreeta – She’s Leaving Home (1972)
6. Gabor Szabo – Lucy In The Sky With Diamond (1967)
7. The Wedding Present – Getting Better (1988)
8. Big Daddy – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (1992)
9. Claudine Longet – When I’m Sixty-Four (1967)
10. José Feliciano – A Day In The Life (live) (1969)
11. Elvis Costello – All You Need Is Love (live) (1985)
12. The Impressions – Fool On The Hill (1969)
13. Spooky Tooth – I Am The Walrus (1970)
14. Ambrosia – Magical Mystery Tour (1976)
15. Fats Domino – Lady Madonna (1968)
16. Wilson Pickett – Hey Jude (1969)
17. Bobby Bryant – Happiness Is A Warm Gun (1969)
18. The Moments – Rocky Raccoon (1970)
19. The Five Stairsteps – Dear Prudence (1970)
20. Ella Fitzgerald – Savoy Truffle (1969)
21. John Denver – Mother Nature’s Son (1972)
22. Paul Weller – Sexy Sadie (1994)
23. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Helter Skelter (1978)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    April 16th, 2010 at 00:51 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. April 16th, 2010 at 07:31 | #2

    I really do enjoy your mixes you put together, but I’ve been enjoying the first in this series and look forward to any others.

  3. Rhod
    April 17th, 2010 at 00:00 | #3

    Great diverse mix of interpretations. I really look forward to your interesting series of Beatles, Originals and unfortunately in Memoriam

    Regards

    Rhod

  4. halfhearteddude
    April 17th, 2010 at 00:08 | #4

    You’ll have a rewarding week coming up, Rhod: the third Beatles covers mix AND a new Originals.

  5. shadreck
    April 17th, 2010 at 01:29 | #5

    Looks good. Thanks a lot.

  6. April 17th, 2010 at 22:39 | #6

    Great mix of selections. It might be noted that the guitar on Pickett’s “Hey Jude” is supplied by Duane Allman.

  7. Eric
    April 18th, 2010 at 05:58 | #7

    Holy cow. I hope the Undisputed Truth threw a pounds Joe Cocker’s way for the arrangement of “Little Help.” Thanks for the inspired compilation.

  8. April 18th, 2010 at 12:09 | #8

    great mix dude – many thanks once again

  9. Scurvy
    April 20th, 2010 at 02:45 | #9

    I really enjoyed the diversity of this mix. Penny Lane reminds me of an old SNL sketch called “Beatles Songs You Don’t KNow the Words To”. Funny part was they did Penny Lane in the sketch just like this version. Also this version of “She’s Leaving Home” is just bloody awful to listen to. Rest is great. Fantastic “Day in the Life”

  10. Asli Jat
    May 1st, 2010 at 06:10 | #10

    Shows what a productive period this was in that you had to devote an entire volume to only 1967-68.

    Thanks.

  11. Danilo
    June 6th, 2010 at 22:31 | #11

    Hi. Thank you for all the great shares. I’m stil waiting for Any Major Beatles Covers 1969-70. Please be so kind. Thanks again

  12. halfhearteddude
    June 6th, 2010 at 23:33 | #12

    It’s there, but I didn’t put it in the correct category, it seems.

    http://www.halfhearteddude.com/2010/04/beatles_covers_3/

  13. scooter
    November 23rd, 2012 at 04:23 | #13

    Link says “File Not Found” Would love to have this one as the others are great. Thanks for posting these.

  14. halfhearteddude
    November 23rd, 2012 at 07:34 | #14

    New links are up now, scooter. I hope you’ll like this one too.

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