best beatles covers. ever.

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enola gay, Monday, 5 September 2005 21:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Moving Sidewalks' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is pretty good.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the correct answer is: Sonic Youth - Within You Without You

c f cät (chëshy f cat), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"The Sheikh of Araby"

I Ain't No Addict, Whoever Heard of a Junkie as Old as Me? (noodle vague), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Within You Without You" isn't even the best cover on that album.

I Ain't No Addict, Whoever Heard of a Junkie as Old as Me? (noodle vague), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Al Green - I Want to Hold Your Hand

Masked Gazza, Monday, 5 September 2005 21:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

stevie wonder "we can work it out." one of the most joyous recordings by anyone ever.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the Breeders' cover of "Happiness is a Warm Gun" takes some pleasant liberties.

Aaron A, Monday, 5 September 2005 21:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'll take your Al Green cover of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and I'll see you one Sparks cover of "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

HS

hector savage, Monday, 5 September 2005 21:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

either it's The Fall's "A Day in the Life" or it's Booker T. & The MG's version of "Something"

Voodoo Child, Monday, 5 September 2005 21:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Devo did a truly inspired instrumental version of "Because" that only appeared in one of their earlier films (The Truth About De-Evolution) that is heard during the vignette where Mark is robbed of his Booji Boy mask and stabbed in the chest.

Firewater attempted "Hey Bulldog," but sorta failed, though I love them.

The Wedding Present did a reasonably competent version of "It's Getting Better."

No one has ever done a decent version of "Helter Skelter," `cept maybe Siouxsie

I used to quite like the Mission's rendering of "Tomorrow Never Knows," but time has not been kind to it.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ben Harper does a fabulous cover of Strawberry Fields. Love that man's voice.

uptoeleven (uptoeleven), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Laibach's "Let It Be" seconded - "Get Back", if I have to pick just one.

Soukesian, Monday, 5 September 2005 21:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Wedding Present did a reasonably competent version of "It's Getting Better."

i heard this for the first time yesterday (thanks, YSI thread!) and it is fucking awesome. i was disappointed by the fall's "day in the life".

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Quick's "It Won't Be Long" is v. good.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 5 September 2005 21:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Elliott Smith - Because
Belle and Sebastian - Here Comes The Sun
801 feat. Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno - Tomorrow Never Knows

herman nijhuis (herman), Monday, 5 September 2005 22:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Elliott Smith - Because

Ooh...seconded! And how could I have forgotten that Laibach opus?!?!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 5 September 2005 22:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Adrian Belew's "I'm Down" is pretty good.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 5 September 2005 22:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And while it seems everyone else in the known world despises it, I quite like Suggs' "I'm Only Sleeping".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 5 September 2005 22:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i quite like robyn hitchcock's version of a day in the life. also galaxie 500's live version of rain (i've never heard the beatles version)

jimmy glass (electricsound), Monday, 5 September 2005 22:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Rosanne Cash does a great version of I'm Only Sleeping, as well as I Don't Want To Spoil The Party. She's great.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Monday, 5 September 2005 22:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(i've never heard the beatles version)

How on earth is this possible?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 5 September 2005 22:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Damned - Help!

Ben Dot (1977), Monday, 5 September 2005 23:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

suzi quatro, "i wanna be your man"
fanny, "bulldog"

xhuxk, Monday, 5 September 2005 23:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wilson Pickett does a phenomenal version of Hey Jude with Duane Allman.

someteenpartying, Tuesday, 6 September 2005 01:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Holmes Brothers - "And I Love Her" (immeasurably better than the original, with devastating Hendrixian guitar that shouldn't work but does).

Speaking of Hendrix, I've always liked his version of "Day Tripper" from the Radio One sessions.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 03:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


i liked Oasis' I am the walrus

isnt there some sort of Rubber soul tribute coming out? I know Ted Leo is supposed to play a cover of "Im looking through you" which should be incredible

JD from CDepot, Tuesday, 6 September 2005 03:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

someteenpartying beat me to the punch!

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 03:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:7bpyxd7b5oly

comes out october 11th

JD from CDepot, Tuesday, 6 September 2005 03:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jose feliciano - in my life
beastie boys - i'm down

maf you, Tuesday, 6 September 2005 05:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i like johnny cash's "in my life." he sounds so frail and aware of his impending death that the song acquires a new and almost unbearable meaning.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 05:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Low's cover of Nowhere Man looks good.

Cunga (Cunga), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 05:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Eddie Hazel's "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is pretty heavy indeed.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 06:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The girl from Os Mutantes (I think her name is Rita Lee) had a Beatles covers album that was incredible. Likewise, there's a lot of great Caetano Veloso Beatles covers.

____//?}}], Tuesday, 6 September 2005 08:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

801 feat. Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno - Tomorrow Never Knows

OTM@!&!&

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 10:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Carpenters' version of "Ticket to Ride."

brittle-lemon (brittle-lemon), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 11:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Low's cover of Nowhere Man looks good.

ooh!

their cover of "long long long" is sublime. i should have mentioned this already.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 12:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I really like Richie Havens' cover of "Here Comes the Sun."

Tripmaker (SDWitzm), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 12:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Assagai - Hey Jude (juju/highlife)
Anything Beatallica does
The Clarendonians - You Won't See Me (early ska)
Desmond Dekker - Come Together
Ella Fitzgerald - Savoy Truffle
The Langley Schools Music Project - The Long and Winding Road
Louis Armstrong - Give Peace a Chance (a Lennon solo one, but it's great)
The Residents - Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life
Rob Grayson - Beatles A-Z (the entire catalog in 15 minutes)
Skatalites - Independent Anniversary Ska (Should Have Known Better)

And an unknown Japanese guy savaging Eleanor Rigby.
http://s43.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=268VIVWTGLD761S9XSGPXA4A9B

Brakhage (brakhage), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 12:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The girl from Os Mutantes (I think her name is Rita Lee) had a Beatles covers album that was incredible.

Sorry, have to disagree. I found that album unlistenable, except the ones she sang in Portuguese were okay.

I'll go for "Tomorrow Never Knows" by Junior Parker.

Billy Pilgrim (Billy Pilgrim), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 13:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I love Siouxsie's "Dear Prudence."

Je4nne ƒur¥ (Je4nne Fury), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 13:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I thought that the I Am Sam soundtrack had some misses, but also some gems. I really liked Rufus's "Across the Universe," and I don't care who knows it.

The Mad Puffin (The Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 13:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Don't Let Me Down" - Charlotte Dada
"She Loves You (And You Know That Can't Be Bad)" - Ted Chippington
"With A Little Help From My Friends" - Joe Cocker
"Got To Get You Into My Life" - Earth Wind & Fire
"Here There & Everywhere" - Emmylou Harris
"It's All Too Much" - Steve Hillage
"I Wanna Be Your Man" - Rolling Stones
"Yesterday" - En Vogue

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 13:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten about the Charlotte Dada. That is great.

Brakhage (brakhage), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 13:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

obviously, "healter sketler" by Motley Crue
"Come together" by aerosmith

gibson303, Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Motown Meets the Beatles. Patchy and often pointless but Marvin Gaye's Yesterday lovely and of course Stevie Wonder's We Can Work It Out.

A Hard Day's Night - The Supremes
Eleanor Rigby - The Four Tops
We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder
Hey Jude - The Temptations
Yesterday - Marvin Gaye
The Long and Winding Road - Diana Ross
Come Together - The Supremes
She's Leaving Home - Syreeta
You Can't Do That - The Supremes
Fool On The Hill - The Four Tops
Michelle - The Four Tops
And I Love Her - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Something - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Let It Be - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Imagine - Diana Ross
My Love - Jr. Walker
My Sweet Lord - Edwinn Starr

Zoe Espera (Espera), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Roy Orbison's treatment of Help is utterly beautiful. All slow and sad and beautiful.

gghdgdgwd, Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I agree with Fanny "Hey Bulldog," that is great. Al Green doing "Want to Hold Your Hand," ditto. Alex Chilton does a horrible version of it on "Downtown Does the Beatles" from ten years ago. But he's drunk enough to do up "I'm So Tired" quite well back in 1975, about as much as the song deserves.

Beach Boys doing "Hide Your Love Away." Ian Gomm "You Can't Do That" (leaves out the bridge).

Booker T. "Hard Day's Night." Jr. Parker does, as is mentioned earlier, "Tomorrow Never Knows," also "Lady Madonna." And Lowell Fulson does "Why Don't We Do It in the Road."

For that matter, I like Earth, Wind & Fire's "Got to Get You Into My Life." Anne Murray "You Won't See Me."

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Nina Simone's "Here Comes The Sun". And I have a soft spot for Fiona Apple's version of "Across the Universe".

Roz (Roz), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've always liked Coroner's version of "She's So Heavy" quite a bit.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 03:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Just heard for the first time (my bad) Bill Withers' version of "Let It Be"; it's awesomely beautiful. Ramsey Lewis' LP of Beatles covers--Mother Nature's Son--is wonderful, too.

inhibitionist, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 03:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

David Grisman's band has done a pretty moving instrumental version, all mandolined-up and shit, of "Because".

Lol Coxhill's take on "I'm The Walrus" is also great.

t**t, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 10:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Arcwelder did a great version of "I Am The Walrus," superfast, stripped-down, with no attempts at mimicking the 'cellos or tape effects. Worked amazingly (and surprisingly) well.

Sara Sara Sara, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 13:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

So then what, if any, are the few cases in which the cover version actually surpasses the Beatles original?

billstevejim, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

This was mentioned upthread as part of the Motown Beatles covers album, and it warrants more attention (BSJ, I think it surpasses the original):

Let It Be - Gladys Knight & The Pips

Gladys gave one of her absolute best performances on that. (I also welled up during the gospelly version of "Let It Be" in Across the Universe.)

Joseph McCombs, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard a lot of those, but the original versions of those are so great, I don't see how ALL of them could surpass.. Maybe a few do..

What bothers me about this thread is that it's supposed to be a list of the "best beatles covers. ever." and instead people are just listing random cover versions..

Stevie Wonder seems to have been mentioned here a lot.. it's hard to say which version I like better, because the Beatles version is great for so many reasons (one of the true Lennon/McCartney penned songs, John's bridge w/ changing time signature, and the harmonium!!!) ... however Stevie Wonder's version simply killed it.

I also still think The Cyrkle's "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" may surpass the original. It helped me to better appreciate the original version. There's changing key signatures constantly throughout the song, which somehow works in this case.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh my mistake, I thought you were suggesting all of those Motown covers were better.. Yeah the Gladys Knight version is lovely.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

the Hendrix Sgt Pepper
runner-up: the Grateful Dead's Rain

gabbneb, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Still amazed that Oasis haven't covered rain. It would have been perfect for them, as opposed to "I Am The Walrus" which doesn't fit with their style at all.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 08:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

What would be the point of covering "Rain"? It's exactly Oasis.

(I know, answers on a postcard etc)

Mark G, Wednesday, 28 May 2008 09:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I am surprised Jeff Buckley's 'A Day in the Life' hasn't been mentioned. That, for my money, is the best Beatles cover by quite a distance and one of only a handful to have any musical merit.

Philosopher_King, Friday, 20 June 2008 06:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

Are there any non-punk/metal/indie covers of "Helter Skelter"? The more exotic or easy listening the better, but any unusual genre would do I guess.

Jeff W, Friday, 20 June 2008 12:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

today i'd like to remember michael jackson's absolutely wicked cover of "come together". being a punk rock highschooler i wasn't really much into michael back then, but hearing this in shop class made me stop and ask someone who in the hell doing this cool-ass beatles cover. learning it was mj totally made me stop and reconsider my previously held views on the dude...

i might suggest we leave the heated debate on the whole michael/paul/beatles catalog thing until a respectful interval had passed, and maybe today just ponder why, out of all the beatles tracks he coulda used FOR FREE - yesterday, hey jude, a day in the life etc (and probably made a gazillion dollars offa, almost guaranteed) he decided to just record this one fairly obscure, strange, and edgy beatles tune, and do it in this cool, but not very radio-friendly, glamrockfunk style?

messiahwannabe, Friday, 26 June 2009 13:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

Do get ahold of yourself. "Come Together" is hardly "fairly obscure." And he took a giant dump on it. Let's not pretend otherwise.

Alex in NYC, Friday, 26 June 2009 13:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's pretty straight, but the five stairsteps doing dear prudence is great

the heart is a lonely hamster (schlump), Friday, 26 June 2009 13:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

This song is kind of a template for non-ballad post-Bad MJ.

Eazy, Friday, 26 June 2009 14:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Come Together = obscure??

master of karate and friendship for everyone (musically), Friday, 26 June 2009 14:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

I like Elliott Smith's very faithful rendering of "Because," myself.

Alex in NYC, Friday, 26 June 2009 14:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6L05WHTgUQ

Eazy, Friday, 26 June 2009 14:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Joe Cocker's "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" is still the best for me, and I don't even really like Joe Cocker all that much.

Pleasant Plains, Friday, 26 June 2009 14:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

Do get ahold of yourself. "Come Together" is hardly "fairly obscure." And he took a giant dump on it. Let's not pretend otherwise.

― Alex in NYC, Friday, June 26, 2009 9:52 AM (50 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I agree with this. That version is paint-peelingly awful. I realize the guy croaked yesterday, but that doesnt mean you can sugar-coat how bad this thing is.

"i might suggest we leave the heated debate on the whole michael/paul/beatles catalog thing until a respectful interval had passed"

Why?

Bill Magill, Friday, 26 June 2009 14:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3J_chod0eM

chap, Friday, 26 June 2009 15:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

""i might suggest we leave the heated debate on the whole michael/paul/beatles catalog thing until a respectful interval had passed"

Why?"

probably cause then i'll have to shit talk michael a bit and i don't really want to today, i guess. you guys really don't like his version of come together? i think it's great, horses for courses i guess. and i sort of meant "obscure" as in compared to covers he might have done, like something anthemic like "with a little help from my friends" or "she loves you" or something. and "obscure" as a michael jackson song possibly could be in 198whatever - i mean, i didn't own the album myself, and i managed to avoid hearing it for maybe a year, they just didn't play it on the radio like they did billie jean or thriller or say say say...

messiahwannabe, Friday, 26 June 2009 15:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0emW4m63GeM

Darin, Thursday, 2 December 2010 22:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVHuIQn-eJM

Darin, Thursday, 2 December 2010 22:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

best one yet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIOdvXE7kbI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Darin, Friday, 3 December 2010 03:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

La Lupe - Yesterday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnIjoBGB1q0

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 3 December 2010 04:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOBuz3ezWjA

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Friday, 3 December 2010 04:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't know where to begin here. I've been collecting Beatles cover versions for five-plus years; I had to move them all to the external hard drive, so I can't use the media library to get an exact count, but I estimate I've got somewhere between 3,500-4,000.

clemenza, Sunday, 5 December 2010 23:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAUf8m4fMiw

patrick NAGL (corey), Sunday, 5 December 2010 23:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Thanks! Just tracked it down, also his cover of "Day Tripper."

clemenza, Sunday, 5 December 2010 23:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

What, no votes for Elton John - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?

― Trevor Wood, Thursday, May 4, 2006 8:19 AM Bookmark

Have been getting into this lately and might just give it the nod over the Beatles version - - the verses are kind of weedy in the Elton but I loooooove the extended, multitracked repetition of the chorus - it seems much more psychedelic and frankly more joyous than the Beatles version, like you really do go on this sonic journey with Lucy and it's really great, which actually never happens in the original.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 3 March 2011 06:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Always had a soft spot for this, the best Beatles cover that sounded like Husker Du:

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

NYCNative, Thursday, 3 March 2011 10:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

Funny how The Beatles' "What goes on" and the Velvets' are two different songs, but they share a couple of lines.

Mark G, Thursday, 3 March 2011 10:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Nilsson's cover of "You Can't Do That" is awesome

Lee626, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 04:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also have to give it up for Desmond Dekker & Come Together. Get heavy!

Deremiah Was a Bullfrog (u s steel), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Hi, I noticed no one mentioned "Eleanor Rigby" by the First Moog Quartet (led by Gershon Kingsley). Kind of a high-speed moog-rock cover with baroque elements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2zDpPMi1ik

azamarro, Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Really like George Harrison's '74 version of 'In My Life' from his US tour:

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

obligatory kate winslet nipple shot (Bob Six), Monday, 29 April 2013 07:10 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

this is awesome:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLo5nzK0ayU

Darin, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 21:36 (two months ago) Permalink

There's an amazing David Axelrod-helmed cover of 'Good Day Sunshine' on this album but I can't find it streaming anywhere. I'll upload it when I get home. It's pretty trippy, and plenty rad.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 22:08 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Chilling with this today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTLBeWa70ww

... (Eazy), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

nice!

Darin, Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:10 (one month ago) Permalink

I’ve never liked obladi oblada so the only way I can actually stand it is repurposed as an instrumental mariachi song:

https://youtu.be/S_zDyhzo1yY

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:43 (one month ago) Permalink

haha that's hilarious

niels, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 08:39 (one month ago) Permalink

it's not terribly surprising but ob-la-di ob-la-da sounds better when played by an actual reggae group

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdW7Enwdd_s

more surprising to me is that nobody knows ray charles' version of "the long and winding road", considering it's essentially a ray charles song

still haven't heard covers of "you won't see me", "what goes on", or "yellow submarine" i like.

dub pilates (rushomancy), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 14:22 (one month ago) Permalink


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