Playlist: Rampant Beatlemania, Part 3

1131 Playlist: Rampant Beatlemania, Part 3bb 1251 Playlist: Rampant Beatlemania, Part 3Here’s another in a series of mixtapes for Beatle fans and anyone that loves the art of covering songs. Volumes 1 & 2 are available on my page on XRT’s website. Have fun putting it together. This is as close to teaching a crafts class as I’ll ever get.

1. Only A Northern Song – Jamie Hoover.
This is an excellent, rockin’ version of the Harrison psychedelic tune from Yellow Submarine. Jamie was in the Spongetones, a cool group that started as a Beatles cover band in Charlotte, North Carolina. They put out a few albums, and Jamie worked with Don Dixon, Graham Parker and The Smithereens.
That’s quite a resume! This is on his solo album Jamie Hoo-Ever, and it’s available on itunes.

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2. Lovely Rita (Live) – Cheap Trick
Are there four bigger Beatle fans in Rockford than Cheap Trick? They have worn their fab influences well. In 2009 they decided to do the complete Sgt. Pepper album, and have performed it in Las Vegas and a few other venues. It is available as a download on itunes and is also on CD and DVD.
Here’s Paul’s love song to a meter maid. You had to be there.

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3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (anthology) – The Beatles This is the version on volume 3 of the Beatles Anthology. John says a bad word, so make the kids leave the room for a minute. There’s a sweet little interlude for Yoko in the middle. The acoustic version is chilling. It is on itunes.

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4. Norwegian Wood – Paul Lamb
Nice bluesy instrumental version of this Lennon Rubber Soul song. Paul is a British harp player who records with his band The King Snakes. This was released on a compilation album called Beatle Blues released in 2007. It is available as a download on Amazon. They also sell the complete CD if you love the Beatles and the blues.

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5. Give Peace A Chance – Louis Armstrong Wow! One of the most outstanding musicians of the 20th century covering a song by Mr. Lennon. Beautiful. What a funky version of John’s peace anthem. This version was recorded in 1970 for the album Louis Armstrong And Friends. The album was reissued as an import, but good luck finding it at a reasonable price. It’s not on itunes either. Do some searching for a download. It’s worth the effort.

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6. Back On My Feet – Paul McCartney
This is one of those songs Paul wrote with Elvis Costello. Hope that happens again! This was one of those rare cuts that finally was released as a bonus cut on the reissue of Flowers In The Dirt. Don’t know why the major providers don’t include this song in their downloads from the album, but just Google it and you’ll find one.

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7. I Saw Her Standing There – Peter Lipa Love the way jazz singer Peter Lipa takes a bouncy, up-tempo song and slows it down to a ballad. If you like this, you’ll love his album Beatles in Blue(s). It’s available on CD or mp3’s at Amazon.

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8. Come Together (live) – Michael Hedges Michael is a singer-songwriter who just happens to play excellent acoustic guitar. This recording from the mid 1980’s is from the album Love On The Double Planet and is available on itunes.

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9. I’m Losing You (stripped down) – John Lennon Last year when they released the remastered collection of Lennon’s solo work to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birth, they also released a “stripped down” version of Double Fantasy. Brilliant. The vocals and sparse instrumentation make the recordings sound more intimate. This Beatle fan’s dream…that they do this for every Beatle and solo album. I know. Keep dreaming. This is on itunes.

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10. For You Blue – The Billy Gibson Band This isn’t the guy from ZZ Top. That’s Billy Gibbons. If the Beatles came from the Mississippi delta instead of Liverpool, this is what they might sound like. Billy sings and plays harp. Harrison’s original on the Let It Be had a nice acoustic blues sound. This is different. I first heard it after a productive trip to the Tower Records store in Memphis (obviously a few years ago.) They had three volumes of Memphis artists covering Beatle songs. Of course I bought them. This track is on Fried Glass Onions:
Memphis Meets The Beatles, Volume 2. All three CD’s are available on Amazon. If you just want this song, it’s available there as a download.
Not on itunes.

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11. Je Me Bats Pour Gagner [A Hard Day’s Night] – John William I remember convincing Monsieur Wincent that I should play The Beatles Michelle in French class since there was some French in it. That took some convincing. If only I had this! A totally French version of A Hard Day’s Night. Tres bien. This is available on the CD La France Et Les Beatles, Volume 2. There are actually 5 volumes available if you wanna go wild.
Great for the kid struggling with French class. These are imports so they are double the price. Available at Amazon. Not itunes.

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12. I Want to Hold Your Hand (live liverpool 1963) – The Beatles December 7, 1963, the Beatles were the big sensation of Europe. They came back to their hometown to do a victory lap before they went on to invade America. They played the Empire Theatre, which was a big step up from the Cavern Club. The theatre is still there on Lime Street. I’ve never been inside, but I saw the stage door and got those fan chills. This is not commercially available but you can find an mp3 somewhere. Plus, this youtube video is great because it features a big chunk of the concert and their between-song banter. You can tell they were excited and the girls went gaga, and I don’t mean Lady Gaga.

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13. She Loves You – Hugh J.
This is sweet. Love reggae covers of Beatle songs, and this one ended up on one of the best collections ever, Here Comes The Sun: A Reggae Tribute To The Beatles. It was released in 2002, with an excellent cover with four rastas crossing their island Abbey Road. The whole album is great. CD still in print. It’s also on itunes.

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14. Ob La Di, Ob La Da – Yuri
So we heard the Beatles interpreted in French. Equal time for Spanish. Yuri is known as the Mexican Madonna. Not her fault. She’s a superstar south of the border. I found this on Hey Jude: Tributo a los Beatles. Not on itunes, but you can find the CD at Amazon.

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15. Tommy’s Holiday Camp – Ringo Starr
Back in 1972 when The London Symphony Orchestra released their all-star recording of The Who’s rock opera Tommy, Ringo was chosen to take the role that his buddy Keith Moon sang in the original…the wicked Uncle Ernie.
It’s a million miles from A Hard Day’s Night, but Ringo the actor pulls it off. Bravo. It’s on itunes.

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16. Strawberry Fields Forever – Todd Rundgren
In 1976 Todd released an album of covers called Faithful. There weren’t a lot of tribute albums floating around then, so this was a big deal. They were “faithful” versions, as you can hear with his cover of Lennon’s 1967 game changer. You can either re-invent a song, or be faithful. Todd made a choice and did a darn good job. It’s on itunes.

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17. Honey Pie – The Bryan J. White Quartet McCartney’s song Yesterday has been covered a zillion times. His song Honey Pie…not so much. So I’m thrilled to find a jazzy take of this White Album song. It is available on itunes on the collection The Jazz and Beatles Tribute that was released last year.

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18. Sue Me Sue You Blues (demo) – George Harrison Talk about stripped down. Just George and a dobro guitar sounding like a delta bluesman with a cool version of an autobiographical song that ended up on Living In The Material World. It was never commercially released but go surfing the internet.

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19. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – Eddie Vedder This is beautiful. Eddie did such a fine job on a Lennon song that was way ahead of its time in 1965. You can hear the Dylan influence. Eddie recorded this for the soundtrack of I Am Sam in 2002. If you are a fan of Beatle covers, you should have the whole album in your collection. It’s on itunes.

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20. Yesterday – Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles LaBelle can get funky. But they can also go sweet and lush. They did, after all, cover Over The Rainbow. In fact it was on that album in 1966 that they included a version of the McCartney classic. The song itself was only a year old at the time. Seems a lot of soul artists like covering this song. Great ballad. This is on itunes.

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21. If I Fell – Jack Convery
You’ve heard Beatle covers on instruments from pan pipes to harps. Now we have a whole album of Beatles on banjo. In 2005 the album Jack Convery Plays Beatles On The Banjo was released to little fanfare. It is available on itunes. Don’t know if I could handle a whole album of this. The beauty of these mixes is one song is just right. It’s a straight ahead read of this beautiful Lennon ballad from A Hard Days Night. It you’re taking banjo classes at the Old Town School, you’re gonna want to play along.

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22. Hey Jude (live) – Lonnie Youngblood
Wilson Pickett did a wicked soul version of Hey Jude, but this one is certainly worth checking out too. Lonnie had a bunch of R&B hits in the 1960’s & 70’s. In the early 60’s his band featured a young guitarist who had played with Little Richard and the Isley Brothers. His name was Jimi Hendrix. Don’t know whatever became of him. Lonnie was from Georgia, and that red clay soul sound lends itself well to this Beatle classic. It’s available on the tribute album Help! The Songs Of The Beatles, Volume 2.
It’s an import and available on Amazon, not on itunes. If you search the information highway you can find a download.

This was gear. Stay tuned for the next edition. To find the first two volumes go to DJ Blog Archives Page at 93xrt.com. On the left hand side of the page you’ll see “Terri’s Playlists”. Click on Rampant Beatlemania. Have some fun. Cheers for now.

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