I discover myself in full disagreement with my colleague Rachel Lopez’s listicle of Beatles covers. It ignores a few of the greatest covers of the Fab Four’s songs, and likewise some actually cool stuff. Here are 10 (I’ve many more on my playlist).
Dear Prudence: Jerry Garcia Band. A staple of the Grateful Dead facet undertaking, the dwell variations of this track (characteristically lengthy as one would count on from a band related to the Dead) maybe higher seize the efforts of the Beatles and others to extricate Tia Farrow (flower little one title Prudence; sister of Mia) from a hut the place she had locked herself up, presumably while on a foul acid journey. The hut was in an ashram in Rishikesh.
Hey Jude: Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. Organs, horns and guitar, by two of the masters. Sort of a mash-up with Traffic’s Dear Mr Fantasy (popularized by the opening sequence of the final Avengers film, Endgame), however that solely makes it higher.
I’m the Walrus: Spooky Tooth. A extremely outdated band large in Europe. And a canopy I found due to the closing sequence of the brand new Watchmen TV collection. Considerably onerous.
Day Tripper: Jimi Hendrix. As a number of covers have proven, this was a track meant to be performed onerous. And Jimi does simply that. He additionally lined Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Day Tripper: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Another very good Dead cowl band. Their tempo and improvisations harkens again to the Dead at their peak. And guitarist Scott Metzger is on the high of his recreation (contemplating a canopy of Dead’s Jack Straw the place he mashes in riffs from Eleanor Rigby, so there’s one other Beatles connection for you).
Eleanor Rigby: Rare Earth. Oh sure! (And by no means thoughts what Gil Scott-Heron says; they’re an excellent band)
You Never Give Me Your Money: Sarah Vaughan. Between the melody, the lyrics and the distinctive and excellent voice of Sarah Vaughan, this actually cuts via the litter
Hey Jude: Wilson Pickett. Legend has it that Pickett was satisfied to play this track by a hippie periods guitarist known as Skydog (with hip-length hair) who form of dared him into it. The slide guitar offers it away. Skydog was Duane Allman.
Here Comes the Sun: Nina Simone. Oh sure, once more.
Oh! Darling. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. How do the Beatles sound on banjo? Ask Bela.
And lined disregarded covers by Joe Cocker (some consider his cowl of with just a little assist from my mates is the perfect Beatles cowl ever), GD, Deep Purple, Tina Turner, Brain Damaged Eggmen …