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COVERED BY THE BEATLES VOL.2 - PT.2

Funny, when I did the Volume One show of Covered By The Beatles it was Winter and cold.
Now I am dying from the heat, lol!
Listen for the air conditioner.
I'll finish the album, With The Beatles, right away.
And I still can't get over the fact that abum was released on the day President Kennedy was assassinated!
Then I'll move on to what was the cause of much confusion and many differences over here in the U.S.A.
The Beatles released singles and EP's in England with songs they never put on albums.
But they were on albums in a mishmash over here, so that's why I am using the UK releases as my guide.
For those who don't know, EP stands for Extended Play- not a single, not an album.
A sort of hybrid usually consisting of TWO songs on each side.
We had them here too, but not as consistently as other countries.
So that is what we spend most of out time with for this episode- The Long Tall Sally EP.
Guess what song I'll play first, lol?
Only 3 of the 4 songs were Beatle Covers, but I found a reason to play that John Lennon 4th song.
Until we do it again, I hope you are satisfied with what I have presented here.
I am.
 
I liked this, so I'll use it again- here's the link back to the days of Beatlemania and before, at WLSO.FM:
 
Mike

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Comment by Mike Pell on July 16, 2011 at 1:09pm
RJ,
Well both of us being totally honest, there's not much I can write here, lol!
I'll take the Beatles and Little Richard's version of Long Tall Sally, edge to Richard.
Same for them & Larry Williams, but edge to Carl Perkins.
But I gotta go with the Mamas & Papas, for how they changed the song to fit their wonderful harmonies.
NOTHING should ever stop you from listening to Volume III when it's released, LOL!
Thanks for listening, writing and being truthful my friend,
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 15, 2011 at 2:49pm

Mike,

I'll be honest, totally honest.  I'm not much of a fan of any of these songs, with the possible exception of Little Richard's version of Long Tall Sally.  But you know, it's just an opinion.

 

The Beatles record in this contest for me was 1-1-3.  Yep, I did give The Beatles the edge on the last song.  Everything else was a draw 'cause I just couldn't get into those songs.  Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes. 

 

That certainly won't stop me from listening to Volume III when it's released.

Comment by Mike Pell on July 14, 2011 at 9:56pm
Niels,
I'll take rain, snow, hail, any damn thing but the heat.
Summer is just something that I have to get through so it can be cold again, lol!
Money is Lennon and the Beatles, but it's closer for me.
Paul could do some very soulful vocals for a white guy, as he does on Long Tall Sally, and never more than on the B-side Beatles song, I'm Down!
But Little Richard's original version is the better one.
So, you think Slow Down is one of the best covered by the Beatles tracks I have played eh?
Another tough call for me, as Larry Williams is so different.
Never heard it when it was actually released, nor the Carl Perkins' Matchbox.
And I'll give Carl that one, it really has the old Sun Records sound to it!
Yeah, funny that they all get a lead vocal in that chapter.
I will disagree on the Mamas And Papas- I am a BIG fan of them!
And as I said, that song is more identified with them and played more on the FM stations here than the Beatle version.
Like the cowbell on the Beatles one though...MORE cowbell, lol!
Despite my opinions, I got a GREAT show from you, and that means a lot!
Thanks for listening, writing, and the kind words,
Mike
Comment by Niels (Mod) on July 14, 2011 at 6:17am

"Dying in the heat"!!! You lucky SOB!! I've got a 3 week's vacation at the moment, and right now it's raining, no it's not just raining, it's raining cats and dogs, it's pouring down!!! Is'nt that what you say "over there"???

 

"Money" is Lennon at his best (yet again!!), so it's easily the Beatles, who win's this one.

Ahhh, at last Paul on the vocals, and what a vocal!! He's got a great Rock'N'Roll voice, even though Lennon said, that HE was the best, singing those songs. But, but, but....Little Richard's original version is the best by far. Hey, I wanna dance 

And I'll keep on dancing, hearing the next "Beatles"-song. Yet AGAIN, a great vocal from John!! A VERY great vocal from him!!! Actually this is one of the best "covered by the Beatles"-tracks, you have played. I've heard it many times, but I just realized that. Even though the original is very good, The Beatles were better!!! Great song, and a great riff!!!!! 

.......and then, it's NOT so good. I don't think, Ringo's "songs" were very good at that time. From "Yellow Submarine" and on, they were better. But it's GREAT the all 4 were singing lead in The Beatles. Just like KISS did 10 years later. The original here is SO much better!!!!!!!!

The last Lennon-song, is NOT one of my favorites, especially not, when The Mama's And Papa's are playing it. Mama Cass (I'll guess, it's her?) also has a great voice, but the song is MUCH, much better, when The Beatles plays it.

GREAT show, Mike!!

 

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