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Here's the next Volume and episode of a now-and-then series I started in February, Covered By The Beatles.
As you should be aware, the Beatles put many older Rock & Roll songs, mostly from America, on their early albums and EP's.
So the simple idea is to play the Beatle Cover Version followed by the Original Version.
And I'll be playing these the proper way to hear them, in the order they originally were released over in England.
The selections in this chapter will all be from the LP, With The Beatles.
I never realized this until doing the show- an album that was released in the UK on a fateful day in the United States!
The first time we did this it went very well, and this should be equally enjoyable...with one song in particular that is a rarity I doubt you have ever heard.
Make your comparisons as to the better interpretations, and just HAVE FUN!
Here's the link back to the days of Beatlemania and before, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on July 16, 2011 at 12:59pm
For me, it's a tie on Please Mr. Postman & You've Really Got A Hold On Me.
But I'll agree, Chuck Berry defeated them on Roll Over Bethoven.
That's funny, you didn't didn't care for either version of Devil In Her Heart, lol!
I didn't either when I was a kid, but now I like the Beatle one.
You should have as much Chuck Berry as possible, he is one of the big three in those early years before Elvis hit, and was the 1st Rock Poet.
The Beatles harmonizing always seemed to fall under the radar- but glad you noticed it.
Thanks for the kind words...and spectacular writing, lol,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 15, 2011 at 11:43am


Alright, we are back to current material.  Cool.  Sorry you've had some issues, hope they get worked out for you real soon.


On to the show.  You played 4 songs by The Beatles and the artists that they covered, and for me, The Beatles went 2-1-1.  I'll give them the edge on  Please Mr. Postman and You've Really Got A Hold On Me, but Chuck Berry defeated them on Roll Over Bethoven.  Now, the tie is from the last tune, Devil In Her Heart, was a draw for me because frankly, I didn't care for either version.


I really have to get me some Chuck Berry.  I'll pick up a greatest hits disc one of these days.  My favorite song overall for the show is Please Mr. Postman by The Beatles.  They did an outstanding job on this.  I will say the harmonizing on You've Really Got A Hold On Me is spectacular, just like your show dude!

Comment by Mike Pell on July 13, 2011 at 1:02am
So I see we are both Beatlemaniacs, lol!
I frequently play the Beatles on the show, so what a particular show is called may be deceiving.
In fact, I plan to play them next week, as I will finally be revealing my dance, The Mike Pell Shuffle, lol!
Now, as for Please, Mr. Postman, it is a tie for me- I love the way the Marvelettes sing DEE-LIVER DEE LETTER DEE SOONER DEE BETTER!
Hell, I didn't even know the Carpenters did it- need some remedial schooling on that group, lol!
After that, I agree Chuck Berry kicks butt on Roll Over Beethoven and easily beats The Beatles.
And I'll go with the Miracles on You Really Got A Hold On Me.
Yes, that one by the Donays is the rare one, Beatles calling it Devil In Her Heart, they calling it Devil In His Heart.
I prefer The Beatles on that one too, but it was fun to hear that obscure original.
Another half coming up, closing With The Beatles, then we move on to an EP.
So I guess, you'll be listening...but dip into those other shows too, as the Fab Four frequently make their way into them.
Thanks for listening and writing your thoughtful picks,
Comment by Niels (Mod) on July 12, 2011 at 8:00am

"Please, Mr. Postman" is one of my favorite "covered by the Beatles"-songs. Great vocal from Lennon. I did'nt enjoy the Carpenter's version of the song. And when you hear the original version, the Beatles's version is by FAR much better!!

"Roll Over Beethoven" is another story. I don't really like George's vocal on their version. This time the original (a good word for Chuck Berry  ) easily beats The Beatles. You can see him do that walk, while you listen to the guitar-solo!! Berry's one of those artist, where you can't really make a better version of his songs.

"You really got a hold on me": Even though Lennon sings great, I prefer the original version. A better production on that one, and better drums, Ringo !!!

The next one must be the rarity, you wrote about. I can't remember, if I've heard it before. It's an okay song, "Devil in her heart" or what it's called. I prefer The Beatles version this time, because I can't really stand her vocal on the original. It's a bit painfull to listen to 

Every time you put on a show "With The Beatles", I'm listening.




Comment by Niels (Mod) on July 12, 2011 at 4:50am
Okay, Mike. You got me, when it has something to do with the Beatles. I'll listen and comment a little later today.

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