Saturday, July 22, 2017

Music Break - More Beatles Covers

This is my second music post dedicated exclusively to Beatles songs performed by other artists.  Some of these I've come across recently, while others I've known about for a long time.  Of the former type is the Tedeschi Trucks Band version of I've Got A Feeling.  The band is led by singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitarist husband Derek Trucks, who had been in the Allman Brothers Band with his uncle, drummer (and original member) Butch Trucks.  Singing the John Lennon part ("everybody had a hard year....") is Mike Mattison.  I'd say that this rendition pretty close to what Beatles music would have sounded like if played by the Allman Brothers.

Another Beatles cover I've come across recently is Paperback Writer by the B-52's, recorded in 2004 for a Buick ad.  Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson sing most of the song, with Fred Schneider joining in at the end.  The video shows four women dancing in a bookstore.

I've known about the next three songs for quite a while.  There have been several covers of Helter Skelter, but I like the version by the woman formerly known as Patricia Andrzejewski.  While the thumbnail shows the cover of her album Seven The Hard Way, the song is actually on Precious Time.  Her band then included her husband Neil Giraldo on lead guitar, Scott St. Clair Sheets on rhythm guitar, Roger Capps on bass, and Myron Grombacher on drums.

In 1968, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 covered Fool On The Hill, and made it the title song of the album it appeared on.  It was given a Latin-style bossa nova arrangement.  In the video, Mendes introduces the song by saluting its writers.  Lani Hall and Karen Philipp sing the lead vocals.

Day Tripper is another Beatles song that has been covered several times.  In 1978, Whitesnake included a version in their first full album Trouble.  The band included singer David Coverdale, guitarists Mickey Moody and Bernie Marsden, keyboardist Jon Lord, bassist Neil Murray and drummer Dave Dowle.  Coverdale and Lord had previously been in Deep Purple.  I must confess that I don't know which of the guitarists uses the talkbox.

And that's a wrap.  See all you music-lovers next time.

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