The very LEAST frequently covered Beatles songs, and examples of covers of them.

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  1. Rooster_Ties

    Rooster_Ties Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I'm wondering, out of all of the original Beatles tunes, which ones have thus far been the very LEAST frequently covered by others over the years??

    AND, (and this part is just as key), what are some good, bad, or "otherwise" examples of covers of those "least frequently covered" Beatles songs??

    You probably all have better ideas on this subject than I do, so I'll just start this thread, and see where it goes...
  2. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    Cry Baby Cry - Richard Barone
    Cry For A Shadow - Translator
  3. Evan L

    Evan L Beatologist

    Revolution #9-Phish(live)

  4. monewe

    monewe Forum Resident

    Carry that Weight- Trash
  5. JLGB

    JLGB Forum Resident

    Madonna does an original version of a song titled "RAIN" and borrows a few bars of George's "Here Comes The Sun"! PS. Sorry it is not a complete by any means cover but thought interesting nevertheless.
  6. jdmack

    jdmack Active Member

    Silver Spring, MD
    Mark DeCerbo covers "Hold Me Tight" on his CD "Baby's Not In The Mood."

    J. D.
  7. Dave D

    Dave D Done!

    Milton, Canada
    I know Karl Wallinger of World Party recorded a note perfect cover of Happiness Is A Warm Gun, but I don't know if he ever released it.
  8. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Yes, it's on a US promo cd, among other places. He also did Martha My Dear, which is rarely covered.

    My choice would be Cry Baby Cry, which has been covered by Richard Barone (ex-Bongos), and it's great. Just voice, acoustic guitar, percussion, cello, and a small electric guitar solo.
  9. edised

    edised Forum Resident

    I think he's recorded quite a few Beatles, note perfect covers !
    I read somewhere that he re-recorded the whole Sgt. Pepper album.
    I know his versions of Penny Lane and All You Need Is Love, some were available on his web site at some point.
    I'd like to hear "Happiness"
  10. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Penny Lane is on a UK EP along with Dylan's Sweetheart Like you and John's #9 Dream. Great collection.
  11. ARK

    ARK Forum Resident

    Charlton, MA, USA
    This song was also covered by U2 (B-Sides disc of 1990-2000 collection)

    How about Gregg Allman's cover of "Rain" from the "Dreams" box set?
  12. edised

    edised Forum Resident

  13. UK shoegazers Chapterhouse did a cover of "Rain" that turned up on a b-side, and Pixies spinoff the Breeders covered "Happiness is a Warm Gun" on their first album. Although, given the other examples, perhaps the latter isn't really such an infrequently covered Beatles song after all!

    The obscure benefit album Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father, a cover of a certain Beatles LP by various circa-'88 hipsters, featured great covers of "Lovely Rita" by Michelle Shocked and "Getting Better" by the Wedding Present, both of which rival the originals (and perhaps exceed the original, in the latter case). This is also where Sonic Youth's amazing "Within You Without You" cover first turned up, and I don't think that song's been covered often either.
  14. Vinylsoul 1965

    Vinylsoul 1965 Forum Resident

    I hate to toot my own horn, but I did cover a few lesser heard Beatles tunes on my BLUE SUBURBAN SKIES cd. One that I am particularly happy with is Paul's LOVE IN THE OPEN AIR for two classical guitars, and as far as Beatles' tunes go, not too many people have done FOR NO ONE (I did mine with a nod to the Cure). Here is a cdbaby link for those who are interested:

    I'd be curious to know what you think! I apologize for the lo-fi sound samples but what can you do?
  15. Driver 8

    Driver 8 Forum Resident

    Also covered by Throwing Muses on an early EP of theirs.

    A recent oddity I ran across is a 45 by the Underground Sunshine containing a cover of "Birthday."
  16. Jimbo

    Jimbo Forum Hall Of Fame

    Zero/Zero Island
    "Within You Without You"--covered by Big Daddy (along with the rest of Sgt. Pepper). Brilliantly done as beat poetry, complete with bongos.

  17. Driver 8

    Driver 8 Forum Resident

    Also covered by Sonic Youth and Oasis on different Sgt. Pepper tribute albums, which by this point constitute a rock subgenre in their own right.
  18. minerwerks

    minerwerks Forum Resident

    Also by The Shazam on a CD called "Rev 9"
  19. Jack Son #9 Dream

    Jack Son #9 Dream I Dig Love

    The Sunshine Company - "I Need You"
  20. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host

    Help me: Back in the middle to late 1960's a group on Columbia/Epic covered "I'll Be Back". I think the group had a girl lead singer. The song had strings, etc. It was the lead kick off track on a widely distributed Columbia various artists promo LP that we all had for 99 cents or something. (Because it had the Cryin' Shames song on it).
  21. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Also covered by The Treasures in 1964 (produced by Phil Spector).
  22. MikeM

    MikeM Forum Resident

    Youngstown, Ohio
    This single actually reached the Billboard Top 30 (#26) and received a fair amount of AM radio airplay.

    I haven't heard it since it was out...and I'm just as glad...I recall it being pretty awful!
  23. MikeM

    MikeM Forum Resident

    Youngstown, Ohio
    You sure you're not thinking of The Buckinghams' version, Steve? Seems to me they did put that on one of those Columbia promo LPs.

    It was a cut from their Time and Changes album.
  24. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    .....................Just be glad you did not hear their entire album. Picked it up at a junk store several decades back. YEEECCH!
  25. MikeM

    MikeM Forum Resident

    Youngstown, Ohio
    I'm not sure if they ever released it, but my power pop friends from the Detroit area, The Phenomenal Cats, did a wonderful acoustic version of "It's All Too Much" several years ago.
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