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Covering The Beatles - A (Listenable) Album-by-Album Reconstruction
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          12 You Can't Do That.mp3 -
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          13 I'll Be Back.mp3 -
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          02 Something.mp3 -
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          03 Maxwell's Silver Hammer.mp3 -
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          04 Oh! Darling.mp3 -
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          05 Octopus's Garden.mp3 -
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          07 Here Comes The Sun.mp3 -
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          09 You Never Give Me Your Money.mp3 -
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          11 Mean Mr. Mustard.mp3 -
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          12 Polythene Pam.mp3 -
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          13 She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.mp3 -
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          14 Golden Slumbers Carry That Weight The End.mp3 -
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          15 Her Majesty.mp3 -
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          01 Free As A Bird.mp3 -
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          02 Real love.mp3 -
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    Beatles For Sale (14)
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          02 I'm A Loser.mp3 -
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          14 Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby.mp3 -
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          02 Nao Consigo te Esquecer.mp3 -
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          06 You're going to lose that girl.mp3 -
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COVERING THE BEATLES: A (LISTENABLE) ALBUM-BY-ALBUM RECONSTRUCTION
(version 1.0 Release March 4, 2009)

Notes by elephantsmemory

This is an attempt to reconstruct the entire Beatles catalog, album by album, using only cover versions. There are 220 songs here, representing every song the Beatles released on album while active, from Love Me Do to Get Back. As a bonus, cover versions of Free as a Bird and Real Love are also provided.

This is the initial version of an ongoing project. Eventually this will be updated with better songs, artwork, more complete tags, and/or better quality recordings.

This should not be looked at as another haphazard grab bag of Beatle covers. Considerable effort went into hunting down covers for songs that even the authorities claim haven't been covered. Additional effort went into the programming of each album. The overriding principle was to make each album enjoyable to listen to, as the Beatles albums were.

There have been some other collections like this one, compiling covers album-by-album. However, most were pretty shallow, relying on the same lame Beatle tribute albums, the Sgt. Pepper movie soundtrack, and the same familiar grab-bags that have appeared in torrents or on blogs.

This collection is where I attempt to put some musical order into the concept; it's not good enough to have a cover of every song, the songs have to coalesce into "albums" the way the Beatles' did. For the casual fan, I've tried to include most of the "important" cover versions, although I retained the right to swap a "classic" out for something else, if it made the album sound better. For the diehard fans, who are very particular in their needs, I unearthed some extremely rare cuts that haven't been circulating, some of which may plug holes in your collections.



Here is how I approached the task of selecting the music. I had to cheat a couple of times, as noted below.

1. All songs must be cover versions. (Cheats: I used the Searchers' version of "Maggie Mae", which predates the Beatles. Some covers of songs the Beatles covered are covers of the originals, not covers of the Beatles version (i.e. Albert King's "Kansas City"). Also, I was unable to find *any* version of "Mr. Moonlight" except the original, by Dr. Feelgood & the Interns.

2. Songs that were released as a single or album cut were favored over songs that were from tribute albums, except in the case where the tribute version was drastically superior, or where the tribute version "fit" the mood of an album better. This was done because tributes are seldom as inspired as something crafted for one's own album.

3. I tried to avoid foreign language tracks, but a few snuck on. I was torn about this. On the one hand, for some hard-to-find titles only foreign language covers have been circulating, so a lot of similar compilations have over-relied on them. However, the Beatles sang in English, and things do get lost in translation (just translate Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand, and you'll see what I mean...) So, I went on daylong hunts for certain songs, just to find English versions.

However, I left some foreign ones on. "The Night Before", "Devil in Her Heart", and "You Know My Name" have only circulated in foreign languages, so I had no choice. "Boys" is another one I couldn't find in English; the Flamin' Groovies did a version, but I couldn't lay my hands on it. In the case of "Your Mother Should Know" there was a competing version from a Filipino band which was in English, except it was a medley of non-Beatle oldies using the chorus as a theme... I went with the foreign-language one because it was truer to the theme of covering only Beatles... In the case of "Run For Your Life" I actually do have some English versions, but for some reason found this Chinese version charming, and decided to use it.

4. I tried to avoid genre-breaking material, but sprinkled some in here and there. I didn't want jazz versions of Beatle songs, because the Beatles didn't play jazz. I wanted the songs to recall the originals without straying too far from the direction of the album. There are some weird genre changes, like Yes doing "Every Little Thing" and Deep Purple doing "Help", but I limited them, inserting them as color.

5. I tried to use material of comparable sound quality. I didn't want low fidelity live tracks marring the flow of the album. While some live tracks are used, most are of studio-worthy fidelity, and even the worst-sounding ones sound comparable to the albums.

6. I did try to differentiate between Revolution #1 and Revolution, I didn't bother differentiating between the Past Masters "Across the Universe" "Get Back" and "Let It Be". I simply used two cover versions of each, as I did with the two songs repeated on Yellow Submarine.

7. I did try to reproduce the "feel" of the albums to a certain degree, although I was limited by whatever material was available. Earlier albums have more "beat group" cover versions, middle period albums have more psychedelic sound, and late albums have a lot of earthier sounding covers.

8. There are a few tracks on here that are crappy, or at least not really very good. But not many. If a crappy version was all I could find (I'm not keen on "You're Going To Lose That Girl" and "No Reply"), I went with it.

9. I didn't use instrumentals on songs that were vocal (i.e. everything except "Flying"). However, no matter how hard I tried, I could come up with no version for "Another Girl" except George Martin's version. I also used "Glass Onion" by Arif Mardin, but that has a smoking guitar on it, and I figured the White Album could use an instrumental.

10. I didn't want to repeat any artist on the same album, but the Swingle Sisters managed to get two on the White Album. This is because their version of Revolution is clearly modeled on "Revolution 1" (as I've renamed it here), and all the other Revoltuions weren't. And they had the first decent version of "Good Night" that I could find.

11. If I left off your favorite Beatle cover, I'm sorry. Feel free to replace any of my tracks with some of your own...

12. I have neither the time, the resources, or the available recordings to offer lossless sound quality. These are all MP3, except for 3 FLAC files and 5 wma files that snuck in. 155 tracks are 192kbps or better. 58 files are 128-192. 7 files are below 128kbps, the three lowest are 96kbps. Overall the sound quality and volume are very consistent.

I would like to thank the creators of Dustbin Prophecies, The Joe Meek Project, and Rato's Tribute; I used 1 song apiece from the first two and about a dozen from the third. Plus, thanks to an unnamed pal who supplied me with some missing tracks.

Here is the track listing, and some random notes on each album.


Please Please Me:

The Crickets - I Saw Her Standing There
Kenny Lynch - Misery
Humble Pie - Anna (Go to Him)
Carole King - Chains
Los Supersonicos - Boys
The Smithereens - Ask Me Why
Flamin' Groovies - Please Please Me
Sandie Shaw - Love Me Do
Keely Smith - PS I Love You
Smith - Baby It's You
Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas - Do You Want to Know a Secret?
Peter & Gordon - A Taste of Honey
The Kestrels - There's a Place
The Mamas & Papas - Twist & Shout

Kenny Lynch was the first to ever cover a Beatles song, in 1963. "PS I Love You" is very difficult to find vocal versions of. "Chains" was hard too, but Carole King (who wrote it) did this live version. This was a problematic album to piece together, but this version holds up reasonably well to replaying.

With the Beatles

Richard Thompson - It Won't Be Long
Moon Martin - All I've Got To Do
The Dowlands - All My Loving
The Smithereens - Don't Bother Me
The Inmates - Little Child
Peter & Gordon - Till There Was You
Carpenters - Please Mr. Postman
Electric Light Orchestra - Roll Over Beethoven
Evan Rachel Wood - Hold Me Tight
Me'Shell Ndegeocello - You've Really Got a Hold On Me
The Rolling Stones - I Wanna Be Your Man
The Thunders - Nunca Dejas Tu De Amar (Devil in Her Heart)
The Pretenders - Not a Second Time
The Doors - Money

This was also a hard album to compile. "Devil In Her Heart" is extremely tough to find; this is all I have. At first, this had four Smithereens songs on it, but abiding by my principles, found a way to reduce them to one. The only cut here that I wish I could replace other than "Devil In Her Heart" is the Carpenters one which sounds too slick and 70's-ish, but it's better than the Cowsills' version, which I was using first...

A Hard Day's Night

John Mayall - A Hard Day's Night
The Beach Boys - I Should Have Known Better
Rita Lee - If I Fell
Anne Murray - I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - And I Love Her
Bruce Springsteen - Tell Me Why
Johnny Rivers - Can't Buy Me Love
Blue Ash - Anytime at All
Joe Cocker - I'll Cry Instead
The Sandpipers - Things We Said Today
The Back Alley - When I Get Home
Harry Nilsson - You Can't Do That
Roger Nichols - I'll Be Back

The title track was a toughie... I had Peter Sellers at first, but that's not really a song, and it sounded out of place. John Mayall's version doesn't really settle in with the rest very well, but it was the best I could do. I'm pretty satisfied with the rest of the lineup. Finding "When I Get Home" was an ordeal; the least-covered Lennon/McCartney song, it seems...

Beatles For Sale

The Cats - No Reply
Eels - I'm a Loser
The Hi-Fi's - Baby's in Black
The Beach Boys - Rock n Roll Music
Glyn Johns - I'll Follow the Sun
Dr. Feelgood & the Interns - Mr. Moonlight
Albert King - Kansas City
The Runaways - Eight Days a Week
Jimmy Gilmore & the Fireballs - Words of Love
Wanda Jackson - Honey Don't
Yes - Every Little Thing
The Savoys - I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
AC30 - What You're Doing
Johnny Cash - Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

This was also a hard album. I had to resort to using the original "Mr. Moonlight", I could find no trace of a cover version. "Words of Love" is a toughie, but I happened to seek out the Fireballs for another project. I fretted about having no "Hey Hey Hey Hey", but I like King's version of "Kansas City" and didn't feel it warranted finding one with both titles... The Cats are Dutch, and their "No Reply" is weak. However, the rest of this album hangs together reasonably well.

Help!

Deep Purple - Help!
Paulo Cesar Barros - Nao Consigo te Esquecer (The Night Before)
Beau Brummels - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - I Need You
George Martin Orchestra - Another Girl
The Spiders - You're Going To Lose That Girl
Vanilla Fudge - Ticket to Ride
The Cowsills - Act Naturally
Bryan Ferry - It's Only Love
Chris Richards - You Like Me Too Much
Teenage Fanclub - Tell Me What You See
The Dillards - I've Just Seen a Face
Dr. John - Yesterday
The Saints - Dizzy Miss Lizzy

"The Night Before" and "Another Girl" are a pair of under-covered gems; if you have a rock group, go out and do 'em. The Spiders might be Japanese; I'm not sure; they struggle with their song. "I Need You" is a minor cheat, since it is from the Concert For George. The Cowsills are corny to the point of annoyance, but the song is fairly corny to begin with...

Rubber Soul

The Donnas - Drive My Car
Jan & Dean - Norwegian Wood
Anne Murray - You Won't See Me
Paul Westerberg - Nowhere Man
Yonder Mountain String Band - Think For Yourself
Jackie & Roy - The Word
The Free Design - Michelle
Sufjan Stevens - What Goes On
St. Louis Union - Girl
The Posies - I'm Looking Through You
Judy Collins - In My Life
Connie Evingson - Wait
Bit a Sweet - If I Needed Someone
Lara & the Trailers - Run For Your Life

Three songs here ("Drive My Car", "Think For Yourself" and "What Goes On") are from the same tribute album. The latter two titles are vey hard to find, so I was stuck (I'm not fond of the Stevens one). I kept the Donnas because they were better than the alternatives I had. "The Word" is cheezy-groovy but at least it is a period piece. A good "Nowhere Man" is hard to find, although Westerberg's version is good enough. "Wait" is a jazz treatment; it was better than other versions. "Norwegian Wood" and "If I Needed Someone" are little mini-nuggets here. The later replaced none other than Roger McGuinn. "Run For Your Life" is a guilty pleasure.

Revolver

Stevie Ray Vaughn - Taxman
The Standells - Eleanor Rigby
Blues Motel - I'm Only Sleeping
Ronnie Montrose - Love You To
Vince Hill - Here, There, and Everywhere
Leningrad Cowboys - Yellow Submarine
Gov't Mule - She Said She Said
Ray Redmond - Good Day Sunshine
Guadalcanal Diary - And Your Bird Can Sing
Emmylou Harris - For No One
Dr. Sin - Doctor Robert
Ted Nugent - I Want to Tell You
Earth Wind & Fire - Got To Get You Into My Life
Living Colour - Tomorrow Never Knows

This one is a good album. It flows pretty well, the changes in genre are similar to the original album. It's more guitarcentric on the Lennon and Harrison tunes, like the original. "Doctor Robert" is hard to find a cover of.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Jimi Hendrix - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends
Elton John - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Kaiser Chiefs - Getting Better
The Fray - Fixing a Hole
Harry Nilsson - She's Leaving Home
Bikeride - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Patti Smith - Within You Without You
Max Bygraves - When I'm 64
Fats Domino - Lovely Rita
The Triffids - Good Morning Good Morning
Big Daddy - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
The Fall - A Day in the Life

This was an important one to get right, and I like the way it turned out. It was no easy job keeping the movie soundtrack off of this, but as a fan of real music, I had to find a way. Much hunting went on to bring you this, it even has an inner groove...

Magical Mystery Tour

Cheap Trick - Magical Mystery Tour
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - The Fool On the Hill
Secret Machines - Flying
Harper & Johnson - Blue Jay Way
Los Shippys - Tu Mami Sabra (Your Mother Should Know)
Spooky Tooth - I Am the Walrus
Jonas Brothers - Hello Goodbye
Peter Gabriel - Strawberry Fields Forever
Guess Who - Penny Lane
Company of Strangers - Baby You're a Rich Man
Echo & the Bunnymen - All You Need Is Love

I like how this one plays too. "Your Mother Should Know" is under-covered. So is "Flying" but this is a good version. "Penny Lane" is from a 1967 concert, making it a contemporary cover; although it is a little rough sounding (not too bad), I felt the band nailed it pretty well. "Baby You're A Rich Man" is my favorite Beatles song, and yet one of the least-covered. I lucked out with this one, by an Australian "supergroup"; not only did it fix a hole, it is a kickass version.

The Beatles

Leningrad Cowboys - Back in the USSR
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Dear Prudence
Arif Mardin - Glass Onion
Marmalade - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
The Pixies - Wild Honey Pie
Dawn Kinnard/Ron Sexsmith - The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
Peter Frampton - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Breeders - Happiness Is a Warm Gun
Slade - Martha My Dear
Elliott Smith - I'm So Tired
Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Blackbird
The Pillbugs - Piggies
Richie Havens - Rocky Raccoon
Phish - Don't Pass Me By
Grateful Dead - Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
Young Blood - I Will
Chocolate Genius - Julia
Underground Sunshine - Birthday
Shiina Ringo - Yer Blues
Harry Nilsson - Mother Nature's Son
The Feelies - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey
Paul Weller - Sexy Sadie
Oasis - Helter Skelter
The Black Crowes - Long Long Long
The Swingle Sisters - Revolution 1
Barbra Streisand - Honey Pie
Ella Fitzgerald - Savoy Truffle
Bardo Pond - Cry Baby Cry
Shazam - Revolution 9
The Swingle SIsters - Good Night

This one turned out pretty good too... Thank God for Phish, who covered the whole album, taking some pressure off. This one goes all over the map stylistically, like the original. However, it still sounds like the White Album.

Yellow Submarine

Fernandos - Yellow Submarine
Jamie Hoover - Only a Northern Song
Joy Unlimited - All Together Now
The Gods - Hey Bulldog
Steve Hillage - It's All Too Much
Oasis All-Stars - All You Need Is Love
George Martin - The Pepperland Suite

The Pepperland Suite is a new version, making it a cover version, too. For a long time, I had the Muppets doing "All Together Now"; it was all I could find. Thankfully, at the last minute, I turned up Joy Unlimited's 1970 version. I also almost included Journey's slick version of "It's All Too Much" (a guiilty pleasure), but it sanded off all the little feedback bursts that make the original a psychedelic classic. Hillage is a better guitarist than the Journey guys, and he captures it right. The Gods feature several future founders of Uriah Heep.

Abbey Road

Ike & Tina Turner - Come Together
Elvis Presley - Something
George Howe - Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Bela Fleck - Oh! Darling
Reparata - Octopus' Garden
Eddie Hazel - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Richie Havens - Here Comes the Sun
Elliott Smith - Because
Harper & Johnson - You Never Give Me Your Money
The Bee Gees - Sun King
Steven Tyler/Bee Gees/Frankie Howerd - Mean Mr. Mustard
Roy Wood - Polythene Pam
Joe Cocker - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Cheap Trick - Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
Tok Tok Tok - Her Majesty

This was tough to assemble, because of the unusual requirements of the sequencing. A lot of good versions of these songs exist, by Booker T and George Benson, but the medleys are out of order. I didn't want to rely on the Sgt. Pepper soudtrack ("Mean Mr. Mustard" is the only thing I used from it), or "All This and World War Two" ("Sun King" and "Polythene Pam"), but wound up grafting them both, and using the Cheap Trick medley, which is (very) slightly murky sounding, but a pretty good version.

Let It Be

Boney M. - Two of Us
The Pillbugs - Dig a Pony
David Bowie - Across the Universe
Elliott Smith - I Me Mine
Laibach - Dig It
The Ethiopians - Let It Be
The Searchers - Maggie Mae
Tesla - I've Got a Feeling
Helen Reddy - One After 909
Chris de Burgh - The Long and Winding Road
The Green Apples - For You Blue
Linda Thompson - Get Back

This was a hard one. One similar compilation I saw had four tracks from Laibach on it; I defy anyone to sit through that version of Let It Be. Here, Laibach, who covered the whole album, is limited to just "Dig It", and the rest of the collection is very listenable. "For You Blue", "Dig a Pony" "Maggie Mae" and "I've Got a Feeling" are all under-covered songs.

Past Masters, Vol. 1

Gov't Mule - Love Me Do
The Bee Gees - From Me To You
The Smithereens - Thank You Girl
Bobby Vee - She Loves You
Guiliano Palma & the Bluebeaters - I'll Get You
The Supremes - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Swinging Blue Jeans - This Boy
The Punkles - Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand
World's Apart - Sie Leibt Dich
Cactus - Long Tall Sally
The Mamas and Papas - I Call Your Name
Golden Earring - Slow Down
Johnny Cash/Bob Dylan - Matchbox
The Iguanas - I Feel Fine
Jeff Beck w/Jan Hammer Group - She's a Woman
Peter Berry & the Shake Set - Bad Boy
Scott McCarl - Yes It Is
Aerosmith - I'm Down

Govt Mule is a little out of place here, but at least it is in English, and it's not your standard version of the song. The Bee Gees appear in a version from when they were still teenagers, and it's a perfect fit for the album. I'll Get You" is a reggaefied version, I used it to prevent using the Smithereens twice on this album. The Iguanas' "I Feel Fine" is from 1964, and features a young Iggy Pop on vocals. The German titles weren't easy to find, and are a little substandard, but at least they are really in German (kind of; the Punkles are Japanese singing in German...)

Past Masters Vol. 2

Randy California - Day Tripper
Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out
Herb Pederson/Chris Hillman - Paperback Writer
Todd Rundgren - Rain
Richie Havens - Lady Madonna
Jeff Lynne/Anoushka Shankar - The Inner Light
Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude
Billy Gibbons - Revolution
Al Green - Get Back
Dillard & Clark - Don't Let Me Down
Teenage Fanclub - Ballad of John & Yoko
Gary Brooker - Old Brown Shoe
Fiona Apple - Across the Universe
Spirit - Let It Be
Gerard St. Paul - Dis-moi je t'aime (You Know My Name)

I had to use two cuts from Concert For George, but "The Inner Light" really is the best version, and there simply aren't many covers of "Old Brown Shoe" out there... Otherwise, this is a pretty good collection.

Anthology

Brian Kennedy - Free As a Bird
Fernando Diaz/Gabriela Vega/Joe Gongora/Mirley Cauich/Patricia Hernandez - Real Love

"Real Love" is from The Beatles Chill Out tribute album, which bears no artist information. According to a website, the credits listed are the artists, although in what configuration, I don't know...


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