Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Bounty of Beatles Songs

Last year I compiled a 2-disc compilation of Beatles cover songs.  These are my favorite covers of songs recorded (although not all officially released) by the Beatles. I arranged the songs chronologically by the dates they were originally recorded/released (though I think it's possible that Little Willie John recorded his version before the Beatles, I love the version so much I left it in). I tried to stick with versions I thought were truly inspired, in many cases, putting individual stamps on classic songs. Here it is for anyone who missed it the first time around. Thanks to Avocado Rabbit for the Fiona Apple track. 

Track 1: 1962 single (A-side) 

Track 2: 1962 Recorded Live at the Cavern Club 

Track 3: 1963 Recorded at Dick James Publishing Studio 

Tracks 4-8: 1963 "Please Please Me" 

Track 9: 1963 single (A-side) 

Track 10: 1963 Broadcast on "Pop Go the Beatles" (BBC) 

Tracks 11-13: 1963 "With the Beatles" 

Tracks 14-15: 1964 "A Hard Day's Night" 

Tracks 16-17: 1964 Singles (A-sides) 

Track 18: 1964 "Beatles For Sale" Sessions (unreleased) 

Tracks 19-20: 1964 "Beatles For Sale" 

Track 21: 1965 Recorded at EMI Studios, London 

Tracks 22-27: 1965 "Help" 

Track 28: 1965 Single (B-side) 

Tracks 29-38: 1965 "Rubber Soul" 

Tracks 39-44: 1966 "Revolver" 

Track 45: 1967 "Magical Mystery Tour" 

Tracks 46-47: 1968 Singles {46: (A-side) 47: (B-side)} 

Tracks 48-52: 1968 "The Beatles" (White Album) 

Tracks 53-54: 1969 "Abbey Road" 

Tracks 55-57: 1970 "Let It Be"


1 Love Me Do- Sandie Shaw

2 Some Other Guy- The Big Three

3 Bad To Me- Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas

4 Baby, It's You- Cilla Black

5 Ana (Anna)- Los Straitjackets

6 Chains- The Delmonas

7 Do you Want To Know a Secret- The Chipmunks

8 A Taste Of Honey- Esther Phillips

9 I Want To Hold Your Hand- Game Theory

10 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You- Merseybeats

11 Hold Me Tight- Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Lisa Hogg

12 You Really Got A Hold On Me- M. Ward & Zooey Deschanel

13 I Wanna Be Your Man- The Milkshakes

14 A Hard Day's Night- The Supremes

15 I'll Cry Instead- Joe Cocker

16 Can't Buy Me Love- Ella Fitzgerald

17 I Feel Fine- The Ventures

18 Leave My Kitten Alone- Little Willie John

19 Baby's In Black- John Doe with Virgil Shaw

20 Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby- Johnny Cash

21 That Means A Lot - The Beatnix

22 I Need You- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

23 Ticket To Ride- Camarata & His Orchestra (Featuring Tutti's Trombones)

24 Act Naturally- Dwight Yoakam

25 Tell Me What You See- Teenage Fanclub

26 I've Just Seen A Face- Ludella Black

27 Yesterday- Ray Charles

28 Day Tripper- Sergio Mendes

29 Drive My Car- The Donnas

30 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)- Cornershop

31 Nowhere Man- Low


1 Think For Yourself- Yonder Mountain String Band

2 The Word- Mindy Smith

3 Michelle- Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals

4 Girl- Rhett Miller

5 I'm Looking Through You- Ted Leo

6 Wait- Ben Kweller

7 Run For Your Life- Thee Headcoatees

8 Eleanor Rigby- Bobbie Gentry

9 I'm Only Sleeping- The Vines

10 Here, There And Everywhere [The Beatles vs. Claudine Longet]- ccc

11 She Said, She Said- Overwhelming Colorfast

12 And Your Bird Can Sing- Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs

13 For No One- Rickie Lee Jones

14 Blue Jay Way- Lord Sitar

15 Lady Madonna- Tom Jones

16 Revolution- Grandaddy

17 Dear Prudence- Siouxsie & The Banshees

18 Obladi Oblada- Patrick Zabe

19 Happiness Is A Warm Gun- The Breeders

20 I Will- La Fragua

21 Mother Nature's Son- Sheryl Crow

22 I Want You (She's So Heavy)- Booker T. & The MGs

23 Here Comes the Sun- We Five

24 Two Of Us- Aimee Mann & Michael Penn

25 Across The Universe- Fiona Apple

26 Let It Be- Bill Withers

1 comment:

life of the beatles said...

This looks like a really interesting compilation with many tracks I haven't heard before. Thanks for posting!