Wil asked me in an email, "Where do you find time to do all the sh*t you're doing?" I don't know. I guess sometime between when I get home from work and when I go back. I finished this mix at approximately 9:20 this morning after working on it for close to four hours to that point after crawling out of bed...on a Saturday. Altogether, it took about 14 days to complete and that was with being out for five of them. So really it took about nine days. And, all that talk about how you're not ready and you have no idea, well, you're not and you don't. I'd say that to do a Beatlemania piece without the Beatles is pretty difficult. I even just wanted to loop "Flyin'" for about two minutes to lay a bed for excerpts from a John Lennon interview, but I thought, "I told myself no Beatles so no Beatles." So what you'll hear is completely Beatle-free. And it's not a celebration as much as it is a protest. It's not love and appreciation as much as it is disdain and disappointment. The short of it is that as much as I love the Beatles, I have such a hard time understanding how their material is so much greater and so far superior to that of anyone else that no one can download it, buy it for under $10, buy it on vinyl, put it on an iPod, play it on Guitar Hero or hear it digitally remastered without stopping the earth's rotation to announce that some unheard recording of John farting was pulled from the vaults and will be delivered to you at the suggested retail of $18.98. They've halted the progression of their legacy by gouging their remaining fans and locking out potential new fans. That's the short of it.
So I've assembled my favorite covers of Beatle or solo Beatle material for you. Actually, 37 covers to be precise. What you'll hear is "an infinitely ill collection of funk, reggae, jazz, blues and otherwise undefinable covers of Beatle favorites." And all of it seamlessly mixed together for you're longplaying enjoyment. This thing tops two hours and ten minutes so grab a six pack and head for the patio out back. It shakes, twists, jumps, soothes, sways, sprints, boogies, breaks, jams, jives and damn near dies if it weren't for the third "Hey Jude" (third of seven that I considered available and, more importantly, tasteful) as provided by the Temptations. I won't tout it as a the single greatest achievement in popular music, but it's near it. And considering that I kept about forty other Beatle covers for a possible second installment, there's enough for a second run.
It's not even close to the single greatest achievement in popular music. Not even close. That would be Fear of a Black Planet. But I do find it a rewarding listen in the way that it serves as a irreplaceable reminder of how widespread the Beatles' influence was. You listen to it and you'll hear reggae, soul, ghostly avant-garde, Motown, blues, jazz, bop, country. I mean, it's not of question of what to include, but where to stop. In fact, I had a separate collection of about ten songs that sample Beatles covers. So, not only were the original tracks so highly revered, but the covers were so dope that hip hop sampled them as well. On another note, Brad presented a jigsaw puzzle of the White Album. If that's not dope...
Listening to Bunny Sigler's soul-crushing adaptation of "Yesterday" right now. Man, this thing is insane. Then it goes right into Junior Parker's "Tomorrow Never Knows." The madness continues from there. I don't record them, I just assemble them. Hopefully you find it a rewarding listen. I'll go ahead and tell you what's not on the mix so if you wanna turn back now, you can. Eddie Vedder is not on the mix. Neither is the Breeders, Rufus Wainwright, Bono or any of that garbage from Across the Universe or Love. There's no Cirque de Soleil dancers flying through the air. Jimi Hendrix is not doing "Day Tripper" even though I really like that version too. No Oasis or Joe Cocker. Yep, no Joe Cocker (met with a thousand gasps). If you're expecting something from the I am Sam then you're a sucka. None of that either. But it does represent my very favorite Beatles covers. And, yes, it features three "Judes" so deal with it. For a two-plus hour mix, that's actually not a bad ratio. Discussions are welcome. Even criticisms. Why not? I do it for fun. Here it is: the Beatles mix. Tracklistling below. Next up, either Halloween or De La Vol. 3. Speaking of De La Soul is hitting up Dallas. Wil? You down? Zack?
Bill Cosby "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Bud Shank "I Am the Walrus"
Ramsey Lewis "Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except for Me and My Monkey)"
Nina Simone "Revolution"
Overton Berry Trio "Hey Jude"
Wilson Pickett "Hey Jude"
Dillard and Clark "Don't Let Me Down"
Jimmy James "Good Day Sunshine"
The Mar-Keys "Let It Be"
Kashmere Stage Band "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
Wes Montgomery "A Day in the Life"
Joyce Bond "Ob La Di, Ob La Da"
Al Green "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
Bunny Sigler "Yesterday"
Junior Parker "Tomorrow Never Knows"
Five Stairsteps "Dear Prudence"
Jazz Crusaders "Golden Slumbers"
Peter Tosh "Here Comes the Sun"
El Chicano "Eleanor Rigby"
Ramsey Lewis "Rocky Raccoon"
Eddie Hazel "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
Stevie Wonder "We Can Work It Out"
Bobby Bryant "Happiness is a Warm Gun"
Otis Redding "Day Tripper"
Booker T and the MGs "Lady Madonna"
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 "Fool on the Hill"
Soulful Strings "Hello Goodbye"
Jimmy Ponder "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Shirley Scott "Get Back"
Gene Ammons "Something"
Willie Bobo "Michelle"
Esther Phillips "And I Love Him"
Charles Lloyd "Here There and Everywhere"
Ramsey Lewis "Cry Baby Cry"
Groove Holmes "Come Together"
Junior Parker "Taxman"
Temptations "Hey Jude"
You should've stayed in school, punk.