Wouldn’t it be interesting to look at the Beatles albums as if they were done by other artists? Here we will take a look at cover versions of the songs that made up the Beatles album “Let It Be”. Track listing is based on the original UK releases.
Let It Be was the last ‘studio’ album that the Beatles released, even though it was the second last one they recorded (Abbey Road was recorded after Let It Be was but was released first). The Beatles, amidst all the in-fighting, tried to get a certain back-to-basics feel to the album. That didn’t really happen when Phil Spector was drafted in to produce the album. Anyroads, here we will take a look at some of the cover versions of the songs from Let It Be. Sit back and enjoy listening to a Beatles album like you have never heard it before!
Two Of Us – Boney M
Boney M may well have had a huge hit on their hands if they had released this ‘reggae’ infused cover version of the Let It Be album. As it was, they only included it as an album track – available on Boney M’s 1979 album’Oceans Of Fantasy’.
Dig A Pony – St Vincent
The Red Hot Chili Peppers may have borrowed the intro to this song for their song ‘I Could Die For You’ but that was as far as it went. St Vincent, on the other hand, went the whole hog and covered the whole song and she performs it quite often while gigging.
Across The Universe – David Bowie
Taken from the 1975 Bowie album ‘Young Americans’, this cover version actually features the backing vocals of John Lennon. Not the first time they had collaborated – the album also features the song ‘Fame’ penned by Bowie, Lennon (and Carlos Alomar).
I, Me Mine – Elliot Smith
One time singer of rock bands ‘Heatmiser’ and ‘Roman Candle’, Mark Elliot has been going it on his own since 1994. He very often performs this version, of a George Harrison penned song, at his concerts.
Dig It – Billy Preston (with the Beatles)
Unsurprisingly, not many have bothered to cover this nonsensical piece of album filler. Laibach did cover it on their version of the whole album. This version here is the full un-edited and un-released version featuring Billy Preston.
Let It Be – Ferry Aid
This was a charity single released just after the Zebrugge ferry disaster; it raced to the number one spot in the UK charts in 1987. It features guitar solos from both Gary Moore and Mark Knopfler. It includes the vocals of Paul McCartney, Kim Wilde, Kate Bush and Boy George, to name but a few.
Maggie Mae – The Searchers
This song is about a prostitute who robbed a sailor and is a traditional Liverpool ‘folk’ song. The Beatles included it on their album more as a throwaway rather than a serious attempt at playing a tune. This version by the Searchers was never included on any of their albums.
I’ve Got A Feeling – Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam have been covering this song on and off at their live shows for many years. They also included it as a bonus track on the Japanese release of the album ‘Ten’. This version here is a rough run-through of the song.
One After 909 – Helen Reddy
Helen Reddy may be best known for her 1975 US chart topper and UK number 5 hit ‘Angie Baby’ but here she is tackling not one, but two Beatles songs – One After 909, and for good measure, Fool On The Hill. Not a bad version of a song that the Beatles had actually written originally for their debut album!
The Long and Winding Road – Will Young & Gareth Gates
Will Young and Gareth Gates shot to fame for coming first and second respectively on Pop Idol. This song was the third release from either of them, it rocketed to the top of the UK charts in 2002 and spent a total of 8 weeks in the chart altogether.
For You Blue – Laibach
This certainly is a very experimental version of the original; someone may have had a bit too much time on their hands if truth be told. Laibach are a Slovenian band who have a penchant for covering other peoples songs – they once recorded the whole Let It Be album (without the title track)!
Get Back – Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart released his version of the Paul McCartney penned Get Back as a single in 1976. It climbed to a peak of number 11 (the original had hit the top spot 7 years previously). and spent a total of 8 weeks in the UK charts. This version here is a live performance featuring Tina Turner.
P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 12th of March 2010 and can be found by clicking HERE.