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 “Revolver”. Track listing is based on the original UK releases and not the “butchered” US versions.
Taxman – Junior Parker
What a genius cover version this is and if it sounds even more familiar to you then here’s why; Cypress Hill sampled this cover version on their song ‘I wanna Get High’.
Eleanor Rigby – Bobbie Gentry
The sheer number of cover versions of this song that are out there is phenomenal. Hope this one is ok for you!
I’m Only Sleeping – Suggs
Suggs is much more famous for being part of Madness but he did launch his own solo career during the 1990’s, which didn’t work out all too well.
Love You To – The Trypes
The Trypes were an off shoot of the Feelies and released this cover version on their 1984 EP ‘The ExplorersHold’.
Here, There and Everywhere – Emmylou Harris
Certainly not the only Beatles song that Emmylou Harris covered throughout her career. In fact she dotted them here, there and everywhere!
Yellow Submarine – Akiko Kanazwa
You got to love random cover versions, or at least tolerate them. This one though? No idea!
She Said She Said – The Black Keys
Somebody, somewhere once said that the Black Keys were single handledly saving rock ‘n’ roll! Not sure if that is accurate, but this is not a bad cover version.
Good Day Sunshine – Ray Redman
It would have been far too easy to put the Tremeloes version of the song in here but, instead, a version that is much less well known, taken from the film ‘The Touchables’.
And Your Bird Can Sing – The Jam
No surprise that the Jam covered this as Paul Weller is such a huge Beatles fan, in fact Weller, both with the Jam and as a solo artist, has covered quite a number of Beatles songs.
For No One – Emmylou Harris
This song was performed live on BBC 4 and was released as part of Emmylous Harris’ 10 Commandments of Country Music. Quite a good version!
Doctor Robert – Luke Temple
To mark the 40th year anniversary of the release of Revolver, the UK magazine MOJO released an album of cover versions, this is one from it.
I Want To Tell You – Ted Nugent
Better than the original? Debatable. Does anyone else hear right at the start that it sounds like he is about to burst in to the Monkee’s Last Train To Clarksville? Thankfully he doesn’t.
Got To Get You In To My Life – Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers
The Beatles never released this song as a single but Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers did and they reached the top of the UK charts with their version.
Tomorrow Never Knows – Jimi Hendrix
If Revolver marked the point of the end of the early Beatles and the Sgt Pepper’s marked the start of later Beatles it is somewhat ironic that Jimi Hendrix covered the last song of the former and the first song of the latter.
P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 13th of October 2010 and can be found by clicking HERE.