Thursday, March 22, 2012

10 more cool Beatles covers. (vol. 3)

I love it when I hear a song from an old band that I have never heard and like it. 
Today on Sirius I heard Journey covering the Beatles 
"It's All Too Much". 
It inspired me to post more great Beatle covers...

I would say I'm fairly well versed in "Journey" but not that familiar with their earliest stuff.
 Sure everyone knows the hits (often overplayed!) from the later Steve Perry years, but they did some decent stuff before that. 
Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon had split of from Santana's band to form Journey. The group also included drummer extraordinaire Aynsley Dunbar and bassist Ross Valory (who is still in the group with Schon these days).

Here the band covers George Harrison's "It's All Too Much" I'm so glad I heard it today!

                  Journey "It's All Too Much"

They often call ex-Deep Purple bassist singer Glenn Hughes "The Voice of Rock". I love Glenn, especially his new band Black Country Communion, but Graham Bonnet could easily have that title. He started his career in the 60's and had some success in the late 70's/early 80's as the lead singer for Rainbow (he replaced Dio) . 
You probably know "All Night Long" and "Since You've been Gone from his time with the band. 
He went on to sing for the Michael Schenker Group and Alcatrazz (with Ywngie Malmsteen). 
Here he gets some help from Slash covering "Oh Darling" He may go a bit overboard on

            Graham Bonnet (with Slash) "Oh Darling" 

Teenage Fanclub kind of linked power pop with Grunge in the 90's. 

Here they cover "Tell Me What You See"


Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs (of the Bangles) have put out a couple of good cds of covers.

They do a nice job on "And Your Bird Can Sing"

Of course Joe Cocker did a fantastic version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" but his version of "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window " is excellent as well.

 Joe Cocker "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"


This one is a bit of a shocker, David Lee Roth covering "I've Just Seen a Face". He had Steve Vai with him then. The guy singing harmony is Brett Tuggle who played with Rick Springfield and now plays in Lindsey Buckingham's band as well as the Fleetwood Mac Touring band

           David Lee Roth "I've Just Seen a Face"

KGB was a bit of  a 70's allstar band featuring Ray Kennedy (the K") who later had some success as country singer and producer , Barry Goldberg (the "G")who had formed the band Electric Flag with the late Mike Bloomfield (the "B") who also played with Bob Dylan and Al Kooper among others.  Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, etc.)played drums on the album.

                          KGB "I've Got a Feeling"


"Tomorrow Never Knows" is a tough one to tackle. Phil Collins did a nice job back on his first solo album

          Phil Collins "Tomorrow Never Knows"


"For No One" is one of McCartney's best. 
Perfectly describing the "losing end" of a relationship
 Rickie Lee Jones did a nice version of it.

             Rickie Lee Jones "For No One"    


The late Elliot Smith doing one of my favorite Lennon songs. 

             Elliott Smith "I'll Be Back"

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