I love writing new arrangements of familiar tunes but I shy away from Beatles songs as many attempts by others have resulted in horrible failures. Just listen to the Sleepy’s commercial that uses “In My Life” and you’ll hear what I mean.
That said, there are some exceptions and one truly astonishingly arrangement is Earth, Wind, and Fire’s version of “Got to Get You into My Life”.
Don’t get me wrong; the Beatles’ version is great, but I think Maurice White and company’s take is the definitive version of the song.
There was no way I was going to improve upon this gem, but given that the recording fades out I did write a tag so we could have a tidy ending.
We haven’t performed this for a while but we’ll take this on — along with some Chicago and Blood, Sweat, and Tears — at our next show at The Cutting Room on June 7.
Good one Steve! I always dug Stevie’s version of “We Can Work It Out” from the “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” record!
Marc, that is indeed an excellent version.
But if I had to do the dessert island thing I would still take the Beatles’ version. With “Gotta Get” I would take EW&Fs.