Covering The Beatles

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.

2 thoughts on “Covering The Beatles

  1. Marc Shulman May 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Good one Steve! I always dug Stevie’s version of “We Can Work It Out” from the “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” record!

    • swtopshelf May 2, 2013 at 1:37 am Reply

      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.

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