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Best Beatles Cover
I was listening to some Beatles stuff on my iPod and came across "The Long and Winding Road", George Michael did a version a while back on a B side and it was fantastic, the Beatles version is awful cosidering it's such a fantastic song, highlights one of the negatives of the Beatles (if there are any) in that they were never that good in terms of singing ability, most of the time that didn't matter but in this case makes all the difference.
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I'd second the Joe Cocker 'WALHFMF' as the best cover version -
as to singing 'ability' - it really depends on context doesn't it. Take Lou Reed singing Perfect Day, which is about heroin, something with which Lou is intimately aquainted - his world weary, but obviously untrained voice is perfect for the mood and execution of the song. Compare that with the BBC 'cover version' with loads of clasically trained singers doing a bit each, with their perfect pitch and intonation, and frankly they sound ludicrous!
Pop singing is about mood and atmosphere, not pitch and intonation - which makes The Beatles singing Beatles' songs as perfect as you can get.
Classical singers singing pop is like the proverbial dog walking on its hind legs - it's not that it is done badly, but that one is surprised to hear it done at all.
Don't believe I'm about to say this,but I totally agree with you Ward~ Minter. Sean Connery has the perfect voice for this and makes it sound like poetry.
I also like the Robin Williams and Billy Connelly covers but Celine Dion - aaaargghh!She's just a caterwauling harpy that ruins a good song by over- singing it.