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All You Need Is Covers: The Songs of the Beatles
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on 19 February 2003
This is the first of two (so far) compilations of Beatles covers from the archives of Pye Records. The collection opens with Petula Clark's french version of Please Please Me, and the songs are presented chronologically, though some of the versions date from the 70s and 80s rather than all being contemporaneous covers. Highlights include Isaac Scott singing Help and hit versions of Michelle and Girl from the Overlanders and The Truth respectively. Also worth a listen is Amen Corner's very last Immediate single, Get Back. Definitely worth missing is an execrable rendition of the McCartney-penned Step Inside Love. He wrote it for Cilla Black, but couldn't have imagined how badly Nina Baden-Soper treats it. As with the companion volume, Help, there are a few MOR instrumentals which can be skipped, but overall a welcome addition to my music library.
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 12 April 2003
This set was compiled from the British labels Pye, Piccadilly, Transatlantic and Immediate, so is necessarily restricted in what it includes, yet such is the abundance of Beatles covers that there is plenty to enjoy in this eclectic compilation. The covers are presented in Beatles date order, although it does not follow that the actual covers were recorded in that order. The tracks from Let it be precede those from Abbey road. There are also a few songs that the Beatles wrote but did not record themselves, one of these being Step inside love, a UK top ten hit for Cilla Black, but here covered by Nina Baden-Semper, an actress best known for her role in the seventies TV series Love thy neighbour.
The big hit here is Michelle, with which the Overlanders had a UK number one. It was the only hit they ever had. Having heard the rest of their music, I can understand why – their other music is fascinating, but it’s not hit material.
Petula Clark, the most famous artist featured here, opens this set with Tu perds ton temps, her French version of Please please me, and also puts in a second appearance with her cover of Rain. Of the other names featured here, the ones with greatest recognition are Max Bygraves (A hard day’s night), PP Arnold (Yesterday), Sacha Distel (We can work it out), Jackie Trent (Got to get you into my life), Todd Rundgren (Strawberry fields forever), Joe Brown (With a little help from my friends), Kenny Ball (Your mother should know), Justin Hayward and Mike Batt (Blackbird), Amen corner (Get back) and Anita Harris (Octopus’s garden). There’s also the England 1970 World cup squad, but their inclusion shows that not all of this compilation is to be taken seriously.
The second track, There’s a place, features the Kestrels, who did not have any hits themselves but whose members went on to have success later. Two of them, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway became the duo David and Jonathan, while they also became very successful songwriters. Roger Cook later became a member of Blue mink. Another member, Tony Burrows, worked his way through several groups, including the Ivy League, Edison lighthouse, Brotherhood of man and First class.
These are not always the best covers of these songs, but most of them are very enjoyable. This is an intriguing set for fans of Beatles covers and there is a companion volume, Help!, culled from the same record labels, for those who can’t get enough. I liked this set enough to buy Help! as soon as it was released.
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on 4 November 2006
There's good stuff here as there is on the companion volume HELP.Both volumes kick off with different covers of Please please me-this one is the French version by Pet Clark while HELP covers the song via the Kestrels who would appear with the Beatles.Their version was on an album and shows that the song needed the Beatles as their version is just not very good.

Here they do another song from the first album There's a place.The group would do better in their next incarnation as Edison Lighthouse

Tip of my Tongue is something of a rareity-the Beatles never recorded this one and no demo has ever turned up.Apparantly the singer recorded No Reply but it was reportedly not worth issuing and Tommy Quickly had blown his chances of becoming the next Peter Noone.

Shirley Abicair actually managed to place a title never used by Lennon/McCartney as she made the first girl version of This boy-as This girl!

Another welcome addition is Glyn John's version of I'll follow the Sun-his 3rd single and a total flop which probably told him he would be more succesful in the studio!

With 50 titles and and the same on HELP these collections include many items never reissued and has trawled through the vaults of at least 3 record companies to present them.Its a true labour of love with a 20 minute read in the wrap around booklet.Highly recommended for collectors of Beatles covers-which incidentally go beyond the Beatles when somgs like Mull of Kintyre are included
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on 4 December 2000
A really excellent compilation of peculiar covers. It's a shame that some more credible versions aren't included - Tomorrow's 1967 cover of Strawberry Fields, for instance - but nonetheless fascinating for those of us who'd listen to Sgt Pepper performed on a kazoo and still enjoy it.
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