My friend Bailey came up with a fine alternative version of Rubber Soul, featuring cover versions. As I felt one great Beatles album deserves another, here is my alt-take on the Fab Four's next album, Revolver. Anyone game to try Sgt. Pepper?
"Taxman" by the Jam
I'm cheating here. While this isn't technically a version of "Taxman," it is an incredible homage (or rip off depending on your point of view).
"Eleanor Rigby" by Ray Charles
A brilliant cover from The Genius
"I'm Only Sleeping" by Wilco
In this live version, Wilco converts this gently psychedelic tune into folk rock.
"Love You To" by Bongwater
You won't miss the sitars.
"Here, There and Everywhere" by Locksley
Most covers of this sweet McCartney tune hew too closely to the original, but Locksley speeds the tempo and my pulse.
"Le Sous-Marin Vert" by Maurice Chevalier
Not sure why he switched the color from yellow to green, but it still works.
"She Said She Said" by The Black Keys
The Keys' dirty fingerprints are all over this cover.
"Good Day Sunshine" by Roy Redmond
Roy's soul is not made of rubber.
"And Your Bird Can Sing" by Jim Reid
An introspective take from this Jesus & Mary Chain singer/guitarist.
"For No One" by Caetano Veloso
One of the Beatles' saddest songs goes Bossa.
"Doctor Robert" by Luke Temple
Dr. Robert Freymann supplied the Beatles and others with amphetamines. Temple may be on drugs, but given this slo-mo cover, he's definitely not on speed.
"I Want to Tell You" by Thea Gilmore
Love this nearly-whispered acoustic cover. Listen here.
"Got to Get You Into My Life" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Most of the soundtrack to the Bee Gee's "Sgt. Pepper" movie was truly vile, but Earth, Wind & Fire don't funk it up--by which I mean they do.
"Tomorrow Never Knows" by Junior Parker
There are some truly awful cover versions of Lennon's apocalyptic classic (Phil Collins, anyone?) However, Parker's bluesy remake is wonderfully ominous.