What’s on Murfie: Tributes to the Beatles

The often-imitated, never-duplicated Paul, John, George and Ringo hold an unmatched place in our hearts and our music collections. Who didn’t grow up with “Yellow Submarine” and “Hey Jude” in the background? Only Paul and Ringo are still around these days, but the Fab Four remain musical icons and the face of an era. It’s no wonder that artists across the globe continue to pay tribute to their legendary tunes. We searched Murfie for four Beatles tribute albums and found these: they may span genres and time periods, but they keep their love of those guys from Liverpool at the forefront.

2159-largeA Tower Records Tribute to the Beatles
1996

There’s nothing quite like having some of music’s biggest stars cover music’s ultimate stars. Famed record company Tower Records released this 10-track collection in 1996, featuring covers of some of The Beatles’ greatest hits. Some of the 20th century’s greatest musicians pay their tribute, including Ike & Tina Turner on “Get Back” and The Beach Boys with “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”. Doing the Fab Four justice is a tall order, but these Tower Records stars give their classic tracks a twist that’s certainly worth a listen.

129850-largeTropical Tribute to the Beatles
1996

This album features an international interpretation of some of The Beatles’ most famous tracks using Latin rhythms like salsa, merengue, mambo and bolero. Some of Latin music’s biggest names, like Celia Cruz and Manny Manuel, take on 13 of the most famous Beatles songs, including “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Come Together”, “Let it Be” and “Hey Jude”. If you’re looking for something that closely resembles the original, this is definitely not the album for you. But if you’re open to a rhythm-heavy, genre-bending international take on some of the greatest songs of all time? This album and its dance-hall ready sounds are a great choice.

MI0000874100Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band
2009

Reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars have stepped in to provide their 13-track, dub-heavy tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, arguably one of The Beatles’ most influential and best-loved albums. This tribute is truly easy listening, featuring knockout performances by guest stars the likes of Matisyahu.  It’s groovy without being overly produced or ambitious—the perfect reggae interpretation of one of the best-loved albums of all time. Don’t miss “Within Without You”, featuring Matisyahu, or  Ranking Roger’s “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”.

08e09b5c-11a7-11e2-bd3a-1231381369e0Pickin’ on the Beatles
1995

This tribute is part of the Pickin’ On Series, which features some of rock’s greatest albums with a bluegrass and country style. This album is no different, with 12 of The Beatles’ most famous tracks gone country. Songs like “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Yellow Submarine” quickly convinced me that these songs are quite a stretch from the originals. This interpretation of The Beatles, with its fiddles, banjos and mandolins, is certainly different, and I would only recommend it for die-hard bluegrass fans.

This Week in Music History (May 29th-June 4th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!!

MI00018150135/29- On this day in 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut album, (you guessed it), Crosby, Stills & Nash. Occasionally joined by Neil Young, this supergroup went on to release 7 more studio albums, and they are still active to this day.4954-large

5/30- Speaking of Neil Youngon this day in 1997, Neil cancelled his European tour, because he sliced his finger while cutting a ham sandwich. Ouchie!

23407-large5/31- On this day in 1976, The Who set a Guinness World Record for being the loudest rock band of all time. Their sound measured a whopping 126 dB, measured at a distance of 32 meters from the speakers at their concert in London. The possibility of hearing damage has been estimated to begin around 120 db. WHAT? COME AGAIN?5820-large

6/1- The Beatles released one of their enormously popular albums, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, on this day in 1967. This collection of songs was infused with a new kind of psychedelia that Beatles fans hadn’t seen so prominently in the past. Is dub your thing? You might like the 2009 Easy Star All-Stars reggae remake, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band.

43800-large6/2- Bo Diddley, known as “The Originator” for his influence on the transition of blues to rock, passed away on this day on 2008. In addition to his influence on countless musicians, and modern genres from rock to rap, he left behind the Bo Diddley Beat, a rhythm that has been used in a surprisingly large variety and number of songs.34961-large

6/3- On this day in 1967, Jefferson Airplane performed “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” on American Bandstand. You can watch the video here!

MI00000401386/4- On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen released his album Born in the U.S.A. The album contained seven Top Ten hits and is noted as one of the best-selling albums of all time. Nice one, Bruce!

So you wanna own any of these albums, or hear ‘em in lossless format? Well we just so happen to have them for sale (hehe). Right now these titles start at just $1!