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 8th-May 14th)

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

12921-large5/8- The Beatles released their 12th and final studio album, Let it Be, on this day in 1970 before they officially broke up. The album brought hits like “Let it Be”, “Across the Universe”, and “Get Back”, but it was actually met with mixed reviews at the time.9525-large

5/9- On this day in 1998, Led Zeppelin‘s classic rocker Jimmy Page joined Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (now P. Diddy) on the Saturday Night Live stage to perform Combs’ hit song, “Come with Me“. The song was to be used in the soundtrack to Godzilla, and it featured a riff from Led Leppelin’s “Kashmir”.

1142-large5/10- A riot erupted after a Doors concert at The Chicago Coliseum on this day in 1968. It’s been speculated Jim Morrison may have consciously created this riot—after all, he used to be a student in psychology. It was reported that he wildly performed the band’s most stirring songs, increasing crowd reactions by jumping around and falling to the ground while he sang. He successfully left fans wanting more, and they stormed the stage when the band ceased to perform, leaving a path of destruction behind them.29012-large

5/11- Claude “Butch” Trucks was born on this day in 1947. Trucks is drummer and a founding member of the great American rock band The Allman Brothers—and they continue to play together to this day!

250221-large5/12- Elvis performed on Frank Sinatra‘s TV Special on this day in 1960. Even though some considered Elvis’ comeback overrated, the special received very high ratings. Most notable was a duet performed by Elvis and Sinatra, where they each sang a bit of the other’s song (“Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender”). 121-large

5/13- On this day in 1993, Fox aired the season 4 finale of The Simpsons, “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. Guest voices on the show included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barry White and Bette Midler.

2852-large5/14- Frank Sinatra passed away from a heart attack after a life full of love on this day in 1998. He was 82 years old.

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