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Isley's ain't the original. This one is: https://youtu.be/LsDpc-8iR8g
However, for me The Beatles own this song. Maybe the finest example of John singing rock'n roll.
Wow. Thanks, Shakaali. That was totally cool. I'd never heard of the Top Notes. It's equally fascinationg to learn the song was produced my Phil Spector.
So, the Isleys was the first cover? Actually, the Isley's turned the song inside out, chewed it up and spat out a completely original take while the Beatles were pretty faithful to the Isley's version.
"Twist and Shout" indeed showcased Lennon's rock n roll voice, but I prefer his cover of Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music" a shade more. John was definitey a rocker at heart.
One of the battles they had was that John was a rocker (as batgirl mentions), and Paul was more of a ballad guy.
I know Paul loved show tunes and music from a decade earlier and a lot of his songs reflect that. But Paul could also take a Little Richard song and own it completely.
I just listened to a Who and a Springsteen cover of "Twist and Shout" and wasn't overly impressed. The I listened the the Who covering "Barbara Ann" and believe me, the Beach Boys weren't shaking in their boots.
Roger Daltry moved on after The Who. He won acclaim as an actor. Recently he " jammed" at a wedding reception in Scotland. Fortunately the band could play a Who song. What a memory for the happy couple.
So, the Isleys was the first cover?
Probably yes but not sure. Wikipedia lists the Isleys version as the first hit recording. It also says that Bert Russel, one of the original writers, felt that Spector had ruined the song with his production and produced the Isleys version himself to show how it should be done.
Obviously this was before Spector developped his signature wall of sound.
Yeah, it seems Spector was just on this way up at this point. He was only 22. I like the Isley's verion much better than the original, so maybe Bert Russel was right.
Spector was a performer himself and he supposedly experimented with production techniqsue even in the 1950 when he was a teenager. Too bad about his tragic life.
I'd never explored this aspect of early rock n roll. Thanks for bringing it up.
Paul wrote his fair share of "rockers" - "Smile Away," off of the Ram album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNt9X1i1g4Q
Well, "Helter Skelter" or "I Saw Her Standing There" comes to mind.
Thanks a lot for all of these recent posts.
You're such a tool.
Of course he did-over his career. When the Beatles were formed, Paul wasn't a rocker.
Thanks for the link, though, of a song he did post-Beatles.
Paul also wrote this. The biggest rocker of the entire 007 series:
Why can't you just disagree with her without the added insults?
It's obligatory on this site.
Here's a great cover of a Dylan song for you guys
A thought just occured to me this very moment. Is it possible Bob Dylan's Tangled up in Blue was the inspiration for the Forrest Gump storyline?
The similarities I'm seeing include:
A couple in an on-again/off-again relationship.
I helped her out of a jam, I guessBut I used a little too much force
Forrest did that, several times.
We drove that car as far as we couldAbandoned it out WestSplit up on a dark sad nightBoth agreeing it was best
She turned around to look at meAs I was walkin’ awayI heard her say over my shoulder“We’ll meet again someday on the avenue”Reminds me of the scene on the bridge, where Forrest announced he was being sent to Vietnam. Or the scene in Washington DC, where Jenny was getting on the bus.
I had a job in the great north woodsWorking as a cook for a spellBut I never did like it all that muchAnd one day the ax just fellSo I drifted down to New OrleansWhere I happened to be employedWorkin’ for a while on a fishin’ boatRight outside of Delacroix
Forrest drifted from job to job. Much like a feather on the wind. And one of those jobs included shrimping in the Gulf.
But all the while I was aloneThe past was close behindI seen a lot of womenBut she never escaped my mind, and I just grew
Forrest spent much of his time thinking about Jenny. And much more trying NOT to think about her.
She was workin’ in a topless placeAnd I stopped in for a beerJenny had a job in a topless bar.
I lived with them on Montague StreetIn a basement down the stairsThere was music in the cafés at nightAnd revolution in the airThe "Revolution in the air" reminds me of the Black Panther scene.
Then he started into dealing with slavesAnd something inside of him diedShe had to sell everything she ownedAnd froze up inside
Sounds much like the problems Jenny was having in her other relationships. Driving her to the verge of suicide at one point.
And when finally the bottom fell outI became withdrawnThe only thing I knew how to doWas to keep on keepin’ on like a bird that flewAnd here, I am reminded of Forrest running across America, non-stop, after Jenny walked out on him. Trying to forget the past.
So now I’m goin’ back againI got to get to her somehowAll the people we used to knowThey’re an illusion to me nowAnd here, I am reminded of Forrest on the bus bench. From where he narrated the film. waiting to see Jenny once again.
Sorry it was so long. I kept noticing more similarities while I typed.
What do you guys think? Is this strikingly similar?
Thanks for the recent posts.
I used to think the Hokey-Pokey was what it's all about.
(But then I turned myself around.)
--- Thanks for the post Varelse 1.
Effective today it's been 50 years since the founding of " The Greatful Dead ". Of course they lost Gerry Garcia a few years back but the remaining members of the group are doing a few farewell concerts and then moving off into retirement ( their recorded music will stay with us of course ).
An item that has come up before in this thread concerns a documentary about " The Wrecking Crew ", a group of musicians that worked on a lot of hit records back in the 1960's & 70's. I'm happy to say that after 20 long years of work Denny Todesco ( spelling ? ) has been able to release this film at last. Todesco was recently on CBC radio and it turns out that this documentary is now out on DVD and Netflix. This project was a labour of love for Todesco as his late father was the lead guitar player in the group. " Good Vibrations " by the Beach Boys was recorded with this group as was " Tambourine Man " by The Byrds and " California Dreaming " by the Mamas and the Papas ( & many other hits ). I'll have to try to get a local store to order a copy of this film for me.
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