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The Beatles – Flying (1967)

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A midweek interlude, the instrumental ‘Flying’ is one of the handful of tracks credited to all four mop tops. It first appeared on the 1967 LP Magical Mystery Tour, full of mellotron, guitar, bass, maracas, drums and tape loops. Far out.

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Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Universally Speaking (2002)

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Good morning! In 2002, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers released By The Way. It is notable for its unexpected nod to the The Beatles. Beyond the standout singles ‘The Zephyr Song’, ‘Can’t Stop’ and the title track, the Chili Peppers also included the melodic arrangements and harmonies of ‘Tear’ and ‘Universally Speaking’. I select the latter because it still includes their signature funk rock sound.

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Wu-Tang vs The Beatles – Got The Money (2010)

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Some sampling is less subtle. Wu-Tang vs The Beatles was created by Tom Caruana and released at the start of 2010. The album features Beatles songs and cover versions mixed with much Wu-Tang. This hip hop venture was not original. Danger Mouse had ploughed this furrow with Jay-Z in 2004. However, the results were equally as pleasing. ‘Got The Money’ features the most overt use of source material – in this case, Abbey Road‘s ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’.

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Danger Mouse & Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement (2004)

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Danger Mouse’s rise to fame started with his work on The Grey Album – an unlikely and clever blend between The Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. The opening track is a version of ‘Public Service Announcement’ mixed with George Harrison’s ‘Long Long Long’. I have to say that the track only benefits from the introduction McCartney organ riff. Who would have foreseen that?! Have a great weekend.

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The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)

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R.I.P. George Martin. In 1967, the fifth Beatle was in creative overdrive. On ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, the producer incorporated reverse-recording, tape loops and the splicing together of two separate versions of the song at around the 60-second mark.

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Wilco – Magnetized (2015)

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In what has already been a relatively current week for Samuelsounds, I cannot help but mention the out-of-the-blue prerelease of a new Wilco album Star Wars. ‘Magnetized’ is one of its standout tracks with its touches of The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs. Have a great weekend.

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Kelley Stoltz – The Sun Comes Through (2005)

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Ten years later, Kelley Stoltz was revisiting an earlier brand of psychedelic pop. The title track off his 2005 EP The Sun Comes Through unsparingly channels The Beatles.

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The Beatles – Now and Then (1995)

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Not strictly a Beatles song as Lennon wrote and part-recorded ‘Now and Then’ in the late 1970s. However, Yoko Ono later passed Paul a batch of unfinished tracks to mark their mid-1990s Anthology compilations. The tapes included demos of this track, ‘Free as a Bird’ and ‘Real Love’. The three Beatles began recording their version in 1995 by overdub. It was then discarded only to later appear on a 2009 bootleg. This floaty and ever-so-nearly-lost gem sounds part Fab Four, part The Flaming Lips.

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Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train (1996)

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With more that a passing resemblance to the sound of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, Ocean Colour Scene found their stride with their 1996 sophomore album Moseley Shoals. The day they caught the train, I think vocalist Simon Fowler thought he was The Walrus.

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The Beatles – Sexy Sadie (1968)

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The video of Spoon’s ‘Do You’ immediately reminded me of the one made for ‘Karma Police’. In turn, the Radiohead track has always drawn thoughts of ‘Sexy Sadie’ – it’s that piano work. The keyboard riff originally existed as part of the fifth track on side three of the Fab Four’s white opus The Beatles. Enjoy the masters at work.

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The United States Of America – Stranded In Time (1968)

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Recorded in December 1967, The USA’s self-titled debut was released in 1968. This was a time when the USA were listening to the sound of the UK. The penultimate track was the short ‘Stranded In Time’. It’s no cover version, but you could tell they liked The Beatles.

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The Beatles – Sun King (1969)

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‘Sun King’ is the bridge between Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Albatross’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Us And Them’. A sun dance after a rainy day in Blighty. Have a great weekend.

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The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (1966)

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I began and end the week with songs so ingrained in my make-up, that it is hard to put into words how they may have shaped ‘my music’. I might just have to take this sublime number with me to my proverbial desert. Off the equally brilliant Pet Sounds, the track features layering of vocals, instruments, strings, organs, harpsichords, flutes and what sounds like sleigh bells and some clippety clops. And god only knows what gave those straight-laced boys the audacity to start off a song: “I may not always love you”. Divine intervention.  The Beatles’ were listening here, there and everywhere. Have a great weekend.

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Buddy Holly – Raining in My Heart (1959)

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Undeniably, Buddy Holly hugely influenced the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. However, it is not the Chirping Crickets’ classic sound of ‘Not Fade Away’ or ‘Rave On’ that have stuck with me since those childhood car journeys; instead I find myself regularly humming ‘Raining in My Heart’. Overly orchestrated, it sounds like something the Everly Brothers would have put out – another one of my folks’ faves. It must be the bittersweet sentiment that saves it. Have a great week.

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Flo & Eddie – Keep It Warm (1976)

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After The Turtles broke up in legal disputes, vocalists Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan joined forces with with Frank Zappa as members of the Mothers of Invention. A few creative turns later as Phlorescent Leech & Eddie, they left the band in 1972 and formed the aptly named derivative Flo & Eddie. Moving Targets is their fourth album and it features the song ‘Keep It Warm’, an archetype of the 1970s pastiche. The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Frank Zappa, Supertramp, 10CC… the list of indulgences go on.

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