Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Baby, It's You

Still stuck on the Please Please Me album this week. I really will get more into the Beatles catalogue as I go along, but to start it's fine for now. I swear, one day I'll be playing Happiness Is A Warm Gun (and now you can hold me to it...) I'm also doing this song at the suggestion of my uncle who thought it'd be a good fit for what I'm doing- hope you're right Paul!

Baby It's You is one of many cover tunes The Beatles recorded on their first few albums. It was originally sung by the Shirelles (written by Burt Bacharach), and later covered by other artists. I'm a little biased, but I like the rhythm of the Beatles' version better. There's something lilting and a little lazy feeling about the Shirelles' version (also, isn't the key a bit different?), but Lennon's voice just sounds so desperate when he sings "don't want nobody, nobody, cause baby, it's you". That's the gusto and feeling you want with that kind of sentiment! Admittedly, I don't have the same desperate urge, but I do love the song, so I'll give it my best. Such a good classic pop tune with sappy lyrics. I'm a sucker for them!

Other things: I'm going to need to find someone to do the sha la la's for me, or i'll have to do a garage band style thing with multiple tracks, because that's half of what I like about the early Beatles stuff. I am such a sucker for a good sha la la or a do wop do wop. It's a shortened week with the trip, the holiday and another wedding coming up this friday, so this is a more simple choice, but a good one nonetheless! As usual, tell me your thoughts, criticisms and feelings on this tune! Video to come on sunday.

Before I go, check out this version with Adele and Burt. The instrumentation is cheesy as shit in spots (what is it about sax solos that just ruin things for me? It just reminds me of smooth jazz...) but her singing is lovely. Still fits in with the original version, but she sings it with more passion. Just a side note!

1 comment:

  1. I wish I COULD give you my thoughts, criticisms and feelings however I'm not particularly musically inclined. Unless you count foot tapping and steering-wheel finger drumming.