Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Beatles YouTube

Below is the Beach Boys' cover of "With a Little Help from My Friends." It's one classic band taking on the work of another, and the outcome is a pretty faithful interpretation, though there are some notable differences. Bruce Johnston, a late-comer to the Beach Boys and perhaps the most purely likable of the bunch, steps in for Ringo on lead vocals and gives a soft and sweet performance. He stays true to the humble spirit of the song and probably sounds even more meek than Ringo does on the original. This is the cuddly version of "With a Little Help from My Friends." The Beach Boys also shorten certain parts and slow the tempo down a touch. They don't implement any major changes, however, in a way honoring what is certainly one of Ringo's defining moments.
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