“When We Was Fab” (A George Harrison Cover)

By Jeff Copperthite:

I’m proud to bring you another installment of The Laptop Sessions, and I also want to show my classic rock side as well.

Today’s installment is from George Harrison, who coincidentally Jim did a song from yesterday. This is one of his more known songs. The double meaning in this song is a terrific one that any Beatles fan will tell you about.

This song is tough to play on acoustic – let alone sing along to as well. Hopefully you will enjoy my effort.

Stay tuned for more Laptop Sessions, and thank you to all that have commented or watched our previous installments. There will be more no doubt!

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up.  We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session.  We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and origianal music blog again in the future.  But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!

Best Covers of 2012: A Weekend Review Special Edition

By Chris Moore:

The BEST COVER SONGS of 2012

 

As I have previously written about, covers are typically of little interest to me (which is, of course, ironic when considering the large number I have played over the years).  Of course, I typically end up hearing a few that stand out, and this year, they were almost all on the Amnesty International charity album Chimes of Freedom.  Sadly, though the compilation included over seventy songs from a vast range of artists, there were only a handful worthy of recognition.  My favorite cover song of the year, however, is the one unearthed on the soundtrack to the Martin Scorcese documentary based on George Harrison’s life: it is Harrison’s cover of his friend Bob Dylan’s song “Mama You’ve Been On My Mind.”  It is a stripped down, acoustic cover, but it is brilliant and the beauty radiates warmly from this simple yet nuanced performance.

 

1)  “Mama You’ve Been On My Mind” – George Harrison

2)  “One Too Many Mornings” – Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and the Avett Brothers

3)  “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” – Brett Dennen

4)  “Mr. Tambourine Man” – Jack’s Mannequin

5)  “Ring Them Bells” – Natasha Bedingfield

 

Honorable Mention:

“Ballad of Hollis Brown” – Rise Against

“Rocking Chair in Hawaii” (George Harrison Cover)

By Chris Moore:

My first official laptop session of the new year! I’ve been listening to 1970’s George Harrison this week–Thirty Three and a Third and George Harrison–but I was reminded today of this track off of his 2001 posthumous release Brainwashed. It’s such a simple song, but it was easy to learn and fun to play, so here it is!


“Crackerbox Palace” (George Harrison Cover)

By Jim Fusco:

So, can you tell I’m on a George Harrison kick? 🙂  It’s another edition of the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!

One small piece of business before we get started: From now on, I’m going to try to post my videos at midnight on Thursday morning so you can wake up on Thursdays and see a new cover song music video or read an article.  Lately, I’ve been staying up late on Thursdays and posting at like 1 am on Friday…that’s not really what I was going for with Jim Fusco Thursdays!  So, make sure to grab a cup of coffee every Thursday morning and head on over to the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog for a great post each week.  Now, onto tonight’s video!

On my way back from the Mets game I went to two Fridays ago, my friend John was flipping around to different radio stations in the car.  He came across one station and I said, “Wow, I really think that’s George Harrison singing, but I’ve never heard this song before!”  So, I whipped-out the Shazam app on my iPhone and it found the song: “It’s What You Value” from George Harrison’s solo album, 33 1/3.  The song sounded great, so I decided to listen to the album.  Well, I loved it and now I’m going to listen to all of his solo albums!  I’m onto “George Harrison” (self-titled) now and I’m enjoying that one very much, as well.

“33 1/3” is not only an interesting title because of the RPMs of a vinyl LP on the turntable, but (as my father informed me) is also how old George was when he released the album!  How cool!  I guess I’ll have to come out with a vinyl single when I turn 45… 🙂

I’ve known “Crackerbox Palace’ since I was little.  Back in the early 90s, I believe, they came out with George Harrison’s “Best of the Dark Horse Years” CD, which chronicled his greatest solo hits while on the Dark Horse label he created.  So my father played it in the car all the time.  That’s probably why I love George’s “Cloud 9” album more than any person should love an album: it’s embedded in my mind from when I was four!  Getting back to the “Best Of” album, songs like “Crackerbox Palace” have been with me for a long time and it feels great to finally perform it.

I was surprised to learn that “Crackerbox Palace” is one of my brother Mike’s favorite George Harrison songs, as well.  Plus, Becky seems to really love it, too.  If you haven’t seen the original music video (that he did with the help of the folks from Monty Python), then you should really check it out.  I think that’s why Becky likes the song so much now- it’s so lighthearted and fun.

On that note, I always look so serious when recording these songs- I just want them to sound right, so I forget to smile a lot of the time.  On a lighthearted song like this, I hope it doesn’t detract from the general mood.

Okay, that’s all for me this week- make sure to stop back next Thursday for a great Moody Blues “Best Albums Ranked In Order” list my father came up with.  Which album is the best?  Or, maybe even more importantly, which album is the WORST?  Find out next Thursday here on the music blog.  Have a great week and see you then!