I’ve always had a thumbnail theory about the distinction and differences between The Beatles and the Stones songs (based on my own eye witness evidence from family parties during the seventies) – The Beatles make people sing, the Stones make people dance – or put another way The Beatles are about the tunes. The Stones are about the groove.
This isn’t set in stone or tried and tested under strictly controlled conditions, it’s just a rough rule of thumb, and as these fab four flavours of ‘Get Back’ show Beatles tunes can just as easily be refried funky side up…
Get Back – Chris Clark
The Merseybeaters get given a Motown makeover
Get Back – Deidre Wilson Tabac
A bubbly,shuffely, loose limbed lollop-a-long re-work.
Get Back – Sarah Vaughan
A brain-frying team up between those beardy
buggers brothers from Toto and their squiddly diddly synths, a’topped off with Sarah Vaughan’s deep velvet vocals.
Get Back – Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes
A hat-popping, horn-stomping spectacular so fast and furious it rollocks along like a runaway train.
There’s a couple of other tasty Beatles treats well worth grabbing…
BLTP’s unearthing of a gorgeous rework of ‘Rain’ – nothing like the original and none the worse for it – here
And Larry F16’s Beatles based million-hit-mix here