Hey Jude - Beatles vs Wilson Pickett

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Hey Jude - Beatles vs Wilson Pickett

Postby GoogaMooga » 15 May 2020, 12:09

There can't be that many covers of the epic "Hey Jude", but one that stands out and instantly springs to mind is the cover by Wicked Pickett. He even had a whole album out called Hey Jude. Personally, I think it is superior to Beatles' original in every way, vocals, instrumentally, the arrangement - just grittier, more soulful, more exciting, and with a coda that is shorter and packs more punch. For instance, the na na chorus only comes in at the very, very end and fades on the first repeat...

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Re: Hey Jude - Beatles vs Wilson Pickett

Postby Flower » 15 May 2020, 12:42

Wilson Pickett's cover is wonderful. I prefer it to the Beatles.
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Re: Hey Jude - Beatles vs Wilson Pickett

Postby Rorschach » 15 May 2020, 13:58

It's fine. But it's not the Beatles.
Bugger off.

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Re: Hey Jude - Beatles vs Wilson Pickett

Postby Dr. Baron » 15 May 2020, 14:30

I like everything about Wilson Pickett's record. It has the perfect Muscle Shoals production, and there is the added novelty of it being from Duane Allman's time there as a session guy. But hearing someone rip through a Beatles tune in a different context isn't inherently exciting to me. "Hey Jude" is certainly iconic, but isn't among my very favorite Beatles records. Still, if I have to choose, I'll take the original. Wilson Pickett has plenty of other wonderful records to celebrate.
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Re: Hey Jude - Beatles vs Wilson Pickett

Postby robertff » 15 May 2020, 16:15

Rorschach wrote:It's fine. But it's not the Beatles.

What Rorschach said is the correct answer.


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Re: Hey Jude - Beatles vs Wilson Pickett

Postby Nervous Ned » 15 May 2020, 16:28

Another version that stands out is by the Grateful Dead.
It has Pigpen on ‘vocals’.
There is a certain horrific inevitability to the fact that no matter how ‘unique’ their interpretation of the main section is, the ‘Na na na ...’ bit is waiting, quitely ... biding its time ... :?

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Re: Hey Jude - Beatles vs Wilson Pickett

Postby Sam Stone » 15 May 2020, 16:31

While WP's version is indeed marvellous, what can compare to the sheer magic of hearing the first bars of what was then The Beatles' latest single coming through tiny transistor speakers before building up to a wonderful, wonderful chorus that you never wanted to end.

If it wasn't the longest single ever released at that point, it was certainly the longest to ever get played on the radio in its entirety as a matter of course.