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Options October 30, 2014: Joy in Repetition #3: Eleanor Rigby

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
The Beatles  Eleanor Rigby   Options Revolver  Capitol  1966  LP    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
The Free Design  Eleanor Rigby   Options You Could Be Born Again  Light in the Attic  2004  CD  From 1968  0:03:54 (Pop‑up)
The King's Singers  Eleanor Rigby   Options Colouring Book  él/Cherry Red  2005  CD  circa 1986  0:06:44 (Pop‑up)
Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra  Eleanor Rigby   Options Prevailing Airs  Philips  1969  LP    0:09:48 (Pop‑up)
Vincent Bell and Orchestra  Eleanor Rigby   Options Pop Goes the Electric Sitar  Decca  1967  MP3    0:11:59 (Pop‑up)
Lord Sitar  Eleanor Rigby   Options Lord Sitar  Capitol  1968  MP3    0:14:22 (Pop‑up)
Chim Khotari  Eleanor Rigby   Options Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol. 3  Purple Lantern  1998  CD  From 1966  0:16:42 (Pop‑up)
The Ventures  Eleanor Rigby   Options 10th Anniversary Album  Liberty  1970  MP3    0:18:53 (Pop‑up)
Aretha Franklin  Eleanor Rigby   Options This Girl's in Love with You  Rhino/Atlantic  1993  CD  From 1970  0:27:59 (Pop‑up)
Ray Charles  Eleanor Rigby   Options The Birth of Soul  Rhino  1997  CD  From 1968  0:29:51 (Pop‑up)
Kim Weston  Eleanor Rigby   Options Soul Gospel  Soul Jazz  2005  CD  From 1970  0:32:45 (Pop‑up)
The Crusaders  Eleanor Rigby   Options Scratch  MCA  1974  LP    0:36:32 (Pop‑up)
Richie Havens  Eleanor Rigby   Options Mixed Bag  Verve Forecast  1967  LP    0:48:44 (Pop‑up)
Booker T & the MG's  Eleanor Rigby   Options Stax Does the Beatles  Stax/Concord  2008  CD    0:51:34 (Pop‑up)
Michigan Marching Band  Eleanor Rigby   Options N/A  No Label  ?  MP3    0:55:04 (Pop‑up)
Zoot  Eleanor Rigby   Options Written in Rock: The Rick Springfield Anthology  Legacy  2005  CD    1:03:02 (Pop‑up)
The Rattles  Eleanor Rigby   Options The Witch  Mercury  1997  CD  From 1971  1:07:12 (Pop‑up)
Esperanto  Eleanor Rigby   Options Last Tango  A&M  1975  MP3    1:17:05 (Pop‑up)
Vanilla Fudge  Eleanor Rigby   Options Vanilla Fudge  Atco  1967  LP    1:24:36 (Pop‑up)
Bloodrock  Eleanor Rigby   Options Whirlwind Tongues  Capitol  1974  MP3    1:32:11 (Pop‑up)
Pure Food and Drug Act  Eleanor Rigby   Options single  Epic  1972  45    1:35:23 (Pop‑up)
Don "Sugar Cane" Harris  Eleanor Rigby   Options Fiddler on the Rock  BASF  1972  MP3    1:39:41 (Pop‑up)
El Chicano  Eleanor Rigby   Options single  Kapp  1970  45    1:47:48 (Pop‑up)
Mem Shannon  Eleanor Rigby   Options I'm from Phunkville  Northern Blues  2005  CD    1:52:13 (Pop‑up)
Doodles Weaver  Eleanor Rigby   Options Dr. Demento's Delights  Warner Bros.  1975  LP    2:04:57 (Pop‑up)
The Better Beatles  Eleanor Rigby   Options Mercy Beat  Hook or Crook  2007  LP  From 1981  2:08:24 (Pop‑up)
Count Basie and His Orchestra  Eleanor Rigby   Options Count Basie on the Beatles  Verve  1966  MP3    2:10:35 (Pop‑up)
The Third Wave  Eleanor Rigby   Options Here and Now  Crippled Dick Hot Wax!  1999  CD  From 1970  2:13:32 (Pop‑up)
The Anita Kerr Singers  Eleanor Rigby   Options Grow to Know Me  Ampex  1971  MP3    2:16:39 (Pop‑up)
Tony Bennett  Eleanor Rigby   Options Tony Bennett Sings the Great Hits of Today!  Columbia  1970  MP3    2:20:11 (Pop‑up)
Bobbie Gentry  Eleanor Rigby   Options Local Gentry  Capitol  1968  LP    2:23:40 (Pop‑up)
John Denver  Eleanor Rigby   Options Whose Garden Was This  RCA  1970  MP3    2:26:48 (Pop‑up)
Margaret Leng Tan  Eleanor Rigby   Options The Art of the Toy Piano  Point Music  1997  CD    2:29:19 (Pop‑up)
Chris Cairns  Eleanor Rigby   Options Chris Cairns' Album  self-released  ?  CD-R    2:31:46 (Pop‑up)
Gershon Kingsley  Eleanor Rigby   Options First Moog Quartet  Audio Fidelity  1970  MP3    2:34:21 (Pop‑up)
Marty Gold  Eleanor Rigby   Options Moog Plays the Beatles  Avco  1969  MP3    2:37:22 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Carlos  Eleanor Rigby   Options Wendy Carlos By Request  East Side Digital  2003  CD  From 1975  2:40:15 (Pop‑up)
Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps.  Eleanor Rigby   Options single  Wing & a Prayer Record Co.  1976  45    2:42:22 (Pop‑up)
The Lonely People  Eleanor Rigby   Options 12" single  Rave International  1992  MP3    2:45:53 (Pop‑up)
Ethel the Frog  Eleanor Rigby   Options Ethel the Frog  EMI  1980  MP3    2:51:42 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 9:03am d¢ pät:

Avatar 9:03am Marcel M:

Woah... opening with the Beatles! Whats up Joe? Morning all!
Avatar 9:03am OTB:

Mornin' Joe and all! Got my swag yesterday! Yay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am DCE:

morning all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am Caryn:

Hiya all! Or hi yall! Can't make up my mind.
Avatar 9:03am GeesyCreesy:

Morning, everyone
Avatar 9:04am Cheri Pi:

damn you DCP! Muting the first song, tell me when it's over! Hey son!
Avatar 9:04am Marcel M:

I rocked my Illuminati Cat shirt a few days ago! It was wonderful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04am listener james from westwood:

Loved this cut since I was a kid and heard it in "Yellow Submarine." Thanks, Joe!
Avatar 9:05am Roberto:

One evening in 1977, my brother and I looked at each other and somehow the same thought occurred to us: let's go buy Revolver...now! (Not to be confused with buying a revolver.)
Avatar 9:05am Marcel M:

If you didn't like that one keep it muted Cheri!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05am listener james from westwood:

And holy Christmas, a Free Design cover, from the station that intro'd me to the Free freakin' Design in the first place? WIN!
Avatar 9:05am Cheri Pi:

oooh I may receive my cat-shirt today, if the fates allow.
Avatar 9:06am Cheri Pi:

oh no!
Avatar 9:06am Yair Yona:

Hello everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am common:

  9:06am Brendan:

Hi Joe good morning. The free design had awesome album covers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am Caryn:

Look at it this way, Cheri: for you, this is starting as a really horrific Halloween show.
Avatar 9:07am Marcel M:

@Caryn: haha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am DCE:

might be a long morning for you, CP...
Avatar 9:08am d¢ pät:

oh man, truly a Pi horror story happening here. Couldn't get worse.
Avatar 9:08am OTB:

Caryn, I'll second that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am fred:

@Cheri: Maybe Joe will play 3 hours of that song. Eleanor Rigby as the new Bohemian Rhapsody...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:08am thedunkel:

oooh the King Singers!
Avatar 9:09am BEAVO:

I heard this sung live by the composer last week
Avatar 9:09am d¢ pät:

well, I have to say--this is truly awful...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am Caryn:

I on the other hand, love this song, so I'm fine with this. Though this version is way too twee for my taste, so for now, I join Cheri.
Avatar 9:11am d¢ pät:

..ain't gittin any better, Pi...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am sphere:

that wah guitar was pretty bad.
Avatar 9:12am Parq:

I'm guessing Doodles Weaver's version is not on the list, huh? (The first Dr Demento comp, if you're inclined to make a last minute add.) And there was a hard-prog cover in the early 70s, some eight minutes long, that was nothing if not bombastic.
Avatar 9:12am d¢ pät:

the wahwah pedal is hilarious though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am Caryn:

Maybe Cheri should spend the next 3 hours listening to an archive show? Or, like Ken often advises, just embrace the horror.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am DCE:

  9:14am Santos L Halper:

Dug the Paul Mauriat. C Pi, just wait till Joe pulls out a 20-minute Garcia Band version : )
Avatar 9:14am Marcel M:

Oh man Parq I wanna hear that hard prog cover! Sounds funny
  9:14am Brendan:

Im with Parq doodles Weaver cover was awesome
Avatar 9:15am d¢ pät:

this was just NOT meant to happen. Almost got run over twice this morning, no hot water at work so cold shower, now this....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am fred:

@Caryn: these two could work:
Avatar 9:15am BEAVO:

Tuck Andress does a great solo guitar version
Avatar 9:17am Marcel M:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18am sphere:

and Stanley Jordan also does a nice solo take on Rigby.
Avatar 9:18am BEAVO:

There's The Beatles version without the vocals.
Avatar 9:18am d¢ pät:

We already knew that @Marcel....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18am DCE:

you people are revolting...nah, just kiddin' I loves yall
  9:19am Jack:

I loved the Bohemian Rhapsody marathon, drove my office coworkers batty, though, I can go with this for a while..How long can you keep it up, Joe?
Avatar 9:19am Marcel M:

Just a little Joke PAT! Cheer up!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19am DCE:

Avatar 9:19am d¢ pät:

..and also, it's been so long since I washed my pants, they're standing up by themselves....talk about revolting...
Avatar 9:20am texas scott:

This playlist is scary.
Happy All Hallow's Eve eve,Joe.
Avatar 9:21am Marcel M:

@Jack: You played that in your office the WHOLE time?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21am common:

@marcel: so did I! hee hee
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22am listener james from westwood:

This playlist is Rig'd!
  9:22am bill:

Ventures! now i've heard everything.
Avatar 9:22am Marcel M:

@Common: Hah!!! Thats cool that your co workers put up with the WOof Moo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22am DCE:

gasp...a break!
  9:24am Brendan:

Take back our station! What do we not want?! Eleanor Rigby! When do we not want it?! Now!
Avatar 9:24am Marcel M:

Hahaha... well done Joe!
Avatar 9:25am Cheri Pi:

I'm now watching the radio.
Avatar 9:26am Parq:

Hah! Found it! Esperanto. 7:44, electric violin and all.
Avatar 9:26am d¢ pät:

it's over, turn it up, dude.
Avatar 9:27am Parq:

Joe, that's as distinct from the one with the naked lady on the cover with body paint up her flanks.
Avatar 9:27am Cheri Pi:

Speaking voice! my favorite piece so far.
Avatar 9:27am tidalene:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28am adrian in mpls:

just tuned in....wow
Avatar 9:28am d¢ pät:

oops. spoke too soon, might as well just melt your radio...
Avatar 9:28am Parq:

Poor Pi. I'm sure I speak for all of us in expressing gratitude for your hanging in there.
Avatar 9:28am Cheri Pi:

Evil laughter, Joe knows he's going to drive us insane.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28am doctorjazz:

The coolest version EVER!!!!
  9:28am fredr:

Joe, does it spike up or down?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am common:

@marcel: usually wearing headphones.
Avatar 9:29am Parq:

I would have gone for the live version from the Filmore album, but who am I to tell you how to do your job?
Avatar 9:29am Marcel M:

@Common: Ah, well that makes more sense. But I bet you sometimes torture them just a little??
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:30am Ken From Hyde Park:

What, pray tell, will we hear during Single File today?
Avatar 9:30am Joe McG:

@fredr: Both!
Avatar 9:32am Joe McG:

BTW, sorry, Cheri, dear. @Ken: A few singles!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33am dale:

i hope you have tony bennett's version cued up.
Avatar 9:33am Sem Chumbo:

Hiya, Joe, good morning to you and the assembled noises.
  9:34am V Priceless:

Morning Joe! Do you have The Velvet Opera instrumental version of this?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34am common:

how many versions can there be?
Avatar 9:35am d¢ pät:

man...don't know if I can wade through this...no offense....
Avatar 9:35am Marcel M:

I think he is trying to scare you away Pat
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36am dale:

trick? or treat!
Avatar 9:36am d¢ pät:

Avatar 9:37am d¢ pät:

I'm on board with the experiment...just not hardy enough to deal it turns out...
Avatar 9:38am bobdoesthings:

Avatar 9:38am Joe McG:

@dc: Don't feel bad! But if you stick it out, the song will cease to mean anything and you'll just hear sounds.
  9:39am Eleanor Rigby:

Nice show today, Joe.
  9:39am ?:

Avatar 9:40am Joe McG:

@ER: Thanks! Sorry to hear about your sad lonely death and all...
Avatar 9:40am Marcel M:

Morning Bob! Gave up on the ol' 9 O' Clock start?
Avatar 9:40am Parq:

I for one am genuinely upset about the amount of time I'll have to spend away from the radio between now and noon. Definitely returning to the archive after Fiveash.
Avatar 9:41am bobdoesthings:

@marcel.. ugh yeah.. i've really fallen off the wagon the past 2 weeks.
Avatar 9:41am Parq:

Speaking of whom, your double doubles with Matt last week were two for the books, Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42am sphere:

here's another frightening thing: do a Google search for "Eleanor Rigby" and "dubstep remix"
Avatar 9:42am Marcel M:

@Bob: You'll get back up! 9:30's not so bad anyways.
Avatar 9:43am Joe McG:

@Parq: Thanks! Matt and I had a good time, even if I sullied his program with audio filth.
Avatar 9:46am Parq:

This year was actually the best Singles Going Steady week yet. Unyoking it from the Record Fair seems to have inspired you guys.
  9:48am Jack:

I think The Dead have done a 45 minute jam of Eleanor Rigby, it's probably out there on cassette somewhere.
Avatar 9:49am Joe McG:

@jack: Really?
  9:50am fredr:

I knew there had to be a Richie Havens in there somewhere.
Avatar 9:51am d¢ pät:

I lied..still have this on in the background...
  9:51am ?:

Richie Havens makes everything sound good
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:52am Mike Noble:

raise your hand if you're embarrassed to know the Greaseman parody "All the Inbred People"
  9:52am Santos L Halper:

@ Jack: it was a staple of the Jerry band but I don't think the boys ever pulled it out (unless it was post-Jerry)
  9:54am bill:

I'm embarrassed to remember the Greaseman period
  9:54am Nino:

Waddle doodle dadum. Hobble da gaga.
  9:55am Cecile:

Booker T always did the Beatles proud. Check out their McLemore avenue.
Avatar 9:56am Marcel M:

It is getting more listenable isn't it Pat?
  9:56am Cecile:

Go Blue!
Avatar 9:57am d¢ pät:

that's it. can't deal with the marching bands. Adios...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57am Dominick:

How about Vanilla Fudge's LP version played at 45 rpm?
  9:58am KP:

Looking for my Kp live iphone version
  9:59am blee:

This is frightening!
  9:59am ?:

But wait, dc you haven't even heard any bluegrass or polka versions yet!
  10:00am Cecile:

Hey, I'm guesting on Diane's show today - 1-3 pm EST US
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02am common:

looking forward to it, cecile!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:02am Stevel:

Opening the baggie is a tough call.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02am Dominick:

Avatar 10:02am Roberto:

Is it resealable?
Avatar 10:03am Marcel M:

Ooooo that IS cool. Never open it Joe! I wouldn't.
Avatar 10:03am tidalene:

Avatar 10:04am d¢ pät:

WHAT? No way, Cecile! COOL. First Pi, now you. Who'll be next??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04am Scott Williams:

best version! Hi Joe!
Avatar 10:05am Sean D. Daily:

Has there been a black metal version of Eleanor Rigby yet? Because I think my life would be complete, and I could die a happy man, if I heard that.
Avatar 🎸 10:05am PKNY:

Rick Springfield totally shreds on this!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:05am Stevel:

Please tell me Cannibal Corpse covered ER.
  10:05am Cecile:

Joe, have you not seen Toy Story 2? Give it love by opening it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06am Greg from Bloomfield:

Oh, no WAY.
Avatar 10:06am Joe McG:

Hey, Scott! It's a tossup between this one and the next version! @Cecile: Just CAN'T do it! VERY much looking forward to your spot today!
  10:07am Maria D:

This is awesome. I almost bailed and then Rick S lured me back in with his magic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09am Scott Williams:

I'm with you Joe, these are the 2 versions I've been waiting for!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am Lewis:

The Rattles lead singer sounds like ? from Heart?...
Avatar 10:10am d¢ pät:

I'm like a junkie, I keep coming back. Zoot and Rattles def winning so far but Ritchie Havens is in there too.
Avatar 🎸 10:12am PKNY:

@Joe - I still have to ride with Zoot over the Rattles, but this is still a pretty dope reworking of Eleanor!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12am DCE:

yeah, this gets my attention
Avatar 10:12am conkrete_dawg:

bass in yer face
  10:12am bill:

all my doubts about this show have been erased by The Rattles
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12am common:

best version thus far
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:14am Ken From Hyde Park:

Make sure to ship this playlist to Mary Wing in case she plans on an ER Three of a Kind segment.
Avatar 10:15am Joe McG:

@Ken: Oh, man, I can give Mary a lot of overflow! I've got so many here....
Avatar 10:15am KP:

There is a 20-minute Jerry Garcia Band version that is actually After Midnight with ER. There is also three minutes of the Dead jamming on the song. The JGB track is kind of great but it is really "After Midnight." ER only has two chords so it's a cool one to build on.
Avatar 10:15am Marcel M:

This is.... pretty.... gnarly!
Avatar 10:15am Cheri Pi:

I'm still here unlistening!
Avatar 10:16am Cheri Pi:

only 3 minutes of jamming? I find that hard to believe.
Avatar 10:17am KP:

Just on the Eleanor Rigby theme. It's on Grooveshark. Probably part of a seven-hour Dark Star.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17am rsj:

this is a good one
Avatar 10:17am Marcel M:

the production (or lack there of) on this sounds so freaking cool
Avatar 10:18am Parq:

Fuck! Esperanto just as I have to leave! Archives it is.
Avatar 10:18am Marcel M:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20am DCE:

yeah, that's totally unrecognizable. Love it!
Avatar 🎸 10:21am PKNY:

Woah, fusion Eleanor!
  10:21am Kathy:

Best yet!
Avatar 10:21am d¢ pät:

oh boy...
  10:22am Rega 3:

What about the R Stevie Moore Version ?
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:22am 12539:

Why am I thinking of Clay Pigeon at this moment?
Avatar 10:23am Marcel M:

@12539: I'm with you on that! Wouldn't be surprised if he owned this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23am Caryn:

@Sean D. Daily & Stevel: don't know about Cannibal Corpse, but there are covers by Pain, Godhead, and Letters from the Fire.
  10:23am Cecile:

Perhaps the Kansas-like bombast
Avatar 10:23am Joe McG:

@Rega: The FMU library has A LOT of Stevie, but not the "Sings the Beatles" one, as far as I can tell.
Avatar 10:23am KP:

They sing in Esperanto.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am Caryn:

Realm and Alice Cooper both have Eleanor Rigby covers, if we get into the metal stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am DCE:

Esperanto, why don't you come to your senses?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25am DCE:

nah, scratch that. leave your senses behind.
Avatar 10:25am conkrete_dawg:

rigardi ĉiujn soleca homo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25am DCE:

ooh some fudge up next
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am Caryn:

Of course, the Alice Cooper cover isn't released until November: www.metalinsider.net...
Avatar 10:26am Joe McG:

@Caryn: I was going to play the new Alice version for Halloween, but it's kind of boring. I mean that in a nice way! I like Alice. It's just too respectful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am DCE:

Alice is getting old and safe, huh?
  10:26am Rega 3:

There is a franke valli version from 1968-69
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27am Caryn:

@DCE: nah, I think he's just too big a fan to change things up.
Avatar 10:27am Sean D. Daily:

Hey, I hear the Beatles covered "Eleanor Rigby", too! Weird, huh?
  10:27am Violet Øbjekt:

Ĉu ekzistas aliaj esperantistoj tie ?
Avatar 10:27am Joe McG:

@DCE: He actually sings it very nicely, but it's a carbon copy.
  10:28am Rega 3:

There is a franke valli version from 1968-69
Avatar 🎸 10:29am PKNY:

After the last few versions, the Vanilla Fudge sounds like they've just drank too much NyQuil.
  10:30am Rega 3:

van Fudge sounds like 3 dog night
Avatar 10:30am KP:

Vanilla Fudge, the Cream of Long Island!
Avatar 10:31am d¢ pät:

I have to say I have a new appreciation for Paul's lyrics. Unusually good for him.
Avatar 10:31am KP:

Rega 3, it's the mustaches.
Avatar 10:32am KP:

I think the Vanilla Fudge invented nyquil
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32am common:

just thinkin that, dcp. man, this vanilla fudge version is so silly!
  10:32am Violet Øbjekt:

And let's not forget Eleanor herself (a real woman from Liverpool): http://tinyurl.com/5lltfw
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:32am Ken From Hyde Park:

Who gets Weird Al's version, Joe or Mary?
Avatar 🎸 10:33am PKNY:

For some reason I'm thinking that the metal band Lizzie Borden did a cover of ER, but the Googles are coming up empty.
Avatar 🎸 10:34am PKNY:

Nice flutin' from the Bloodrock!
  10:34am Rega 3:

Avatar 10:34am KP:

Grand Funk Railroad related
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35am Caryn:

I rather like this Finnish cover from 1966: www.youtube.com...
Avatar 10:37am KP:

Bloodrock, like GFR, was a product of Terry Knight's imagination
Avatar 10:38am KP:

Uhhh, speaking of two-chord songs, should this not have been a "Season of the Witch" marathon? Witch ... Halloween ... Al Kooper ... Donovan ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:39am Caryn:

The only other Finnish cover I know (from 1983) is a little too faithful, though the backing singers and sax are nice: www.youtube.com...
  10:39am Will:

This show is just making me smile ear to ear.
  10:40am Rega 3:

Avatar 10:40am KP:

Depressing songs can do that, Will.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42am DCE:

Sugar Cane!
Avatar 🎸 10:42am PKNY:

Giving the drummer *and* the fiddler some!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42am DCE:

I'd like to see him and Papa John face off on this one
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:42am 12539:

(Hey, this isn't a little record with a big hole!)
Avatar 10:43am d¢ pät:

It must be something having Sugar Can as a nickname...
Avatar 10:43am Jeff:

What if you slipped in just one version of "Lonely Woman"?

Too inside?
Avatar 10:44am Joe McG:

@Jeff: You revolutionary, you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:44am DCE:

hey sugar cans...come here often?
  10:44am Brendan:

Will, me too. If by that you mean an ear to ear 'slit my throat' second smile.
Avatar 10:44am Jeff:

BASF: not just a huge chemical company known for magnetic tape, also a record label?
Avatar 10:45am Parq:

Back, guys. Wasn't that Esperanto something else? You can't imagine what an impression that made on a 17 year old boy with a taste for schlocky commercial prog.
Avatar 10:45am d¢ pät:

Ha! That too...
  10:46am Cecile:

This is Don of Don and Dewey fame.
Avatar 10:47am KP:

Really, Cecile, did not know that!
Avatar 🎸 10:49am PKNY:

Totally forgot that El Chicano did this, think it's on the same record as "Viva Tirado".
Avatar 10:50am Kurt Gottschalk:

this is getting rigbiculous!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:50am efd:

@Jeff, it's true! I have a couple of random singles on the BASF label myself.
Avatar 10:50am KP:

It's a rare Thursday to move my car. See you there, Joe.
  10:50am Cecile:

Yeah, he was a cool dude! And they were guinea pigs for Sonny Bono'd early songwriting.

Oye como va, this rocks
  10:51am bill:

who will come up with the stronger than dirt finish?
  10:53am Cecile:

This is sweet
Avatar 10:53am Joe McG:

@Kurt: Ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54am Greg from Bloomfield:

When I was a kid I thought he was saying "All the LOVELY people". Kinda different song that way.
Avatar 🎸 10:54am PKNY:

BASF discography from Discogs --> www.discogs.com...
Avatar 10:55am Parq:

Gregg from B, I think I went thru that phase too.
Avatar 10:56am Joe McG:

I like the way this particular song makes Eleanor Rigby seem like she's strolling the wet streets late at night with some streetlamps shining. And then she jumps in the river.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:58am Ken From Hyde Park:

Paul & Ringo will certainly appreciate the little bump in their royalty checks next month. Just in time for the holidays. I assume Ringo is in on it; don't know how that's arranged.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am Caryn:

@Ken from HP: or does the Michael Jackson estate get the money?
  11:01am Cecile:

Ken, performance royalties
  11:02am Professor Dumbass:

I've been studying on this question of the lonely people - specifically the conundrum of 'where do they all come from?'. Intensive research would indicate that they come from the direct result of other lonely people being not so lonely.
Avatar 11:03am Parq:

Caryn, when MJ was in legal trouble, he had to raise cash, so he sold the rights back to Paul and Yoko. Probably the first time ever that Paul and Yoko were on the same side of something.
  11:04am Santos L Halper:

BTW Joe, I picked up that K Ayers disc that your bed music comes from. Thanks for the lead, will have to get some of his other stuff too.

Sugarcane, featured prominently on Hot Rats, right?
Avatar 11:05am Parq:

God yes!!!
  11:05am lloyd michigan:

So, Paul owns Eleanor Rigby, Yoko owns Strawberry Fields, etc?
Avatar 11:05am Joe McG:

@Santos: That's great! Pretty much everything before 1976 is great, so enjoy your Ayers exploration.
Avatar 11:06am d¢ pät:

NOW we're talkin'
Avatar 11:06am conkrete_dawg:

now this is a version i can get behind
  11:06am Cecile:

Paul and Yoko were friends before she met John. They have buried a lot of hatchets.
Avatar 11:06am Parq:

Kills all the mice -- no, that would be cruel.
  11:06am Cecile:

Santos, yep!
Avatar 11:07am OTB:

This is the shit, right here.
Avatar 11:07am Roberto:

See, Ken scolded me last week for even mentioning Dr. D, and here you are playing it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08am Caryn:

@Parq: nice! One person's legal trouble is other people's good luck.
  11:08am Cecile:

This song is still better than Doodles. And I love Spike Jones.
  11:08am marmalade kitty:

I really had no idea there were so many versions released! Ray charles has to be my favourite
Avatar 11:09am Parq:

No, it looks like I'm misinformed. Wikipedia says Jackson sold the rights to Sony, and McCartney's company owns only "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You".
Avatar 11:10am Parq:

I must have read that Paul and Yoko were bidding to get them back and assumed they had gotten it. Sorry, all. I need to check my sources *before* I speak. An internet habit that I need to shake.
Avatar 11:11am Parq:

Annnd, the Better Beatles is my new favorite version.
Avatar 11:11am conkrete_dawg:

surely Frank Sinatra covered this at some point?
  11:11am lloyd michigan:

Parq, I thought they (or at least Paul) had.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:12am thedunkel:

Agreed w Parq - best cover yet is better beatles!
  11:13am lloyd michigan:

Sinatra once told Paul that "Something" was his favorite Lennon/McCartney song.
Avatar 11:13am Jeff:

I'm betting that that Doodles Weaver was a real hoot at parties - whether you wanted him to be or not.

That's a man who has worn a lampshade at least once in his life.
Avatar 11:13am d¢ pät:

just reading up on the ownership of Beatles tunes--Paul/Yoko still doesn't own them as far as I'm seeing...
Avatar 11:14am d¢ pät:

oh...old news. Interesting history though.
Avatar 11:14am d¢ pät:

looks like they may get the rights back in 2018.
  11:15am lloyd michigan:

I think the Doodles Weaver estate owns 'em all.
  11:16am Cecile:

Doodles was Sigourney's uncle
  11:16am marmalade kitty:

Ringo version?
Avatar 11:19am V Priceless:

I'm sure my mom (Eleanor) is getting a kick out of this, in whatever corner of the cosmos she now resides!
  11:20am Jack:

I talked to my Deadhead friend, he found this somewhere:
"An instrumental version of Eleanor Rigby was performed about 10 times by the Jerry Garcia Band in 1980. An instrumental version of the song was performed by Phil Lesh & Friends. "
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:20am Brian in UK:

Hey Joe, well this programme will not give your listeners any SATISFACTION.
Avatar 11:20am Joe McG:

@Brian: You remember that one, eh? :)
Avatar 11:21am conkrete_dawg:

it's rappin' tony!
Avatar 11:22am Sem Chumbo:

Are you sure this isn't Redundancy Radio w/ DJ DJ?
Oh, Tony, you TOO?
  11:22am KP:

Where do they come from?
Avatar 11:23am V Priceless:

oh..for a minute there I thought TB was pulling a Shatner
  11:24am fredr:

Oh man! Tony B, A new scary trough.
  11:24am lloyd michigan:

V Priceless beat me to the punch. :)
  11:24am oks:

who is next? tom jones?
Avatar 11:24am conkrete_dawg:

what about Nimoy?
Avatar 11:25am Parq:

Those of you who think that is Bennett's hokiest, most overwrought performance need to check out his live version of "My Funny Valentine", and old Irwin "Atrocious Music" favorite.
  11:25am KP:

Jack, I think the JGB versions of ER are all jams within After Midnight. That's what I'm seeing. Plus someone says a synth ruins every one.
Avatar 11:25am V Priceless:

@ Cecile - looking forward to your Peer Pressure segment! Any Skyhooks on your playlist? : )
Avatar 11:26am Sem Chumbo:

  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:26am tadpoles:

V Priceless.... I also thought of Shatner. His LSD... priceless!
Avatar 11:27am still b/p:

The jar with Eleanor's face in it is what got thrown off the Tallahatchie bridge!
Avatar 11:27am V Priceless:

@ tadpoles....yeah..Shatner urgently needs to cover this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am Mike East:

Ha! I heard two versions of Eleanor Rigby on the way to the bus this morning, but didn't realize it'd still be going on when I got to work!
Avatar 11:28am Chris M.:

please play the Melvins cover of this
  11:29am Brendan:

The Stanley Jordan version is amazing ( one guitar no overdubs)
Avatar 11:29am Chris M.:

is Joe ok? someone please check on him and make sure he isn't stuck or something.
Avatar 🎸 11:29am Kevlicki:

This is a ridiculous amount of covers of this song.
Avatar 11:29am V Priceless:

@ still b/p - Ha! thanks for confirming a mystery that has plagued me for years!

Good call, Chris M.
  11:29am Nardo:

Pretty sure that somewhere buried in here is a post devoted to Eleanor Rigby covers. Search engine is kaput. http://www.philxmilstein.com/probe/
  11:30am lloyd michigan:

How about "Eleanor's Dream" from Give my Regards to Broad St.?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am Scott Williams:

whoah, JD. 2nd time this week he's surprised me, happily: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am MattBelow:

Denver sounded like Mary Travers on that chorus. Blowin' my mind!
Avatar 11:33am d¢ pät:

Toy Piano version #1 for me.
  11:33am Cecile:

VP, yup!
Avatar 11:34am V Priceless:

@ Cecile - yay!
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:34am tadpoles:

Hey Joe...be interesting to find out who covered it first. Was it Count Basie?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35am doctorjazz:

I think these are the spikes on the graph
Avatar 11:35am totallybiased:

How about Wes Montgomery's
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35am Dominick:

  11:36am bill:

you got to be SH*TTTTIN me...
  11:36am Violet Øbjekt:

  11:36am some bloke:

Make it stop!
  11:36am some bloke:

Make it stop!
  11:37am Violet Øbjekt:

That's some serious pitchbending...
  11:37am lloyd michigan:

Still haven't heard one that tops the original. Not even Doodles.
  11:37am KP:

Phil Lesh def instrumental versions live. All this is accessible via Google.
  11:38am KP:

Richie Havens' version seems pretty early
  11:39am KP:

And to me, havens' cover is the best too
  11:39am Brendan:

Either Gershon is influenced by ELP or vice versa
  11:39am lloyd michigan:

I wonder how many of these Sir Paul has ever heard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Dominick:

  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:39am 12539:

I keep expecting Joe to start talking over one of these instrumental versions.
Avatar 11:40am Joe McG:

@12539: Never, sacrilege! :)
  11:41am marmalade kitty:

Trudy Pitts with Pat Martino version is good
  11:42am lloyd michigan:

I bet Wendy was Walter when this was recorded.
  11:42am KP:

Vanilla Fudge is earliest of those Joe has played so far
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:43am tadpoles:

Basie is '66..same year as Revolver. I feel we've all been in church this morning.

Are Zombies Lonely People?
  11:44am Rega 3:

Disco ~
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:44am northguineahills:

I thought Walter became Wendy in the early 70s, I could be wrong.
Avatar 11:44am Claw!:

Ooh... This is nice. I like this one.
  11:46am marmalade kitty:

papa was a rolling stone eleanor disco mash up
  11:46am lloyd michigan:

ngh...You could be right. I know he was still walter when did the sdtk for "a clockwork orange."
Avatar 11:47am Parq:

LLoyd, she was indeed Walter at the time. I remember when the album came out. It had a Jack Davis cover, which I offer here: 2.bp.blogspot.com...
  11:47am Rega 3:

Can u play the beatles version backwards ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Mike East:

What were the songs for Joy in Repetion #1 and 2?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Caryn:

@tadpoles: the Topmost cover is from the fall of 1966, so that's a pretty early one as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am Mike East:

sorry if that's already been asked/answered
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am Mike East:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am Mike East:

Avatar 11:48am Joe McG:

@Mike East: I did "St. Louis Blues" and then "Satisfaction." THAT one drove people mental.
Avatar 11:49am Jeff:

The Carlos version is totally something which would be being played inside a 1970s or early 1980s cinematic future space station.
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:49am 12539:

Where do they all belong? on the DANCE FLOOR!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am Dominick:

Drugs are BAD! M'kay?
Avatar 11:49am Sean D. Daily:

So this Lonely People version was the one playing during the lobby scene in "The Matrix", I'm guessing.
  11:49am Brendan:

It's funny but after dreading this I find myself making suggestions. Perhaps to gain some feeble sense of control of this thing that has spun out of control, But this monster has a mind of it own. This archive should be preserved and used at colleges in a class called Music Appreciation for Criminally Insane.
  11:49am oks:

eleanor rigby is the opium for the masses
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am common:

totally jeff.
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:50am tadpoles:

Thanks Caryn.. Toppermost of the Poppermost?
  11:51am lloyd michigan:

Thanks for confirming, Parq.
  11:51am marmalade kitty:

Eleanor just enjoyed her own company alot
  11:52am Listener David:

Imagine a world where this was the only song
and against your will
You had to sit and listen to it all day long
Till it made you ill.
P. Blegvad
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Caryn:

@tadpoles: there's a link to it at 10:35
  11:52am KP:

Tadpoles you are right. Basie was not on list I came up with
Avatar 11:53am Parq:

This show was a complete train wreck in terms of my work productivity, but well worth the time I'm going to have to spend in evenings making up for the lost work. Congrats and thanks, Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am Caryn:

Followed next week by the "Eleanor Rigby covers, pt. 2" episode of Surface Noise.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am northguineahills:

Just went through my Walter/Wendy albums, and the last one I have where she's Walter was "Switched on Back II" in 1973.
Avatar 11:54am Sean D. Daily:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:55am MD:

How nice the 1% left her some rice for supper!!!
  11:55am KP:

Ethel the Frog seems surprisingly sound
Avatar 11:55am Joe McG:

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you enjoyed this scary show, much scarier than any other you will hear! See you next time!
Avatar 11:55am Parq:

NGH, at the risk, of repeating myself:
  11:55am KP:

Next week, Season of the Witch
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:55am tadpoles:

Thanks Caryn.. Topmost excellent. I love learning something new everyday.
FMU does that to you.
Avatar 11:56am Roberto:

Play Eleanor Rigby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Greg from Bloomfield:

Thanks, Joe!
  11:56am oks:

whats happen to my lovely red heat? :( i got dishonored?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:56am MD:

"where the demons dwell!!!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am northguineahills:

Elenor Rigby, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Caryn:

@tadpoles: there's a list of ER covers in release order, but both Basie and Topmost are missing, so it's not complete. But interesting, anyway: www.secondhandsongs.com...
Avatar 11:57am Claw!:

@Roberto - hahahaha
  🎸 Swag For Life Member 11:57am 12539:

Thanks, Joe, but no one was saved.
  11:57am Brendan:

Thanks Joe
For 3 hrs in A Day in the Life that i'll never get back .
Avatar 11:58am Sean D. Daily:

"Where the banshees live and they do live well!"
  11:58am oks:

Avatar 11:58am V Priceless:

Today's Surface Noise is a testimony to what a near-perfect composition ER is - the diversity of arrangements alone is mind-boggling! Fun show, Joe! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am paul b:

Just copy-cataloged a book (a memoir) into the library: a guy draws 20 or 30 pictures of cars, then writes a couple of pages on what he was doing & what drugs he was taking when he bought them. He has not covered Eleanor Rigby to my knowledge but has been known to cover "a day in the life"
Avatar 11:59am Sem Chumbo:

No one was spared. Thanks, Joe, for this version of TEST OUR PATIENCE in the name of free form radio. See ya!
  11:59am KP:

  11:59am bill:

Yay Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Caryn:

@tadpoles: just checked out that Topmost cover was October 4, 1966. I wonder what the date for Basie is?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 12:00pm MD:

Elenor Figby was very popular and had a lot of friends!!!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Wikipedia mentions 62 studio versions. Have they all been covered here today?
  12:01pm marmalade kitty:

RIP Eleanor Rigby
Avatar 8:32am Joe McG:

Just for the record, here are some of the ones that didn't make it into today's show: PP Arnold, Mal Waldron, Supremes, Four Tops, Baja Marimba Band, Claw, Gary Burton and Chick Corea, Vince Guaraldi, Handsome Family, Ides of March, Wes Montgomery, Rare Earth, Junior Reid, Lonnie Smith, Standells, Sarah Vaughn, Big Maybelle, Jackie Wilson, August, Blonde on Blonde, Stanley Jordan, John's Children, Wendy and Bonnie, Johnny Mathis, Enoch Light, Uranium, Tangerine Dream, Velvet Opera, Big Country, James Booker, Gene Chandler, Haze, Al Hirt, Jazz Crusaders, R. Stevie Moore, 101 Strings, Soulive, Frankie Valli, and Caetano Veloso. And the other versions that you all found and mentioned!
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