The Beatles: “A Day In The Life”

Posted: December 31, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “A Day in the Life” – The Beatles
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Captain vs. Easy Star All-Stars


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A Day in the Life, the final song on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was ranked the 28th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Rolling Stone also ranked it as the greatest Beatles song.

The Original


The Beatles:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Captain vs. Easy Star All-Stars



Easy Star All-Stars:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.



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  1. Cuspid says:

    I had never heard of the group Captain before this. And I must say that I was certainly impressed with their version. But I absolutely love everything about East Star’s version – vocal, instrumentation tempo, etc. The song really works as a reggae tune. Fantastic!

  2. Kerry Black says:

    The real story here is the fascinating alternate take by The Beatles. Indeed, I almost bypassed it entirely, assuming it to be the familiar album version we’ve all heard countless times.

    I’m surprised you didn’t label this as an alternate version, and I’m wondering if this exists anywhere other than YouTube (some factory made authorized release).

  3. Kerry Black says:

    Oh well, I just found it, and in my own collection, no less. It’s the version from The Beatles “Anthology 2”, from 1996. Guess I haven’t played it in a while!

  4. RDubbs says:

    Captain, My Captain put forth a yeoman’s effort but I agree with Cuspid, the Easy All-Stars really made this into a reggae number that works on all levels.

  5. bornunderabadsign says:

    Captain’s version has a strong opening then they start singing and it just goes flat…Easy Star All-Stars version was incredible…

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