This installment of Covers vs Originals is a pretty cool one. It features a battle between a movie based on the music of The Beatles and…well…The Beatles.
Here is a little background for you. Back in 2007 a movie was released titled “Across The Universe“. The film’s plot is centered on songs by The Beatles and follows the cast through 1966 and the era of free love, the Vietnam war, civil rights and Bono from U2 doing a cover of “I AM The Walrus”. The movie itself didn’t get much of a look but I for one quite enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys musicals and The Beatles (judging by how this movie did commercially, I’m guessing there aren’t too many people who do in fact enjoy both).
However, what was successful (at least somewhat) about this movie was the enjoyment of many of the Beatles covers. I know people who love songs from this movie that:
A. Haven’t seen the movie and B. Aren’t aware they are Beatles covers.
The most popular of these covers has to be our choice for Covers vs Originals this week: “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
Before I even knew about this movie coming out I heard this cover and thought it was pretty damn good. Better than the original? Well, I don’t think anyone over 30 years old would say that but you tell me…
Original: The Beatles, released 1964, from the album Meet The Beatles!
Cover: T.V. Carpio (From Movie “Across The Universe”), released 2007, from the Across The Universe Soundtrack