I’m back! I think I said I’d take the summer off, but I’m not sure. Anyway, I’m here, so let’s have a Battle of the Bands!
“Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (but you already knew that). Paul McCartney wrote it (although he shared writing credit with John Lennon) and sang it for the Fab Four’s 1966 album Revolver. In interviews, Paul has said that the “you” in the title refers to marijuana, which he and the rest of the band were consuming in mass quantities at the time (but none so much as Paul). Here’s the original, in case you’re one of the ten people or so who has never heard it. This way, no one will accidentally vote for it.
It’s been covered lots of times, most notably by Earth, Wind & Fire, whose version is so good I refuse to even use it as a contestant. Chicago would end their concerts with it in the ’70’s, and other versions come to us from the cast of Glee, Cher, and the golden throat of Joe Pesci.
I’ve chosen two versions of the song that I think are evenly matched. Your job is to listen to them, decide which you like better, and let me know what that is in the comments, as well as (optionally) why you chose that one.
Cliff Bennett & The Rabble Rousers From 1966. Paul McCartney produced this version and played piano on it.
Blood Sweat & Tears featuring David Clayton-Thomas I guess DC-T insisted on star billing after he was persuaded to return to BS&T. From their 1975 album New City.
Once you’ve voted, how about visiting Stephen and vote in his Battle, then following the links in his right-hand column to the other battles happening today?
I’ll announce the winner as part of next week’s The Week That Was, so get your vote in by then. The lines are now open!